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Application Form Date: 24 - 28 August, 2016
Location: OHRID, Macedonia
Director: Mr. Zoran Strezovski and WOFA
Application Deadline: 1 July, 2019
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


Organizers of the festival are: Youth culture center in cooperation with World,Festival Association, National Institution Center for culture “G.Prlicev” from Ohrid and Municipality of Ohrid.


    With pleasure we INVITE you (Children's, Youth & Adults grops) to participate on X International MUSIC & Folk dance festival and competition “OHRID ART FESTIVAL” which will be held on 24 -28 August  2017.

  Ohrid today is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. It is the famous tourist place in Macedonia but also in the region. During this period there are a lot of tourists from Holland, Finland, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Turkey …Due to exceptional beauty Ohrid is protected in this period is the best tourist resort in Macedonia. It is the famous tourist place in the region with a lot of hotels, apartments, a lot of traditional restaurants and café, shops, entertainment. Ohrid during the summer period lives 24 hours.

    Ohrid lake coast is 35km with beautifully sands beach, tourist attractions and entertainment. Temperature of the water in the lake is 25C degree and it is suitable for swimming, diving, yachting ….. 

Also 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”.

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.

These 2 exceptional persons, the best students of Cyril and Methodius, were in fact the most educated persons in the world in their time. Among other achievements, they will always be remembered as establishers of the first University in Europe (893), located in Ohrid Old Town, long before the University in Bologna (1088)! Besides that, St. Clement and St.Naum of Ohrid were founders of the Cyrillic Alphabet. As a result of their creativity and incredible work, today more then 200 million people still use this alphabet, mostly in Southeast and Eastern Europe. More information on

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






24.08. Thursday 

  13.00Arrivalin Ohrid after 13.00 and hotel accommodation, free activities (swimming in Ohrid Lake)

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00  Welcome reception


25.08. Friday 

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.00 -13.00 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

     19.30. Ensembles parade (old town)

    20.00. Official opening of the festival

             - Welcome speech and firewall

             - Open air performance

             - Dancing together


26.08 Saturday 

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

10.00 – 13.00  Visiting Stara carsia, oldest tree called – Cinar, Biljanini izvori,Ohrid pearl manufactory, shopping  or visiting Struga city,

 14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities (sunbathing),

18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel

20.00 Festival parade and Second festival evening (optional) or Macedonian evening party


 27.08. Sunday 

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

    11.00 – 16.00.Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort  St.Naum-culture  place, also swimming in most popular beach  –(price 8 euros per person),(lunch package, dancing boat),

   20.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

  21.00 - 00.00 Disco party with all participants, exchange presents, wine degustation and soft drink for the kids


28.08. Monday/ 2   

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

11.00.  Departure of the participants


OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

28.08 Monday 

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.30 – 14.00  Visiting Struga city (house of Miladinovci brothers, river Crni Drim, Church in Kalsita……),

 14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,

   18.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

     21.00.  Festival evening in Struga city or Macedonian evening party


29.08. Thursday

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

10.30 – 14.00 Free activities (sunbathing and swimming in Ohrid Lake, walking in the city square… ) or visiting Vevcani (ethno village) ,

   14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,

   20.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

    21.00.- 00.00 Beach  party


30.08 Wednesday

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,

09.00 – 14.00 Departure to Skopje city ( visiting monuments of Aleksandar of Macedon, museum, Macedonian GATE, Stone bridge…)

14.00 Departure from Skopje city


Participating conditions are:

-         The number of groups participants of the festival are not limited,

- Every folklore group  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).

-         Festival is consist of two parts: competitive and non competitive (the group must emphases on which part on the festival will participate – competition or not competition, it must be more than 5 groups in competition part )

-          On the festival may participate children’s, youth and adults folklore groups, modern dance groups, vocal groups, instrumental groups. Age of the participants are not limited.

-         rewards for the winners of the festival in value of 300 euro ( festival board and audience  will decide which group will be the winner),

-         The number of participants are limited (only 3 folk groups from each country for competitive and maximum 3 groups for non competitive),

-         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. 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 short CV and 2 – 3 photos from the group by mail,

-         To bring a flag of the country,

-         Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure.


Participation fee:

The price for 3* hotel accommodation is:

86 Euro for 4 FB per person ( 4 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board). )

83 euro for 4 HB per person (breakfast and dinner).

 It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in 3*** hotels which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake, in 1/2, 1/3  bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms,

 Hotel Desaret is 3* Lake resort with outdoor swimming pool and it has  550 beds so the number is limited. (Our organization has only the right to represent the hotel Desaret),


Hotel Desaret  – ,

Hotel Prestol  -  

Hotel Beton  - ,

Hotel Plaza - ,

Hotel Kocarev - ,

Hotel Montenegrin –    


Festival organizers provide:

-         for 21 dancers – one gratis,

-         souvenir and gift for each group,

-         certificates for attendance on the festival,

-         tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,

-         drinks during the performance,

-         Welcome reception

-         Certificate and awards for the winners,

-         Welcome reception

-         Disco party with drink

-         Free parking

-         reception in city hall,

-         advertising of the festival (press conference, radio and tv channels, posters and flayers).

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 Ohrid. Price will be 23 Euro per day per person FB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide. For additional days we will prepare special program for you. If you wish  we will include festival evening in other city.

After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program 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 Thessaloniki 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. Also, you can arrive in Ohrid airport by plane and we will organize transfer from the airport to the hotel free of charge.


All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

In 2014 on this festival participated over 333 participants from 10 countries from Europe.


In 2015 on this festival participated over 365 participants from 11 countries from Europe.

In 2015 on this festival participated over 422 participants from 12 countries from Europe.

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

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