9 - 13 June 2017
  Bitola      Macedonia - FYROM

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

Director:  Mr. Aleksandar Petreski

Purpose of the festival:                                                                  

This festival has been designed with the intention to offer to its participants and to the spectators the opportunity for them to witness and share cultural diversity and to celebrate folklore, tradition, costumes and cultural heritage. Folklore can be a chain that links diverse cultures and nations, building bridges and friendships. This is a chance for all lovers of folklore to show their colors and enjoy what the beautiful city of Bitola can offer. For all those who want to live and dance to the colors and rhythms of folklore and tradition this is the perfect opportunity to do exactly that. Bitola will be the perfect setting and host.      
Bitola – The City of Consuls
Bitola is located in Pelagonia, the largest valley in Macedonia.
On its western side it is embraced by mountain Baba and its towering peak Pelister, a protected national park area with an abundance of different flora and fauna species. This is the only place in the world where the endemic Molika pine trees create woods. There are also exceptional glacial lakes, ski resorts, and a lot of sites where you can relax and enjoy the natural peace and tranquility.
If you are interested to learn more about ancient civilizations, here, you can find original mosaics, dating from the 4th century. You can visit Heraclea Lyncestis which will take you back to antiquity and you will get the chance to face the authentic remains of ancient history.
But if you prefer modern life and urban city living, this city offers you plenty of opportunities for entertainment. You can walk in the prominent walking area Shirok Sokak (Wide Alley). It is like a runway where you will encounter the elegant, fashionable and friendly citizens of Bitola. You can go shopping, drink a cup of coffee and feel trendy and unique. You can also try some of the local delicacies offered by local restaurants and make a selection from the mixture of Eastern and Western tastes that collide here. It will provide you with a wide range of possibilities, so you can leave your cares aside and enjoy.
Bitola is the second largest town in Macedonia. It is a regional industrial and economic center. It has also been a diplomatic center ever since the Ottoman period because many European countries had consulates in Bitola, which is why it is called “the city of consuls”. Therefore, Ottoman influence on the one, and European aristocracy on the other hand, made a huge impact on the life of the citizens of Bitola, shaping and defining their lifestyle even today. Thus, the architecture of modern Bitola and the manners and culture of its citizens make it a special classy place to be visited and experienced.

Conditions for participation at the festival:

  • Folk dance groups, modern dance groups, choirs, but also majorette teams and brass bands and orchestras are welcome to apply. Groups from all over the world can take part in this festival.
  • The number of participants is not limited. There is no age limit
  • To prepare minimum one program with the duration of 12 – 15 minutes per program.
  • Each group should bring the national flag of the country that they represent.
  • To visibly display panel on which the name of the group and the name of the country is inscribed.
  • Groups should have 12 – 15 small gifts for exchange.
  • Participants can perform with orchestras (recommended) or with recorded music (on CD or USB).
  • In order to participate in this festival, every group needs to fill in an application form. When applying, if possible, please provide some photos, videos or brief history of the group. These materials will be used for promotional and advertising purposes (in advertisements, fliers and posters). After receiving the application form and completion of advance payment, the organizer will send an official letter of invitation for participation at the Festival.

Festival Organizers provide:

  • Accommodation in hotels and apartments, and meals according to the price selected
  • 2 double rooms per group with no supplement to be paid (one for the leaders of the group and another for the drivers of the bus). For the other double rooms there is an additional cost of 5 euro per room per day. The rest of the rooms are with 3 and 4 beds.
  • Free parking for the bus
  • A companion for the excursions and to inform the group about details regarding the festival.
  • Certificates for participation in the festival

Participation Fee:

  • 57 Euro/ per person, 3 half-boards (2 meals)
  • 63 Euro/per person, 3 full-boards (3 meals)
  • 77 Euro/ per person, 4 half-boards (2 meals)
  • 83 Euro per person, 4 full-boards (3 meals)
  • 95 Euro/ per person, 5 half-boards (2 meals)
  • 101 Euro/per person, 5 full-boards (3 meals)

At a group of 20 people, the 21st is free of charge.

Program Proposal:

09.06.2017
Arriving in Bitola, hotel accommodation,
Lunch in the hotel and free activities
Dinner in the hotel,
Free night

10.06.2017
Breakfast in the hotel
Lunch in the hotel and free activities
Parade on the streets
Official performance of the participants
Dinner in the hotel

11.06.2017
Breakfast in the hotel
Lunch in the hotel
Parade through the streets in Ohrid
Festival evening in Ohrid (performance of the participants, certificate for the participants by the organizers, and at the very end of the festival participants can exchange gifts and contacts with each other)
Dinner in the hotel

12.06.2017
Breakfast
Free activities
Dinner in the hotel

13.06.2017
Breakfast
Departure
 
*The organizer reserves the right to make changes in the program of the festival.
 
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.