Location: Paralia, Katerini, Greece
Director: Zoran Strezovski and WOFA
Application Deadline: 30 January, 2020
I N V I T A T I O N
With pleasure we INVITE (folk ensembles,choral groups,art schools, majorette teams, orchestras,Ballroom dance groups,Modern dance teams) (children, youth and adult groups) to participate on XIII International Music,Art fine & Folk - dance festival “MUSIC, DANCE AND SEA” 15 -19 September,Paralia, 2020
The intention of our invitation and 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.The idea of the Festival is to bring the music closer to the people and to present the music on the streets and the squares.The festival is open for folk and choir ensembles, as well as orchestras and majorettes regardless of the members gender and age.
Paralia and Olimpic Beach are famous holiday place on the Aegean coast of Greece with many sends beach .Festival program will be held on the main square in Paralia and Olimpic beach.
13.00.Arrivalin Paralia, hotel accommodation and free time (beach time)
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel
21.00 Welcome reception with leaders of te groups
09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,
11.00 -16.00 Boat excursion in the blue waters of Thermaikos Gulf, (15 euro per person (including lunch and drinks on the boat) (09:00 Start from the port of Paralia.10:30 We will make a 30min. stop on the opened sea in the high of the beach of PLAKA. Here you can swim in the crystal clear water. 11:00 We are taking you with the small boat to the VARIKO beach, where the captain will prepare a lunch for you around 12:45 (Grilled fish, greek salad and to drink juice or wine and ouzo).The rest of the time at the Variko beach you can spend with taking a walk, swimming, collecting shells. 14:00 leaving the Variko beachparalia 15:00 making a stop on the opened sea with a possibility to swim. 15:30 Return to the port of Paralia)),,
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner in hotel
19.30 – 23.00 Festival evening on the square in Paralia
09.00 -11.00 Breakfast,
11.00 – 17.00 Beach time or visiting Thessalonica or Katerini (optional)
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel
19.30 – 23.00 Second festival evening on the square of Olympic beach
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast ,
10.00 – 14.00 Beach time or Visiting Meteori (very famous historical place)
14.00 - 15.00 Lunch in restaurant21.00 – 00.00 Join party with all partuicipants in Aloha Beach (optional)
09.00 – 11.00 Breakfast
11.30 Departure of the participants
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…
09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,
10.30 – 14.00 Visiting Katerini or free time on the beach
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel
21.00. – 00.00 Greek party
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,
09.00 – 14.00 Departure to Thessalonica
General rules :
- is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by groups.
- On the festival may participate children and youth folklore dance groups, modern dance groups, vocal groups, ballroom dance teams, art schools, 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 50 members including dancers, managers and musicians,
- Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 folk dances, total program of 15 - 20 minutes each with orchestra or CD. For choral groups should prepare free program about 15 minutes 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 and excursions.
- To send us short CV and photos of the group,
- To take a flag of the country,
- Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure,
Some moments of the festival in Paralia you can see on folowing link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B98w7-1EOunwdGlJN2FqclRBa2c
Festival organizers provide:
- for 21 dancers – one gratis,
- souvenir and gift for each group,
- Certificate for attendance,
- tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,
- free parking
- advertising of the festival (press release,social medium promotion, posters)
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.
On your request, You can continue your stay in Paralia. Price will be 23 Euro per day per person HB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.
After the festival finish organizers will send you link from the festival video and nd photos.
The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Thessaloniki Airport which are only 75 km from Paralia. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number.
All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.
In 2018 on the festival were participated 11 groups from 9 EU country with 365 participants (children, youth and adults).
In 2019 on the festival were participated 12 groups from 10 EU countries with 447 participants.
NUMBER OF SEATS IS LIMMITED on 400 participants or 10- 12 groups!
NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL 15.09.2019
"Many Diversity and many emotions on the festival in Paralia,Katerini "
From 11-15 september 2019 was held XI International music & Folk - dance festival "Music,Dance and Sea",in Paralia,Greece..
On the festival participated 12 ensembles with over 400 participants from Estonia,Ukraine,Moldova,Romania,Hungary,Croatia, Bulgaria,Poland..
On 11 september was held Welcome reception with leaders of the groups where director of the festival Mr Zoran Strezovski wish them welcome on the festival and explain program for the festival..
On 12 september was held beach party with all participants on famoues Aloha beach bar where all ensembles have their presentation..
On 13 september was held festival evening in Olimpic beach and second festival evening was held on 14 september in Paralia squere where director give them sertificates and presents from the festival..
Organizer of the festivals were WOFA - World Festival Association with cooperation of local municipality..
Some moments of the festival (photos and videos) on the link:https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B8As_IOFIAl5MG5ZdEZodEFsVEU
NEXT FESTIVAL IS FROM 11-15 SEPTEMBER 2020