Struga Poetry Evenings is an international poetry festival that is happening annually. The festival began in 1961 with Macedonian poets only and in 1963 the program was extended with poets of former Yugoslavia. Since 1966, the festival has an international note. It is happening in August, on the Bridge of Poetry in Struga, with a beautiful opening ceremony that consists of the traditional reading of the Macedonian poem “Longing for the south” from Konstantin Miladinov. The prestigious Award is the Golden Wreath. Many notable poets were awarded on this cultural manifestation, such as Pablo Neruda, Miroslav Krleza, Joseph Brodsky, the first President of Senegal, Léopold Sédur Senghor, Blaze Koneski, a really important figure who contributed to the codification of the standard Macedonian language.