21 - 25 July 2023
 Ohrid     North Macedonia

Competitive nature Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Mr. Milenko Andreski

Welcome to Ohrid, the Pearl on the Balkans, as our visitors tend to say. Ohrid is a blend of the traditional and the contemporary, the main spiritual, cultural and touristic center in Macedonia, a UNESCO World Heritage site as a cultural, and with the Ohrid Lake as a natural rarity. The numerous historical monuments found in their close surrounding speak of the tradition and dedication of the Macedonian people. You can explore the history and the culture, go shopping, go on different excursions and enjoy the gastronomy of this city. Here, as a rarity scarcely found anywhere else, the deep traces merge eras and empires, kingdoms and quests, weaving the fine thread of historical continuity on the Balkans. On the other hand, nature hasn’t spared its beauties stretched down from the lake shores and up to the Galichica Mountain on which peak one can enjoy the sight of two lakes, the Ohrid and the Prespa Lake. Explore and choose your favorite beaches and fun places for daytime or nighttime, choose a restaurant where you can eat and drink and taste the homemade food while listening to our traditional music. Visit the city museums, gates, churches and galleries. You can learn about the history of our town. Go on a tour on the lake, mountains and surrounding villages. Enjoy your stay in Ohrid! Stay as long as you can and Ohrid will stay with you forever.

Lake Ohrid straddles the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania. It is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem that is of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species. It came into being about three million years ago according to the latest scientific researches. It was formed in remote geological ages as a result of tectonic shifts. There are only a few lakes in the world today whose antiquity can be compared to that of Lake Ohrid. Enjoy the magnificent landscapes of a lake placed in a cradle of mountains. These landscapes change with the movement of the clouds and the reflection of the sunlight, depending on the position of the sun, in ever changing patterns that will always surprise you by its magical beauty, like a dreamy fairytale… 

Regulations:

  • Those who wish to take part in the Festival must fill-in application form.
  • All participants are to make their own travel arrangements to and from Ohrid and stages and pay their travel expenses.
  • The Organizing Committee provides accommodation and cultural program (excursions) by agreement with the participants.
  • Minimum of 8 groups must apply for the competition to be held. Otherwise, a standard folklore festival will be held.
  • The number of artists and accompanying people is not limited.
  • The groups who wish to compete pay an additional participation fee of 100 euro. In case the competition is to be canceled, the money will be balanced with the final amount.
  • During the participation of the team in the Competition, it may be invited by the organizers to take part in joint events – Official opening, Official closing, defile, accompanying concerts, cocktail, or others. The presence of invited teams in various events is required.
  • The participants pay the specified prices for participation in the International Folklore, Dance and Music Festival - Competition "Alexander the Macedonian". The advanced payment is 30% from the total amount for the participation of the group. 
  • The participants should send promo-materials, photos, videos and complete list of participants no less than a month before the start of the festival.
  • The price includes staying the night, breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktail meeting at the Ohrid ethno museum (traditional rakija, wine and soda), water for all the participants on the concerts, and organizational service.
  • Two weeks before the beginning of the competition the full amount for participation must be sent.
  • The minimum participation period is 4 days.

Regulations of Contest:

The contest system includes the following categories:
  1. Folklore vocal groups, authentic folklore (choirs and ensembles)
  2. Folklore dance groups, authentic folklore; (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
  3. Folklore dance groups; modern choreography (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
  4. Folklore mix ensembles -  Authentic performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
  5. Folklore mix ensembles -  Processed performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
Formations that can take part in the competition program:
  • folklore ensembles, vocal and dance groups;
  • clubs for folk dances;
  • individual performers and duets.
The jury consists of three members. In jury committee may participate only members authorized by IFFOM.

The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
  1. Level of complexity and technique of performance
  2. Vision /costumes, properties, staging, selection of repertoire/
  3. Stage manners /behavior on stage, gestures, contact with the audience, spirit emanation, artistry/ 
The program duration of the separate groups / participants should not exceed:
  • Songs - up to 7 minutes
  • Dances - up to 10 minutes
  • Ensemble performances - up to 12 minutes
Awards:
  • The Winner of the International Folklore, Dance and Music Festival – Competition "Alexander the Macedonian" will receive a Gold medal, a Diploma and a cash prize of 500 euros. The champions are awarded gold medals, while second and third place - silver and bronze medals.
  • All participants receive diplomas and object - prizes.

