Director: Aron Kovats Istria is one of the most popular destinations for foreign visitors to Croatia and its towns of Umag and Porec continually top annual polls of the best holiday resorts in Croatia, as organized by the Croatian National Tourist Board and Croatian TV. With a strong Italian influence (the region in fact used to be part of Italy during the early part of the 20th century), this certainly is a beautiful region of Croatia both along the coast and inland, with its pretty hilltop towns. Rovinj is a true gem of a town, and Pula is also well-worth a visit – home to the Arena, a very well-preserved Roman amphitheater. The one thing that Istria does lack, however, compared to more southern coastal regions are many large islands. The Brijuni group of islands (near Pula) are the exception and great for a day-trip. Participants: Folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs, music bands from all over the world Choirs who are able to perform on open-air stages The number of the participants are not limited No age limits Number of seats are limited! Participation fee: 149 Euro per person (Addition day can be booked for 48 euro/person/day) Participation fee includes: Participation in the festival concerts (2 performances) Accommodation in Lanterna Apartments 2 ** Rooms: Each group (over 20 persons) have 1 apartment for 1 person 3 apartments for 2 persons The rest will be accommodated in 3-4-6 bedded apartments (6 bedded apartments with two bedrooms) Half-board-buffet, drinks included City tax Diplomas, gifts Organization expenses Participation fee does not include: Transport Optional programs (only recommendations, not arranged by the organizers) Insurance Program: 14 September Afternoon arrival at the Hotel, meeting with group leader’s and festival organizers, discussing the programs of the next day’s. Dinner in the Hotel. Disco in Lanterna. 15 September Optional program, visit 3 cities. Pula – one of the oldest Istrian towns whose history goes back for 2000 years. Take a walk through the town, see the Arena, Triumphal arch of the Sergi family, temple of Augustus and many more Rovinj -according to many one of the most beautiful Istrian towns. Built on an island with lots of colorful houses with Venetian architecture, squeezed one to another and to the very edge by the sea and with the wonderful church of St. Euphemia on the very top of the island in which you can still see the sarcophagus from the early 4th century. After the sightseeing of the town and an organized lunch you can enjoy the remaining time to explore the old streets of Rovinj. Poreč antic town with the Decumanus street and the Euphrasian Basilica from the 6th century that represents the real example of Byzantine art with its well-known mozaics. There is also the old Roman house and many more of the cultural monuments that still live in the legends and history of the region. On the other hand Poreč is a modern touristic town, the center of tourism that attracts many tourists with different events. Dinner. Performance in tourist resort Lanterna. Festival disco in Lanterna 16 September Breakfast in the Hotel, Fully day trip visiting most fascinating cities of Central Istra. Motovun - In the northern part of Istria, overlooking the Mirna River valley, lies surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior. Groznjan - Grožnjan, a small Istrian town of great cultural significance not only in Croatia but also internationally, lives its summer months very intensely. Every year in the beginning of May, the little streets and squares of Grožnjan metamorphose and turn into a truly artistic beehive. Visiting Dvigrad castle near Kanfanar. Svetvinčenat – The medieval town of Svetvinčenat, situated in the southern part of central Istria, is one of those Istrian jewels that has been discovered only recently. It offers a variety of tourist offer such as events taking place at extremely attractive historical sites of this town. Dinner. Performance in the evening at the city square in Porec. Festival disco in Lanterna. 17 September Breakfast, departure of participants Any group, willing to participate, must complete an Application form. Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.