10 - 20 May 2018
  Veliko Tarnovo      Bulgaria

Adults Childrens's Competitive nature Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Kaloyan Nikolov

Location: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria  (Wikipedia)
LIVE TV broadcast on the Internet of all concerts.
Organizers:
European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF,
Euro Folk Academy,
Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and other.
Within the framework of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk 2018".
 
Main event of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” is No 1 Festival in Europe for the traditional folklore arts – Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” in Bulgaria. Every year from 7 000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers take part in it. The participant in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk 2018” have the right to take part in the National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2018”.
Along with the National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2018" is held and World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.
Participants in the Championship will be able to take part in World Cup folklore, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria against paid participation fee.
Typical feature of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" is that all performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 50 cable and satellite televisions, as well as the World Wide Internet Television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com.
 
All of these activities realize the main purpose of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF to promote traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of massmedia. Maintaining the diversity of the main traditional values ​​and identity of different nationalities, guarantees the evolution of humanity.

Town host - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgarian: Велико Търново) is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old city is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate with the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages it was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic Schoolpainting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.

Preliminary Program

The preliminary program of XXII Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2018" and VII Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2017"
and World Cup of Folklore  you can see  HERE
3 HB / 4 days Period
10.05.2018  or 17.05.2018  Day of arrival - Check in at hotel – The rest of the total amount for the group, must be paid at the latest on this day - A detailed program and a person in charge will be provided to each group. Free time for rest, walk to the city (market and clubs). - Dinner (in consultation with the hotel).
11.05.2018  or 18.05.2018  Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Visit to "Tzarevetz" Fortress - Tzars Castle, and Ethnological Museum. - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). 10 min presentation concert - 19.00 - 21.00 - festival concert.
12.05.2018  or 19.05.2018  Breakfast –   Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Gabrovo - Ethnografic complex "Etara", Sofia, Kazanlak, Russe, Bucharest  - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). 10 min presentation concert - 19.00 - 21.00 - festival concert.
"Sound and lights" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBml0NGJt1c
13.05.2018  or 20.05.2018  Breakfast - Departure of the groups 3 HB Period.
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5 HB / 6 days Period
10.05.2018  or 15.05.2018   Day of arrival - Check in at hotel – The rest of the total amount for the group, must be paid at the latest on this day - A detailed program and a person in charge will be provided to each group. Free time for rest, walk to the city (market and clubs). - Dinner (in consultation with the hotel).
11.05.2018  Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Visit to "Tzarevetz" Fortress - Tzars Castle, and Ethnological Museum. - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). 10 min presentation concert - 19.00 - 21.00 - festival concert.
or 16.05.2018  Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon- Optional excursion – Visit to "Tzarevetz" Fortress - Tzars Castle, and Ethnological Museum. - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel).
12.05.2018  or 17.05.2018  Breakfast –   Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Gabrovo - Ethnografic complex "Etara", Sofia, Kazanlak, Russe, Bucharest  - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). 10 min presentation concert - 19.00 - 21.00 - festival concert.
"Sound and lights" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBml0NGJt1c
13.05.2018  Breakfast –   Free day from morning till noon- Optional excursion – Gabrovo - Ethnografic complex "Etara", Sofia, Kazanlak, Russe, Bucharest  - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel)
or 18.05.2018  Breakfast –   Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Gabrovo - Ethnografic complex "Etara", Sofia, Kazanlak, Russe, Bucharest  - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). 10 min presentation concert - 19.00 - 21.00 - festival concert.
14.05.2018  Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Gabrovo - Ethnografic complex "Etara", Sofia, Kazanlak, Russe, Bucharest  - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel)
or 19.05.2018   Breakfast –   Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Gabrovo - Ethnografic complex "Etara", Sofia, Kazanlak, Russe, Bucharest  - Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). 10 min presentation concert - 19.00 - 21.00 - festival concert.
15.05.2018  or 20.05.2018   Breakfast - Departure of the groups 5 HB Period.

Regulations

Main task of the organizers is to ensure the creative groups an access to the stage, to gather them in a concourse programme aimed at defining the best ones and to popularize the award winners of the fest by broadcasting their art in Bulgaria and the European TV air.
The National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2018” has been organized by EAFF and other organizations within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2018” – The World is Television.

To enter the contest the participants must be accredited, which is realized under the following conditions:
 
Contest system includes the following categories:
A) Folklore songs groups, authentic folklore (choirs and ensembles)
B) Folklore songs groups, modern arrangement of folklore music; - (choirs and ensembles)
C) Folklore dances groups, authentic folklore; (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
D) Folklore dances groups; modern choreography (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
E) Folklore mix ensembles -  Authentic performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
F) Folklore mix ensembles -  Processed performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
G) Folklore Instrumental groups; folklore music (ensembles and orchestras)
H) Folklore customs groups; replica (folklore groups, ensembles)
I ) Group of urban folklore; (old town songs, old town dance, world folk)
 
*i  individual performers and duets by all categories exept E,F,H;
*1  by all categories there is also ranking of children and young people up to 18 years. /in children's and youth groups can participate up to 30% of participants from different age /
*2  by all categories there is ranking adults people up 18 years.
During the National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2018” studio audio recordings and filming of professional video clips of the participants' program will be done free of charge of those performances awarded by the jury or against payment. 
 
