Location: Ulan Bator - Ulaanbaatar (Wikipedia), Mongolia


Culture and Arts Authority, the Government implementing agency of Mongolia
World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF, European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF,
ArtLar Culturе NGO, World Folklore Academy
With support: National Commission of UNESCO of Mongolia
With financial and logistical support:
Culture and Arts Authority, the Government implementing agency of Mongolia
Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sport of Mongolia
The marks of the participants appeared in the competition program of the Asian Championship of Folklore - 2019 are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore.

Basic Information

Asian Championship of Folklore - Asia Folk 2019 - will be held for the first time.

Organizers hope this event high in importance to become one of the most important cultural events in Asia.

Invited are folklore groups from all over Asia - Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Indian, Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Russia, Qatar, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Province of China, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen

The concerts of the Asian Championship of Folklore  are broadcasted live on the World Internet Television “TV Eurofolk” and National Mongolian television.

Preliminary Program

June 12  - Arrival in UB and registration in Chinggis Khaan Hotel
June 13  - 10.00 - 15.00 - Competition  - UB City Park
              - 18.00 - 19.30 - Parade with traditional costumes  - Chinggis Square
              - 20.00 - 22.00 - Opening gala concert and firework - Chinggis Square
June 14  - 10.00 - 18.00 - Competition - UB City Park
June 15  - 10.00 - 18.00 - Competition - UB City Park
June 16  - 11.00 - 12.00 - Awards ceremony - Culture Center of UB
              - 13.00 - 14.00 - Press conference
              - 18.00 - Closing gala concert - Culture Center of UB
June 17  - Departure of the groups

Concerts take place at the Open stage on Chinggis Square - Centrum, Open stage in UB City ParkCulture Center of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


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 world 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 Ulaanbaatar 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 sent not later than April 18, 2019.
  • The participants pay the specified prices for participation in the Asian Championship of Folklore - Asia Folk 2019. The advanced payment is 50% from the total amount for the participation of the group. It is payable after approval of participation, but not late of April 18, 2019. That condition is in order to booking in the active resort season.
  • Send by 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 pay and participation fee 50 USD.
  • The price includes staying the night, breakfast, dinner and transportation 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 group; replica (folklore groups, ensembles)
 I ) Group for old urban songs; (groups, ensembles)

*i  individual performers and duets by all categories except 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 WAFF.
The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
   1. Complexity and Quality of performance /level of complexity and technical skills of the performance/
   2. Vision /costumes, props, staging/
   3. 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 Asian Championship of Folklore 2019 are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore.
The winner of the Grand Prize of Asian Champion of Folklore for 2019 - Grand Prix, a Gold medal and a Diploma for
Absolute Asian Champion of Folklore for 2019.
  • At the discretion of the jury "Nomination" is awarded, which gives the right for participation in the ranking for the Grand Prix.
  • The champions are awarded gold medals, while second and third place - silver and bronze medals. Winners receive certificates for laureates and a diploma for Asian Champion of folklore for 2019 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 Asian Championship of Folklore 2019.
  • At the discretion of the jury and the producers World 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.
Cash prizes:
  • 1st place 4000 euro
  • 2nd place 2000 euro
  • 3rd place 1000 euro

Points valid for World ranking list of folklore.

Championship Odds Points for participation

Points by Category

First round

Points by  Grand Prix

 Second round



4 20
  1. 200
  2. 100
  3.   60
  1. 400
  2. 200
  3. 140

Next:  - 8 p.

Registration of the Participants

Registration for Mongolian participants will be announced on the web site of Culture and Arts Authority, The Government implementing agency of Mongolia

The prices for the staying, including the necessary service, are as follows:
REGISTRATION FEE (for participants and accompanying persons)
190 Euro per person
In a group of 25 people - 1 person for free (24+1)
The registration fee INCLUDES:
• 5 nights in a standard double / triple room 2+1 in a 4**** / four / star hotel
• 5 breakfasts – Swedish table
• 5 dinners – Menu set
• Transport - inner and trasfer from and to airport "Chinggis Khan"
Chinggis Khaan Hotel
The advanced payment is 50% from the total amount 20 days after confirmation of participation of the group. 50% not late of April 18 2019.
Rest amount must be transferred via the mentioned bank account 15 days befor starting or in registration day in Mongolia.
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.

General Conditions

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.


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