Director: Mrs. Svetlana Rumenova The biggest International folklore festival in region Lazio, Italy opens door for dance and song ensembles. There will be organized 2 concerts, parade and many activities for participants as Disco evening, Miss Festival, Degustation of typical Italian products, tours and excursions. Bracciano is situated just a 30 km to Rome, so the groups can reach center of Rome easily by train from Bracciano in 1 hour and spend only 8 Euro for unlimited using of all transport in Rome. The lovely lake and a medieval castle are among the tourist attractions that can be visited in Bracciano and make Bracciano a good choice for your holidays. Every day the citizens of Bracciano and surrounding area will be entertained with concerts in the square, there will be meetings between the groups, games and lessons in folklore for the public, hoping to thus aid the preservation of folk culture and human relations between the countries. The Folklore Festival also brings with it the opportunity to present the richness of ancient Italian heritage and leave indelible memories that each participant bring in their own land. Bracciano is a small town in the Italian region of Lazio, 30 km northwest of Rome. The town is famous for its volcanic lake (Lago di Bracciano or "Sabatino", the eighth largest lake in Italy) and for a particularly well-preserved medieval castle Castello Orsini-Odescalchi. The lake is widely used for sailing and is popular with tourists; the castle has hosted a number of events, especially weddings of actors and singers. The history of Bracciano is all determined by the magnificent Castle whose sizes dominate all over the settlement. Due to its structural and architectonic characteristics and the excellent state of conservation it is considered one of the most important castles of Italy. It is located on the southern shore of Lake Bracciano. It was built in the 15th century, and combines the functions of a military defence structure and a civilian residence of the feudal lords of the period, the Orsini and Borgia, both papal families. Conditions of the festival: The Folklore festival is a non - competitive festival. In the festival can take part folklore dance and song groups, vocal groups, instrumental groups. There is no age limit. Number of participating groups is limited. Organizers provide invitation letters for sponsor or for obtaining VISA for Italy. The Festival will be organized in the main square of Bracciano. The ensembles can use live music or music on CD. Each ensemble must present a program not longer than 10 minutes. All groups are invited to send their music at least 2 weeks before festival! Each participating group will receive a Honorary Diploma of Festival Participant, valuable souvenir and a plaque and will be invited to participate in: Opening parade in the streets of the city Concerts Meeting with the Mayor of Bracciano(for art directors and group's officials) Participation fee: 3 HB (3 Half Board - Italian breakfast and dinner) For groups of more than 10 people 205 Euro per person - 3 HB in hotel ** 225 Euro per person - 3 HB in hotel *** For individual participants or small groups of up to 10 people 225 Euro per person - 3 HB in hotel ** 245 Euro per person - 3 HB in hotel *** * Supplement for double room – 5 Euro per person per day. * Supplement for single room – 15 Euro per person per day. * For groups of 25 participants, 26th is serviced free of charge, for the groups with over 40 participants, 41st, 42nd and 43rd are serviced free of charge. * Additional day: Hotel** – 45 Euro/ Hotel*** – 50 Euro Participation fee includes: 4 days/ 3 nights accommodation in 3 or 4-bed rooms, private bathroom with a shower and hot water 3 days half board /Italian breakfast and dinner 1st course, 2nd course, desert and water/ Support our staff during the festival Festival participation fee Participation fee does not include: The travelling expenses to and from the festival’s location as well as the costs of stay, lasting four days is covered by the groups themselves. Upon request organizers can arrange bus transfers from airports to the hotel for additional fee. Tourist tax: 1.5 Euro per person per day. Program of the festival: 23.08.2024: Arrival of the groups. Accommodation in the hotels and technical conference with the directors of the groups. Dinner. 24.08.2024: Breakfast. Parade of all participating groups. Dinner. 21.00 Concert. 25.08.2024: Breakfast. Possibility for excursions. Dinner. 21.00 Gala Concert and awards of the participating groups. 26.08.2024: Breakfast. Departure. * The organizer reserves the right for any changes in the program, and the participants will be informed on time. 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. As a next step, the group should pay an amount of 30% of the overall cost to the Organizers of the festival.