Director: Panagiotis Pagonidis 8th Folklore Dance Festival "Diamantis Palaiologos" will take place in Skopelos, one of the most beautiful Greek Islands (Mamma Mia Island) http://www.skopelosweb.gr/. Under the auspices of the Municipality of Skopelos. Dedicated to tradition, dancing, volunteering and contribution, we are organizing the Folklore Dance Festival, in honor of our teacher, Diamantis Palaiologos, and we are inviting you to take our hand and dance with us on the beautiful island of Skopelos, bringing all of Greece and the World together with traditional melodies and rhythms. Participants: Type of groups that can participate: Traditional folk dance groups and folk vocal groups. The age of participants: Must be over 15 years old. The number of participating groups is limited. Program: Saturday - July 4 Morning: Departure from the port of Volos/ Agios Konstantinos/ Mantoudi or Thessaloniki Noon: Arrival at Skopelos Port Afternoon: Meeting at the specified location for the Parade, Parade with all of the dance groups Evening: Opening of the Folklore Dance Festival, Welcome theme party for the dance groups by the Volunteers Sunday - July 5 Morning: Leisure time to tour the scenic alleys of Skopelos Town, and visit the folk art museums and traditional craftsmen. Noon: Folk Dance Seminars Evening: Start of Second Festival Day, Free night for rest or entertainment Monday - July 6 Morning: Departure from Skopelos Port for a visit and a tour of the village of Glossa; Leisure time for touring the scenic alleys of Glossa - Open Rehearsals; Seminar on the subject "The bridal costume of Skopelos", Departure from Glossa for a popular beach of the island Noon: Beach-party on one of the island's beaches Afternoon: Return to Skopelos Town, leisure time Evening: Start of the third festival day; Closing of the festival, traditional celebration in the open theatre, dinner in honour of the dance groups and their companions. Tuesday - July 7: Morning: Leisure Time Noon: Departure for Volos Afternoon: Arrival at Volos Participation fee: Accommodation for 3 nights (4.07-7.07): 140 Euro per person (Departure from Mantoudi Port/Evia), 150 Euro per person (Departure from Volos Port) Participation fee includes: Ferry Tickets (Volos-Skopelos-Volos or Agios Konstantinos - Skopelos - Agios Konstantinos or Mantoudi - Skopelos - Mantoudi and Thessaloniki - Skopelos - Mantoudi) Ferry tickets for the bus and coverage of the driver's accommodation expenses Accommodation for three nights at a hotel with breakfast Festival material Participation in festival Also, in case you wish to dance with live music, the festival's professional orchestra can accompany you without extra charge, with music from nearly all the regions of Greece. Each group that will participate will receive a complete DVD with all festival nights, and more than 1500 photographs in electronic format. Also only for the foreign dance group we will provide a meal per day. Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee to EAFF, which is to be deducted at the final payment.