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Application Form Price: 69 € Date: 23 - 27 June, 2021
Location: DURRES, Albania
Director: Zoran Strezovski & WOFA
Application Deadline: 30 October, 2020
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.
                                            I N V I T A T I O N

     With pleasure we INVITE (folk ensembles,choral groups and majorette teams) (children, youth and adult groups  ) to participate on VI International music & folk - dance festival “DURRES FEST”  23 -27 June, Durres, Albania 2021

  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.

    Durrës is the second largest city of Albania located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km, west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically significant cities of Albania. Durrës is home to Albania’s main port, the Port of Durrës, and to the newest public university, the Aleksandër Moisiu University.Durrës is an important link to Western Europe due to its port and its proximity to the Italian port cities, notably Bari, to which daily ferries run. As well as the dockyard, it also possesses an important shipyard and manufacturing industries, notably producing leather, plastic and tobacco products. Some important buildings in Durrës include the main library, the cultural center with the Aleksandër Moisiu Theatre, the Estrada Theater, the puppet theater, and the philharmonic orchestra. There are also several museums such as the Durrës Archaeological Museum, Royal Villa of Durrës and the Museum of History (the house of Aleksandër Moisiu).

The city hosts the Durrës Ancient City Wall called also Durrës Castle while the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans is located in the city close to the harbor. This first-century construction is currently under consideration for inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The southern coastal stretch is renowned for its traditional mass beach tourism having experienced uncontrolled urban development. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists, with an estimated 800,000 tourists visiting annually. Many tourist from Europe spend their summer vacations on the beaches of Durrës. In contrast, the northern coastal stretch is mostly unspoiled and set to become an elite tourism destination as a number of beach resorts are being built since 2009. Neighboring districts are known for the production of good wine and a variety of foodstuffs.

Festival program will be held on the main square in Durres.    



  13.00.Arrivalin Durres,  hotel accommodation and  free time (beach time)

18.00 – 19.00 Dinner (buffet) in hotel

        21.00 Welcome reception


24 06. Thursday 

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast - buffet

 11.00 -15.00 Visit – sightseeing Durres

      18.00 - 19.00 Dinnerbuffet in hotel

19.30 – 23.00 Defile on the main street to the square where it will be held the Opening of the First Festival Evening, where the participants will present their culture ,tradition ,songs and dances of their country and Festival evening on the square - each participant group to prepare programme   in time of 12-15 minutes


     25.06 Friday 

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast - buffet

  10.30 – 15.00 Beach time or Visiting of the history city Kruje and  historic monuments and museum ( entrance 2 euro)   

18.00 – 20.00  Dinner - buffet in hotel

21.00 Gala evening in hotel Bonita where each group should perform with short choreography of 5 minutes, also with few people of the 8 – 10 dancers , whether in live or in playback each group at the beginning will give 5 minutes performance. At the same night we will give certificates and gifts for each participant group


26.06. Saturday 

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast - buffet

  10.30 – 15.00 Beach time or Visiting of the history city Kruje and  historic monuments and museum ( entrance 2 euro)   

17.00 – 18.00  Dinner - buffet in hotel

21.00 Discotheque with all participants 


   27.06 Sunday   

   09.00 – 11.00 Breakfast - buffet

11.00 Departure of the participants


 General rules :

-         is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, brass bands, orchestras, modern dance groups, choral groups and majorette teams.

-Every Folklore,Choral group, majorette Team has the right to participate. Children's ensembles  (2/3 of the participants must be 16 or younger), Youth ensembles (2/3 of the participants must be 25 or younger), adult ensembles (1/3 of the participants must be older than 25).

-         On the festival may participate children,youth and adults folklore dance groups, modern dance groups, vocal 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 50 members including dancers, managers and musicians,

-         Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 folk dances, 10-15 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,

 - We have most groups from Bulgaria and Poland 

Participation fee:

69 euro for 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals) 

- 89 euro for 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals) 

    in  3* hotels on the beach in 2/2 (leaders and drivers)  than triple and 4 bedrooms with own toilet) Hotel see resort situated on the famous sands beach..with outdoor swimming pool like SKAMPA and BLY SKY with own beach..

- 75 euro for 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals (open buffet) 

-    95 euro for 4 HB per person  (4 nights with 2 meals (open buffet) .

 It covers hotel accommodation in 4* HOTEL BONITA with outdoor swimming pool and with own beach visit.  with 2 meals per day  (open buffet)(only our association has right of yhis hotel)

Additional double rooms are on request and additional paymant of 5 euro per room per day..

Video from the past festivals in Durres you can find of this link:


Festival organizers provide:

-         for 22 dancers – one gratis,

-         souvenir and gift for each group,

-         Certificate for attendance,

-         Welcome reception,

-   drinks during performance

-         free parking

-         advertising of the festival (press release, news letters, 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 Dures. Price will be 26 Euro per day per person HB in 4* hotel and 22 euro Hb in 3* hotels – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.

 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 link of the photos and videos from the festival program for each group and photos..

   The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Tirana Airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number.Also you have Wizz Air to Ohrid Airport in Macedonia so we can make transfer to Durres.

In 2017 on the festival were participated 10 groups from 8 EU country with 377 participants.

   In 2018 on the festival were participated 11 groups from 9 EU country with 414 participants.

In 2019 on the festival were participated 12 groups from 9 EU country with 500 participants.

Number of seats is limited on 400.


NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                           Published on 29.06.2019


X International folklore and musical festival "DURRES FEST" was held in the period 24 – 28 June in Durres, Albania. More than 400 participants from 8 folk ensembles and choral groups from Poland, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina took part in the folklore forum.

On 25 June 2019 the festival evening was held on the main square in Durres – in front of the Center of Culture. There, the director of the folklore forum welcomed all participants and wished them success. The groups were awarded with certificates and many deserved applauses.

The closing party was held on June 27 in a great hotel, where all participants danced until midnight.

 Over the days, the artists and their artistic directors visited Durres, swam in the warm sea and enjoyed the pool of the hotel, where they were housed.

Some moments from the festival (photo and videos)


Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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