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XXI International Music & Dance Festival KVARNER FEST

Application Form Price: 139€ Date: 25 - 29 June, 2025
Location: Cirkvenica-Rijeka-Opatija, Croatia
Director: S.Z.M.& WOFA
Application Deadline: 15 July, 2024
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

    With pleasure we INVITE you (Folk ensembles, Choral groups,Brass bands, orchestras, modern dance group, majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on  XXI International  music & Folk - dance festival “KVARNER FEST” from 25 - 29 June   Cirkvenica, Rijeka, Opatija, CROATIA

    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.

Kvarner - is a region of varied diverse stories and strong emotions. It is an ecologically unpolluted area, rich in cultural and historical heritage, with brilliant tourist programmes and opportunities for active holidays. So close and yet so different from your daily routine.

Kvarner is an inestimable a priceless combination of the sea, islands and highlands in an exceptionally small space. In just one day you can sail by yacht or bathe in the sea and then enjoy in the shadow of the near-by woods in the hinterland. In winter you can ski with a view of the sea and then enjoy, just a few kilometres away, in a salt-water swimming pool, in relaxing wellness treatments or in long walks by the sea.Developed promenades and fragrant gardens, centennial parks and top-quality health services are all in aid the function of the restoration of health and energy restoring and to the reawakening of the joy of living.But this region is also the best scenario for your active holidays or for successful business meetings. Let Abandon yourself go into gastronomic enjoyments delights. Enjoy yourself participating in the numerous manifestations, cultural events and festivals, visit the sanctuaries. Learn how to write in the Old-Croatian Glagolitic script, become an expert in the preparation of Mediterranean dishes, or enjoy enjoy in traditional events.

Cirkvenica - is In addition to beautiful natural surroundings, crystal clear seas and fresh air, and traditionally hospitable people, one of the main reasons for choosing Crikvenica for your holidays is the area's balmy, stable and healthy Mediterranean climate and microclimate. The winters here are mild, the summers are warm yet not too hot – the ideal conditions for the development of health tourism here more than one century ago. The area's long, sand and pebble beaches, with numerous play areas for children, are all connected by a footpath through its lush Mediterranean vegetation. On offer here are plenty of opportunities to sunbathe, swim, walk, cycle or enjoy recreational sports. Crikvenica's tourism offer reflects the valuable historical and cultural heritage of the local area. This includes events such as the traditional Fishermen's Week (one of the oldest festivals in Crikvenica), the Aquarium, filled with more than 150 species of fish, the ever-popular Love Path, the Crikvenica Town Museum, and a fine variety of galleries. The area's extensive sporting, entertainment, cultural and gastronomic programmes, and its unique mingling of sun, fine air, scents of the sea and of pine trees, make Crikvenica a destination that appeals to all the senses, the perfect venue for a relaxing holiday that will surely become part of your most treasured holiday memories.

More visit:

Festival evening will be in the square of the city.

 General rules :

- is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups Brass bands, orchestras, modern dance group, 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 50 members including dancers, managers and musicians,

-   Ensemble should have prepared program, 10-12 minutes each with orchestra or USB.

-         To send us short CV and 2 – 3 photos of the group,

-         To take a flag of the country,

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


                                             Program Proposal

Day 1    

  After 14.00.Arrivalin Cirkvenica,  hotel accommodation,(sunbathing and swimming in the sea)

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel and free time

21.00. Welcome reception  with leaders of the groups with welcome drink 

 Day 2

 08.00 -10.30 Breakfast,

 10.00 – 16.00 Beach time or Boat trip departure to Crikvenica and embarkation on the boat at 10 am, sail till Vrbnik, visit old city of Vrbnik, a charming seafront town situated on a cliff from which there are beautiful views of the sea, the Velebit Channel, and the Velebit Mountain on the mainland. Vrbnik is well known for one of the most famous Croatian wines – VrbnickaZlahtina. Return to Crikvenica about 2 pm and drive to Kraljevica with an own bus (optional) or free beach time

          18.00 – 19.00. Dinner in hotel

       19.30 – 23.00 Festival parade and festival evening on the square

    Day 3

    08.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

    10.00 – 16.00 Beach time or Boat trip (Trip to Cave Biserujka ( then continue to drive along Malinska and Njivice, arrival to the island capital – town Krk. Guided tour of the town after which the drive continues to Punat, followed by a boat ride to island Košljun  and a visit to the Franciscan monastery. An expert tour of the monastery and the Franciscan museum. In the afternoon optional drive to Baska. Possible to visit sea aquarium,  entrance fee. Return to hotel. (optional) or Visiting Rijeka (optional), or Opatija (optional)

