OFFest was established in 2002 as a second festival, which grew up from the long-established tradition of Skopje Jazz Festival. The main idea was to create another important music event in a different period of the year, and in terms of music genres, more wide-oriented. It was natural to start OFFest in the decades of full globalization that resulted in raising creativity, popularity and awareness of the so-called "world music". OFFest presents a variety of music from all continents, focusing on different categories, from traditional, ethno, folk, roots, to urban, contemporary and experimental music styles. A lot of renowned artist from all over the world performed throughout OFFest history.
The 17th edition of OFFest will take place from May 31-June 5. The featured line-up is fresh and exciting, more than ever. The furious Jupiter & Okwess with extraordinary variety of music. Fighting Windmills unique music expression blends with the hypnotic power of Dirtmusic. Ancestral rhythms by Officina Zoé are exciting and touching, therapeutic and hilarious. Ifriqiyya Electrique transmit their shamanic ceremony while the mixture of styles of Gaye Su Akyol is vibrant and intoxicating. Groovalicious DJ Mukambo makes y’all dance until late-nite hours. Barmer Boys carry forward the centuries-old Indian musical traditions mixed with the incredible adventure of Trans-Aeolian Transmission. The voice of the African diva Oumou Sangaré is like songbird. A pure soulful joy. Like OFFest 2018.