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Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility

HAEMUS, in collaboration with Poetry Slam Macedonia, in May 2020 launched a poetry slam video contest on the subject of “Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility”. The subject reflects the global context of the heritage as part of the cultural identity during the times of a rapid demographic change, conflict, and unstable environment. Sites, landscapes, cultural practices (customs) or collections (of artifacts and art) – the topic covers a diverse cultural heritage, as well as our collective responsibility to protect, present and pass on its significance and values to the following generations. Explore what cultural heritage inspires you, what is of particular importance to you personally or the place where you live, and share your poetry with the public by encouraging a discussion and dialogue.


All poets and slam poets were invited to submit their poetry in the form of a video material in their native language, with an English translation dubbed in the video. The event took place online, on our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels, after the poems were approved by an international jury set up by Poetry Slam Macedonia.

The subject of the event is inspired by “Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility” initiative, a comprehensive subject introduced by ICOMOS on the occasion of the “International Day for Monuments and Sites” celebrated on April 18 each year. ICOMOS’s main purpose is to raise awareness of the diversity of the world’s cultural heritage, its significance, and its protection.

Media coverage

Press clipping from Macedonian media