11 - 15 July 2019
  Ohrid      Macedonia - FYROM

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

Director:  Jovan Jonoski

Welcome to Ohrid, the Pearl on the Balkans, as our visitors tend to say.
Ohrid is a blend of the traditional and the contemporary, the main spiritual, cultural and touristic center in Macedonia, a UNESCO World Heritage site as a cultural, and with the Ohrid Lake as a natural rarity. The numerous historical monuments found in their close surrounding speak of the tradition and dedication of the Macedonian people.
You can explore the history and the culture, go shopping, go on different excursions and enjoy the gastronomy of this city. 
Here, as a rarity scarcely found anywhere else, the deep traces merge eras and empires, kingdoms and quests, weaving the fine thread of historical continuity on the Balkans. On the other hand, nature hasn’t spared its beauties stretched down from the lake shores and up to the Galichica Mountain on which peak one can enjoy the sight of two lakes, the Ohrid and the Prespa Lake.
Explore and choose your favorite beaches and fun places for daytime or nighttime, choose a restaurant where you can eat and drink and taste the homemade food while listening to our traditional music. Visit the city museums, gates, churches and galleries. You can learn about the history of our town. Go on a tour on the lake, mountains and surrounding villages.
Enjoy your stay in Ohrid! Stay as long as you can and Ohrid will stay with you forever.
Lake Ohrid
Lake Ohrid straddles the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania. It is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem that is of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species. It came into being about three million years ago according to the latest scientific researches. It was formed in remote geological ages as a result of tectonic shifts. There are only a few lakes in the world today whose antiquity can be compared to that of Lake Ohrid. Enjoy the magnificent landscapes of a lake placed in a cradle of mountains. These landscapes change with the movement of the clouds and the reflection of the sunlight, depending on the position of the sun, in ever changing patterns that will always surprise you by its magical beauty, like a dreamy fairytale…

Festival purpose:

The organizer of the festival is the Cultural Art Society “Braid”. The International Folklore Festival “Days of Ohrid” is a celebration of cultural diversity which is best shown through the FOLKLORE. The main purpose of the festival is to celebrate the richness of the diverse cultural roots of different nations. Different countries will show their specific identity and the other countries will learn something more about other people’s history and customs. The main purpose of the festival is to provide a field for folk groups and singers from different countries to show the uniqueness of their folklore, to preserve and promote Macedonian folklore, tradition and cultural heritage and to provide a beautiful place like Ohrid where people from different nations will have the chance to make new friendship relationships.

General Terms and Conditions:

  • Groups from all over the world can take part in this festival.
  • Folk dance groups, modern dance groups, choirs, but also majorette teams and brass bands and orchestras are welcome to apply.
  • The number of participants and followers is not limited.
  • There is no age limit (beside youth and children participants, older or veterans also may participate)
  • It is necessary to prepare minimum one program with the duration of 12 – 15 minutes per program.
  • Each group should bring the national flag of the country that they represent.
  • It is also necessary to visibly display panel on which the name of your group and the name of your country is inscribed.
  • It is recommended that groups should bring about 12 – 15 small gifts for exchange.
  • Participants can perform with orchestras (recommended) or with recorded music (on CD or USB).
  • In order to participate in this festival, every group needs to fill in an application form. When applying, if possible, please provide some photos, videos or brief history of the group. These materials will be used for promotional and advertising purposes (in advertisements, fliers and posters). 
  • After receiving the application form and completion of advance payment, the organizer will send an official letter of invitation for participation at the Festival.
  • The rest of the payment should be completed immediately after the group arrives in order to take part at the festival.

Participation fee:

