14 - 18 May 2020
Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria

Adults Childrens's Competitive nature Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Kaloyan NIkolov


Location: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria  (Wikipedia)

Organizers:
European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF
Euro Folk Academy, World Folklore Academy, Event Vacation
Licence of World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF, World Cup of Folklore
 
All performances will recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 20 cable and satellite televisions, as well as the World Wide Internet Television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com.
 
Town host - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo (in Bulgarian: Велико Търново) is a town in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old city is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate with the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages it was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.

 

Preliminary Program:

May 14
10.00 - Welcoming of participants
14.00  - Check-in at hotel.
11.00 - 19.00 – Competition program. Tours for the free groups.
May 15
10.00 - Welcoming of participants
11.00 - 19.00 – Competition program. Tours for the free groups.
19.30 – Official opening ceremony
22.00 – End of the competition program
May 16
11.00 – Beginning of the competition program. Tour for the free groups.
18.00 – Defile / Parad of nations
22.00 – End of the competition program
May 17
11.00 – Beginning of the competition program. Tours for the free groups.
20.30 – Official closing ceremony and announcement of the winners by categories and GRAND PRIX winner
21.30 – End of the program
May 18
Departure of the participants. Tours.
12.00 h -  Check out of hotels

 

Program of World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo 2019, Bulgaria  –   HERE
Program of World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo 2018, Bulgaria  –   HERE
Program of World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo 2017, Bulgaria  –   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 by broadcasting their art in gloub air.

To participate in the contest, the participants need accreditation, which is realized under the following conditions:

  • Groups willing to participate in the World Cup of Folklore™ complete and sign application forms.
  • Collectives applying for participation must have obtained prestigious awards from other festivals, awards to be mentioned in the application.
  • All participants are to make their own travel arrangements to and from place of conducting, Bulgaria 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 World Cup of Folklore™, it may be invited by the organizers to take part in joint events – Official opening, Official closing, defile, accompanying concerts, cocktail, master class, competition for traditional breads or others.
    The presence of invited teams in various events is required.
  • Applications for participation in the competition program shall be submitted on indicated time.
  • Participants pay a fee to participate in the World Cup of Folklore™.
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) Groups for folklore customs, recreation of rituals (folklore groups, ensembles)
I ) Groups for urban folklore (old town songs, old town dance, world folk)
 

*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 folklore dances;
• groups for old urban songs;
• brass bands and folklore orchestras;
• individual performers and duets;
 

The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
   1. Level of complexity and technique of performance
   2. Vision /costumes, properties, staging, selection of repertoire/
   3. Stage manners /behavior on stage, gestures, contact with the audience, spirit emanation, artistry/

During the World Cup 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. 

The duration of the program should not exceed 10 minutes.
 

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.

Awards:

The big award of the World Cup of Folklore- Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria is Cup and Diploma for WINNER of WORLD CUP OF FOLKLORE
Vouchers for participation in the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" and other championships with total sum of 2000 Euro

Winners of first awards in the relevant categories get also a diploma for the World Cup of Folklore™ in the relevant category. The champions obtain golden medals, winner of the second and third place get silver and bronze medals. At jury’s decision in the 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 the participants are granted with diplomas for laureates, certificates and gifts. The awards are granted on a ceremony.

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 Academician. The diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with request for a solemn awarding.

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 with additional 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.
World Cup of Folklore™ categories are consistent with the categories of the World ranking list of folklore.
Collected points standings with odds for a World Cup of Folklore™
 
Points valid for World ranking list of folklore.
 
Championship Odds Points for participation

Points by Category

First round

Points by  Grand Prix

 Second round

Regional

/International/

World Cup of Folklore™

3 15
   1. 150 
2.  75
3.  45
1. 300
2. 150
3. 105
Next - 6т

 

Unambiguous text: The collectives or presenting organizations, if approved by the jury to participate in the World Cup of Folklore™, 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 Participants:

Participants are ensembles from Russia, Indonesia, India, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy, Sweden, Moldova, Armenia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Croatia, Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary…

Participation fee: 

(for participants and accompanying persons)

  • Period 1:  14 - 18 May - 4 HB (5 nights on Half Board)
    • Economy  2*/3* - 4 HB - 116 Euro
    • Standard       3* - 4 HB - 140 Euro
  • Period 2:  15 - 18 May - 3 HB (3 nights on Half Board)
    • Economy  2*/3* - 3 HB -   87 Euro
    • Standard       3* - 3 HB - 105 Euro
Every 25 participants one is welcome to join in for free(25+1)
(paying goes in several month payments till departure time)

Accommodation:

Accomodation is in triple and quadruple rooms
Supplement for double room is 5 Euro per person per night
Supplement for single room is 15 Euro per person per night
All the hotels are located in Veliko Tarnovo, based on 3 or 5 nights on half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet)

Participation fee includes:

  • Accommodation in triple and quadruple rooms, 3 or 5 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet), (supplement for double room is 5 Euro per person per night)
  • Organization expenses
  • Free place on every 26th member (25 +1)
  • Degrees**
  • Invitation letter***

Participation fee does not include:

  • Additional day in some of the hotels: it costs 29/35 Euro per person
  • Facultative tours (tour of Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Ruse, Bucharest)
  • Transport, parking, insurance.
  • Transport from airports: Sofia - 220 km., Burgas - 210 km., Varna - 210 km., Bucharest - 210 km, Istanbul - 490 km., from railway station - Gorna Oryahovitsa - 11 km.
  • Registration fee in World Cup of Folklore™ for second category is 100 Euro.
  • Additional payment for Luxory Hotel 4**** - Standart + 10 Euro per day per person

General Conditions:

The sender covers all bank fees.
The invoices are received from the office at the centre of Veliko Tarnovo.
All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.
The registration of the participants at their arrival in Veliko Tarnovo is going to be made at the office of “Balkan Folk”.
 
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.
Next stage payment 20% for booking of accomodation.
Rest of payment 70% - 15 days before start of festival, or on registration with permission of organizers.

Additional tourist information:

The Sound and Light Show is a unique attraction in Europe. Shows of its kind can only be seen in few other countries in the world.
Through of music and spectacular illumination, this programme recreates the history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1393), the fall under the Turkish and the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878. The music was composed especially for the show, which was first displayed in 1985 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Asen and Peter’s uprising.
The best place to watch the show is Tsar Ivan Asen square located right in front of Tsarevets.
 
Museum of "wax" figures in Veliko Tarnovo             - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-LyaNSWfdc
Top Things See & Do in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcw_z3rBo5w
Spirit of Veliko Tarnovo                                          - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-zvUh_Hbis
 
*    Optional Tours - excursions (Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Ruse, Bucharest). Seasonal prices vary according to the number of participants.
**    Certificates of participation will be given
***   Invitation letter will be provided if needed
**** The final program of the festival could be changed by the organizers if needed.

Application Form     until 10 January 2020


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