Director: Kaloyan Nikolov Location: Nessebar and the resort complex “Sunny Beach” (Wikipedia), Bulgaria Organizers European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, Euro Folk Academy, Within the framework of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk 2015". With support of: UNESCO, IOV-WORLD, CID-UNESCO Municipality of Nessebar, Burgas, Pomorie, Obzor, The marks of the participants appeared in the competition program of the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2015" are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore. Last year, in VI European Championship of Folklore „Euro folk 2014” participate more than 70 collectives and individual performers. Basic Information The European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2015” is held within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” – The World is television. Musical Feasts are held in different European cities and countries during the whole year 2015. Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2015” comprise forthy five (45) musical festivals, held under the aegis of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - ЕАFF. Main event of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” is No 1 Festival in Europe for the traditional folklore arts – Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” in Bulgaria. Every year from 9 000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers take part in it. Typical feature of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” is that all of the performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 50 cable televisions in Bulgaria and 4 satellite televisions covering Europe, as well as by the World Wide Internet television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com All this activities realize the main purpose of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - ЕАFF - to popularize the traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of mass media. The concerts of the European Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk 2015” are broadcasted live on the World Wide Internet Television „EuroFolkTV”. Preliminary Program July 2 - meeting groups July 3 - Competition - Parade - official opening July 4 - Competition July 5 - Competition July 6 - Free day excursions, Master Class July 7 - Competition July 8 - Free day trips, Master Class July 9 - Competition July 10 - Competition July 11 - Competition - Ceremony and announcement of winners and official closing gala concert of winners. July 12 - Departure of the groups The organizers reserve the right to change the program of the Championship. The concerts take place at the Antique amphitheatre in Nessebar, Burgas, Obzor, St. Vlas - Bulgaria The program of the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2015" can be download HERE The program of the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2014" can be download HERE The program of the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2013" can be download HERE The preliminary program of the Championship 2012 can be downloaded HERE. During the European Championship of Folklore studio audio recordings and filming of professional video clips of the participants' program will be done free of charge of those performances awarded by the jury or against payment. Regulations Main task of the organizers is to ensure the creative groups an access to the stage, to gather them in a concourse programme aimed at defining the best ones and to popularize the award winners of the fest by broadcasting their art in Bulgaria and the European TV air. To enter the contest the participants must be accredited, which is realized under the following conditions: Those who wish to take part in the Festival must fill-in application form. The collectives, who apply for participation, must have obtained prestigious awards from other festivals; the awards should be notified in the application form. All participants are to make their own travel arrangements to and from Nessebar and stages and pay their travel expenses. The Organizing Commitiee provides accomodation and cultural program (excursions) by agreement with the participants. A group delegation can include artists and their accompanying party. The number of artists and accopanying people is not limited. During the participation of the team in the Championship, it may be invited by the organizers to take part in joint events – Official opening, Official closing, defile, accompanying concerts, cocktail, master class, or others. The presence of invited teams in various events is required. The application forms should be filled in. The participants pay the specified prices for participation in the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2015”. The advanced payment is 20% from the total amount for the participation of the group. It is payable after approval of participation. That condition is in order to booking in the active resort season. Send by post, to the address of EAFF or with attachment to email, demos of at two performances, or link to a video posted on YouTube or other social site for video sharing. The application to be added annotation of the participant and promotional materials - photos. The photo should not be less than 1 MB. Sent materials will not be returned. Individual performers and duets pays and participation fee 50 Euro. The price includes staying the night, breakfast, dinner and organizational services. Regulations of Contest The contest system includes the following categories: A) Folklore songs groups, authentic folklore (choirs and ensembles) B) Folklore songs groups, modern arrangement of folklore music; - (choirs and ensembles) C) Folklore dances groups, authentic