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XXIV International Music & Dance Festival DURRES WAVES

Application Form Price: 129 € Date: 30 - 3 September, 2024
Location: DURRES, Albania
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 (folk ensembles,choral groups,orchestras,brass bands, majorette teams..) (children, youth and adult groups  ) to participate on XXIV International Music & Dance Festival " DURRES WAVES"   30 august - 03 September, Durres, Albania 2024

  The intention of our invitation  and 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.The idea of the Festival is to bring the music closer to the people and to present the music on the streets and the squares.            The festival is open for folk and choir ensembles, as well as orchestras and majorettes regardless of the members gender and age.

    Durrës is the second largest city of Albania located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km, west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically significant cities of Albania. Durrës is home to Albania’s main port, the Port of Durrës, and to the newest public university, the Aleksandër Moisiu University.Durrës is an important link to Western Europe due to its port and its proximity to the Italian port cities, notably Bari, to which daily ferries run. As well as the dockyard, it also possesses an important shipyard and manufacturing industries, notably producing leather, plastic and tobacco products. Some important buildings in Durrës include the main library, the cultural center with the Aleksandër Moisiu Theatre, the Estrada Theater, the puppet theater, and the philharmonic orchestra. There are also several museums such as the Durrës Archaeological Museum, Royal Villa of Durrës and the Museum of History (the house of Aleksandër Moisiu).

The city hosts the Durrës Ancient City Wall called also Durrës Castle while the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans is located in the city close to the harbor. This first-century construction is currently under consideration for inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The southern coastal stretch is renowned for its traditional mass beach tourism having experienced uncontrolled urban development. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists, with an estimated 800,000 tourists visiting annually. Many tourist from Europe spend their summer vacations on the beaches of Durrës. In contrast, the northern coastal stretch is mostly unspoiled and set to become an elite tourism destination as a number of beach resorts are being built since 2009. Neighboring districts are known for the production of good wine and a variety of foodstuffs. 

 General rules :

-         is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, brass bands, orchestras, modern dance groups, choral groups, majorette teams, instrumental groups and soloists, as well as groups and performers from other art styles.

-   Every Group has the right to participate. Children's ensembles   Youth ensembles  adult ensembles 

-  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 members,

-         Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 folk dances, 10-15 minutes each with orchestra or USB.

-  For choral groups should prepare free program about 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 and  excursions.

-         To send us short CV and 5 photos of the group,

-         To take a flag of the country,

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

 - We had most groups from Bulgaria,Romania and Poland 


Day 1 

  13.00.Arrivalin Durres,  hotel accommodation and  free time (beach time)

18.00 – 19.00 Dinner (buffet) in hotel

Freet time

       Day 2 

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast 

 11.00 -15.00 Beach time or excursions

      18.00 - 19.00 Dinner

 21.00 Meeting with director of the festival in hotel 

27.08. Day 2 

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast 

 11.00 -15.00 Beach time or excursions

      18.00 - 19.00 Dinner

19.30 Festival evening on the squere in Durres 

     Day 3 

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast - buffet

  10.30 – 15.00 Beach time or Visiting of the history city Kruje and  historic monuments and museum ( entrance 2 euro)   

19.00 – 20.00  Dinner in hotel

10.30 – 23.00 Festival evening - presentation  and workshop learning different dances


Day 4  

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast - buffet

11.00.Departure of participants

Optional - if you stay more days 

   Day 4  

 09.00 -10.00 Breakfast - buffet

10.30 – 15.00 Beach time    

19.00 – 21.00  Dinner - buffet in hotel

 21.00. Party in hotel

Day 5 

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast - buffet

  11.00 Departure of participants 

Participation fee:

- 129 euro for 4 HB per person (5days/4 nights with 2 meals - open buffet) 

    in  resort like Hotel Kolavery, Hotel Orient, hotel Skampa ..for leaders only 2/2 (leaders and drivers)  than triple and quadriple rooms. Additional double rooms are on request and it is 10 euro per person per day additional paymant). Hotel resort has own swimming pool and own beach .. 

Video from the past festivals in Durres you can find of this link:                                               

Festival organizers provide:

-         for 24 dancers – one gratis,

-         souvenir and gift for each group,

-         Certificate for attendance,

-   drinks during performance

-         free parking

-         advertising of the festival (press release, news letters, posters)

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 Dures. Price will be  34 euro Hb in hotels – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.

    After the festival finish organizers will send you link of the photos and videos from the festival program for each group and photos. Toursit tax and insurance is 1 euro per person per day and it is additional paymant.


By plane on Tirana airport - Wizz air has flight to Tirana airport from many destinations in Europe. The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Tirana Airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number.Also you have Wizz Air to Ohrid Airport in Macedonia so we can make transfer to Durres.

By bus - we suggest you toconnect two festivals in twodestinations if you arrive by bus like Ohrid,Macedoniaand Durres,Albania or Durres,Albania withBudva or Bar in Montenegro. 

In 2017 on the festival were participated 10 groups from 8 EU country with 377 participants.

   In 2018 on the festival were participated 11 groups from 9 EU country with 414 participants.

In 2019 on the festival were participated 12 groups from 9 EU country with 500 participants.

In 2021 on the festival were participated 8 groups from 6 EU country with 400 participants.

Number of seats is limited on 400.


  NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                       Published on 26.08.2019


X International folklore and musical festival "DURRES FEST" was held in the period 21 – 25 June in Durres, Albania. More than 400 participants from 8 folk ensembles and choral groups from Poland, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina took part in the folklore forum.On 22 August 2019 the festival evening was held on the main square in Durres – in front of the Center of Culture. There, the director of the folklore forum welcomed all participants and wished them success. The groups were awarded with certificates and many deserved applauses.The closing party was held on August 24 in a great hotel, where all participants danced until midnight.

 Over the days, the artists and their artistic directors visited Durres, swam in the warm sea and enjoyed the pool of the hotel, where they were housed.


Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 9 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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