  • 61 euro per person for 3 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 81 euro per person for 4 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 101 euro per person for 5 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 66 euro per person for 3 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 85 euro per person for 4 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 103 euro per person for 5 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 75 euro per person for 3 nights half board in Hotel “Chingo”
  • 99 euro per person for 4 nights half board in Hotel “Chingo”
  • 90 euro per person for 3 nights half board in Hotel “Mizo”
  • 119 euro per person for 4 nights half board in Hotel “Mizo”
If there are 20 paying participants in a group, the 21st will be free of charge.
Supplement for double room is 5 euro per day per person.
Supplement for accommodation in a single room is + 50% of the price to be paid for the single person accommodated in such room.
Accommodation in Hotels and Apartments
  • Hotel Ambasador (3 stars) (70 beds) http://hotelambasador.mk
  • Hotel Makoteks (3 stars) (50 beds) hotel  by the lake.
  • Hotel Montenegrin (3 stars) (55 beds) in the center of the city.
  • Hotel Lovec (3 stars) (70 beds) 15 min to the city center (by walk).
  • Apartments Monika (2 stars) (60 beds) in the center of the city.
We also offer Hotel “Chingo” and Hotel “Mizo” which are 4 stars hotels.
If  you choose Hotel “Chingo” or Hotel “Mizo” there is only half-board (breakfast and dinner) with the following prices:
  • Hotel “Chingo” – 75€ per person 3 nights half board and 99€ per person 4 nights half board
  • Hotel “Mizo” – 90€ per person 3 nights half board and 119€ per person 4 nights half board

Festival organizers provide:

  • Accommodation in hotels and apartments, according to the price selected
  • 2 double rooms per group with no supplement to be paid (one for the leaders of the group and another for the drivers of the bus). The rest of the rooms are with 3 and 4 beds.
  • Free parking for the bus (away from the center of the town)
  • Tourist guides for sightseeing of the town (on request only)
  • Advertising of the festival (press conference, radio, TV channels, posters and flyers)
  • Professional stage where concert performances take place, size: 10x8 meters
  • Professional sound equipment: (2 bass speakers, 4 satellite speakers, 2 monitor speakers…)
  • Professional light equipment
  • Certificates for participation in the festival
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Reception in the city hall
  • Drinks during the performance
  • Souvenir and gift for each group
  • DVD and photos of the festival
  • For the groups arriving by plane we will organize transfer from the Ohrid airport to the hotel free of charge

Participation fee does not include:

  • On request, a professional tour guide can be hired to accompany the group on their excursions, but the travel guide expenses will be covered by the group.
  • Health insurance (First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, medical services must be covered by the group).
  • Parking for the bus in the center of the town.


Arriving in Ohrid, hotel accommodation
Meeting with the organizer in order to discuss details about the festival; upon arrival groups will be given a program with exact time schedule for each of the activities mentioned in this program.
Lunch in hotel (if FB) and free activities (swimming in Ohrid Lake),
Dinner in hotel
Free night
Visiting: Ohrid Ethno museum (1 euro) sightseeing: National workshop for hand made paper, St. Sofia church, Bridge of wishes, Kaneo church, Plaosnik, Antique theatre, Samoil fortress (1 euro), , (1 euro) St. Old Bazaar Street, oldest tree called – Cinar)
Visiting Ohrid pearl manufactury (after the presentation about how Ohrid pearls are made is done, one selected person from each group will receive a present)
Lunch in the hotel (if FB) and free activities (swimming)
Dinner in hotel
Breakfast in the hotel
Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake and visiting the Museum on water – Bay of the Bones and most famous tourist resort  St.Naum - culture  place, visiting the water sources of the Ohrid Lake, St. Naum monastery, little islands at the very place with restaurants; swimming at the beach. The price for the cruising with boat is 8 Euros per person) (if FB, lunch package provided by the hotel)
Parade and performance of the participants (First festival evening)
Dinner in the hotel
Struga sightseeing – visiting cultural and historical monuments ,river Black Drim, House of the brothers Miladinovci, St. Bogorodica monastery in Kalista, Vevchani – Vevchanski water sources (1 euro)
Lunch (if FB)
Parade through the city                                                                                         
Festival evening (performance of the participants, certificate for the participants by the organizers, and at the very end of the festival participants can exchange gifts and contacts with each other)  
Disco party with drinks and dancing 
Dinner in the hotel                                                                                            
Checking out of Hotels
OPTIONAL (on the last day): 
Departure to Skopje city: sightseeing the city center with all the monuments, Porta Macedonia, City square, visiting Skopje Fortress, Skopje old bazaar (optional: lunch), Stone Bridge, Memorial House of St. Mother Teresa, Daut Pasha Hamam
*Professional tourist guide for all day (80 euros)
*The organizer reserves the right to change the festival program. 
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.

Application Form     until 14 December 2018

News About the Festival

19 July 2016

Performers from 7 countries sang and danced in “Days of Ohrid”

International Folklore Festival “Days of Ohrid” was held from 14th till 18th of July in Ohrid, Macedonia. 9 groups with more than 350 participants from 7 countries took part in the fest. “Ohrid…
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