folklore; (folklore dance groups, ensembles) D) Folklore dances groups; modern choreography (folklore dance groups, ensembles) E) Folklore mix ensembles - Authentic performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance) F) Folklore mix ensembles - Processed performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance) G) Folklore Instrumental groups; folklore music (ensembles and orchestras) H) Folklore customs groups ; replica (folklore groups, ensembles) I) Group for old urban songs; (folklore groups, ensembles) *i individual performers and duets by all categories exept E,F,H; *1 by all categories there is also ranking of children and young people up to 18 years. /in children's and youth groups can participate up to 30% of participants from different age / *2 by all categories there is ranking adults people up 18 years. Formations that can take part in the competition program: • folklore ensembles, song and dance groups; • choirs; • clubs for folk dances; • groups for old urban songs; • brass bands and folk orchestras; • individual performers and duets; The jury consists of three members. In jury committee may participate only members authorized by EAFF. The jury evaluates by the following 4 criteria: 1. Complexity of performance /level of complexity of the performance/ 2. Quality of performance /performance technical skills/ 3. Vision /costumes, props, staging/ 4. Stage manners /behavior on stage, gestures, contact with the audience, spirit emanation/ The program duration of the separate groups / participants should not exceed: Songs - up to 10 minutes Dances - up to 10 minutes Ensemble performances – up to 15 minutes The jury is entitled to reduce the overall assessment for non-compliance of regulations. The marks of the participants appeared in the competition program of the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2015" are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore. The winner of the Grand Prize of European Champion of Folklore "Euro Folk 2015" - Grand Prix "Orpheus", a Gold medal and a Diploma for Absolute European Champion of Folklore for 2015 receives also a cash prize of 1,000 Euro. At the discretion of the jury Nomination "Orpheus" is awarded, which gives the right for participation in the ranking for the Grand Prix "Orpheus". The champions are awarded gold medals, while second and third place - silver and bronze medals. Winners receive certificates for laureates and a diploma for European Champion of folklore for 2015 in the relevant category. In the separate categories may be given additional gold, silver and bronze medals with the relevant diplomas. Jury awards the top performers with a recommendation for participation in World Championship of Folklore. All participants receive diplomas and object - prizes. Special Jury Prizes for Authentic costume, Stage costume, Modern processing, Musical accompaniment, Artistic behavior, Soloist and others. The awards are announced at a ceremony during the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk". At the discretion of the jury and the producers Euro Folk Academy the prominent art leaders are honored with a Diploma for obtaining the rank Maestro or Maestro Academic. Diplomas are sent to Ministry of Culture of the relevant country or the Mayors of municipalities with a request for handing in appropriate way. Points valid for World ranking list of folklore. Championship Odds Points for participation Points by Category First round Points by Grand Prix Second round Continental Europa 4 20 200 100 60 400 200 140 Next: - 8 p. Registration of the Participants The prices for the staying, including the necessary service, are as follows: REGISTRATION FEE (for participants and accompanying persons) 5 days - 175 Euro per person 10 days - 320 Euro per person In a group of 25 people - 1 person for free The BASIC PACKAGES for 5 days / 10 days include: • 5 / 10 nights in a standard apartments 2 x 1/2 room in a 3 / three / star hotel • 5 / 10 breakfasts – Swedish table • 5 / 10 lunch or dinners – Swedish table Hotels: Camelot Residence****, Sea Grace*** and others For example for a group, consisting of 26 people for staying in a 3 stars hotel with spending the night, breakfast and dinner, for 5 days the amount is being calculated in the following way: 25 (+1 person for free) х 175 EURO = 4350 EURO. The advanced payment equals 4350 х 0,2 = 875 EURO. for 10 days the amount is being calculated in the following way: 25 (+1 person for free) х 320 EURO = 8000 EURO. The advanced payment equals 8000 х 0,2 = 1600 EURO. This amount must be transferred via the mentioned bank account. The discounts shall be rendered at the final paying off. The registration is made on the basis of an application form for participation by the collective. After confirming the application form, an advanced payment should be made. Against payment participants can order full recordings of their performances on DVD. These products have the right to be broadcast in the relevant country. The minimum term for participation is 5 days. The registration of the participants at their arrival is going to be made at Sea Grace*** Hotel, "Sunny Beach" Resort, Bulgaria. General Conditions FiBank - branch Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria for Euro Folk Academy Ltd. The sender covers all bank fees. Participants do not get paid for their performance. All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation. Unambiguous text: Uponapproved participation in the Championship, the collectives or organizations representing them give the Organizer the right performances to be recorded on audio and video, shaped in a program presenting the festival and broadcast on a TV channel or otherwise, for which a contract is signed.