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XI International Music & Dance Festival “LAKE MUSIC FESTIVAL”

Application Form Price: 59 € - 5% Date: 12 - 15 May, 2022
Location: Ohrid - Strga - Skopje, Macedonia
Director: Zoran & WOFA
Application Deadline: 1 November, 2021
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.
                                                     INVITATION

With pleasure we INVITE you (children, youth and adults groups), (Folk ensembles,Choral groups, orchestras, majorette teams,art schools, balroom dance teams and modern dance groups) to participate on XI International music & folk – dance festival “LAKE MUSIC FESTIVAL” 12 – 15 May  , Ohrid, 2022.

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.

Ohrid City – a mixture of rich history and modern life

The seven wonders of Ohrid

Macedonia, deep in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, is simply a small country with extraordinary beauty. This ancient and biblical land is probably one of the last visited and least known countries in Europe, which in a way makes it even more mysterious and attractive. Finally, this terra incognita is now ready to be discovered. And without any doubt, its most precious jewels, shining one next to the other, are the city of Ohrid and the lake Ohrid. This is not just another story about some attractive tourist destination in Europe.

Unfortunately, not many people in Europian union are still aware about at least 7 remarkable universal achievements connected to the entire human civilization. According to famous television game show “who wants to be a millionaire “{2007} ,Ohrid is declared as the oldest city in the world, with continuous civilization advancement. Indeed, according to many historians, Lychnidos - the city of light (the ancient name of Ohrid ) was build in the 4-th century B.C, but humans have lived there for more then 8.000 years. There are for sure settlements on many other places around the globe, but somehow and sometimes they were turned into abandoned and lifeless ruins. Reasons were different: earthquakes, floods, volcano eruptions , diseases, wars. Here in Ohrid, from its beginning until today, life still goes on without ending. That is why is also called “the kingdom of archeologists”. This small city seemed to be irresistible for great ancient rulers and kings, such as the legendary Phoenician prince Cadmus who build it, Fillip 2 of Macedon who once conquered and reconstructed it, Alexander the Great who enjoyed in it, Czar Samuel who ruled from it and many more. However, Ohrid is the only place in the world where 2 recognized saints actually lived in the same time - St. Kliment of Ohrid (840-916) and St.Naum of Ohrid(830-910), putting an extremely strong stamp of their existence. These 2 exceptional persons, the very best students of Cyril and Methodius, were in fact the most educated people in the world in their time.

Among other achievements, they will always be remembered as establishers of the first University in Europe (893), located in Ohrid Old Town, long before the University in Bologna (1088). Besides that, St. kliments and St. Naum of Ohrid were investors of the Cyrillic Alphabet. As a result of their creativity and incredible work, today more then 200 million people still use this alphabet, mostly in Southeast and Eastern Europe. Ancient ruins, beautiful amphitheater, 3 citadel walls, St.Sofia Cathedral, many churches and monasteries, gallery of exclusive icons, museums, workshops for hand-made paper, woodcarving and famous Ohrid pearls, are among hundreds sites for tourists worth to visit. There is also a strong Roman connection to the city, since Lychnidos was along the famous route Via Egnatia, build in the 2-nd century B.C., connecting the Adriatic and Aegean seas. Considering the number of churches located in the Old town (365 churches according to the immemorial legend, for local people to celebrate every single day by honoring another saint), Ohrid is called “the Balkan Jerusalem”, successfully playing the role as the biggest pilgrimage spot for all the Orthodox Christian in the world. One of the most extraordinary churches in Ohrid is the mother of god Theotokos Peribletos -“ The most holy who can take a look everywhere”.

Build in the year 1295, this church is a pure masterpiece of the medieval sacred architecture. But more than that , the most incredible elements are the frescos inside this church, painted in the same year by Michael and Eutychios . Actually, at the end of the 13-th century, before any similar artistic movements on Italian soil, exactly 10 years before the first fresco-painting of Giotto in Padua’s Arena Chapel (1305), the name of god will be glorified in Ohrid with frescos containing exclusive elements of the earliest start. In 1979 and in 1980, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as a Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In fact, Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are both Cultural and Natural sites 

Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and according to most experts the oldest lake in Europe. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return. Festival program will be held on the main square in Ohrid.

Program:

12.05Thursday   

13.00 - Arrival in Ohrid, hotel accommodation.

14.00 - 15.00 - Lunch in hotel and free activities.

19.00 - 20.00 - Dinner in hotel.

21.00 - Welcome reception.

13.05 Friday    

08.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast

10.00 -14.00 - Ohrid sightseeing – visiting Ethno museum (1 euro), Visiting exhibition “Ohrid in past” with degustation of wine, rakija or soft drink, (1 euro), visiting cultural monuments (St.Sofia church, Samoil fortress – entres 1 euro, Antique theatre, Plaosnik - St.Kliment church – enter 1 euro, St. Kaneo church, Bridge of wishes).

14.00 - 15.00 - Lunch in hotel.

17.00 - 18.30 - Dinner in hotel.

19.00 - Ensembles parade (old town).

19.30  - Official opening of the festival

           - Welcome speech and firework

           - Open air performance

           - Dancing together

14.05 Saturday   

08.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast

11.00 - 14.30 - Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort  St.Naum monastery, culture  place, – (price 7 euros per person, if it is FB than lunch package from hotel, dancing boat).

