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XI International Music & Folk - Dance festival “ADRIA FEST

Application Form Price: 74 € Date: 11 - 14 May, 2023
Location: BUDVA - KOTOR - HERCEG NOVI, Montenegro
Director: Z.S. & WOFA
Application Deadline: 2 October, 2022
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 groups, Choral groups and orchestras majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on  XI International  Music & Folk - Dance festival “ADRIA FEST” 11 - 14 May , Budva - Kotor - Herceg Novi, Montenegro 2023

    Participants are ensembles from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Ukraine, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Sweden, Moldavia, Armenia, Croatia, Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary…

    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

Budva – Stari grad

  One of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast, first mentioned in historical records more than two and a half thousand years ago as the “town of Illyria,” this is a place that must be visited during a stay in the Riviera. A legend tells that Budva was established by Cadmus, a son of the Phoenician king, Agenor, and his Queen, Telephassa. Cadmus was the conqueror and ruler of the Greek province of Boeotia and, when he was exiled from the city of Thebes, together with his wife Harmonia, he found refuge with an Illyrian tribe called the Enchelei. According to the legend, Cadmus arrived with a team of oxen, which is where Budva got its name from (bous is Greek for ox). The older names of Budva were Butua, Buthos, Butoba and Civitas Antique (the Old Town)

Throughout history, it has been a target of different conquerors (Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Saracens, Turks, Venetians, Austro-Hungarians, French...) and as a result it has belonged to many different states.

The Old Town is a unique architectural and urban whole, surrounded by medieval walls, complete with a fortress, towers and gates. During the course of its history, the Old Town suffered the greatest damage in an earthquake in 1667, while the consequences of the 1979 earthquake were also serious.Along the narrow streets and on the small piazzas and squares, there are lines of cafes, boutiques, bars, restaurants, galleries... while the town becomes a genuine “Theatre City” during the summer months, thanks to the numerous plays, concerts and exhibitions it plays host to. This is also the name of the festival which has been enriching this old costal town since 1987, lending it a special colour and charm.Its many religious buildings – the oldest church of Santa Maria in Punta, the Church of St John and the Church of St Sabbas the Sanctified – have the special value. Next to the Church of St John are the remains of an early Christian basilica while the remains of the Church of St Maria are located on the Citadela. Between the churches is a stage for the plays of the “Theatre City”.Original Roman columns, set into the walls of Budva’s oldest gate, can also be seen in the Old Town.

Kotor – Old city

On the space of irregular triangular forme on the slopes of the hill of St John, arrounded by city-walls, limited on north by the flow of short but violent river Skurda (300 meters long!) as well from west and south by the sea-shore and submarine spring Gurdic, on the alluvial bottom with the surface approximatively similar to the present, was performed the process of the formation of oldest urban core of Kotor, with its irregular plan of city streets, considerably different of typical scheme of rectangular street’s net gived by the Roman urban and building genius to the civilisation, by which the streets must to chop one other in a right angle (90 grades), forming rectangular or square »insulas« , the blocks with one-storied or poly-storied architecture.Meanwhile, in Kotor is present the sense of irregularity and anusuality in the town-planing, which is never existing, but it is  all made »ad hoc« , by the momentaneous necessities, although Kotor even in 14th century had the regles of the building   in the urban core in its own city Statute.Old urban matreix, defined during the 13th and 14th centuries and specialy after the Venetian occupation in early 15th century, was almost completely destroyed by strong earthquakes in 16th century (in l537 and 1563)   and more worse in the bigest, so-called »Dubrovnik earthquake« in 1667, when were demolished about two thirds of all buildings in the town. After it, over of that inherited matrix was cast a new one, but with all older irregularities and increased wresting of whole postulates of architecture. For that reason, the urban core of Kotor now represente  an intricate     knot of narrow, winding streets and irregular squares, thrown on the urban core without any order.  More info on

Herceg Novi

The centre of Herceg Novi is Stari Grad, decorated by buildings dating back to the epochs of Sahat – Kula (1667) and Kanli – Kula (1483). Fortress Spanjola (1538) and Fortress Forte Mare (1687) are only a part of the cultural heritage of this renowned town.

