25 Юни - 6 Юли 2021
 Paralia Katerini - Olympic Beach (Olympus Riviera)     Гърция

Възрастни Детски Танци Хорове / Песни Оркестри Автентични Обработени Стилизирани Класически или Маршови Оркестри и Мажоретки

Директор:  Панайотис Пагонидис

The Municipality of Katerini, in the Region Unit of Pieria, and the mayor Konstantinos Koukodimos, is welcoming you and your group to the “7th International Cultural Festival”, which will be held in two periods: from 25th to 30th of June 2021 & 1st to 6th of July 2021, at the seaside towns of Paralia and Olympic Beach.
 
The festival will be held in Pieria (Paralia Katerini and Olympic Beach), the land of the ancient Thracian tribe “Pieres” and the Muses, at the base of famous Mount Olympus. The surrounding area is the mythological residence of the ancient Greek pantheon, close to the exquisite coasts of the blue Aegean Sea – Olympus Riviera. The pleasant Mediterranean climate and hospitality of the people is a guarantee for a memorable stay in our municipality. It is an ideal tourist destination, with archaeological, cultural and environmental interest.
 
Our previous Festivals in North, Central and South Pieria were extremely successful as we welcomed groups and representatives from more than ten countries in each Festival. We expect that the 19th International festival in the area and 7th in official cooperation with the Municipality of Katerini, will have greater success and will provide the participants opportunities to learn about different cultures and people, create new friendships, exchange experiences and contacts with other groups. Furthermore, during your stay you will have the pleasure to enjoy the Greek hospitality, the crystal blue sea and a bright Greek sun.
 
2021: A celebration of Life and Culture
Definitely, this year the festival will be a celebration of Life and Culture. In 2021, Greece celebrates 200 years of Independence, 200 years of modern Greece. This year, at the venue of the festival, there will be an exhibition of “Traditional Products & Handicraft” and also many other events like wine tasting, traditional Greek cooking, demonstration of local history and customs.

Periods of stay:

1st period: June 25th - June 30th 2021
2nd period: July 1st – July 6th 2021

Participants:

  • Type of groups that can participate:
  • Traditional folk-dance groups and folk song groups
  • Choirs
  • Classical or Marching Bands
  • Majorettes/Orchestras

Conditions:

  • Number and age of participants is not limited.
  • Number of participating groups is limited.
  • Each group should bring a flag of their country and if available, a board/banner with the name of their group.
  • The group should prepare a 15-minute program accompanied by their own orchestra or music on CD/FLASH.

Participation fee:

Full Package: Participation and accommodation:
  • 155 Euro per person in 1 * and 2** hotels.
  • 179 Euro per person in 3 *** hotels.
Only Participation:
  • 30 Euro per person (Does not include accommodation)

For every 25 participants, one person is free of charge.

Participation fee includes:

  • 6 days (5 nights), half board (breakfast and dinner in triple rooms) in Hotels by the seaside of Pieria, in Paralia Beach, Olympic Beach and Korinos Beach.
  • Traditional Greek Party and Greek dance lessons exclusively for all the participated groups.
  • Local delicacies and refreshments will be served during the performances.
  • Participation in the Festival, Certificates, memorial gifts, photos, video.

Participation fee does not include:

  • Extra nights. The costs for extra stay are:
    • 32 Euro per person, per day in 1-2** hotels (half board in triple rooms).
    • 37 Euro per person, per day in 3*** hotels.
  • There is also the possibility for fewer nights’ accommodation.
  • Accommodation in double rooms, in case of availability, will cost seven euros plus per person per day.
  • Optional Tours: Seasonal prices will be fixed according to the number of participants. Daily tours will be available at your convenience and a special list of them will be send to you one month before arrival.

Optional excursions:

  • Hiking on Mt. Olympus
  • Cruise to the beautiful South Pieria coastline
  • City of Thessaloniki
  • Islands Skiathos and Skopelos,
  • Meteora. (Monasteries)
  • Archaeological sites of Dion and Vergina.
  • Traditional Greek villages
First aid and emergency support will be provided, but medical services must be covered by the group. The participant’s safety is his/her personal responsibility.  Groups are advised to have Medical Insurance Coverage prior to departure from their home countries.
 
Safe dtay:
We must underline that all the hotels are operating under the strict rules and protocols for preventing Covid-19.
That protocols includes:
  • Regular sanitation training for the employee.
  • Clearly established time-schedule for cleaning and disinfection in all areas.
  • Conspicuous placement of hand sanitizers.
  • Frequent cleaning and wash down of outdoor and high touch locations, including walkways, staircase, elevators.
  • Fast response to off-cycle cleaning issues.

Program:

25/6/2021 or 1/7/2021
Day of arrival - Check in at hotel from 01:00 p.m. Free time for optional activities like swimming, sports, shopping, clubbing.
Dinner.
Any remaining balance must be paid this day in cash.
A detailed schedule and a travel leader will be provided to each group.
 
26/6/2021 or 2/7/2021
Breakfast. Free day, from morning to noon, for a rest and optional activities.
20:30: Experience the Greek way of parties (glenti). A welcome party with traditional Greek and European music, traditional dance lessons and gifts will be offered for free to the participated groups by the “PROPANTOS – FOLKWAY” events company.  Dinner with drinks and local delicacies will be served at the party place.
 
27/6/2021 or 3/7/2021
Breakfast. Free day, from morning to noon. Optional excursions – Midday meal.
7:00 p.m.: Transfer from the hotel to the Festival venue (central square of Paralia).  You must be dressed in your traditional costumes. Gifts will be offerer to the groups by the Municipality of Katerini before the performance. During the performance refreshments will be served.
 
28/6/2021 or 4/7/2021
Breakfast. Free day (from morning to noon). Optional excursion/cruise – Midday meal.
19:00: Transfer from the hotel to the Festival venue (the central square of Olympic Beach) 
You must be dressed in your traditional costumes. Gifts will be offered to the groups by the Municipality of Katerini before the performance. During the performance refreshments will be served.
 
29/6/2021 or 5/7/2021
Breakfast. Free day for a rest, shopping, swimming - Optional activities or excursion in Pieria’s sightseeing organized by our office.
Dinner (in consultation with the hotel)
 
30/6/2021 or 6/7/2021
Breakfast - Departure of the groups.                     
                                                            
Special Notes:
Certificates of participation will be given.
Official invitation letter and other needed documents will be provided
The organizers reserve the right to alter or change the program, if needed, without prior notification
Transfer and optional excursions offer, and booking can be given after request from the organizer.
 
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.  
As a next step: To secure your entry, you are required to make a payment - 60% of the total amount by March 30th, 2021. Upon receiving your payment, an official invitation letter will be sent to you. The balance 30% must be paid, in cash, on the day of your arrival in Pieria or 15 days prior via bank transfer.

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