10 - 14 August 2017
  Ohrid      Macedonia - FYROM

Adults Childrens's Dances Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Mr. Zoran Strezovski

“OHRID WAVES” festival is unique folk festival in the region. 
With pleasure we INVITE you (Folk groups, Choral groups and Orchestras, Majorette teams and modern dance groups),(children, youth and adults groups) to participate on XI International Folk - Dance & Music festival “OHRID WAVES” which will be held on 10 – 14 August 2017
Ohrid today is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. It is the famous tourist place in Macedonia but also in the region. During this period there are a lot of tourists from Holland, Finland, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Turkey …Due to exceptional beauty Ohrid is protected in this period is the best tourist resort in Macedonia. It is the famous tourist place in the region with a lot of hotels, apartments, a lot of traditional restaurants and café, shops, entertainment. Ohrid during the summer period lives 24 hours.   
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. Ohrid lake coast is 35km with beautifully sands beach, tourist attractions and entertainment. Temperature of the water in the lake is 25C degree and it is suitable for swimming, diving, yachting.. 
Ancient ruins, beautiful amphitheatre, 3 citadel walls, St.Sofia Cathedral, St.Jovan Kaneo church, St.Naum monaster (one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia and an important pilgrimage place. Breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galicica mountain towering from behind.
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 2nd century B.C., connecting the Adriatic and Aegean sea. 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 honouring another saint), Ohrid is called “the Balkan Jerusalem”, successfully playing the role as the biggest pilgrimage spot for all the Orthodox Christians in the world.
Festival program will be held on the main square in Ohrid.             

General rules:

  • 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).
  • This 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 12-18 minutes each with orchestra or USB. 
  • The Choral groups -two parts from 12 – 18 minutes free program (one performance acapela in old city (churches) and one performance on the stage with sound equipment).. 
  • 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 and photos of the group,
  • To take a flag of the country,
  • Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure,

Participation fee:

  • 69 Euro: 3 FB per person (3 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board)). 
  • 89 Euro: 4 FB per person (4 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board)). 

Participation fee includes:

It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in 3*** hotels which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake with own beach, 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. (Our organization has only the right to represent the hotel Desaret).
Hotel Desaret (hotel on the Lake) – www.hoteldesaret.com.mk,
Hotel Prestol (hotel on the Lake) -  www.hotelprestol.com.mk, 
Hotel Beton (hotel on the Lake)  - www.hotelbeton.com.mk, 
Hotel Plaza (hotel on the Lake)-  www.galebiplaza.com.mk,
Hotel Montenegrin (hotel on the Centre of the city) – www.montenegrininn.com   
Hotel De Lux apartment ( in the centre of the city)
Vila& restaurant “Fortuna” ( in the centre of the city)

Festival organizers provide:

  • for 22 dancers – one gratis,
  • souvenir and gift for each group,
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Disco party with drink 
  • certificates for attendance on the festival, 
  • tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,
  • drinks during the performance,
  • free bus parking
  • reception in city hall,
  • advertising of the festival (press conference, radio and tv channels, 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 Ohrid. Price will be 23 Euro per day per person FB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide. For additional days we will prepare special program for you.
After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program of the festival.
  • The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Ohrid airport, during the festival days and back to the same Ohrid airport. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessaloniki 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 in Ohrid airport by plane and we will organize transfer from the airport to the hotel free of charge.


10.08. Thursday 
13.00 Arrival in Ohrid after 13.00 and hotel accommodation, free activities (swimming in Ohrid Lake)
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel
19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel 
21.00  Welcome reception
11.08. Friday 
 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast, 
10.00 – 13.00 Ohrid sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments (St.Sofia church, Samoil fortress – entres 1 euro, Antique theatre, Plaosnik – entres 1 euro), St. Kaneo church, Bridge of wishes, Gallery of Icon …)
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel 
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel
19.30. Ensembles parade (old town)
20.00. Official opening of the festival
  • Welcome speech and firework
  • Open air performance 
  • Dancing together
12.08 Saturday   
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast, 
10.00 – 13.00 Visiting Stara carsia, oldest tree called – Cinar, Biljanini springs, Ohrid pearl, old paper  manufactory, shopping or visiting Struga city… ,
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities (sunbathing),
19.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel 
20.00 Second festival evening (optional) or Macedonian evening party
13.08. Sunday 
 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast, 
11.00 – 16.00.Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort  St.Naum-culture  place, also swimming in most popular beach  –(price 8 euros per person),lunch package, dancing boat),
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 disco party with all participants with wine degustation and soft drink for the kids 
14.08. Monday 
 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast, 
11.00. Departure of the participants
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…
14.08 Monday
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast, 
10.00 – 13.00  Visiting Struga city (house of Miladinovci brothers, river Crni Drim, Kalsita cave church ……),
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,
 19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel
 21.00 Festival evening in Struga city or Macedonian evening party
15.08. Thursday 
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast, 
10.00 – 14.00 Free activities (sunbathing and swimming in Ohrid Lake, walking in the city square… ) or visiting Vevcani (ethno village) ,
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,
19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel
21.00 – 00.00 Beach  party
16.08 Wednesday 
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,
09.00 – 14.00 Departure to Skopje city with guide (visiting monuments of Alexander of Macedon, Museum of Macedonian struggle, Macedonian GATE, Stone bridge, Memorial centre of holocaust…) (optional)
14.00 Departure from Skopje city
All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.
In 2015 on this Festival participated over 493 participants from 15 countries from  Europe. 
In 2016 on this Festival participated over 515 participants from 16 countries from  Europe.
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.

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