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Festival

VII INTERNATIONAL FOLK - DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL “MACEDONIAN SUN”

Application Form Date: 10 - 14 September, 2018
Location: Ohrid, Macedonia
Director: Zoran Strezovski
Application Deadline: 15 November, 2018
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

         

                                                           

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

 

    With pleasure we INVITE you (FOLKLORE ENSEMBLES,CHORAL GROUPS,MAJORETTE TEAMS, ORCHESTRAS) to participate on VII International Folk –dance and Music festival  “MACEDONIAN SUN” which will be held on 10 – 14 September  2018.

  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 www.ohridinfo.mk

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

 

                                             Program

 

10.09.Monday

  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

 

11.09. Tuesday  

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.30 -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

    19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

     20.00. Ensembles parade (old town)

    21.00. Official opening of the festival

             - Welcome speech and firewall

             - Open air performance

             - Dancing together

  

12.09 Wednesday

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

10.30 – 14.00  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),

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 Second festival evening (optional) or Macedonian evening party

 

 13.09. Thursday

   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 7 euros per person),(lunch package),

   20.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

 21.00.- 00.00 Disco party, exchange presents ,joint party

 

14.09. Friday  

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

11.00.  Departure of the participants

 

 

 

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  non competitive

-          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

60 euro for 3 FB (with 3 meals per day) 

80 euro 4FB per person (eith 3 meals per day)

(4 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board). ). 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 or 1/4 bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms.. 

 Visit:

hotel Montenegrin (hotel on the center of city) www.montenegrininn.com

Hotel & Restourant Fortuna (in the center of the city)

Hotel De lux apartmant (in the center of the city)

    

 

Festival organizers provide:

-         for 20 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,

-         Free parking

-         discoteque

-         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 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.

  Any group should be paid a vans of 250 euros on account of organizers until 15 April 2016. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

 

In 2015 on this festival participated over 233 participants from 8 countries from Europe.

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

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