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XI International Music & Folk - Dance festival OHRID - CITY OF LIGHT

Application Form Price: 75 € Date: 14 - 18 July, 2023
Location: OHRID, Macedonia
Director: Z. S. & WOFA
Application Deadline: 1 October, 2023
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


 The Festival light motive is to present the cultural tradition of different countries and regions, and to provide an opportunity for the members of groups to get together and create friendships and culture presentation trough dance and music.

Ohrid 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. There are many tourists from Netherland, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria….

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 …..

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

General rules:

- Every  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).

- This is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by  groups.

- the festival may participate children and youth 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 12-18 minutes each with orchestra or USB.

- The Choral groups -two parts from 12 – 18 minutes free program (one performance acapela in old city (churches) and one performance on the stage with sound equipment)..

- 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. Also, we will choose the best girl's and men's folk costume and the best dancing couple.

- To send us short CV and photos of the group,

- To take a flag of the country,

- Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure


14.07. Friday 

13.00 Arrival in Ohrid after 13.00 and hotel accommodation, free activities 

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00  Welcome reception with leaders of the groups


15.07. Saturday  

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

18.30 – 19.30 Dinner in hotel

20.00. Ensembles parade (old town)

20.30. Official opening of the festival

- Welcome speech and firework

- Open air performance (festival evening)

- Dancing together


 16.07. Sunday      

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

11.00 – 16.00 Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, Visiting Museum on water and visit most famous tourist resort  St.Naum - culture  place, ,– (price 9 euros per person, launch packet, dancing boat),

18.30 – 19.30 Dinner in hotel

20.00 Parade and Second festival evening (optional) or workshop (learning different dances) or Macedonian evening party


17.07. Monday 

10.00. Breakfast in hotel and free activities,

10.00 – 13.00  Visiting Stara carsia, oldest tree called – Cinar, Biljanini springs, Ohrid pearl , old paper manufactory, shopping or Visiting Struga city,

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities ,

18.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 - 00.00 Closing ceremony of the festival- organizers give certificates and presents for the groups than exchange presents and disco party with all participants with wine degustation and soft drink for the kids


09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

11.00 Departure of the participants.


OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

18.07 Tuesday

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast,

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

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00  Festival evening in Struga city or Macedonian evening party


19.07. Wednesday 

09.00 –10.00 Breakfast,

10.30 – 14.00 Free activities (wolking around the 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

20.07 Tuesday

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,

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

14.00 Departure from Skopje city

Participation fee:

-         - 75 uro for 3 HB (3 nights with 2 meals per day, HB)

-         -  98 euro for 4 HB (3 nights with 2 meals per day, HB) 

     - 88 Euro for 3 FB per person ( 3 nights with 3 meals per day)

     -115 Euro for 4 FB per person ( 3 nights with 3 meals per day)

It covers 3* hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in  hotels  which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake or in the center of the city in 3 and 4 bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms……,

Hotel Montenegrin ( in the center of the city) –  

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

 Hotel Vila& restaurant “Fortuna” ( in the centre of the city)


  • Hotel Desaret is 3* hotel on the lake with outdoor swimming pool and only our organization has right of this hotel. Meals are open buffet and price is: 

    - 79 euro 3 Hper person (3 nights with 2 meals per day (Half Board)

    - 102 euro 4 Hper person (4 nights with 2 meals per day (Half  Board).

    - 92 euro 3 FB per person (3 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board)

    - 119 euro 4 FB per person (4 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board).  

    If you want 4* hotel we can ask and send you information about price.

 Festival organizers provide: 

- for 23 dancers – one gratis,

- souvenir and gift for each group,

- Welcome cocktail

- Disco party with drink

- certificates for attendance on the festival,

- guide for sightseeing of the town,

- drinks during the performance,

- free bus parking

- advertising of the festival (social media promotion, news letters,  posters).

 How it was on the festival past years you can see on following link:

 NOTE: Tourist tax and insurance is 1 euro per day per person and it is paid additional..


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 33 Euro per day per person FB or 26 euro HB – 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

 The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from airport, during the festival days and back to the airport

If you arrive on Ohrid airport we will organize free transfer from aeroport to the hotel and back.

If you arrivefrom other airports, the cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessaloniki Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid. We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary.

You can arrive at airport in Ohrid and we will arrange transfer to the hotel free of charge.

 After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program of the festival.All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

In 2016 on this festival participated over 332 participants from 9 countries from Europe.

In 2017 on this festival participated over 388 participants from 10 countries from Europe.

In 2018 on this festival participated over 412 participants from 9 countries from Europe

 In 2019 on this festival participated over 440 participants from 8 countries from Europe



    NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                       Published on 20.07.2019



From 15 - 19 July in Ohrid was held XII International music and Folk - Dance festival ÖHRID - CITY of LIGHT"..

On the festival participate over 400 participants from Romania, Bulgaria, Armenia, Lithuania,Serbia...Festival has two festival evening on 15 and 16 July where all groups singing and dance in front the tourist and local citizens in Ohrid city on the main stage ..join party was held in hotel Desaret on the beach with all participants on 17 august..

Director of the festival Mr Zoran Strezovski wish them well stay in Ohrid and nice festival presentation to all groups..

Groups show their satisfaction of the hotel accommodation in hotel Desaret and well organization of the festival..Festival was organize by WOFA and Youth Culture Center in Ohrid...During tha day they have visited beatiful city of Ohrid and boat trip to St Naum..also they have swimming in warm water of Ohrid Lake..Some moments from the festival you can see on the link:

 NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                        Published on 20 July 2017


From the 15th until the 19th of July in Ohrid the XI International festival "Ohrid - city of light" took place. The festival was attended by 8 ensembles with more than 300 participants from Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, Brussels the director Zoran Strezovski informed.Traditionally he greeted the contestants with "Welcome" and wished them a worthy performance in the festival.The festival nights took place on the main square in Ohrid in front of a big audience - locals and foreign tourists.

"At the final a party was organized for all the groups, on which the participants exchanged gifts and danced until midnight. On their free days the participants had the chance to enjoy the beauty of Ohrid and the Ohrid lake. " Zoran Strezovski told us.


Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 11 groups and average estimation is VERY GOOD - 8,5/10                                            
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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