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With pleasure We INVITE you (folk groups, Choral groups,orchestras majorette teams,ballroom dance teams, modern dance troups ..), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on VIII International Music & Folk - Dance festival “MOGREN FEST” 01 – 04 April, 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- Kotor – Herceg Novi
They are the best places in Montenegro.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.
More information on www.budva-travel.me
13.00.Arrival in Budva, hotel accommodation and free time
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel (open buffet )
21.00. Welcome reception with leaders of the group
09.00 -11.00 Breakfast, (open buffet )
11.00 -14.00 Budva sightseeing
18.00.- 19.30 Dinner in hotel (open buffet )
20.00 - 23.00 Ensembles parade (old town)
- Official opening of the festival
- welcome speech and firewall
- open air performance
- Dancing together
09.00 -10.00 Breakfast, (open buffet)
10.00 – 18.00 Visiting Kotor or Dubrovnik,Croatia,or visiting Sv.Stefan by boat (optional)
18.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel (open buffet )
21.00.- 00.00 Closing ceremony of the festival – certificates and presents for ensembles by organizer, exchange presents between leaders of ensembles and final disco party with all participants
09.00 -10.00 Breakfast, (open buffet )
11.00 Departure of the participants
- Non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands..
- Every Folklore, Choral group, modern dance, majorette Teams, orchestras, dance 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).
- 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, musicians and family members.
- Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 10-15 minutes each with USB or orchestra. 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.
- 69 Euro for 3 HB per person ( 3 nights with 2 meals per day- open buffet)
- 92 Euro for 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day (Half Board).
It covers hotel accommodation in 3* hotel- Hotel Boris and similar like Hotel Palma with 2 meals (open buffet) per day in 2/2and other in triple and quadriple rooms.)
Organizer provide for each group 2/2 rooms (for drivers and leaders of the group)..supplement for additional 1/2 rooms is 5 euro per day per person..
Montenegro Tourist tax (1.00 euro per person per day) you should pay additional after accommodation in hotel...
NOTE: discount period of 5% until 01 March/for Groups members of the Club of WOFA friends it is 8%
You can see how was last year in budva festival on folowing link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn36jy6glzI
Festival organizers provide:
- For 21 dancers – one gratis (21 paying + 1 free of charge),
- Souvenir and gift for each group,
- Welcome cocktail
- Certificate for attendance,
- Drinks during the performance,
- Welcome reception,
- 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 Budva for Price of 24 Euro per day per person HB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.
After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program of the festival.
After the festival finish organizers will send you link where you can find photos and videos from the festivals.
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.. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.
In 2018 on this Festival participated over 460 (children’s, youth and adults) participants from 8 countries of Europe.
In 2019 on this Festival participated over 520 (children’s, youth and adults) participants from 9 countries of Europe.
NUMBER OF SEATS IS LIMITED ON 400 PARTICIPANTS..
NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL Published on 08.4.2019
8 ENSEMBLES FROM 6 COUNTRIES DANCED AT THE MOGREN FESTIVAL
X International music and folklore festival "MOGREN FEST" was held in the period 01- 05 April 2019. The festival - mix of traditional and modern dances in the Montenegrin town hosted 8 ensembles with more than 380 participants from Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovakia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, and Romania. Artistic directors of the groups were welcomed upon their arrival and the participants were greeted by the director of the festival Zoran Strezovski during the opening of the festival in Budva.After performances in the second festival evening, the groups received Diplomas for participation and gifts by the organizers. Festival ended with amazing party of all the participants.
Reviews from the groups:
This festival has review of 8 groups and average estimation is VERY GOOD - 8.6/10