17 - 21 September 2020
  Budva      Montenegro

Adults Childrens's Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed Styled Classical or Marching Band and Majorettes

Director:  Mr. Zoran Strezovski

With pleasure We INVITE you (folk groups, choral groups and orchestras majorette teams) - children, youth and adults groups to participate in
XI International Music & Folk - Dance festival “PEARL OF THE SEA”,
17 - 21 September, Budva, Montenegro 2020.
Participants are ensembles from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Ukraine, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Sweden, Moldavia, Armenia, Croatia, Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary.
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.
One of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast, first mentioned in historical records more than two and a half thousand years ago as the “town of Illyria", this is a place that must be visited during a stay in the Riviera. A legend tells that Budva was established by Cadmus, a son of the Phoenician king, Agenor, and his Queen, Telephassa. Cadmus was the conqueror and ruler of the Greek province of Boeotia and, when he was exiled from the city of Thebes, together with his wife Harmonia, he found refuge with an Illyrian tribe called the Enchelei. According to the legend, Cadmus arrived with a team of oxen, which is where Budva got its name from (bous is Greek for ox). The older names of Budva were Butua, Buthos, Butoba and Civitas Antique (the Old Town). Throughout history, it has been a target of different conquerors (Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Saracens, Turks, Venetians, Austro-Hungarians, French) and as a result it has belonged to many different states. The Old Town is a unique architectural and urban whole, surrounded by medieval walls, complete with a fortress, towers and gates. During the course of its history, the Old Town suffered the greatest damage in an earthquake in 1667, while the consequences of the 1979 earthquake were also serious. Along the narrow streets and on the small piazzas and squares, there are lines of cafes, boutiques, bars, restaurants, galleries, while the town becomes a genuine “Theatre City” during the summer months, thanks to the numerous plays, concerts and exhibitions it plays host to. This is also the name of the festival which has been enriching this old costal town since 1987, lending it a special colour and charm. Its many religious buildings – the oldest church of Santa Maria in Punta, the Church of St. John and the Church of St. Sabbas the Sanctified – have the special value. Next to the Church of St. John are the remains of an early Christian basilica while the remains of the Church of St. Maria are located on the Citadela. Between the churches is a stage for the plays of the “Theatre City”. Original Roman columns, set into the walls of Budva’s oldest gate, can also be seen in the Old Town. 


Day 1
13.00 - Arrival in Budva, hotel accommodation and free time. 
19.00 - 21.00 - Dinner in hotel (open buffet in hotel Loza).
21.00 - Welcome reception with leaders of the group.
Day 2
08.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast (open buffet in hotel Loza). 
10.00 - 14.00 - Budva sightseeing and boat trip to St. Stefan (optional). 
17.30 - 19.30 - Dinner in hotel (open buffet in hotel Loza).
20.00 - 23.00 - Ensembles parade
                       - Official opening of the festival
                       - Welcome speech
                       - Open air performance
                       - Dancing together
Day 3
08.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast (open buffet in hotel Loza). 
10.00 - 18.00 - Beach time or Visiting Kotor and Herceg Novi or visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia (optional). 
18.00 - 19.30 - Dinner in hotel (open buffet in hotel Loza). 
20.00 - 23.00 - Second festival evening (optional).
Day 4
08.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast (open buffet in hotel Loza).
10.00 - 18.00 - Beach time or  Visiting Kotor and Herceg Novi or visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia (optional). 
19.00 - 21.00 - Dinner in hotel (open buffet in hotel Loza). 
21.00 - 00.00 - Closing ceremony of the festival – certificates and presents for ensembles by organizer, exchange presents between leaders of ensembles and party with all participants.
Day 5
08.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast (open buffet in hotel Loza). 
11.00 - Departure of the participants.
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…
Day 5
09.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast (open buffet in hotel Loza). 
11.00 - 16.00 - Beach time or visiting Kotor and Herceg Novi or beach time. 
19.00 - 21.00 - Dinner in hotel (open buffet in hotel Loza).
21.00 - 00.00 - Free time or visiting national restaurant.
Day 6
08.00 - 09.00 - Breakfast.
11.00 - Departure of participants. 

General rules:

  • Тhe festival is non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands.
  • Every folklore, choral group, modern dance, majorette teams, orchestras  has the right to participate. 
  • Children's ensembles (2/3 of the participants must be 16 or younger), Youth 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 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 dances, 10-15 minutes each with USB or orchestra. 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.
  • Number of groups to participate on the festival is limited on mostly 12 groups and 450 participants.
  • To send us short CV (on English 5-6 sentences) and 2 – 3 photos of the group.
  • To take a flag of the country.
  • Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure.
  • For the festival evening NOT need transfer by bus.
  • For visiting old town in Budva and beach Slovenska plaza NOT need bus transfer.
  • Supplement for accommodation in double room is 5 Euro per person per day.
  • Supplement for accommodation in single room is 15 Euro per person per day.

Participation fee:

Accommodation in villas and resorts:
  • 67 Euro per person for 3 nights half board (2 meals per day)
  • 87 Euro per person for 4 nights half board (2 meals per day)
Accommodation in hotels:
  • 85 Euro per person for 3 nights half board (2 meals per day)
  • 105 Euro per person for 4 nights half board (2 meals per day)
Important! Montenegrin Tourist Tax and Insurance (1 euro per person per day) is not calculated in the price and is to be paid after arrival and accommodation.

Festival organizers provide:

  • For 22 dancers - one gratis (22 paying + 1 free of charge);
  • Souvenir and gift for each group;
  • Welcome cocktail for Welcome reception;
  • Certificate for attendance;
  • Tourist guide for the city;
  • Drinks during the performance;
  • Free parking for bus;
  • Advertising of the festival (press release, news letter, FB promotion, posters and flayers).
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 Budva for Price of 24 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.
After the festival finish organizers will send you link on YouTube where you can find and download photos and videos of festival evenings. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival.
The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Tivat airport, during the festival days and back to the same 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.
Number of participants is limited on 400 or 10 groups.

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 7 February 2020

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