Folklore Festival
Folklore Festival

International Veterans Festival of Dance and Songs "Ohrid Waves" , Ohrid - Macedonia

2nd June – 5th June 2017

Organizers:

Folklore Festival Association

House of Culture Struga

Municipality of Ohrid

Ohrid -The Balkan Jerusalem

The intention of our invitation is to celebrate life, love and friendship trough dance and music. The festival light motive is to gather all veteran groups from all over the world and remind ourselves of the events worth remembering.

The International Veteran’s Folk-Dance Festival “Ohrid waves” will be held for the 9th time in Ohrid from 02nd June till 05th June, 2017.

Ohrid an immortal town, a magical hill that links ancient and modern times forever. Ohrid has been a living town for 2400 years, notable for having 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and is referred to as the Macedonian Jerusalem. Today Ohrid is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. Together with Lake Ohrid have been named a world cultural and natural heritage listed city under the protection of UNESCO since 1980.

St. Naum, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia and an important pilgrimage place. Breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galicica Mountain towering from behind. It was founded in the 910 by St.Naum, but the present-day church was built in the 16th c.

Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return and why it simply cannot be retold.

During your free time the Organizer will organize:

- excursion with guide to the historical old part of Ohrid to visit the most famous ancient churches, basilicas, and monasteries where Saints Kliment and Naum (students of Cyril and Methodus) wrote their teachings and formulated the Cyrillic alphabet (50€ per group).

- Boat Trip to St. Naum (9€ per person), a full day boat trip from Ohrid to St. Naum.

General Rules

The International Veteran’s Folk-Dance Festival “Ohrid waves” is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by folkloric groups.

On the festival can participate folk groups, modern dance groups, vocal groups, instrumental groups and soloists, choirs as well as groups and performers from other art styles. According to the festival program the Groups will perform from 5 minutes to 10 minutes either with live music or CD and should have flag and sign with the name of the group for the defile.

NOTE: Each group must send us the music for the performances by email, 10 days before the festival.

During the Festival each Group will have one or two performances in Ohrid and its area according to the program of the Festival. The performances will be in the evening hours so you can plan the day ahead and use it for visiting the historical part of the city, excursions or simply enjoying on the beach.

The festival fee is 75 euro per persons. It covers organizational expenses, accommodation in a Hotel for 3 nights with 3 meals per day and party for all groups. On every 20 participants, one person is free of charge.

Participation fee can be paid via bank transfer or in cash on the day of arrival. Advance payment of 10 euro per person should be made after receiving the official invitation.

Accommodation

The accommodation of the participants is in Hotels in Struga and Ohrid very close to the beach. The Groups will be accommodated in rooms with 3 beds and 4 beds on a full board basis. Only 2 double rooms are available per group which can be used for the Leaders and drivers.

The Groups must send the rooming list by end of May. Groups that do not send, the rooming list will be made by festival and can’t be any changes upon arrival.

If the group shows interest in extending the stay the organizers should be informed during the application process (for full board accommodation the price is 25 euro per person per day).

 

Transport and Travel Conditions

The groups should pay the travel expenses by themselves to Ohrid and back. The groups coming by bus should use their own transport all the time during the festival and the small journeys and excursions around the city.

The festival can organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Ohrid airport, during the festival days and back to the same Ohrid airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessaloniki Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid.

The participant group has to arrive in Ohrid on 2rd of June 2017 (starting with lunch) and leave on 5th of June 2017 after having breakfast.

We will appreciate if you can send us your application by 30 April 2017. After receiving your application we will send you the official invitation for participating on the Festival. We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary. Each member must have travel insurance policy.

The organizer reserves the right to any changes in the program, and the participants will be informed on time. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival. By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions.

Every Group will be rewarded with a Certificate for attending on the Festival.

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