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Festival

II International festival “EPIPHANY - VODICI”

Application Form Date: 16 - 19 January, 2016
Location: Ohrid, Macedonia
Director: Zoran Strezovski
Application Deadline: 15 July, 2018
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.
       With pleasure  we INVITE you (folk, dance and choir groups) to participate on v International festival “EPIPHANY - VODICI” 16 - 19 January, Ohrid 2015.
    The intention of our invitation is to invite you to celebrate together Epiphany - Vodici (Baptism of Jesus Christ)  in Ohrid (city named Balkan Jerusalem). The Festival light motive is to present the cultural tradition of different countries and to provide an opportunity for the members of groups to get together, to establish friendships and culture presentation trough dance and music.
  One of the greatest Christian holidays, Vodici (Baptism of Jesus Christ), has been celebrated since the second century. In the river Jordan, Saint John the Baptist, baptized Jesus Christ.
*Sanctification of the waters of the Ohrid Lake, by throwing the holy cross from the Ohrid port. Over 200 young people each year try to recover the cross from the lake, an act, which according to the Church beliefs, will bring them health and happiness during the year and the one who catches it will receive an award..
 Epiphany is called so because the baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ are called most holy Trinity : God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son who baptized : the Son of God was baptized by John , an act that has seen God Father and the Holy Spirit from on high like a dove fly confirming the voice of the Father .
Epiphany began to be celebrated in the III century . in the East , especially in Egypt. It can be assumed that the Orthodox East has established this feast of their own motives and reasons . In the first half of the XIV century . Epiphany is celebrated everywhere , but on different days and ways . The consecration of the water and the miracles of St. John Zlatous holly  water in his sermon on baptism says : "This is the day that Christ was baptized and sanctified natural water . At midnight of the holiday all draw water and carry it in their homes and keep for years . Water does not spoil . "
Epiphany holiday was God who met the wishes of the people who turned in the opening of the sky . Namely, a belief , exactly at midnight , night, opening the heavens and all that awake you celebrate the holiday, God will fulfil the wishes .
  This event is known as Bogojavlenie, because by the act of the baptism of God has finally appeared as Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The catch of the cross means unification of the human with Jesus Christ.
   The tradition of throwing the wooden Cross in Macedonia is old 20 years, while the holiday is being celebrated for more than 2000 years by the Orthodox Christians.
Celebration of the day of St. John the Baptist by performing a unique ceremony of throwing the cross into the waters of a lake.
A musical happening and fireworks will follow the Manifestation, while all the bars and restaurants serve free hot drink.
Ohrid  is one of the oldest settlements  in Macedonia. According to famous television game show “who wants to be a millionaire “ in 2007 on British Television, Ohrid is declared as the oldest city in the world, with continuous civilization advancement! Indeed, according to many historians, Lychnidos-the city of light (the ancient name of Ohrid ) was build in the 4th century B.C, but humans have lived there for more than 8.000 years. Here in Ohrid, from its beginning until today, life still goes on, without ending. That is why it‘s also called “the kingdom of archaeologists”.
    Considering the number of churches located in the Old town  (365 churches according to the immemorial legend, for local people to celebrate every single day by honouring another saint), Ohrid is called “the Balkan Jerusalem”, successfully playing the role as the biggest pilgrimage spot for all the Orthodox Christians in the world.However, Ohrid is the only place in the world where 2 recognized saints actually lived in the same time - St. Clement of Ohrid (840-916) and St.Naum of Ohrid (830-910), putting an extremely strong stamp of their existence.
Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and according to most experts the oldest lake in Europe. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return.
  Our participants will have the opportunity to dance on the stage on the place where will be the event and observe the whole spectacle. For more information visit www.ohridinfo.mk and www.vodici.com.mk
 

Program Proposal

16.01. Saturday
 13.00 – Arrival in Ohrid, , hotel accommodation,
 14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel
 19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel
 20.00 – Welcome reception
 
17.01. Sunday 
 09.00 – 11.00 Breakfast,
 11.00 – 14.00  Ohrid sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments (St.Sofia church, Samoil fortress, Antique theatre, Plaosnik, St. Kaneo church, Bridge of wishes  …)
 14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel
 18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel
 20.00 – Official opening of the festival
               - welcome speech
               - Festival evening
 
 
18.01. Monday
 08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,
 10.00 – 13.00  Struga sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments or boat trip on the lake..
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel
 19.30 – 20.30 Dinner in hotel
 21.00 – Social events, exchange presents, disco party
 
 
19.01. Tuesday
 08.00 – 09.00  Breakfast
 10.00 – 13.00 Festival day on the square during manifestation Epiphany - Vodici  
 
 11.30 – Departure of the participants
 

General rules:

  • is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by folkloric groups.
  • On the festival may participate children, youth and adults folklore, dance groups, modern dance groups, vocal groups, choir groups, instrumental groups and soloists, as well as groups and performers from other art styles.  
  • The number of participants are limited (only 3 groups from each country),
  • Each group should consist of most 45 members including dancers, managers and musicians,
  • Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 performances, 10-15 minutes each with orchestra or CD.
  • To send us short CV and 2-3 photos of the group,
  • To take a flag of the country,
  • Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure,
  • Participation fee is 60 euros FB per person 3 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board). It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in 3*** hotels which are located in Ohrid city, in 1/2, 1/3 or 1/4 bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms….. or 59 euro HB (breakfast and dinner) … Visit: www. Vilaniko.com.mk, www.hotelaleksandrija.com.mk,  www. hotelkocarev.com.mk, www.hotelbeton.com.mk and others…                                                                                                                            

Festival organizers provide:

  • for 20 dancers – one gratis,
  • souvenir for each group,
  • Certificate for attendance,
  • drinks during the performance,
  • tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,
  • reception in city hall,
  • advertising of the festival (press conference, radio and tv channels, posters and flayers).
 
INSURANCE: 
Personal responsibility and health insurance are within the other obligations of the groups. First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, medical services must be covered by the group
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On your request,  You can continue your stay in Ohrid. Price will be 20 Euro per day per person FB – price is special for the participants in the festivals.
Organizers keep the right to change program of the festival. After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program of the festival and each group will have guide during festival.
    After the festival finish organizers will send you DVD from the festival program for each group and photos. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival.
   The festival will 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. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessalonici Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary.
  Any group should confirm by the Form of attendance and after confirmation it should paid a vans of 250 euros on account of organizers until 30 December  2013. The rest of money should be paid after the group arrived in hotel in Ohrid.  In case of cancellation, a vans will be not refund.
By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditionsAll information about invoice will be supply after your confirmation for participations.
 
OrganizersCulture association Models & Youth Culture centre Ohrid.
in cooperation with: National institution Centre of Culture ”G.Prlicev”  – Ohrid and Municipality of Ohrid
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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