The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
   1. Level of complexity and technique of performance
   2. Vision /costumes, properties, staging, selection of repertoire/
   3. Stage manners /behavior on stage, gestures, contact with the audience, spirit emanation, artistry/

The duration of the program should not exceed 10 minutes.
It is desirable by post or e-mail, to the address of EAFF, to send the last released album of the participant (the group) or demo records of not less than two performances. It is desirable that the application form has an added annotation about the participant and advertising materials – photos. The sent material are not a subject of return.
During the participation of the collective in the championship the organizer could invite it to take part in general events such as Official Opening, Official Closing, cocktail party and others.

Awards:

The awards are different from those in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk”
The big award “Euro Folk 2018” – Grand Prix "Orpheus" and a diploma for the Absolute National Championship of Folklore of Bulgaria.
The Winner of Grand Prix "Orpheus" takes also a money prize of  500 Euro.

First awards in the relevant categories and a diploma for the National Championship of Folklore for the relevant category. The champions obtain golden medals, and for the second and third place – silver and bronze medals. At jury’s decision in the single categories could be given additional golden, silver and bronze medals with the relevant diplomas.
The jury awards the best performances with a free of charge shooting and producing of a free video clip.
All of the participants are granted with deeds for laureates, diplomas and object – awards. The awards are granted on a ceremony during "Euro Folk 2018" Musical Feasts - The world is television. 

In jury’s opinion and the producers from Euro Folk Academy the best performers and artistic directors shall be honoured with a Diploma for obtaining the rank Maestro or Maestro Academic. The diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with asking for a ceremonial delivery.

All award winners get a free of charge copy of the TV product, which consists of their performances, and has been broadcasted in Bulgaria or in Europe.
The participants can order against payment full recordings of their performances, including video clips, CD and DVD. These products have the right to be broadcasted in the relevant country.

The jury consists of 3 people.
Championship categories are consistent with the categories of the World ranking list of folklore.
In the Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore may participate by 20% of participants from other countries.
Collected points standings with odds for a National Championship.

Points valid for World ranking list of folklore.
 
Championship
Odds
Points for participation
Items by Category
First Round
 Second round - Race Grand Prix
National 
2
10
1. 100 
2.  50
3.  30
1. 200
2. 100
3. 70
Next - 4
 
Unambiguous text: The collectives or presenting organizations, if approved by the jury to participate in the Championship, give the organizers the right to be recorded on video and audio, arranged in a program, presenting the fest and broadcasted by a TV channel or in some other way, for which a contract agreement will be signed.
Unambiguous text: Teams from another country that can not participate in the second round, unless they compete and perform Bulgarian folklore.

Registration of the Participants

2* - 3 HB / 3 Half Board/ - 72 Euro
3* - 3 HB / 3 Half Board/ - 84 Euro
Period 1:   10 - 13 May;  Period 2:  17 - 20 May
 
2* - 5 HB / 5 Half Board/ - 120 Euro
3* - 5 HB / 5 Half Board/ - 140 Euro
Period 1:   10 - 15 May;  Period 2:  15 - 20 May
 
10 HB / 10 Half Board/ - FULL Period  10 - 20 May
 
Every 25 participants one is welcome to join in for free. (25 paying participants + 1 free of charge)
(paying goes in several month payments till departure time)

Accommodation

Accomodation is in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms
supplement for 1/2 room is 5 Euro per person per night,
supplement for 1/1 room is 15 Euro per person per night
All the hotels are located in Veliko Tarnovo, based on 3/5/10 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet)

The participation fee includes

  • Accommodation in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms, 3/5/10 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet), (supplement for 1/2 room is 5 Euro per person per night)
  • Organization expenses
  • Free place on every 25-th member /25 +1/
  • Degrees**
  • Invitation letter***

The participation fee does not include

  • Additional day in some of the hotels: it costs 25 Euro per person
  • Facultative tours (tour of Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Russe, Bucharest)
  • Transport, parking, insurance...
  • Transport from airports:  /Sofia, - 235 km., Burgas - 220 km., Varna - 210 km., Bucharest - 200 km. Istanbul - 490 km./, railway - Gorna Oriahovitza - 11 km.
  • Registration fee in World Cup of Folklore™ for category is 150 Euro.

