The European Championship of Folklore "Euro folk" and the World Championship of Folklore "World folk" are two particularly large events conceptually which are held in July and in August in some of the emblematic resorts and towns on the Bulgarian Black sea coast.
Each year thousands of singers, musicians and dancers from all over the world compete in 9 categories divided in 2 age groups. International jury use the assessment system of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF and the World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF.
Points are valid for World ranking list of folklore. Winners of the Grand prize in the both championships - Grand Prix "Orpheus", Golden medal and Diploma for Absolute European or World champion of folklore for 2017 will also receive a cash prize of 1000 Euro.
Details and application form can be found in the official web site of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF.
IX European Championship of Folklore Euro folk 2017
VII World Championship of Folklore "World folk 2017"
Concerts of both championships are held in Nessebar, Sunny beach, Burgas, Obzor, Sveti Vlas i Pomorie. The towns are among the most attractive and popular tourist beach destinations in Bulgaria. Not only Bulgarian but also foreign tourists visit them because of the beautiful beaches, preserved historical atmosphere and archaeological sites.
Nessebar: Ancient city of Nessebar is in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Nessebar is one of the oldest towns in Europe, established before more than 3200 years. According to data, the legendary author of fables Aesop was born in Mesambria / Nessebar / around 620 BC. In the ancient part of the town there are 42 churches, built from IV till XVII centuries.
The isthmus connecting the old with the new part is 400 m long. In the middle of the isthmus is the old mill of the town, which currently is a tourist attraction.
After the Constantinople has fallen, descendants of the Byzantine emperors of dynasties and Kantakuzin and Paleologos are living here on these lands so far.
Tourist resort of Sunny beach: On the territory of Sunny Beach resort are located more than 200 3***, 4**** and 5***** hotels, and more than 100 amusement facilities, including the largest aquapark in the Balkans - "Action Aquapark". The complex is similiar to Las Vegas with its noisy discos and casinos. This is the most visited destination that attracts many tourists from all over the Europe.
Sunny beach is the first Bulgarian resort certified with the "Blue Flag" еco prize. Average monthly temperature in the high tourist season is 25-26 degrees.
Burgas: The largest city in Southeast Bulgaria and the second largest city on the Bulgarian Black sea coast. In the water area of the Bourgas Bay is located the Black Sea island of St. Anastasia. There are artifacts found dating back 6000 years BC, 6th century BC Thracians settled the area. Between 383 and 359 years BC the settlements around Burgas are under the control of the Thracian king Cotys I. Followed by Philip II of Macedonia, King Darius I, Odrysian kingdom, Byzantium. Burgas lake complex is located on a migratory route Via Pontica and is a place with bottleneck for migratory soaring birds of a significant part of Northern, Eastern and Central Europe. 300 000 storks and 60,000 raptors fly over the lakes annually during the autumn migration. This is the place with the greatest concentration in Europe during the migration of the pink and the Dalmatian pelican.
Sveti Vlas: 10 km away from historical Nessebar. The settlement was founded in the 2nd century by the ancient Thracians. Then it bore the name Larissa, in the 14th century took the name of St. Vlas - patron of traders, farmer and healer. St. Vlas is a revered saint of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. In 2007, the biggest marina in Bulgaria was constructed in Sveti Vlas. The marina has a capacity for 300 yachts. The beach of Sveti Vlas is facing south. The sand is fine and golden.
Pomorie: Pomorie is the third largest town on the Bulgarian Black sea coast. One of the most interesting cultural sites is the Ancient domed tomb from 2nd - 4th century. Medieval name of the town is Anhealo. The Salt Museum is the only one in Eastern Europe. It was opened in September 2002 and is dedicated to one of the oldest livelihoods in the region of Pomorie - salt production. Visitors have the opportunity to see how all processes run and to experience the traditions of the locals.
Obzor: Obzor is part of the Municipality of Nessebar and it is near to the town of Byala. In addition to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, the city is located in the Balkan Mountains, making it a popular tourist destination, given the mixed climate. Near the town in the mountains is a mineral spring. Obzor has the longest coastline in Bulgaria - 14 km. The city's history began more than three thousand years ago. Initially Thracians established their settlement Naulohas (hereinafter and Tetranaulohas or Tatranaulohas). During the 1st millennium BC Greek settlers founded the city of Heliopolis ("solar city"). After its conquest by the Romans in the 1st century BC., the temple of Jupiter was built and the city gets its name Teopolis ("City of God"), or Templum Yovis ("Yupiterski temple / sanctuary"). Residues of this temple have been preserved in the city center. Later there was situated summer residence of the Byzantine emperors. Then Bulgarian fortress Kozyak was built. At the time of the Ottoman Empire in this territory arose the settlement Gyozeken ("Overview" in Turkish; "Obzor" in Bulgarian). Bears its present name since 1936. On September 7, 1984 Obzor has the status of city.