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XI International Music & Folk - Dance Festival BAR FEST

Application Form Price: 75 € Date: 19 - 24 August, 2022
Location: BAR - SUTO MORE - CANJ, Montenegro
Director: Z.Strezovski & WOFA
Application Deadline: 1 November, 2021
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 groups, Choral groups and orchestras majorette teams, modern dance), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on XI International  Music & Folk - Dance festival “BAR FEST ”  19 - 24 August ,  BAR - SUTOMORE - CANJ, Montenegro 2022

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

Bar is an ancient city. There is very little precise information on its origin. The claim that humans lived in this region in prehistoric, Illyrian, Greek and Roman times is confirmed by archaeological finds of significant scope and quality: remains of Neolithic material found during excavation of a well in the settlement of Cheluga an Eneolithic axe from Shushanj, the Great Grave in Shushanj, a tumulus in the village of Ravanj, various vases featuring black figures, etc. The old olive tree at Mirovica is a monument of nature that has witnessed the existence of organized settlements and the hard-working people of this region for more than 2000 years.A modern city with wide boulevards, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, Bar represents the biggest tourist and nautical center at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. its panorama today consists of tourist sites, restaurants, shops, sports facilities and a dock with 1150 berths.Two equally beautiful shores in the Municipality of Bar, those of the Adriatic Sea and Lake Skadar, the former stretching for 46 km with 9 km of beaches and the latter being 65 km long, are ready to satisfy the diverse tastes of tourists. This entire area, surrounded by water, comfortably rests between the Adriatic Sea and Skadar Lake. The Ruminja mountain rises high up into the skies between these two watery giants. Here there are rich farming areas with many springs coming down from the mountains to the see, with fields abundant in Mediterranean flora and agriculture, whilst on the other side, which is steeper and sunnier, slopes down towards Skadar Lake.The eternal beauty of the Bar area, its beaches, waters, moderate climate, Mediterranean plants, cultural and historical monuments, culture and entertainment are here for you to come and discover all the beauties of this place and to enjoy them.

General rules :

- is a non-competitive sample of traditional folk and modern dances, choral groups,ballroom dance, majorette teams,orchestras, brass bands..

- Every Folklore ensembles, Choral group and majorette Teams 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).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 80 members including dancers, managers and musicians,( you can take family members and the price for them eill be the same)

-  Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, total program of 12-15 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.

-   To send us short CV ,3 photos of the group and link of video performance,

-   To take a flag of the country,

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

                                             Program

19.08.Thursday  

  13.00.Arrival in Bar , hotel accommodation (swimming and sunbathing)

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

20.00. Welcome reception with leaders of the groups  

20.08. Friday

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.00 -14.00  Budva  sightseeing and boat trip to St.Stefan - 10 euro per person)  

       18.00.Dinner in hotel

        20.00 - 23.00 Ensembles parade, exchange presents on the stage

             - Official opening of the festival

             -  welcome speech and firewall

              - open air performance

              - Dancing together

   21.08.  Saturday 

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

10.00 – 18.00 Beach time Visiting Dubrovnik (optional) or visiting Kotor (optional) or visiting old Bar

18.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

20.30 - 23.00 Second festival evening (optional) in Budva or free time

22.08 Sunday 

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

10.00 – 18.00 Beach time, free activities

18.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00.- 00.00 Party for goodbay (optional)

   23.08.  Sunday

  8.00 -  09.00 Breakfast

11.00 Departure of the participants

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

   23.08. Sunday

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 11.00 – 16.00  Beach time and free activities or excursions

  19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

   21.00. – 23.00 Workshop - learning difference dances (optional)

24.08. 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)

- 97 Euro for 4 HB per person  (4 nights with 2 meals per day (Half Board).

- 114 euro for 5 HB per person (5 nights with 2 meals per day)

- additional lunch is 6 euro per person per day..

It covers hotel accommodation in 3* hotels like Hotel Costelo, hotel Adria in Bar, Hotel Montenegro in Canj..

For drivers and leaders will be accommodate in double rooms and other double rooms are additional 5 euro per day per person..

Tourist tax and insurance is 1,5 euro per person per day.

You can see how was last years in Bar festival on folowing link 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRMcR4OW4Wo

Festival organizers provide:

-         for 22 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,

- advertising of the festival (press release,social media promotion, posters and flayers). 

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
.

The Festival organization can organize the following excursions:

- Aquapark Budva, full day adventure for all those who love to have fun in the water at the sunny coast of southern Adriatic

- Boat trip – visiting the most famous beaches on the Riviera and the Blue Cave

- Sightseeing of old town Budva and Tivat with guide

- Guided Tour to Dubrovnik

- Kotor, a town of merchants and famous sailors. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have included Kotor on UNESCO's list of "World Natural and Cultural Heritage"

- National parks: Durmitor, Biogradska Gora , Prokletije - Lovćen , Lake Skadar

Detailed Excursions list will be given to you 1 month before the festival.

On your request,  You can continue your stay in Bar or Budva. Price will be 28 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 of the festival where you can take photos and videos from the festival.....

The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Tivat airport, Podgorica airport or Dubrovnik airport (Croatia) 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. 

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

In 2018 on this Festival participated over 440  (children’s, youth and adults) participants from 5  countries of  Europe.

 In 2019 on this Festival participated over 650  (children’s, youth and adults) participants from 12  countries of  Europe.

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

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    NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                       Published on 24.08.2019

 FOLKLORE DIVERSITY IN THE SEVENTH EDITION OF "BAR FEST"

More than 400 participants representing 10 groups from Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic took part in the VII International Music and Folk - Dance Festival “BAR FEST”. The forum was held in the period 15 - 23 August 2019 – in Bar, Montenegro.

The festival evening was preceded by a parade, which showed the variety of traditional costumes, embodying all national traits, which preserve the past and maintain the identity of the peoples.

The performances took place at the Central Square in the town of Bar. At the ceremony for awarding of diplomas and gifts, Mr. Zoran Strezovski – director of the festival, emphasized his admiration for the wonderful performance of the ensembles. The spectators of the event enjoyed the rich music and dance program.After the performances, all participants danced together at traditional Montenegrin music. In their spare time, the groups explored the sights of Budva, sailed by boat, enjoyed the warm Adriatic Sea and the beautiful sandy beaches.Some moment of the festival on the link: 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qwOPC8KYYCdChQpuhcSEOAQ1KqAPGGW2

NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                   Published on 25 August 2017

10 COUNTRIES WERE PART FROM THE FESTIVAL "BAR FEST" IN MONTENEGRO

International musical and dance festival "Bar fest" was held in Bar and Budva (Montenegro) from 20th till 24th of August. 

 "On the festival participated 15 ensembles from 10 European countries such as Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary.
On August 20 a welcome reception was held with leaders of the groups where director of the festival Mr. Zoran Strezovski welcomed them in Montenegro festivals. On August 21 festival evening was held - presentation of the groups.On August 22 festival evenings in Budva and Bar was held. There were festival evenings on the Center of culture in Bar and festival evening in Budva on the open stage of Tree Canne.

During other days paricipants had the opportunety to enjoy a boat trip to St Stefan or visit Kotor and Budva, they also enjoyed the beach on warm Adriatic sea.", informed the director Zoran Strezovski. 

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Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 12 groups and average estimation is VERY GOOD   - 8,7/10
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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