General Conditions

The sender covers all bank fees.
The invoices are received from the office at the centre of Veliko Tarnovo nearby “Mother Bulgaria” Monument - str. 3 "Marno pole"
All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.
The registration of the participants at their arrival in Veliko Tarnovo is going to be made at the office of “Balkan Folk” nearby “Mother Bulgaria” Monument  - str. 3 "Marno pole"
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.
Next stage payment 20% for booking of accomodation.
Rest of payment 70% - 15 days before start of festival, or on registration with permission of organizers.
 
"Sound and lights" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBml0NGJt1c
The Sound and Light Show is a unique attraction in Europe. Shows of its kind can only be seen in few other countries in the world.
Through of music and spectacular illumination, this programme recreates the history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1393), the fall under the Turkish and the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878. The music was composed especially for the show, which was first displayed in 1985 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Asen and Peter’s uprising.
The best place to watch the show is Tsar Ivan Asen square located right in front of Tsarevets.
 
Museum of "wax" figures in Veliko Tarnovo           - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-LyaNSWfdc
Top Things See & Do in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcw_z3rBo5w
Spirit of Veliko Tarnovo                                             - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-zvUh_Hbis
 
*    Optional Tours - excursions (Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Russe, Bucharest). Seasonal prices vary according to the number of participants.
**    Certificates of participation will be given
***   Invitation letter will be provided if needed
**** The final program of the festival could be changed by the organizers if needed.

Application Form     until 2 February 2018


News About the Festival

21 June 2017

Two folklore competitions in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) were eternalized with a film

The documentary-musical film about the VIII Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk 2017” and the II World Cup of Folklore – Veliko Tarnovo 2017 is a fact. The most impressive…
22 May 2017

Dance group from Vidin (Bulgaria) is the winner of Grand Prix at VIII Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro folk 2017”

Dance club “Zharava” from Vidin (Bulgaria) with artistic director Fidanka Asenova won the Grand Prix Golden “Orhpeus”, check for 1000 leva, golden medal and the title Absolute national champion of…
16 May 2017

First nominated for Grand Prix of folklore competition in Veliko Tarnovo

Five nominations for Grand Prix, 77 medals and 2 laureate titles were awarded during the first three concerts of the contest program of VIII Bulgarian National Championship "Euro Folk 2017" and the…
13 May 2017

More than 400 performers in "Balkan Folk" festival were part of a parade in Veliko Tarnovo

A day after the official opening of 21st edition of Stara planina Fest "Balkan Folk", hundred of dancers, singers and musicians took part in a parade on the main street of the town-host Veliko…
12 May 2017

Extremely strong start of XXI Stara Planina “Balkan folk” Fest

XXI Stara Planina “Balkan folk” Fest, VIII Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro folk 2017“ and II World cup of Folklore – Veliko Tarnovo 2017 were officially opened by Kaloyan Nikolov –…
8 August 2016

Film about Bulgarian Championship of folklore „Euro folk“ 2016 (Official Film HD)

The official film about VII Bulgarian Championship of Folkore "Euro folk 2016“ and the first edition of World cup of Folklore "Veliko Tarnovo 2016" has gathered the essence of the performances of…
27 May 2016

The General Director of UNESCO Irina Bokova was awarded with the Honorary Sign of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF

The high distinction was presented to her personally by the President of the Association, Kaloyan Nikolov. On the occasion of her awarding, Ms. Bokova expressed her great gratitude for the…
22 May 2016

Director General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova opened the monument to the founder of the EAFF - Iliyan Nikolov

Irina Bokova: "The plaque of Iliyan Nikolov will remind to all citizens of Veliko Tarnovo about all good good deeds, that he did"   The General Director of UNESCO Irina Bokova, the president…
21 May 2016

Dance ensemble "Shareno gerdanche" - folklore champion of Bulgaria for 2016, Dance ensemble "Nestini" - winner in the World Cup of Folklore

The jubilee XX Stara planina fest "Balkan Folk", VII Bulgarian National Championship "Euro Folk" and the first edition of the World Cup of Folkloore "Veliko Tarnovo 2016"are already recorded in the…
21 May 2016

Digitized future for the World Cultural Heritage

Roundtable on subject "The role of universities for preservation of the World Heritage" was held on 20 and 21 May in "St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. The…
17 May 2016

First nominations for Grand prix in two Bulgarian folklore contests

The first nominees for Grand prix in the VII Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro folk” and the World Cup of Folklore “Veliko Tarnovo” became clear. After the first three contest days,…
12 May 2016

Mrs. Irina Bokova will attend the Opening ceremony of the Monument of the founder of EAFF

The Secretary General of UNESCO - Mrs. Irina Bokova will present the bas-relief monument of Iliyan Nikolov - the founder of Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk", Musical Feasts "Euro folk" and the…