When we went, they were having a celebration for their anniversary/disability day (? Not really sure, but we were invited). When we entered the Cultural Hall we were greeted with chocolate and a pin with their logo on it. Some of the people who attend Poraka were dressed in traditional gear. We were then seated in the front row and saw this:
After a few minutes, a bunch of people both volunteers and attendees came out and spoke about the institute and why it is important. Then they morphed into a choir and sang Poraka’s song. They were pretty good.
Then the director came on and spoke about …well I really don’t know, she gave the speech in Macedonian!...but I’m sure it was all “Thank you for coming here today, We are very excited to have you, and we want you to enjoy the show.”
The founder’s daughter than came on and played a song on the violin.
Then there was the play! It was a traditional folk tale from Macedonia. About these two tricksters who go around lying and cheating and get away with it because they are so clever. That is what we got out of the story with some English in the booklet. Don’t know how there is moral in there but….who knows.
Afterwards there was a small cocktail reception where you could buy some of the stuff the attendees made in the Day Center. I bought a Christmas card and a necklace.
Anjie and I had talked about staying later and seeing the sight of Negotino, but since there were only 4 of us in the car, we decided not and just went back with the others!
Also, I figured out how to wear the socks and shoes they have for sale all over the place!
See you around the globe!