Director: Kaloyan Nikolov Location: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (Wikipedia) SHORT DESCRIPTION LIVE TV broadcast on the Internet of all concerts. AWARDS: GRAND PRIX "Golden Orpheus", a gold medal and a diploma of ABSOLUTE NATIONAL CHAMPION OF FOLKLORE for 2013. The Winner of Grand Prix "Golden Orpheus" takes also a money prize of 500 Euro. First award in the relevant 8 categories and a diploma of NATIONAL CHAMPION OF FOLKLORE for the relevant category. The Champions obtain golden medalsand for the second and third place – silver and bronze medals. All participants will receive diplomas of laureates, diplomas and prizes. According to the evaluation of the jury and the producers of EuroFolk Academy, the best performers and art directors shall be honored with a Diploma for obtaining the rank of Maestro or Maestro Academic. Diplomas are awarded through the Ministry of Culture of the relevant country. BASIC INFORMATION Organizers: European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, Euro Folk Academy, Municipality of Velriko Tarnovo and other. Within the framework of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk 2013". Main event of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2013” 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. The participant in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk 2013” have the right to take part in the National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2013”. Worthy of note are also the festivals in St. Petersburg, London, Paris, Rome, Prague, Budapest, Nessebar, Vienna, Ohrid, Krakow, Barcelona and others. Typical feature of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" is that all performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 50 cable and satellite televisions, as well as by the World Wide Internet Television "TV Eurofolk" at tv.eurofolk.com. All this activities realize the main purpose of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF to promote traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of massmedia. Maintaining the diversity of the main traditional values and identity of different nationalities, guarantees the evolution of humanity. Town host - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria Preliminary ProgramConest system includes the following categories: A) Authentic folkore songs; (choirs and ensembles) B) Processed folklore songs; classic vocal and modern arrangement (choirs and ensembles) C) Instrumental performances; folklore music (soloists, duets, orchestras) D) Processed folklore dances; modern choreography (folklore dance groups, ensembles) E) Authentic folklore dances; (folklore dance groups, ensembles) F) Folklore ensemble performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance) G) Folklore customs; replica (folklore groups, ensembles) H) Old urban songs; *i individual performers and duets by all categories; *y by all categories there is also ranking of children and young people up to 16 years. /in children's and youth groups can participate up to 30% of participants from different age / During the national Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2013” 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. The duration of the program should not exceed 20 minutes. The preliminary program of XVII Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2013"- HERE The preliminary program of XVI Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2012"- HERE You can see the program of last XV Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2011" - HERE RegulationsMain 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. The National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2013” has been organized by EAFF and other organizations within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2013” – The World is Television. 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 and sign application forms, in which there is an unambiguous text saying, that the notifier accepts the conditions laid by this regulation. The application forms should be sent not later than March 31, 2013. REGISTRATION FEE (for participants and accompanying persons). 5 days - 150 Euro per person - 30 Euro / day / person In a group of 25 persons – 1 person for free For individual performers and duets have a participation fee, which is 25 Euro. The participants pay for their participation in the National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2013” by the notified prices. The advanced payment is 20% from the total amount for the participation of the group. It is payable up to March 31, It is desirable by post or e-mail, to the address of EAFF, to send the last released album of the participant (the group) or demo records of not less than two performances. It is desirable that the application form has an added annotation about the participant and advertising materials – photos. The sent material are not a subject of return. During the participation of the collective in the championship the organizer could invite it to take part in general events such as Official Opening, Official Closing, cocktail party and others. The awards are different from those in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” The big award “Euro Folk 2013” – Grand Prix "Golden Orpheus" and a diploma for the National Championship of Folklore Arts. The Winner of Grand Prix "Golden Orpheus" takes also a money prize of 500 Euro. First awards in the relevant categories and a diploma for the National Championship of Folklore Arts for the relevant category. The champions obtain golden medals, and for the second and third place – silver and bronze medals. At jury’s decision in the single categories could be given additional golden, silver and bronze medals with the relevant diplomas. The jury awards the best performances with a free of charge shooting and producing of a free video clip. All of the participants are granted with deeds for laureates, diplomas and object – awards. The awards are granted on a ceremony during "Euro Folk 2013" Musical Feasts - The world is television. In jury’s opinion and the producers from Euro Folk Academy the best performers and artistic directors shall be honoured with a Diploma for obtaining the rank Maestro or Maestro Academic. The diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with asking for a ceremonial delivery. All award winners get a free of charge copy of the TV product, which consists of their performances, and has been broadcasted in Bulgaria or in Europe. The participants can order against payment full recordings of their performances, including video clips, CD and DVD. These products have the right to be broadcasted in the relevant country. The jury consists of 3 people. Unambiguous text: The collectives or presenting organizations, if approved by the jury to participate in the Championship, give the organizers the right to be recorded on video and audio, arranged in a program, presenting the fest and broadcasted by a TV channel or in some other way, for which a contract agreement will be signed. Registration of the ParticipantsThe deadline for for sending the application forms is March 31, 2013. 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. The registration of the participants at their arrival is going to be made at the office by Mother Bulgaria Monument at the centre of Veliko Tarnovo. General ConditionsThe 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.