Young Gladys Avignon from France is the winner of the 2018 Europa Forum traditional music contest. Musicians from 17 countries competed their performances on flute, instrument most related to the Macedonian flute called kaval, and one that best depicts the human speech onomatopoeia.
Gladys Avignon was accompanied on the winners podium by Natalia Egielman from Poland and Xavier Santos from Portugal, who received awards by both the jury and the audience.
The contest was extremely competitive, and the selected performers showed their talent, diligence and love of the flute. The jury had a difficult task and so had the audience, which also cast votes for award winners, such as Plamenka Trajkovska, an academy-trained musician and a member of the Lions Europa Forum Skopje, organization committee.