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XXII International Music & Dance Festival OHRID LAKE

Application Form Price: 75 € Date: 29 - 3 July, 2024
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

 “OHRID LAKE” MUSIC & DANCE festival is famous  festival in Ohrid region. Organizers of the festival are: Youth culture center in cooperation with World Festival Association, Municipality of Ohrid and National Institution Center for culture “G. Prlicev” from Ohrid.

    With pleasure we INVITE you (FOLK GROUPS, CHORAL GROUPS AND MAJORETTE TEAMS)  (Children’s and Youth Groups) to participate on XXII International Music & dance festival “Ohrid Lake” which will be held from 29 June - 03 July 

 Ohrid Lake is one of the oldest tectonic lakes on the planet (it is about 3 million years old),along with The Baikal Lake in Russia,Tanganyika and Malawi in Africa and Titicaca in South America.It is one of those rare preserved ancient lakes in Europe. Ohrid Lake is one of the largest and most important natural heritages in the world.The unique and endemic flora and fauna with many relic living forms make the lake rare but real natural "museum of living fossils".

      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 ….. 

   Ohrid today is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. It is the famous tourist place in Macedonia but also in the region. During this period there are a lot of tourists from Holland, Finland, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Turkey …Due to exceptional beauty Ohrid is protected 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.

Ancient ruins, beautiful amphitheatre, 3 citadel walls, St.Sofia Cathedral, St.Jovan Kaneo church, St.Naum monaster (one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia and an important pilgrimage place. Breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galicica mountain towering from behind. It 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.More information on

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

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

27 - 01 July

   General rules:

- Every group (Folk, Choir and Majorette) has the right to participate. Children's ensembles   Youth ensembles  Adults ensembles 

-         it is a non-competitive sample .

-         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. Participants can not be older then 25 year old. 

-         The number of participants are limited (only 3  groups from each country),

-         Each group should consist of most 70 members including dancers, managers. musicians and family members,

-         Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 10-15 minutes each with orchestra or CD. The Choral groups should prepare 10 – 15 minutes program in free category. 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.

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

-         To take a flag of the country,

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


                                 Program Proposal

 29 June

  13.00  Arrivalin Ohrid 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

 30 June

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.30 - 13.00 Ohrid sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments (St.Sofia church, Samoil fortress, Antique theatre, Plaosnik, St. Kaneo church, Gallery of Icons)

     14.00-15.00 Lunch in hotel

    18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel

     19.30. Ensembles parade (old town)

    20.00. Official opening of the festival

             - Welcome speech and firework 

             - Open air performance 

             - dancing together


09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.30 – 14.00  Visiting Stara carsia, oldest tree called – Cinar, Biljanini izvori, Ohrid pearl manufactory, old paper manufactory,shopping ….or Visiting Struga city,

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities (sunbathing),

18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel

20.00 – 23.00 Second festival evening (optional) or Workshop (learning different dances- each group will show own dance and the other will learn dancing with them)

 02. July   

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

   11.00 – 15.30.Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort  St.Naum -culture  place, also swimming in most popular beach  – (price 11 euros per person),(lunch package by hotel, dancing boat),

  19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

 21.00.- 00.00 Disco party with all participants, exchange presents, wine degustation and soft drink for the kids

 03 July

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

11.00.  Departure of the participants

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

 03 July

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

10.00 - 14.00  Visiting Struga ( Vevcani ethno villige, Cave church Kalista..)

14.00 - 15.00 Lunch in hotel

19.00 - 21.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 Free time or diacotheque (optional)

 04 July

   09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

11.00.  Departure of the participants


 Participation fee:

- 75 Euro for 3 HB per person ( 3 nights with 2 meals per day)

 - 95 Euro for 4 HB per person ( 4 nights with 2 meals per day)

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

- 110 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……


Price is 

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

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


Hotel Desaret  (hotel on the lake) – ,  

Hotel Prestol (hotel on the Lake)-  

Hotel Montenegrin ( in the center of the city) –   

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

- Hotel Vila Fortuna ( in the center of the city)


Festival organizers provide:

-         for 24 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,

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

-         Free parking during festival evening

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 and 29 in 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 organize festival evening in other city.

After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program 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 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 by plane and we will organize transfer from the airport to the hotel free of charge.

 All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

In 2016, participated over 376 participants from 9 countries from Europe.

In 2017, participated over 414 participants from 10 countries from Europe.

 In 2018, participated over 428 participants from 9 countries from Europe.

  In 2019, participated over 488 participants from 10 countries from Europe.



NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                  Published on 02 July 2019



From 27 June till 01 July was held XI International music and folk dance festival ÖHRID LAKE", whre participate over 300 participants from Montenegro,Ukraine ,Lithuania,Poland...

Festival evening was on 29 june on the main stage in the city where ensembles show their traditional and modern dances..

On the end of the performances were given sertificates and presents on the ensembles...

They visited main culture atractions in Ohrid and have boat trip to St they said they were satisfied from accommodation in Desaret hotel and festival organization..

Some photos and videos from the festival on the link:


Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 12 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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