26 - 30 September 2019
  Hersonissos      Greece

Adults Childrens's Dances Choirs / Songs Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Mr. Panagiotis Pagonidis

Crete is the largest island in Greece and the second biggest (after Cyprus) of the East Mediterranean.
Crete is an island with an exquisite 1,000 kilometer-long coastline dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas, which afford a multitude of soft, sandy beaches along the beautifully blue Mediterranean Sea. After all, it's among the finest in the world and has established Crete as one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. And, of course, the island's historic importance in today's world as the home of the Minoan civilization with important archeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, is evidenced by the tens of thousands of visitors to these sites each year.
Our previous Festivals in North, Central, South Pieria, Thessaloniki and Crete Island had a great success as we welcomed groups and representatives of more than ten countries in each Festival. We expect that our 3rd International Festival in Crete Island in 2019 will have a larger impact and will provide to the participants opportunities to learn about different cultures and people, create new friendships, exchange experiences and contacts with other folk groups. Furthermore, during their stay the participants will have the pleasure to enjoy the Greek hospitality, the crystal blue sea and a bright Greek sun. The weather this period is good and warm suitable for swimming.
The Municipality of Hersonissos extends from the north coastline of central Crete to the imposing mountain chains of Lasithi. It is located a few kilometers away from the international airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" of Heraklion.  Within its borders there are settlements with unique characteristics and colors.  Hersonissos is known as the most organized tourist destination in Crete. It is also known for its high quality hotels, conference infrastructures and the natural beauty of its coasts. Mass tourism, beautiful beaches and the rich nightlife only constitute one side of the coin "Hersonissos". Its other side, which is less acknowledged, includes the pristine mainland, where many historical monuments and landscapes of exceptional beauty await to be discovered.
Heraklion International Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” – Hersonissos (22 km)
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Participants in the festival:

The type of groups that can participate:
  • Traditional folk dance groups
  • Folk song groups
  • Choirs.

Conditions for participation:

  • Number and age of participants is not limited.  Number of participating groups is limited.
  • Each group should bring a flag of their country and if available, a board with the name of their group.
  • The group should prepare from 10 to12 minutes program accompanied by their own orchestra or CD/FLASH DISC.
  • The registration form should be sent before April 20th, 2019, in order to confirm your participation. Once you have submitted your registration form, a confirmation will be sent to you along with payment instructions. The 60% of the total amount should be paid before April 30th 2019, to secure your entry. Upon receiving your payment, an official invitation letter will be sent to you.

Participation fee:

  • 159 Euro per person, including:
    • Participation in festival
    • Accommodation in 3* Hotels
    • 5 days (4 nights) (half board - breakfast and dinner - in double & triple rooms) by the seaside of Hersonissos.
  • 198 Euro per person, including:
    • Participation in festival
    • Accommodation in 3* Hotels
    • 5 days (4 nights) (ALL INCLUSIVE in triple rooms) by the seaside of Hersonissos. Accommodation in double rooms will cost an extra six (6) Euros a day per person.
  • 248 Euro per person, including:
    • Participation in festival
    • Accommodation in 4* Hotels
    • 5 days (4 nights) (ALL INCLUSIVE in triple rooms) by the seaside of Hersonissos. Accommodation in double rooms will cost an extra six (6) Euros a day per person.
  • Simple Registration – participation : 28 Euro per person (without using our accommodation)
  • Every 25 participants, one is free.

The participation fee DOES NOT include:

  • For prolonged stay, each day costs 42 € per person in 3* hotel (HB)  &  50 € per person in 3* hotel or 64 € in 4* hotel (ALL INCL).
  • Optional Tours. Seasonal prices vary according to the number of participants. Such tours will be available at your convenience.
  • Traditional Greek Party (September 27th, 2019) cost 19 € per person which includes (Greek wine/drink and traditional food).Free charge for the leaders of the groups.
  • First aid and emergency support will be provided, but medical services must be covered by the group. The participant’s safety is on his/her personal responsibility

Program:

26/9/2019: Day of arrival - Check in at hotel from 01:00 p.m. – A detailed program and a person in charge will be provided to each group. Free time for rest, optional activities, explore the Island, swimming and walk to the market and clubs. - Dinner (in consultation with the hotel) -
 
27/9/2019: Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel).  – Optional welcome Party (Glenti) at 08:30 p.m. for all the groups with traditional Greek and European music and dances (Greek wine and other drinks with traditional food and salad).
 
28/9/2019: Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). -  Departure from hotel at 7:00 p.m. dressed in traditional costumes and transfer to the place where the show will be held. Gifts will be offered to you by the local Municipality during the performance. After the performance drinks and traditional local delicacy will be offered.
 
29/9/2019: Breakfast – Free day from morning till noon- Optional excursion – Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). -  Departure from hotel at 7:00 p.m. dressed in traditional costumes and transfer to the place where the show will be held. Gifts will be offered to you by the local Municipality during the performance. After the performance drinks and traditional local delicacy will be offered.
 
30/9/2019: Breakfast - Departure of the groups.

Optional Tours - excursions, i.e.

  • Cosmopolitan - coastal areas and beaches
  • Archaeological sites
  • Museums
  • Traditional villages
    • Seasonal prices vary according to the number of participants.
**       Certificates of participation will be given.
***     Invitation letter will be provided.
****   We can arrange and give you offers for all your transfers and the optional excursions
***** Transport from the hotel to the performance places will be free with Municipalities Buses.
 
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 1 March 2019