For over 1,400 years the Vevcani Carnival has been an interesting mix of paganism and modernism. A boundless theatre, where each house and street is a scene on which disguised people perform plays like real actors. Vevcani, Macedonia. 13/01/2011
The main characteristics of the carnival are: archaism, secretiveness, and improvisation. Its particular features distinguish it from any other carnival worldwide. The home setting of the carnival events is the village of Vevcani, which turns into a boundless theatre, where each house and street is a scene on which disguised people perform plays like real actors. During the carnival, the disguised participants enjoy every freedom and passion to “place the world upside down” -- a freedom of spirit and creativity and a sense of improvisation, criticism, and sarcasm. Officially, women do not participate in the carnival -- they do disguise, but unlike men, do not take off their masks in the end.
In 1993, the Vevcani Carnival and the village of Vevcani joined the World Federation of Carnival Cities under the Republic of Macedonia's constitutional name, despite Greece's disapproval. Closely afterwards, Vevcani raised an initiative for the formation of a national carnival association, covering also Strumica, Prilep, and other places, endeavoring to revive the carnival tradition. Vevcani Mayor Vasil Radinoski was the first president of the Macedonian Carnival Association.