In addition to the other activities, this year, the Summer Campus organized plenty of interesting cultural and entertainment activities. This block of activities began with the most talented participant at summer camp competition. The entire competition was called “Summer Campus GOT TALENT” and it resembled the world famous show of choosing the best talent. The four-person jury of officers from the United Kingdom, Kosovo, Montenegro and one cadet from Macedonia had the opportunity to evaluate a surprising number of applicants from all national contingents who participated on the campus. The contestants Cadet Ivelin Todorov (Bulgaria) –guitar and harmonica, Cadet Eli Silver (Macedonia) – guitar and singing, a group of students from the Faculty of Security – demonstrated techniques for personal defence, Cadet Alexandra Boskovska (Macedonia) – demonstrated karate skills, Nimetula Dauti – comedy, Cadet Pavle Spasov (Macedonia), Cadet Fistim Xhelili (Macedonia), Zlatko Pavlovski (Macedonia) – singing Staff Sergeant Sebastijan Zlatanov and Cadet Stojanovska Biljana (Macedonia) – musical performance by playing the guitar and singing, Cadet Jack Maughan (United Kingdom) – guitar and singing, Cadet Martin Spasovski and Cadet Stefan Dimitrovski (Macedonia) – fold dance performance and a group of cadets from Kosovo – pitboks, acting and comedy. After the first appearance of all contestants, two thirds of the participants had the maximum number of points which clearly demonstrate that the participants on the campus were really talented and gifted. After the second round, limited to one minute, after lengthy consultations the jury decided to make Cadet Martin Spasovski and Cadet Stefan Dimitrovski from Macedonia the winners of this competition for their great consistency, speed and talent in the folk dance performance. After the event, there was a prevailing wonderful feeling that in addition to focusing on training and education as part of the military environment, the cadets and students are individuals with different talents who invest in their development.
The activities of the cultural and entertainment program include a two-day visit of the Macedonian pearl Ohrid. The foreign cadets and officers had the opportunity to see Macedonia’s pride with a tourist guide who enriched their experience by providing information about the importance of the places they had the opportunity to visit. Also, according to the program, there was a one-day visit to Skopje, in the course of which foreign cadets and officers were able to visit the wax museum and to the new embellished face of the Macedonian capital.
The participants on the campus visited the memorial house of Ataturk in Bitola. The attendants had the opportunity to learn about the artefacts from the life of the great Turkish statesman. This visit was especially important for the Turkish cadets and their officer in charge, as Kemal Ataturk was the father of modern Turkey.
As part of the program students and cadets had the opportunity to visit the archaeological site Stobi. There, under the expert guidance of the guide on the site, they had the opportunity hear about the distant history of this region and to see that art, architecture and organization were on a really high level in the communities settled on these territories.
As a finale of the cultural and entertainment activities was the national night where the participants had the opportunity to introduce the attendants with the characteristics of their country, nation and culture. The presentation of the Cadet Davinder Cheema from the United Kingdom was especially interesting. His exterior, including a turban, long hair and beard as a feature of Sikhism was a real cultural challenge for all participants on the campus who have not had the opportunity to be in contact with persons of similar appearance. Through his presentation, almost a quarter of which was given in a solid Macedonian language, the cadet clarified that culture is an important aspect that every future leader must pay special attention if working in the area of security. At the end of the national evening everyone had a chance to taste traditional Macedonian ajvar and wine. The winners of the “Summer Campus GOT TALENT” did a brief workshop on the Macedonian traditional dances.