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XXX International Music & Dance festival OHRID - CITY OF LIGHT

Application Form Price: 87 € Date: 11 - 15 July, 2025
Location: OHRID, Macedonia
Director: Z. S. & 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 (Folklore Ensembles, Choral groups, Majorette Teams, Modern Dance Groups...) (Children,Youth,Adults) to participate on  XXX INTERNATIONAL MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL  “OHRID - CITY OF LIGHT”  11 – 15 July, Ohrid,

 The Festival light motive is to present the cultural tradition of different countries and regions, and to provide an opportunity for the members of groups to get together and create friendships and culture presentation trough dance and music.

Ohrid 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. There are many tourists from Netherland, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria….

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 …..

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

General rules:

- Every  group  has the right to participate. Children's ensembles  (2/3 of the participants must be 16 or younger), Youth ensembles (2/3 of the participants must be 25 or younger), adult ensembles (1/3 of the participants must be older than 25).

- This is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by  groups.

- 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.

- 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 folk dances 12-18 minutes each with orchestra or USB.

- The Choral groups -two parts from 12 – 18 minutes free program (one performance acapela in old city (churches) and one performance on the stage with sound equipment)..

- 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. Also, we will choose the best girl's and men's folk costume and the best dancing couple.

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

- To take a flag of the country,

- Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure

Program

Day 1 

13.00 Arrival in Ohrid after 13.00 and hotel accommodation, free activities 

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel (if you choose option with 3 meals per day)

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00  Welcome reception with leaders of the groups

Day 2

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast,

10.00 – 13.00 Ohrid sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments (St. Sofia church, Samoil fortress - entres 2 eurp, Antique theatre, Plaosnik, St. Kaneo church, Bridge of wishes ..)

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel (if you choose option with 3 meals per day)

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 Free time

 

Day 3    

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

11.00 – 16.00 Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, Visiting Museum on water and visit most famous tourist resort  St.Naum - culture  place, ,– (price 13 euros per person,dancing boat),

18.30 – 19.30 Dinner in hotel

20.00. Ensembles parade (old town)

20.30. Official opening of the festival

- Welcome speech and firework

- Open air performance (festival evening)

- Dancing together

Day 4

10.00. Breakfast in hotel and free activities,

10.00 – 13.00  Visiting Stara carsia, oldest tree called – Cinar, Biljanini springs, Ohrid pearl , old paper manufactory, shopping or Visiting Struga city,

13.30 - 15.00 Lunch in hotel (if you choose option with 3 meals per day)

18.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 - 00.00 Party with all participants

Day 5 

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

11.00 Departure of the participants.

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

Day 5

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast,

10.30 – 14.00  Visiting Struga city (house of Miladinovci brothers, river Crni Drim, Kalsita cave church ……) and ethno villige VEVCANI

13.30 - 15.00 Lunch in hotel (if you choose option with 3 meals per day)

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00  Workshop - learning different dances

 Day 6

09.00 –10.00 Breakfast,

10.30 – 14.00 Free activities (wolking around the Ohrid Lake, walking in the city square… ) or visiting Vevcani (ethno village) or visiting Pogradec city in Albania

13.30 - 15.00 Lunch in hotel (if you choose option with 3 meals per day)

19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 – 00.00 Beach  party

Day 7

08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast,

10.00 – 14.00 Departure to Skopje city ( visiting monuments of Alexander of Macedon, museum, Macedonian GATE, Stone bridge…) (optional)

14.00 Departure from Skopje city

Participation fee:

ccommodation for the groups:in apartments accommodation like De Lux appartment 

   -  87  euro per person for  3 nights with 2 meals per day)

- 104  euro per person for 3 nights with 3 meals per day)

-   116 euro per person for 4 nights with 2 meals per day)

-  131 euro per person for 4 nights with 3 meals per day)

in 3* hotel Desaret in Ohrid

- 91 euro for 4 days  (3 nights with 2 meals per day (Half Board)

- 108 euro for 4 days (3 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board)

- 126 euro for 5 days (4 nights with 2 meals per day (Half  Board).

- 138 euro for 5 days (4 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board).

https://desaret-hotel.hellomacedonia.com/en/  

Hotel accommodation in 3*** hotel Hotel is located on the coast of Ohrid Lake, in 3 or 4  bedrooms..for conductor,leaders and drivers 3/2 rooms without additional payment ..additional double rooms are on request and it is additional 10 euro per person per day..

Hotel Desaret (renovated) is 3* Lake resort with outdoor swimming pool and own beach  with 500 beds so the number of participants are limited.  

 Festival organizers provide: 

- for 24 dancers – one free,

- souvenir and gift for each group,

- Welcome cocktail

- Disco party with drink

- certificates for attendance on the festival,

- drinks during the performance,

- free bus parking

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFo9Rx6z_4U

 NOTE: Tourist tax and insurance is 1 euro per day per person and it is paid additional..

 INSURANCE:

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 35 Euro per day per person FB or 30 euro 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 include festival evening in other city

 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

If you arrive on Ohrid airport we will organize free transfer from aeroport to the hotel and back.

If you arrivefrom other airports, the cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessaloniki Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid. We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary.

You can arrive at airport in Ohrid and we will arrange transfer to the hotel free of charge.

 After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program of the festival.All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

In 2017 on this festival participated over 332 participants from 9 countries from Europe.

In 2018 on this festival participated over 388 participants from 10 countries from Europe.

In 2019 on this festival participated over 412 participants from 9 countries from Europe

 In 2022 on this festival participated over 440 participants from 8 countries from Europe

 NUMBER OF SEATS IS LIMITED ON 400 PARTICIPANTS OR 10-12 GROUPS!  

 
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    NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                     

 

OHRID FESTIVAL DAYS continue..

From 15 - 19 July in Ohrid was held XII International music and Folk - Dance festival ÖHRID - CITY of LIGHT"..

On the festival participate over 400 participants from Romania, Bulgaria, Armenia, Lithuania,Serbia...Festival has two festival evening on 15 and 16 July where all groups singing and dance in front the tourist and local citizens in Ohrid city on the main stage ..join party was held in hotel Desaret on the beach with all participants on 17 august..

Director of the festival Mr Zoran Strezovski wish them well stay in Ohrid and nice festival presentation to all groups..

Groups show their satisfaction of the hotel accommodation in hotel Desaret and well organization of the festival..Festival was organize by WOFA and Youth Culture Center in Ohrid...During tha day they have visited beatiful city of Ohrid and boat trip to St Naum..also they have swimming in warm water of Ohrid Lake..Some moments from the festival you can see on the link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1c0kyISYoWbz5SK4uKZs-9A08jdjiYlY6

 NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                        Published on 20 July 2017

 EIGHT ENSEMBLES FROM 6 COUNTRIES TOOK PART IN THE FESTIVAL "OHRID - CITY OF LIGHT"

From the 15th until the 19th of July in Ohrid the XI International festival "Ohrid - city of light" took place. The festival was attended by 8 ensembles with more than 300 participants from Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, Brussels the director Zoran Strezovski informed.Traditionally he greeted the contestants with "Welcome" and wished them a worthy performance in the festival.The festival nights took place on the main square in Ohrid in front of a big audience - locals and foreign tourists.

"At the final a party was organized for all the groups, on which the participants exchanged gifts and danced until midnight. On their free days the participants had the chance to enjoy the beauty of Ohrid and the Ohrid lake. " Zoran Strezovski told us.

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Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 11 groups and average estimation is VERY GOOD - 8,5/10                                            
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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