Participation fee:

Basic category hotels, villas and apartments
  • 75 euro per person for 3 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 99 euro per person for 4 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 123 euro per person for 5 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)

  • 89 euro per person for  3 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 118 euro per person for  4 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 149 euro per person for  5 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Advanced category hotels 3*: Hotel “Chingo”; Hotel “Diplomat”; Hotel “Ambasador”
  • 89 euro per person for 3 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 118 euro per person for 4 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)

  • 119 euro per person for 3 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 149 euro per person for 4 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Advanced category hotels 4*: Hotel “Mizo”; Hotel ”Sky Corner”; Hotel “Village”4*
  • 123 euro per person for 3 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 159 euro per person for 4 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)

  • 163 euro per person for 3 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 198 euro per person for 4 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

If there are 24paying participants in a group, the 25th will be free of charge.

Supplement for double room is 8 euro per person per day.

Supplement for accommodation in a single room is + 50% of the price to be paid for the single person accommodated in such room.

* On your request you can continue your stay in Ohrid, for a 30 euros per person, per day - FB (breakfast, lunch and dinner), and the price is special for the participants in the festival. For additional days we will prepare special program for you.

Participation fee does not include:

  • On request, a professional tour guide can be hired to accompany the group on their excursions, but the travel guide expenses will be covered by the group.
  • Health insurance (First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, medical services must be covered by the group).
  • Parking for the bus in the center of the town.
  • Macedonian tourist tax (0.80 euro cents per person per day).

Program:

21.07.2023
Arriving in Ohrid, hotel accommodation
Meeting with the organizer in order to discuss details about the festival
Lunch in the hotel (if FB) and free activities (swimming in Ohrid Lake)
Dinner in the hotel
Free night

22.07.2023
Breakfast in the hotel
Sightseeing of Ohrid: Monument of the City Center (St. Clement), National workshop for hand made paper, St. Sofia church, Plaosnik (3 euro), Antique theatre, Samoil fortress (2 euro), Kaneo church
Lunch in the hotel (if FB) and free activities (swimming)
Parade and performance of the participants (First festival evening)
Dinner in the hotel

23.07.2023
Breakfast in the hotel
Cruising with boat on Lake Ohrid (12 euro)
Lunch in the hotel
Parade through the city
Festival evening (performance of the participants, certificate for the participants by the organizers, and at the very end of the festival participants can exchange gifts and contacts with each other)  
Disco party with drinks and dancing
Dinner in the hotel

24.07.2023
Breakfast in the hotel
Sightseeing of the ethno village "ANDREVCI" village Godivje - visit of cultural and historical monuments, monastery "St. Gjorgjija, 13th century" church of St. Spas, visit to Ethno Museum, entrance 3 euro, with the possibility for everyone who enters the Museum will get a free drink, Brandy, Wine, or juice. Lunch in the Ethno village "ANDREVCI" for those who are with full board, for those who are half board can order lunch on favorable terms.
Dinner in the hotel

25.07.2023
Breakfast in the hotel
Checking out of Hotels

OPTIONAL (with a professional tourist guide): Departure to Skopje city: sightseeing the city center with all the monuments, Porta Macedonia, City square, visiting Skopje Fortress, Skopje old bazaar (optional: lunch), Stone Bridge, Memorial House of St. Mother Teresa, Daut Pasha Hamam…

* The organizer reserves the right to change the festival program.
* In 2022 in this festival participated over 360 participants from 9 countries from the world.

General Conditions:

  • The sender covers all bank fees.
  • Participants do not get paid for their performance.
  • All filled applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.

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 participant transfers a payment of 20% for booking the accommodation.
Rest of the amount 70% - 15 days before start of festival, or upon registration with permission of the organizers.

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