The 38th Festival of Folk Instruments and Songs "Pece Atanasovski" opened late Saturday in Prilep.
Around 220 participants from Macedonia, Serbia and US will compete on folk instruments such as bagpipes, horns, drums, mandolins and flute.
Prior to official festival's opening a monument of Pece Atanasovski, famous Macedonian bagpiper, was unveiled in Prilep downtown.
- Pece is the man originating from this region, he took the authentic music from Prilep and Dolneni and presented it everywhere, Prilep mayor Marjan Ristevski said who unveiled the monument together with director of the festival Vesna Atanasovska Vucic.
The competition part of the festival continues Sunday. An expert jury will select the best performers by age groups, soloists, and ensembles. Pece Atanasovski's bagpipe will be presented to the best foreign performer.
The festival is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Prilep Local Self-Government and supported by Dolneni municipality.