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Festival

International Music and Folk & Dance Festival OHRID PEARL

Application Form Date: 26 - 30 July, 2018
Location: Ohrid, Macedonia
Director: Zoran Strezovski and WOFA
Application Deadline: 20 September, 2018
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.
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With pleasure we INVITE you (FOLK – DANCE, CHOIR GROUPS, MAJORETTE TEAMS and MODERN DANCE GROUPS) (CHILDREN’S.YOUTH&ADULTS) to participate on  XII INTERNATIONAL MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL  “OHRID PEARL”  26 – 30  July, Ohrid,2018

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. 
  • On 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,

                                          Program

26.07. Thursday    
13.00 Arrival in 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
 
27.07. 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 
18.30 – 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 
28.07.   Saturday    
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, and swimming in one of the best sands beach located on the Ohrid coast,– (price 8 euros per person, launch packet, dancing boat),
18.30 – 19.30 Dinner in hotel
20.00 Parade and Second festival evening (optional) or Macedonian evening party
 
39.07.  Sunday  
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 (sunbathing),
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 
 
30.07.Monday  
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
11.00 Departure of the participants.
 
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…
30.07 Monday
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 
 
31.08. Tuesday 
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
 
01.08 Wednesday 
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:

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

- 89 Euro for 4 FB per person (4 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board). It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in  hotels and Vilas which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake or in the center of the city in 1/2, 1/3 or 1/4 bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms……

 Note:Macedonian Tourist tax and insurance is 1 euro per person per day and it is additional..

Visit:

Hotel Desaret  (hotel on the lake) – www.hoteldesaret.com.mk ,  

Hotel Plaza (hotel on the Lake)-   www.galebiplaza.com.mk ,

Hotel Kocarev -   www.hotelkocarev.com.mk ,

Hotel Montenegrin ( in the center of the city) – www.montenegrininn.com   

Hotel Makotex   (hotel on the lake)- www.makotex.com.mk/hotel/ 

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

Hotel Vila Fortuna ( in the center of the city)

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MORE PHOTOS FROM THE FESTIVAL IN 2016 YOU CAN SEE ON LINK: https://youtu.be/MK85OjLZMds 

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.
 
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
 
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. 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 394 participants from 10 countries from Europe.
In 2017 on this festival participated over 413 participants from 10 countries from Europe.
 
NUMBER OF SEATS IS LIMITED on 400 or 10-11 groups!
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

"We build bridges from nation to nation"