I N V I T A T I O N
With pleasure we INVITE you (folk ensembles, Choral groups and orchestras majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on XI International Music&Folk - dance festival “OHRID MUSIC FESTIVAL ” 23 - 27 September Ohrid 2020
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.
Ancient ruins, beautiful amphitheatre, 3 citadel walls, St.Sofia Cathedral, St.Jovan Kaneo church, an important pilgrimage place. Breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galicica mountain towering from behind. St.Naum monaster (one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia) was founded in the 910 by St.Naum, but the present-day church was built in the 16th c. Of the original church just the side chapel with the grave of St.Naum still stands), gallery of exclusive icons, museums, workshops for hand-made paper, woodcarving and famous Ohrid pearls, are among hundreds sites for tourists worth to visit. There is also a strong Roman connection to the city, since Lychnidos was along the famous route Via Egnatia, build in the 2nd century B.C., connecting the Adriatic and Aegean sea. Considering the number of churches located in the Old town (365 churches according to the immemorial legend, for local people to celebrate every single day by honouring another saint), Ohrid is called “the Balkan Jerusalem”, successfully playing the role as the biggest pilgrimage spot for all the Orthodox Christians in the world.
Today Ohrid is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. And finally, as the crowning glory of its values, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid have been named a world cultural and natural heritage listed city under the protection of UNESCO since 1980.
Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return. For more information visit www.ohridinfo.mk
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE FESTIVAL LAST YEAR YOU CAN SEE ON LINK:
13.00.Arrivalin Ohrid, , hotel accommodation,
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel
20.00. Welcome reception with the leders of the groups
09.00 -11.00 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
19.15. Ensembles parade (old town)
19.30. Official opening of the festival
- welcome speech and firewall
- open air performance
- Dancing together
09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,
11.00 – 14.30 Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort St. Naum monastery, culture place, –(price 8 euros per person, lunch package),
16.00 – 18.00. Shopping in the city
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel
19.15.- 23.00 Second festival evening or Workshop - learning different dances (optional)
09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,
10.30 – 14.00 Visiting Struga city (house of Miladinovci brothers, river Crni Drim, Kalsita caves church……) (optional),
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities or shopping in the city
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel
21.00. – 00.00 Firewall party, Social events, exchange presents, disco party with all participants with soft drinks for the children and vine for adults
11.00 Departure of the participants
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,
10.00 - 14.00Visiting Struga city and Vevcani ( ethno villige)
14.00 - 15.00 Lunch in hotel
19.00 - Dinner in hotel
21.00 Disco party on the beach
08.00 - 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 14.00 Departure to Skopje city with guides (visiting monuments of Alexander of Macedon, National museum of Macedonian struggle, Macedonian GATE, Stone bridge…)
14.00 Departure from Skopje city
General rules :
- is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups and majorette teams.
- Every Folklore,Choral group and majorette Teams 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 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 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.
- To send us short CV and 2 – 3 photos of the group,
- To take a flag of the country,
- Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure,
Participation fee is
- 57 euro for 3 HB (3 nights with 2 meals per day - breakfast, dinner)
- 79 euro for 4 HB (4 nights with 2 meals per day - breakfast ,dinner)
- 60 euro 3 FB per person (4 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board).
- 80 euro for 4 FB per person ( 4 nights with 3 meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner) …
it covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in 3*** hotels like hotel resort Desaret with outdoor swimming pool on the beach (only our association has right of this hotel) wisit www.hoteldesaret.mk and other hotels which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake, in 2/2 (for drivers and leaders), other in triple and some quadriple rooms or accommodation on the center in the city..
On your request we can arrange 4* hotela nad inform you how much it will cost..
www.hoteldesaret.mk,(hotel on the lake)
www.galebiplaza.com.mk,(hotel on the lake)
www.montenegrininn.com ( hotel in the center of the city
- hotel Makoteks (hotel on the lake)
Hotel de Lux apartmants ( on the center of the city)
Hotel & restourabt Fortuna ( on the center of the city)
Festival organizers provide:
- for 22 dancers – one gratis,
- souvenir and gift for each group,
- Welcome cocktail
- Certificate for attendance,
- drinks during the performance,
- tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,
- reception in city hall,
- advertising of the festival (news letters,social media promotion, 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 and 20 euro for HB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.
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 all video materials and pictures where you can take photos from 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 and we will organize transport to hotel free of charge.
By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.
In 2019 we have 395 participants on the fetsival from 9 EU countries
NUMBER OF SEATS ARE IMITED ON 400 participants or 10 groups.
NEWS ABOUT FESTIVAL Published on 22 June 2019
"300 PERFORMERS TOOK PART IN THE "OHRID MUSIC FESTIVAL"
In the period June 20-24, 2019, the XI International Folklore Dance and Music Festival "OHRID MUSIC FESTIVAL" was held. The forum was attended by more than 300 performers from different countries.
Director of the festival Zoran Strezovski welcomed the participants and wished them successful performances on Macedonian stage.
The festival concert was held on June 19 in the central square where the groups presented their culture and traditions through music, dances and songs. After their performances, the groups received certificates and gifts from the organizer.
During the festival days, the groups had an organized boat trip, they visited the Orthodox Monastery of St. Naum and the sights of Ohrid.
More photos from the festival on the link: