Director: Aleksandar Mojsoski The International Folk Dance Festival “Dancing in Prague” will be held for the 3rd time in Prague, Czech Republic from 24th of July till 27th of July 2023. With pleasure we invite you (Folk groups, Choral groups and orchestras majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on III International Folk Dance and Music festival “Dancing in Prague” 24 – 27 July, 2023. The Festival light motive is to present the cultural tradition of different countries and to provide an opportunity for the members of groups to get together, to establish friendships and culture presentation trough dance and music. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe in terms of its setting on both banks of the Vltava River, its townscape of burger houses and palaces punctuated by towers, and its individual buildings. The Historic Centre represents a supreme manifestation of Medieval urbanism (the New Town of Emperor Charles IV built as the New Jerusalem). The Prague architectural works of the Gothic Period (14-th and 15-th centuries), of the High Baroque of the 1-st half of the 18-th century and of the rising modernism after the year 1900, influenced the development of Central Europe, perhaps even all European architecture. Prague represents one of the most prominent world centres of creative life in the field of urbanism and architecture across generations, human mentality and beliefs. In the course of the 1100 years of its existence, Prague’s development can be documented in the architectural expression of many historical periods and their styles. The city is rich in outstanding monuments from all periods of its history. Of particular importance are Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St Vitus, Hradćany Square in front of the Castle, the Valdgtejn Palace on the left bank of the river, the Gothic Charles Bridge, the Romanesque Rotunda of the Holy Rood, the Gothic arcaded houses round the Old Town Square, the High Gothic Minorite Church of St James in the Starе Mĕsto, the late 19-th century buildings and town plan of the Nоve Mĕsto. As early as the Middle Ages, Prague became one of the leading cultural centres of Christian Europe. The Prague University, founded in 1348, is one of the earliest in Europe. The milieu of the University in the last quarter of the 14-th century and the first years of the 15th century contributed among other things to the formation of ideas of the Hussite Movement which represented in fact the first steps of the European Reformation. As a metropolis of culture, Prague is connected with prominent names in art, science and politics, such as Charles IV, Petr Parléř, Jan Hus, Johannes Kepler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Kafka, Antonín Dvořák, Albert Einstein, Edvard Beneš (co-founder of the League of Nations) and Václav Havel. Program: 24 July 2023 14.00 Arriving in Prague, 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 25 July 2023 07.30 – 10.00 Breakfast 10.00 – 15.00 Facultative tour of Prague with attendance of professional local guides: (2 parts with relax on boat) walk through main avenue Wenceslas square (Vaclavske namesti) National museum, then Old town square. Departure to a famous Prague Jewish ghetto and visit to famous Synagogue with walk through most expensive street in Prague – Pariska street. Then departure to Vltava and tour of Carl’s bridge. Arriving to docks… Prague Castle, Mala Strana, Kampa…. 17.30 – 18.30 Diner in hotel 19.00 Ensemble parade and Official festival evening 26 July 2023 07.30 – 10.00 Breakfast 09.00 – 17.00 Visiting Karlovy Vary or free shopping time… Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is a spa town in the west Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. Its numerous thermal springs have made it a popular resort since the 19th century. The riverside spa district is home to several colonnades with columned walkways. The modern Hot Spring Colonnade houses the Pramen Vřídlo geyser, which spouts up to 12 meters high. 17.30 – 18.30 Diner in hotel 20.00 – 21.00 Facultative boat tour on the river Vltava for 1-2 hour 27 July 2023 7.30 – 10.00 Breakfast 12.00 Departure Additional Day: 27 July 2023 7.30 – 10.00 Breakfast 10.00 – 17.00 Visiting Cesky Krumlov, a city that is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and gives a feel like you are in a fairy tale. Cesky Krumlov Castle, Church of St. Vitus, Fine Frescoes and the Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Minorite Monastery, Wax Museum etc. will be visited during the day tour. 19.00 – 20.00 Diner in hotel General rules for participation: In the festival can participate folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs, music bands from all over the world. Non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands. 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. The application is guaranteed by the advance payment amounting to 30% of the overall cost. This amount will not be refunded in the event of renunciation of participation. The number of the participants are limited (only 3 groups from each country). Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 10-15 minutes each with USB or orchestra. The performances will be in the evening hours so you can plan the day ahead and use it for visiting the historical part of the city. To send us short CV and 2 – 3 photos of the group by e-mail. Until 10th of July 2023 each group should send the list of participants, name/surname, sex, date of birth and passport number. To take a flag of the country. Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure. Participation fee: 129 Euro for 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals per day- Half Board). 159 Euro for 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day - Half Board). It covers hotel accommodation in 3* hotel Olympic Tristar in Prague with Half board service. 139 Euro for 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals per day- Half Board). 169 Euro for 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day - Half Board). It covers hotel accommodation in 4* hotel Olympic Congress in Prague with Half board service. Addition day can be booked for 40 or 45 euro/person/day depending on hotel cattegory Groups of 25 persons: One group leader free of charge! Additional payment +2euro city tax per person per day for participants +18years old. Participation fee includes: Participation in the festival concerts, Accommodation in 3* or 4* Hotel in Prague (3 bedded rooms, supplement for a double room is 7€/person/day, supplement for single room is 19€/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 Optional Programs Insurance What is not specified in the above mentioned “the fee includes” Festival Organizers keep the right to change the program! Groups arriving by plane will be transported from the hotels with organized buses and will be accompanied to their departure in the same conditions. The transfer from the airport to the hotel and back is paid additionally. By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations. 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. In 2022 we had 6 groups with 250 participants (children, youth and adults) from 5 different countries.