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Application Form Date: 15 - 20 May, 2019
Location: SAMSUN, Turkey
Director: Zoran Strezovski & WOFA
Application Deadline: 15 July, 2020
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.



    With pleasure we INVITE you (folk groups, Choral groups and orchestras majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on VI International  festival “ BLACK SEA YOUTH FESTIVAL", Samsun,TURKEY,   15 -20 May   2019


 SAMSUN- Amisus, which stood on a promontory just northwest of the modern city centre, was founded in the 7th century BCE; after Sinope (modern Sinop) it was the most flourishing Milesian colony on the Euxine (Black) Sea. After Alexander the Great’s conquest of Asia Minor (Anatolia) in the 4th century BCE, Amisus came under the kings of Pontus and continued to prosper until it was burned down by its defenders when it was captured by the Romans in 71 BCE.

Known as Amisos under the Byzantines, it was renamed Samsun by the Seljuq Turks when they took it in the second half of the 12th century. Under Seljuq rule, it surpassed Sinope as a centre of trade between Europe and Central Asia; a large trading colony of Genoese was established there. Taken by the Ottoman sultan Bayezid I at the end of the 14th century, it reverted to the Turkmen Candar principality after the Ottoman defeat at the hands of the conqueror Timur (Tamerlane) in 1402. The city was burned by the Genoese before the Ottomans recaptured it in 1425. The landing of Mustafa Kemal (later called Atatürk) at Samsun on May 19, 1919, to organize national resistance marked the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence and heralded the establishment of the republic in 1923. 

A broad avenue lined with government offices, hotels, and shops traverses modern Samsun east-west along the coast. The city is the metropolitan centre for a fertile agricultural hinterland and the main outlet for the trade of the middle Black Sea coast. Its growth during the later 19th century is associated with the development of tobacco growing in adjoining Bafra ilçe (district) and the use of modern ships on the Black Sea. Its well-protected harbour, modernized and expanded in the 1960s, is the country’s largest port on the Black Sea littoral. Exports include tobacco and wool from the interior and cigarettes, fertilizer, and textiles from the city’s factories. Samsun is the terminus of a railway line from inner Anatolia, through which iron ore is brought from Divriği. The city has air services to Istanbul and Ankara and is also linked by major roads with Ankara and Sivas. Samsun is the site of the May 19 University, founded in 1975.


                                             Program Proposal


  13.00.Arrival in SAMSUN, ,accommodation,

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

20.00. Welcome reception  


16.05. Thursday 

 09.00 -11.00 Breakfast,

 11.00 -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

18.00 - 19.00 Dinner in hotel

       19.00. Ensembles parade (old town)

      20.00. Official opening of the festival

             -  welcome speech and firewall

              - open air performance

              - Dancing together



   17.05   Friday 

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

11.00 – 14.30 Cruising with boat 

15.00 Lunch 

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner 

21.00 Performance


   18.05. Saturday  

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.30 – 14.00 Excursions (optional) 

   14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,

   19.00 – 20.00 

   21.00. –Performance


 19.05. Sunday  

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.30 – 14.00 Excursions (optional) 

   14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,

   19.00 – 20.00 

   21.00. –Performance

20.05. Monday

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,

11.00 Departure of the participants

General rules :

-         is a non-competitive sample of folklore, traditional and modern dances, choral groups and majorette teams.

-         Every Folklore groups  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), 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 35 members including dancers, managers and musicians,

-         Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, from 03 ,06 minutes and most 10 minutes each with orchestra or USB. 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,

 - .Performance will showed in open area.Performances will showed in areas which are 8 * 10 meter.

 - Performers must be between 15 – 26 age years old. (There is no age limit for musicians.)

- Participant groups need to send 5 different pictures , 1 video (which includes their performances) about their groups 

Festival committee will give a guide to all groups while festival.

Festival language is English.

  There will be historical and tourist trips for participiants in free times.

Participation fee is 79 Euros 3 FB per person (3 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board). It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in the youth camp which groups will accommodated in seaside .( 3-4 bed each room all rooms has TV ,klimate and refrigeratore bath and wc are in the rooms.)                 

Festival organizers provide:

-         for 25 dancers – one gratis,

-         souvenir and gift for each group,


-         Certificate for attendance,

-         drinks during the performance,

-         tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,

-         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

    After the festival finish organizers will send you DVD from the festival program for each group and photos. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival.

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 same airport.  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 if necessary. 




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

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