31 August - 4 September 2019
  Durres      Albania

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

Director:  Zoran Strezovski

With pleasure we INVITE (folk ensembles, choral groups, majorette teams, modern dance groups, brass bands and orchestras) (children, youth and adult groups) to participate on International folk – dance & music festival “MUSIC AND SEA”, 31 August - 04 September, Durres, 2019

The intention of our invitation  and 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. The idea of the Festival is to bring the music closer to the people and to present the music on the streets and the squares. The festival is open for folk and choir ensembles, as well as orchestras and majorettes regardless of the members gender and age.

The city hosts the Durrës

Ancient City Wall called also Durrës Castle while the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans is located in the city close to the harbor. This first-century construction is currently under consideration for inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The southern coastal stretch is renowned for its traditional mass beach tourism having experienced uncontrolled urban development. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists, with an estimated 800,000 tourists visiting annually.

Festival program will be held on the main square in Durres.

Program Proposal:

13.00.Arrival in Dures,  hotel accommodation and  free time (beach time)
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner – buffet in hotel

21.00 Welcome reception with leaders of the groups

08.00 -10.00 Breakfast– open buffet,
11.00 -15.00 Visit – sightseeing  Durres
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner– buffet in hotel

19.30 – 23.00 Festival evening (Defile on the main street to the square where it will be held the Opening of the First Festival Evening, where the participants will present their culture, tradition, songs and dances of their country - each participant group to prepare programme in time of 10-15 minutes)

08.00 - 10.00 Breakfast - open buffet,
10.30 - 15.00 Beach time or Visiting of the history city Kruje and  historic monuments and museum ( entrance 2 euro)   
18.00 - 20.00  Dinner - buffet in hotel

21.00 Gala evening in hotel where each group should perform with short choreography of 5 minutes, also with few people of the 8-10 dancers, whether in live or in USB each group at the beginning will give 5 minutes performance. At the same night we will give certificates and gifts for each participant group.

08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast – open buffet,,
11.00-19.00  Free time – shopping and beach time    
19.00 - 21.00 Dinner – buffet in hotel

21.00 Discotheque with all participants

08.00 – 11.00 Breakfast – buffet

11.30 Departure of the participants

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days

08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast - buffet
11.00 – 13.00 Beach volleyball tourney (each ensemble will deliver 4 players in different water sports (beach volleyball, water pool..) or beach time
18.00 – 20.00 Dinner – buffet in hotel

20.00. – 23.00 Party for goodbye

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast - buffet
12.00 Departure of participants – Visiting Tirana (optional)

General rules:

  • Festival is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups and majorette teams.
  • Every Folklore ensemble, сhoral group, brass band, modern dance group, orchestras and majorette team have the right to participate. Children's ensembles (2/3 of the participants must be 16 or younger), уouth ensembles (2/3 of the participants must be 25 or younger), adult ensembles (1/3 of the participants must be older than 25).
  • On the festival may participate children and youth folklore dance groups, modern dance groups, vocal groups, instrumental groups and soloists, as well as groups and performers from other art styles.
  • The number of participants are limited (only 3  groups from each country).
  • Each group should consist of most 50 members including dancers, managers and musicians.
  • Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 folk dances, 12-15 minutes each with orchestra or CD. For choral groups should prepare free program about 15 minutes 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 and excursions.
  • To send us short CV and photos of the group.
  • To take a flag of the country.
  • Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure.

Participation fee:

  • 75 Euro per person for 3 HB per person  (3 nights with 2 meals per day – open buffet)
  • 95 Euro per person for 4 HB per person  (4 nights with 2 meals per day – open buffet)

It covers hotel accommodation with 2 meals per day in 4**** hotel BONITA (in double rooms – leaders and drivers, triple and quadruple bedrooms). Hotel BONITA **** (hotel resort on the sea coast with own beach) – www.hotelbonita.al Hotel Bonita is 4* see resort situated on the famous sands beach, with capacity of 400 beds so the number of participants is limited. Also other hotels with outdoor swimming pool and own beach like Skampa, Big Blue.

Additional double rooms are additional 5 euro per day.

Participation fee includes:

  • for 25 dancers – one gratis (24+1 free),
  • souvenir and gift for each group,
  • Certificate for attendance,
  • Welcome reception
  • Gala evening with drinks
  • tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,
  • free parking
  • advertising of the festival (press conference, social mediums press release, FB promotion, news letter, posters)

Personal responsibility and health insurance are within the other obligations of the groups. First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, medical services must be covered by the group.

On your request,  You can continue your stay in Durres. Price will be 25 Euro per day per person HB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.

After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program of the festival and each group will have guide during festival. After the festival finish organizers will send you DVD from the festival program for each group and photos.

The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Tirana Airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number.

By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

In 2017 on the festival were participated 11 groups from 8 EU country with 500 participants (children, youth and adults).

NUMBER OF SEATS IS LIMITED on 400 or 10 – 11 groups.

Any group, willing to participate, must complete an Application from.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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