Full of thick greenery, Herceg Novi hides numerous kinds of tropical flowers. Towards the end of January the town becomes scented with the subtle fragrance of yellow and green mimosas and the festival of Praznik Mimosa is dedicated to this flower. During the summer months many festivals are organised to further enrich the tourist offer of this enchanted town.The beginnings of the Herceg Novi tourism are connected to the XIX century. Back at that time the tavern of Sjora Roza and the café “Bella Vista” are mentioned. Still, the precursor of the modern hotel keeping on the Montenegrin coats is thought to be the Hungarian nobleman Antal Magyar from Budapest, who in the 1902 built a “Boarding house on the green beach” in Zelenika, which later became hotel “Plaza” (BEACH) – Zelenika.

 General rules:

- Non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands..

- Every Folklore, Choral group, modern dance, majorette Teams, orchestras  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.

- 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 member.

- Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 10-15 minutes each with USB or orchestra.Choral groups need prepare free program till 15 minutes. 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.



13.00.Arrival in Budva, hotel accommodation and free time

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel 

21.00. Welcome reception with leaders of the group

13.05. Friday

09.00 -11.00 Breakfast,

11.00 -14.00  Budva sightseeing – Stari Grad

17.00.- 18.00 Dinner in hotel 

18.30 - 21.00 Ensembles parade (old town) and festival evening         

14.05   Saturday 

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast, 

10.00 – 18.00 Visiting Kotor and sightseeing (optional)

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel 

21.00.- 00.00 Closing ceremony of the festival – certificates and presents for ensembles by organizer, exchange presents between leaders of ensembles and final party with all participants 

15.05   Sunday

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast, (open buffet in hotel Loza)

11.00 Departure

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

15.05 Sunday

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast, (open buffet in hotel Loza)

11.00 – 16.00  Visiting Herceg Novi or Dubrovnik (optional) by boat  (optional) or walking in the old city (stari grad) in Budva in nice restaurant

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel and free time

 16.05. Monday 

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,

11.00 Departure of participants

Participation fee:

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

It covers hotel accommodation in 3* hotel- Hotel Boris or Hotel Palma and similar hotels like that...situated in the centre of the city with 2 meals per day ..leaders and drivers in two double and other in triple and quadriple rooms. ) )                                         

 Organizer provide for each group  2/2 rooms (for drivers and leaders of the group)..supplement for other 1/2 rooms is 5 euro per day per person.

 You can see how was last year in budva festival on folowing link:


Festival organizers provide:

- For 24 dancers – one gratis (24 paying + 1 free of charge),

- Souvenir and gift for each group,

- Welcome cocktail

- Certificate for attendance,

- Drinks during the performance,

- Advertising of the festival (press release, social medium promotion, 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.

On your request,  You can continue your stay in Budva for Price of 24 Euro per day per person HB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.

 After the festival finish organizers will send you link from where you can find photos and video from the festival...

The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Tivat 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.

 By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

In 2018 on this Festival participated over 480 (children’s, youth and adults) participants from 8 countries of Europe.

In 2019 on this Festival participated over 495 (children’s, youth and adults) participants from 9 countries of Europe.



NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                   Published on 06 April 2019


The 10 edition of "ADRIA FEST" was held from 2 to 6 April in Budva (Montenegro). More than 300 performers took part in the event, informed us the director of the festival Zoran Strezovski.

"By tradition, the festival was opened with warm "Welcome" to the participants, and after the performances each group received certificate and present from the organization committee. During the day, the groups had the opportunity to visit St.Stefan by boat, the old town in Budva and Kotor and some of the groups had excursions to Dubrovnik in Croatia. At the final, for all participants there was a disco party with many dances and songs until midnight." says in addition Strezovski. 

NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                   Published on 04.04 2018


New festival season in Budva (Montenegro) was successfully opened with more than 200 participants in Greece, Estonia, Turkey and Croatia in International Music & Folk - Dance festival "ADRIA FEST", said the director of the festival Mr. Zoran Strezovski. 

"The festival was held from 30th March till 2nd of April in the most beautiful town of Budva. After the parade along the main seaside street of the Riviera, all the participants had the opportunity to present their songs and dances. In the end of the festival evening they all danced together to Montenegrin songs." - told us Mr. Strezovski. 

In his welcoming speech, he noted that this festival is the beginning of the festival season 2017 in Budva and the organizing committee expect more and new participants in future. 

During their stay in Budva, the groups had the chance to visit the most popular historical and cultural monuments in the Old town of Kotor: to experience a boat trip to famous island St. Stefan and some of the groups visited the town of Dubrovnik in Croatia.The festival ended with a party for all participants, when the organizers awarded the groups with Certificates for participation and gifts for the group's leaders. 


Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 9 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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