   19.00 – 21. 00  Dinner in hotel

    21.00 – 00.00 Closing Ceremony of the festival – organizers wil give certificates and presents to the leaders of the groups, than  exchange presents, and after that disco party with all participants in hotel

   Day 4   

   09.00 Breakfast

11.00 Departure of the participants

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

 Day 4   

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast, (open buffet)

11.00 – 16.00 Beach time or Visiting Rijeka (optional), or Opatija (optional)  

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel (open buffet)

21.00. – 00.00 Free time or Discotheque (optional)

 Day 5

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,

11.00 Departure of participants

Participation fee is

-          139  Euro for 3 nights with  breakfast and dinner – open buffet

-         179 Euro for 4 nights with breakfast  and dinner – open buffet

       It covers hotel accommodation 3 or 4  nights with breakfast  in hotels located on the sea in triple and quadruple rooms in Tourist setlement in Kacijak or Uvala Scot in Kralevica - tourist settlement on the beach in standard rooms..for superior rooms it is additional paymant of 6 euro per person...Lunch is additional and it is 20 euro per person (open buffet)

      For the leaders and drivers will be provide two double rooms…additional double   rooms are additional 15 euro per person per day…single room 25 euro per person per day..   

           Facultative excursions are not include in the price

   You can see some moments from the festival in Crikvenica on folowing link:


Festival organizers provide:

-         for 25 dancers – one free,

-         Certificate for attendance,

-         souvenir and gift for each group,

-         drinks during the performance,

-         Free parking

-    advertising of the festival (press release, social media 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 Crikvenica. Price will be 47 Euro per day per person HB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.

 Tourist tax and insurance is 2.70 euro per person per day and it is additional.

After the festival finish organizers will send you link from the festival from where you can take photos and videos from the festival.

  The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by Zagreb airport or Rijeka airport and  picking them up from airport, during the festival days and back to airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. Payment can be done on several parts.

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

In 2018 were participate 12 ensembles with 478 participants from 12 different countries from EU.

 In 2019 were participate 10 ensembles with 430 participants from 12 different countries from EU.



 NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                               


From 9 to 13 June, 2019 in the town of Crikvenica (Croatia) was held the VI International Folklore and Dance Festival "CRIKVENICA FESTIVAL DAYS". Folklore event was attended by more than 300 musicians, singers and dancers from Spain, Finland, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Poland. Festival evening on the main square in the town of Crikvenica was held on June 10 when the director of the festival welcomed participants. All the groups received certificates and gifts for successful presentation at Croatian stage. 

 On June 11 a party for all the participants was organized. During the festival days, performers had the opportunity to visit the town of Rijeka, the town of Opatija, the Plitvice lakes and also enjoyed the warm sea.MORE PHOTOS OF THE FETSIVAL ON THE  LINK:


 NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                   


Folklore groups from Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ukraine and Poland took part in the V. International Folklore and Dance Festival "CRIKVENICA FESTIVAL DAYS". The festival was held in the beautiful town of Crikvenica (Croatia) from 10th till 14th of June, said the organizer Zoran Strezovski.As a tradition the organizer announced the festival as opened and greeted the artistic directors, leaders and participants of the festival. 

"On 11 and 12 June two festival evenings  were organized on the square in Crikvenica where after performances the groups received certificates and presents from the director. At the end all participants were dancing on the square together. During the day participants enjoyed the beach, boat trip and other activities.", said the organizer. 


 NEWS ABOUT FESTIVAL                                        Published on 13 June  2017


 From the 8th until the 12th of June the towns Crikvenica, Rieka and Opatiya hosted the III International folklore dance festival “SUMMER ART FESTIVAL”

“The festival in Croatia took place and had a big success. 10 groups with more than 400 participants from 8 countries took part in it.” The director of the festival Mr. Zoran Strezovski informed. He met the directors of the groups and greeted them with “Dobre doshli” in the beautiful city Cirkvenica.“The festival night took place on the 9th of June on the central city square in Crikvenica, where the groups presented dances and songs in front of the locals, and many tourists as well” Zoran Strezovski said.At the closing ceremony of the festival, on the 10th of June in Kacjak the director handed certificates and presents to the group directors.

“The night finished with an amazing party, on which all the contestants danced until midnight. Throughout the following days they had the chance to enjoy the beach and sail on a ship, visiting Rijekaand Opatiya” Strezovski added. 

 Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 16 groups and average estimation is EXELLENT - 9,0/10
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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