IKAR hut residency, Ohrid

General information

Brief description of organisation

Ikar hut is a family owned hostel with three generations of writers, scientists and artists running the house as an eco friendly residence for artists, adventureurs and nature lovers. It is situated in a quiet area by the cost of Ohrid lake, 8km outside of the city centre, Unesco world´s natural and cultural heritage. Many shuttles to town and to st. Naum monastery (founded 9th century). It is an inspiring place for visual, performing, video or audio artists as well as for writers or movie directors.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Visual artists, writers, directors, composers, are invited to apply for serene 3 weeks / 1 month residence, in the heart of the UNESCO world´s heritage of Ohrid.
Ohrid lake is the oldest and one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Its crystal water is the only home of 212 endemic species surviving the past 2 million years. Galicica national park rising just above, is like a brave mother observing her children - the two lakes Ohrid and Prespa on each side of the mountain. Together with the old city of Ohrid they became one of the 35 world´s heritage sites recognized by UNESCO for it´s natural and cultural legacy.
The residency is placed in a few generation old house of writers, artists and travelers, build in the 70´s and still keeping the same spirit. It is located in a quiet neighborhood 8km outside of the city, in the feet of the mountain and by the lake shore.
We can host 3-4 residents at a time, between September and May each year. We would ask each resident to pay a fee for the use of the facility (approx 25 eu/day). In return we offer a private room/studio of 20m2 / shared bathroom / sharing kitchen/ spacious common room with green yard and few chilling verandas. On the house we offer our residents inspiring talks, hikes introducing the area and all sort of outdoor activities.
As Ohrid is facing rapid urbanization and unplanned construction of the shore, we would give priority to artists willing to express the ecological concern for protecting the lake.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Part of a Hotel or Guest House

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
Grants available

No grants available at the momment

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Food

Donation of an art work is highly appreciated

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Supplies
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at a later date

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Painting space and some materials
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By plane

If you land in Skopje, you need to take a shuttle bus to main bus station.
There are many departures Skopje - Ohrid from 6am till 18h or 20h (only in summer).
The bus takes 3h to Ohrid and the price is 8-9eu, one way or 12eu for return ticket.
From Ohrid there are shuttle busses to Lagadin village (direction St Naum, Peshtani or Elshani village).

By car

Once in Ohrid town, drive towards St. Naum monastery, direction south. Afterwards 8km you will enter the small tourist village Lagadin. Turn left at the only minimarke imarket place and drive up the street 60m till you see the colorful IKAR hut.

Nearest airport


Contact information

IKAR hut residency, Ohrid
Lagadin 26
6000 Ohrid


Phone: +38970377826

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