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XXV International Music & Dance festival LIHNIDOS – CITY OF LIGHT

Application Form Price: 72 € Date: 9 - 12 May, 2024
Location: OHRID, Macedonia
Director: Z.S. & WOFA
Application Deadline: 1 March, 2024
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, orchestras majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on XXV International music & dance festival “LIHNIDOS – CITY OF LIGHT   ”   09 - 12  May,  Ohrid 2024

    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

       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 Youth ensembles  adult ensembles.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 80 members including dancers, managers,musicians and family numbers,

-         Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 10-15 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,

- Groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure,              

                                       Program Proposal

10.05. Friday        

  13.00.Arrivalin Ohrid, , hotel accommodation,

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

20.00. Welcome reception  

11.05. Saturday

 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

       19.30. Ensembles parade (old town)

      20.30. 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 12 euros per person, lunch package),

16.00 – 18.00. Shopping in the city

18.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

01.00.- 00.00 Social events, exchange presents, disco party

   13.05. Monday  

   09.00 Breakfast

11.00 Departure of the participants

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

13.05 Monday

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

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

   14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,

   19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

   21.00. – 00.00 Firewall party

14.05. Tuesday

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

Participation fee is:

- 72 euro 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals per day (Half  Board).

- 89 euro 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day (Half Board)

- 81 euro 3 Fper person (3 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board). 

- 99 euro 4 FB per person (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 Center of Ohrid or on the lake  in 2/2, (leaders and drivers ) and triple and quadriple rooms…  Hotel Desaret is wonderfull hotel on the lake with outdoor swimming pool...


Hotel Desaret,(hotel on the lake) ,

( - hotel on the center of the city),(hotel on the lake) 

Hotel De Lux apartmants - in the center of the city and others…                                                                                                                                  Festival organizers provide:

-         for 24 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,

-   advertising of the festival (press release, social media promotion, posters and flayers).

How was on the festival past years visit the link: 

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 29 Euro per day per person FB and 25 for HB– price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.

Organizers keep the right to change program of the festival. After 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 from the 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 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 on this Festival participated over 260  (children’s, youth and adults) participants from 5  countries of  Europe.



NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                Published on 11 May 2019



International Folklore, Choir and Modern Festival "Lihnidos - city of light" was held in the period 06-09  May 2019 in Ohrid,Macedonia. 6 groups took part in the folklore forum. About 250 participants performed at the festival evening, revealing the musical and dancing diversity of their people. On the open stage in the main squere of the city groups from Montenegro, Croatia,Poland,Bulgaria and Macedonia present their culture in front of many visitors in Ohrid. Everyone was pleased with the accommodation and the organization of the event" During the other days they have excursions visiting Struga city, Ohrid sightseeing and boat tri to St Naum.– added the director of the festival.

Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 5 groups and average estimation is VERY GOOD - 8.6/10
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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