On the occasion of the 50th edition of the “Golden Nightingale” Festival, President Stevo Pendarovski, as patron of the Festival, sent a message to mark this important jubilee, wishing success to all participants, in which he emphasized:
“For half a century, the “Golden Nightingale” Festival has been part of the music reading of the youngest. Thousands of songs for children have been promoted at the festival editions, and for many of our music stars it meant the beginning of a music career. The hits composed and sung at “Golden Nightingale” are popular to this day, and many adults remember them from their childhood days.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which covers all spheres of our life and all sectors of society, also affected the holding of the Festival, which is the oldest and most beloved musical event for children in our country that many generations grew up with. Although this year the program has been changed and shortened, I am glad that the Festival did not succumb and this year “Golden Nightingale” is held outdoors, in accordance with health protocols to protect against the spread of the corona virus.
As the patron of “Golden Nightingale”, I will continue to support the development of creativity and talent of the youngest. By nurturing these values, children will grow into quality individuals that we as a country will be proud of. I wish you a successful edition of the Festival, many hits and great performances.
I congratulate the 50th anniversary and wish the Festival to live for many more decades.”
The first edition of the “Golden Nightingale” Festival was held on 23 May 1970, organized by the Association for Care and Education of Children of the City of Skopje. Since then, it has traditionally been held for 50 years as part of the celebration of the liberation of the city of Skopje, November 13th.
The Festival has a permanent choir, “Golden Nightingale”, which accompanies the singers on stage. Traditionally, the first day of each edition of the festival has a humanitarian character and is intended for children with disabilities. “Golden Nightingale” does not award prizes to the participants, because this Festival has no competitive character.