30 June - 10 July 2016
Nessebar, resort "Sunny Beach", St. Vlas and Pomorie Bulgaria

Adults Childrens's Competitive nature Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed Styled Classical or Marching Band and Majorettes

Director:  Kaloyan Nikolov


Location:  Nessebar and the resort complex “Sunny Beach” (Wikipedia)

Organizers

Euro Folk Academy, Event Vacation,
European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF,
Within the framework of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk".
 
With support of:
Municipality of Nessebar
 
The marks of the participants appeared in the competition program of the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2016" are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore.
Last year, in VII European Championship of Folklore „Euro folk 2015” participate more than 70 collectives and individual performers.

Basic Information

The European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2016” 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 2016.

Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” 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 2016” are broadcasted live on the World Wide Internet Television „EuroFolkTV”. tv.eurofolk.com

Preliminary Program

June 30 - meeting groups
July 01 - Competition - Parade - Official opening - Stage "Antique Amphitheater" - Nessebar
July 02 - Competition - Stage "Theater Arena" - Sveti Vlas
July 03 - Free day excursions, Master Class
July 04 - Free day excursions, Master Class
July 05 - Free day excursions, Master Class
July 06 - Free day excursions, Master Class
July 07 - Competition - Stage - Pomorie
July 08 - Competition - Stage "Theater Arena" - Sveti Vlas
July 09 - Competition - Stage "Theater Arena" - Sveti Vlas - Ceremony and announcement of winners and official closing gala concert of winners.
July 10 - Departure of the groups
 
The organizers reserve the right to change the program of the Championship.
 
The program of the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2016" can be download HERE
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

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 Varna 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”. 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 winner of the Grand Prize of European Champion of Folklore "Euro Folk 2016" - Grand Prix "Orpheus", a Gold medal and a Diploma for Absolute European Champion of Folklore for 2016 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 2016 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
  1. 200
  2. 100
  3.   60
  1. 400
  2. 200
  3. 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 3/4, 4/4 rooms in a 3 / three / star hotel
  • 5 / 10 breakfasts – Swedish table
  • 5 / 10 lunch or dinners – Swedish table
  • Organizing taxes, Acrediting taxes
  • TV broadcast, records, stage, audio eqipment
EARLY BIRDS - 10% DISCOUNT for application till 20 DECEMBER 2015
 
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 Hotel "Sea Grace", Bulgaria.

General Conditions

The sender covers all bank fees.
Participants do not get paid for their performance.
All filled  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.


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Champions

Children's folklore vocal and dance ensemble “Khikhani”, Batumi (Georgia)

winner of the Gold medal of the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2016", Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus" and the title "Absolute European Champion" for 2016

Choreography ensemble "KÖKLER" from Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Izmir (Turkey)

winner of the Silver Medal - Second place at the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2016" and the title "Vice champion" for 2016 and winner of a Gold medal, the title "European Champion" for 2016 in the category "Folklore dances" and Nomination for the Grand Prix

Folklore ensemble "Zvezditsa yasnogreynitsa" at "Vasil Levski - 1925" Community centre, Elshitsa village, Panagyurishte Municipality (Bulgaria)

winner of the Bronze medal - Third place in the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2016" and winner of a gold medal, the title "European Champion" for 2016 in the category "Folklore custоms" and Nomination for the Grand Prix

Dance Group "Balgarche" at "Trud i postoyanstvo 1901" Community centre, Chelopech village (Bulgaria)

winner of a gold medal, the title "European Champion" for 2016 in the category "Folklore dances" and Nomination for the Grand Prix

Lilit Yan at World Association of Performing Arts, Yerevan (Armenia)

winner of a gold medal, the title "European Champion" for 2016 in the category "Modern arrangement of folklore music - individual performers" and Nomination for the Grand Prix

Folklore Club for folklore dances "Valdens Pobeda" , Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria)

winner of a gold medal, the title "European Champion" for 2016 in the category "Processed folklore dances" and Nomination for the Grand Prix

Dance Group "Horishtentsi" at "Druzhba 1870" Community centre, Harmanli (Bulgaria)

winner of a gold medal, the title "European Champion" for 2016 in the category "Processed folklore dances" and Nomination for the Grand Prix