15.00 - 17.00 Free time 

18.00 - 20.00 - Dinner in hotel.

21. 00 - 00.00 - Closing ceremony of the festival - organizers give certificates and presents for the groups than exchange presents and party with all participants with wine degustation and soft drink for the kids.

15.05 Sunday   

08.00 - 10.00 Breakfast

10.00 - Departure of the participants to Skopje city  

Optional If you stay more days

15.05. Sunday

08.00 - 10.00 Breakfast

10.30 Visiting city of Struga ( Kalista cave, old bazar, river Crni Drim)

13.00 Lunch in hotel

15.00-19.00 Shoping in the city

19.00 - 21.00 Dinner in hotel

2100.- 23.00 Workshop: Learning Macedonian dances

16.05 Monday   

08.00 - 10.00 Breakfast

10.00 - Departure of the participants to Skopje city  (optional)

General rules:

- The age of the participants of the festival are not limited.

- 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).

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

- On 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 60 members including dancers, managers, musicians and family members.

- Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 folk dances 12-15 minutes each with orchestra or USB.

- The Choral groups - two parts from 12 – 18 minutes free program. 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 on English and 2-3 photos of the group.

- To bring a flag of the country.

- Grous should have there own transport for arrival and departure.

Participation fee:

- 59 Euro per person for 3 nights Half board (2 meals per day - brakfast and dinner).

- 79 Euro per person for 4 nights Half board (2 meals per day- brakfast and dinner).

- 63 Euro per person for 3 nights Full board (3 meals per day - breakfast,lunch,dinner).

- 84 Euro per person for 4 nights Full board (3 meals per day - breakfast,lunch,dinner).

It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in 3*** hotels which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake or hotels in the centre of the city in triple and few quadriple bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms..

For leaders and drivers there are two double rooms without additional paymant..for other double rooms it is additional paymant of 5 euro per room per day and 15 euro per day for single room..Hotel Desaret is 3* Lake resort with outdoor swimming pool and it has 550 beds so the number is limited.Our organization has only the right to represent the hotel Desaret.

NOTE: For the groups - Members of the Club of the WOFA festivals discount for this festival is 10% 

Visit:

Hotel Desaret (hotel on the Lake) – www.hoteldesaret.com.mk

Hotel Montenegrin (hotel on the Center of the city) – www.montenegrininn.com 

Hotel De Lux apartment ( in the center of the city)

Vila& restaurant “Fortuna” ( in the center of the city) 

   We also offer Hotel “Chingo” and Hotel “Mizo” which are 4 stars hotels.

If  you choose Hotel “Chingo” or Hotel “Mizo” there is only half-board (breakfast and dinner) with the following prices:

Hotel “Chingo” – 74€ per person 3 nights half board and 99€ per person 4 nights half board

Hotel “Mizo” – 89€ per person 3 nights half board and 119€ per person 4 nights half board                                                             

Festival organizers provide:

- For 21 dancers – one gratis;

- Souvenir and gift for each group;

- Certificate for attendance;

- Welcome cocktail;

- Disco party with drinks;

- Drinks during the performance;

- Tourist guides for sightseeing of the town;

- Free parking for bus,

- Advertising of the festival (press release, social medium, posters,flyers);

- Professional stage where concert performances take place, size: 10x8 meters;

- Professional sound equipment  (2 bass speakers, 4 satellite speakers, 2 monitor speakers);

- Professional light equipment;

- For the groups arriving by plane we will organize transfer from the Ohrid airport to the hotel free of charge.

How was on the festival past years visit the link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFo9Rx6z_4U&t=1s 

- Important! Macedonian Tourist Tax (0.70 cents euro per person per day) is calculated in the price.

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 22 Euro per day per person FB – 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 and each group will have guide during festival.

After the festival finish organizers will send you LINK from the festival program for each group and photos. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival.

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. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana (Albania) or Thessaloniki (Greece)  Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary.Also, you can arrive by plane in Ohrid airport and we will organize free transport to the hotel.

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

In 2018 we had 7 groups with 224 participants from 6 EU countries.

In 2019 we had 9 groups with 298 participants  (children, youth and adults) from 8 countries.

Number of participants is limited on 400 or 10 groups!               
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NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL                                   Published on 18 05. 2019

 GREAT FESTIVAL MOOD IN OHRID

"More than 300 performers from Bulgaria, Slovakia, Poland, Montenegro and Macedonia. took part in the  event. Festival evening was conducted on 14 May  on the main scene of Center of culture "G. Prilitsev" in Ohrid.", said the directod of the festival - Zoran Strezovski. He welcomed the participants warmly and awarded them certificates and gifts for excellent performances. Groups sang and danced together on the traditional party, which was held in an emblematic restaurant in Ohrid. 

"During their stay in the town, groups visited many cultural monuments, they tested wines and brandy (rakia), they visited the island St. Naum on a boat and learned more about the manufacturing of ohrid pearls. The group leaders have told that they will come back again", added Mr. Strezovski.

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Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 7 groups and average estimation is VERY GOOD - 8.3/10                       
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