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XXII International Christmas Festival of Dance and Songs in OHRID

Application Form Price: 69 € Date: 20 - 23 December, 2024
Location: OHRID , Macedonia
Director: Z.S. & WOFA
Application Deadline: 1 August, 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 and orchestras majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on XXII International Christmas festival of dance and songs in Ohrid " "20  - 23 December, 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.

OHRID - " kingdom for arheologic", 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

Conditions of the festival:

  • The festival 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. 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.

     - on the festival can participate Children's, Youth and Adult ensembles

  • 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 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.
  • Each group shouldsend us short CV and 2 – 3 photos of the group.
  • Each group should take a flag of the country.
  • Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure.

Festival organizers provide:

  • for 20 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 (press release,social medium promotion, posters and flayers).


Day 1   

13.00.Arrival in Ohrid, hotel accommodation,

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

20.00. Welcome reception 

Day 2

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. Ensembles parade (old town)

18.30. Official opening of the festival

             -  welcome speech and firewall

              - open air performance

              - Dancing together

Day 3

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

Day 4

09.00 Breakfast

11.00 Departure of the participants

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

Day 4

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

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

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00. – 00.00 Workshop: learning different dances

Day 5

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:

  • 69 Еuro 3 HB (3 nights with 2 meals per day (Half Board - breakfast and dinner)
  • 79 Euro 3 FB per person (3 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board). 

Hotels where groups will be accommodate are:

Hotel Montenegrin – hotel on the center 

Hotel Apartmant "DE LUX" - in the center of the city


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 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 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 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 6  countries of  Europe
  • NUMBER of SEATS is LIMITED on 400 participants or 10-11 groups!!

NUMBER of SEATS is LIMITED on 400 participants or 10-11 groups!!


NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                  


 Choirs from Poland, Turkey, Romania and Macedonia took part at the V International Festival “Ohrid in December”. The event was held in the period – 8th – 11th of December in the Macedonian town.“Festival was dedicated to the patron of the town – St. Clement. The festival evening was held in the Center of Culture “Georgi Prlicev” in Ohrid. Choirs took part also on open stage.“, said the main organizer of the festival – Zoran Strezovski.

 He greeted the participants and briefed them on the importance of the feast of St. Clement. During their stay, groups had the opportunity to visit many of the cultural monuments in Ohrid, to have a boat trip to St. Naum monastery. Farewell party was organized for the participants in famous local disco.


Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 9 groups and average estimation is GOOD   - 7,8/10
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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