It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of this year’s GENERALKA ART competition in the name of our patron Pivara Skopje and our official partners Pakomak, Sparkasse Banka and Nula Otpad.

With more than 250 drawings we received, it was an almost impossible task for the jury to find the best three and we are still deeply impressed by the creative and visionary potential of our young generation.

It is our obligation as a society in our country to motivate and support the creativity of our young generation, if we want to have a future as a country and as people.
We have to create an environment for children to unleash their creativity, realize their visions, make them believe in themselves and convince them that anything is possible, if they just do it.

Strengthening the love in every young heart for their birthplace, for the mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, culture, food, music and with care and respect for all our citizens, together we can make all our dreams come true in Macedonia.

We are the ones responsible who have to encourage and give space to young people to achieve what they imagine, if we want to have a future.

For their imagination of their home in the future and how they want it to look like, we are awarding the following three artists:

  • Era Missimi (“Faik Konica” ODU, village of Odri, Municipality of Tearce)
  • Teodora Stankovska (OOU “Ilinden”, Kriva Palanka)
  • Angela Stojkoska (Sveti Kliment Ohridski OOU, Makedonski Brod)

Our patron and our partners at GENERAL WEEKEND prepared a gift basket for each of our winning artists. But because our winning artists are also representatives of their communities, our partners decided to provide one large planter (Raised Bed) for each of their schools along with suitable soil and a collection of original indigenous seeds.
Children should learn how these plants grow, how they are planted, how they are cultivated and how the fruits are finally harvested.
After the first fruit harvest, the children learn how to extract new seeds and each child receives a seed and homework to plant at home.

Our children will be connected to the heritage of our culture by learning about how life was created and sustained in the older generations of our country.
We want to bring back that feeling of success when harvesting your own vegetables that you have grown with love and care.
This lesson is not only a lesson about growing vegetables, but also about finding your place in society and manifesting the ethics of how to turn your ideas into reality.

During the next days we will contact you all personally to arrange the delivery of the gifts and on behalf of our patron and our official partners we congratulate you all!

Thank you so much for sharing your vision for a better future with us.
Let’s make it a reality!


With 53 Municipalities, already more than 16.000 registered SONCHEVI PIONERI, GENERALKA WEEKEND 2023 was the biggest environmental action ever held on the entire balkans. Together with our partners from Pivara Skopje, Pakomak and with the support of Nula Otpad, Sparkasse Banka, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, MAN AND MOUNTAIN organised this event with more than 450 schools.

In cooperation with Represent Communications, our team produced a two hours+ live broadcast on the incredible vivid facebook group of GENERALKA WEEKEND.

Man and Mountain is Official Partner of National Park Sar Planina

from left to right: Hannes (MAM), Gordana (MAM), Ibrahim Dehari (National Park Sar Planina)

Today the director of National Park Šar Planina Mr. Ibrahim Dehari and Gordana Sofija and Hannes Jaeckl from Man And Mountain signed the Memorandum for strategic collaboration until the year 2031.

This collaboration not only covers activities arround the GENERALKA WEEKEND and SONCHEVA GORA but also developing waste disposal system as well as touristic strategies in and around the National Park Šar Planina and it’s sorrounding municipalities.

From today on we make our hands dirty together and create a green perspective for us and future generations in our country



We are very happy to announce that the Ministry of Agriculture together with National Forestry has fulfilled their promise to dedicate one tree for every 10 kg of trash that we all collected together with more than 8.400 volunteers, 190 Organisations in 26 Municipalities in North Macedonia during the GENERALKA WEEKEND 2022.  

From left to right: Minister of Environment Naser Nuredini, Gordana Sofija and Hannes Jaeckl

The Ministry of Agriculture together with National Forestry with the support of the Ministry of Environment, Pivara Skopje and Pakomak have planted nearly 40.000 trees on more than 380.000m2 of land on two locations near Veles and Petrovec (Skopje).  

From left to right: Minister of Agriculture Ljubcho Nikolovski, Hannes Jaeckl and Gordana Sofija

We want to thank all participants of the GENERALKA WEEKEND as well as all supporters of SONCHEVA GORA and we are looking forward to seeing you again on 12.-14. May 2023 for the GENERALKA WEEKEND 2023

Let’s make our selfs dirty and clean our country from the waste of the past and create a green perspective for us and future generations!

All drone recordings are made by:

SONCHEVA GORA – Tree Plantation 2022

from left to right: Hannes, Gordana and Minister of Agriculture Mr. Ljupcho Nikolovski

On the 2nd of June 2022, we Man and Mountain in the name of all SONCHEVI PIONERI of Macedonia signed memorandum with the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr. Ljupco NIkolovski and Director of National Forestry Valentin Gruevski about planting trees. For every 10 kg of collected waste during the GENERALKA WEEKEND from 2021 – 2031 the Ministry of Agriculture will dedicate one tree in their annual plantation plans together with the National Forestry for the next 10 years.

from left to right: Minister Ljupcho Nikolovski and Director of National Forestry Mr. Valentin Gruevski

This year they will plant on two locations: Petrovec (Skopje) and Veles.

During the last two years SONCHEVI PIONERI collected more than 360.000 kg of wasteduring the GENERALKA WEEKENDS.

So in this year we plant a breathtaking number of nearly 40.000 trees. These forests will be officially named SONCHEVA GORA.


Opening Event in Skopje / Vodno

Our hearts are full of joy and pride when we saw all the numbers of this year’s GENERALKA WEEKEND. We broke all records and wrote history to enable a better future. We all did this together because we are people with different political, etnical, social and educational backgrounds, but what unites us is the country that we live in, the air that we breath and the water that we drink.

And these are the numbers:·

26 participating Municipalities from 6.-8. May 2022
o 8.212 participants 
o Total collected waste in three days: 186.748kg
o Selected Plastic: 7.249kg
o Selected Paper: 4.897kg
o Selected Glass: 397kg
o Selected Cans: 60kg
o Bulky Waste: 12.280kg
o Mixed Waste: 56.675kg
o Other Waste (illegal landfills): 105.190kg

Thank to our friends and partners, who made GENERALKA WEEKEND happen:
Pivara Skopje
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture
All mayors and directors of Komunalna and environment inspectors from all participating municipalities
Kids and teachers from more than 40 schools
Firefighters, NGOs, pensionists, sports clubs and everyone who made his/her hands dirty to clean!

We are proud about your trust and next time we will make it better, bigger and greater! This was the second year of GENERALKA WEEKEND and we have 8 more years to go to clean our country.

We are all SONCHEVI PIONERI – lets recycle the waste of the past into a green future – for all of us 🙂

Impressions from 6. May 2022
Impressions from 7. May 2022
Impressions from the 8. May 2022