Director: Aleksandar Mojsoski With pleasure we INVITE you (Folk and Choral groups, orchestras, majorette teams), (children and youth groups) to participate on X “International TROYA CHILDREN & YOUTH Folk Dance and Music festival” 20 – 24 April 2024 Çanakkale, Turkiye. This festival is the perfect occasion for different groups from various countries to gather together, to express their culture and nation through dances, music and interesting national costumes. Çanakkale with its long and blue flag beaches is one of the most important and attractive tourism centers located at the beginning of the Aegean Sea. The history of Çanakkale starts with the city of Troja where the Trojan Wars took place, continued with Çanakkale victory. This historical city is located in Marmara Region. The festival will be held in the city centre of Çanakkale where groups will have opportunity to visit Çanakkale and remains of these two historical cities in their free times. Çanakkale, with its natural wonders and historical riches, is one of the unique cities in the world where the ancient city of Troy was destroyed and rebuilt many times. Alxandria Troas, the largest ancient city in Anatolia, accepted as the capital of his empire by Emperor Constantine; Assos, where Aristotle, one of the most important philosophers of history, spent a part of his life; Apollo Smintheus Sanctuary; Parion near Biga Kemer; Neandreia, where the Aiolia Temple was once located; The Zeus Altar, which Homer mentions in the world famous Iliad; Babakale, Çimenlik and Kilitbahir castles; The Gallipoli Peninsula was one of the bloodiest battles of the 20th century; historic Gallipoli town; Turkey's largest island of Gokceada; Bayramiç Ayazma with its natural beauty; Bozcaada, famous for its crystal waters and its wines, which are among the 10 best islands of authentic Europe. All this beauties in Turkish Riviera and lot of fun is waiting for you on our festival. Come and join the best festival experience ever. Travel and dance with us in Çanakkale, Turkey… Festival program: 20 April 2024 14.00 Arriving in Çanakkale, hotel accommodation after the meeting with the festival representatives and free time 19.00 – 20.00 Diner in hotel 21.00 Welcome reception with the leaders of the groups 21 April 2024 07.00 – 10.00 Breakfast 10.00 – 14.00 Visiting Canakkale city, Cordon of the city and ancient Aynali Carsi Bazar with organized guide (optional) or free time 15.00 – 15.30 Visiting Municipality of the city, with few representatives and leaders of each group. 16.00 – 18.00 Official opening of the festival with “Ensemble Parade” and official festival event Welcome Speech Open air performance 20.00 – 21.00 Diner in hotel 22 April 2024 07.00 – 10.00 Breakfast 09.00 – 13.00 Tour of Troy the mysteries of ancient city - sightseeing or free time for individual activities (optional with extra payment for the tour guide) 16.00 – 18.00 Second Festival event 19.30 – 21.00 Diner in hotel 23 April 2024 07.00 – 10.00 Breakfast 10.00 – 18.00 Gallipoli Tour from Eceabat, Çanakkale (optional) or Visiting Bozcaada island (optional) or free time 19.30 – 20.30 Diner in hotel 21.00 Closing ceremony of the festival, presents for ensembles by organizer, exchange presents between leaders of ensembles and final party with all participants, discotheque with all the festival participants and workshop.. 24 April 2024 07.00 – 10.00 Breakfast 12.00 Departure *Festival organizers keep the right to chance the festival schedule General rules for participation: In the festival can participate folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs and music bands from all over the world. Non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands festival. Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 08-12 minutes each with USB or orchestra. Folklore groups should take a flag of their country and few gifts for the municipality visits. Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation. Groups have to send us short CV and min.6 photos of the group by e-mail. Until 21st of March 2024 each group should send the list of participants, name/surname, sex, date of birth and passport number. Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure. Participation fee: 105 Euro for 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals per day) 135 Euro for 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day) It covers hotel accommodation (leaders and drivers in 2 double rooms and others in triple and quadruple rooms) with 2 meals per day in Basic HOTELS in Çanakkale, Turkey. 109 Euro for 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals per day) 145 Euro for 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day) It covers hotel accommodation with 2 meals per day in Advanced HOTEL cattegories in Canakkale, Turkey. Addition day can be booked for 30-38 euro/person/day Groups of 25 persons: One group leader free of charge! (24 paying +1free) Participation fee includes: Participation in the festival concerts, Professional sound, stage and light equipment. Accommodation in 2* or 3* Hotels (3-4 bedded rooms, supplement for a double room is 7€/person/day, supplement for single room is 15 €/person/day), Half Board hotel accommodation Welcome cocktails with the leaders of the groups Souvenir and gift for each group Certificate for attendance Participation fee does not include: Transport (for arrival and departure) Optional Tour Programs Insurance What is not specified in the above mentioned “the fee includes” Invitation letter will be provided if needed 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 payment of 20% for booking of accommodation needs to be sent to the organizer. Rest of the sum will be paid before the beginning of the festival or upon arrival regarding the permission and agreement with organizers.