19 - 22 April 2018
  Ohrid      Macedonia - FYROM

Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Zoran Strezovski

Application Form

  until 15 December 2017

With pleasure we INVITE you (children, youth and adults groups), (Folk ensembles,Choral groups,majorette teams and modern dance groups) to participate on VII International music & folk – dance festival “OHRID SPRING FESTIVAL” 19 – 22 April , Ohrid, 2018.
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.
 

General rules :

  • The number of groups 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).
  • 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 50 members including dancers, managers and musicians.
  • Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 folk dances 12-15 minutes each with orchestra or CD.
  • 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 take a flag of the country.
  • Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure.
 

Participation fee:

  • 59 Euro per person for 3 nights Half board (2 meals per day).
  • 79 Euro per person for 4 nights Half board (2 meals per day).
  • 65 Euro per person for 3 nights Full board (3 meals per day).
  • 85 Euro per person for 4 nights Full board (3 meals per day).
It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in 3*** hotels which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake, in 1/2, 1/3 or 1/4 bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms and hotels in the centre of the city. 
Hotel Desaret is 3* Lake resort with outdoor swimming pool and it has 550 beds so the number is limited (in renovated rooms).
Our organization has only the right to represent the hotel Desaret.
      Visit:
Hotel Desaret (hotel on the Lake) – www.hoteldesaret.com.mk
Hotel Prestol (hotel on the Lake) -  www.hotelprestol.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)
                                                                                                                        

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;
  • Reception in city hall;
  • Advertising of the festival (press conference, radio and tv channels, posters);
  • 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;
  • DVD and photos of the festival;
  • For the groups arriving by plane we will organize transfer from the Ohrid airport to the hotel free of charge.

Program:

  19.04   Thursday   
  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.
 
 20.04    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
 
      21.04   Saturday
     08.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast. 
     11.00 - 15.30 - 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). 
     17.00 - 18.30 - 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.
 
     22.04   Sunday
     08.00 - 10.00 Breakfast. 
     11.00 - Departure of the participants.
 

General rules :

  • The number of groups 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).
  • Festival 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 50 members including dancers, managers and musicians. 
  • Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 folk dances 12-15 minutes each with orchestra or CD.
  • 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 take a flag of the country.
  • Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure. 
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 21 Euro per day per person FB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.
Organizers keep the right to change program of the festival. 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 DVD 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.
By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information  will be supply after your confirmation for participations.
 
In 2016 we had 7 groups with 224 participants from 6 EU countries.
In 2017 we had 9 groups with 298 participants  (children, youth and adults) from 8 countries.
 
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.                     

Application Form     until 15 December 2017



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