Director: Mr. Mersed Shahinovic Dear Friends, After seven years of successful festival organization with pleasure we invite you (folk groups, Choral groups and orchestras), to participate on International Music & Folk - Dance festival "Summer in Bosnia and Herzegovina" 21 - 25 July, Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2023 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. Visoko - Royal City and the City of Pyramids The municipality of Visoko is set on the crossroad, just in the heart of Sarajevo - Zenica region (25 kilometers from Sarajevo) and covers the area of 232 square kilometres. It is inhabited by 44 000 inhabitants. As a town Visoko and a suburb Podvisoki it was first mentioned in 1355. Visoko was historical capital of mediaeval Bosnia and had colony of mediaeval Dubrovnik state and the customs that was confirmed by the charter of the King Tvrtko I Kotromanic from 1355 made in Visoko. Religious spirit of Visoko was symbolized by existing of old Tabacka Mosque, which was built as a foundation – vakuf of Visoko’s tabaci ( crafters that were producing leather), Franciscan Monastery that was ruined in 1697, and later rebuilt and still exists, and Orthodox Church of St. Prokopije, which is set in the settlement Podvisoki. Visoko is well-known as a town of businessmen and traders that are excellent in their domains. Today, Visoko is world-wide known for Pyramids. Excavating the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun offers great opportunity to chance archaeological, civilization and historical history not just of Bosnia and Herzegovina but the world too. Program: 21.07. Friday 13.00 Arrival in Visoko, hotel accommodation and free time 19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel 21.00 Welcome reception with leaders of the group 22.07. Saturday 09.00 - 11.00 Breakfast, 11.00 - 14.00 Visoko sightseeing – visiting pyramids complex 18.00 - 19.30 Dinner in hotel 19.30 - 23.00 Ensembles parade - Official opening of the festival - welcome speech - open air performance - Dancing together 23.07. Sunday 09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast, 10.00 – 18.00 Visiting Sarajevo (optional 9€) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarajevo 18.00 – 19.30 Dinner in hotel 21.00 - 23.00 - open air performance in Ilijaš (5 km from Visoko) 24.07. Monday 09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast 11.00 – 16.00 visiting tunnel "Ravne" part of pyramid complex - 19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel 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) 25.07. Tuesday 08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast, 15.00 Departure of participants General rules: According to the festival program the Groups will perform from 15 minutes to 25 minutes either with live music or CD and should have flag and sign with the name of the group for the defile. NOTE: Each group must send us the music for the performances by email, 10 days before the festival. During the Festival each Group will have one or two performances in Visoko and its area according to the program of the Festival. The performances will be in the evening hours so you can plan the day ahead and use it for visiting piramyds, historical parts of city, excursions ( Sarajevo 25 km or Mostar 143 km) Participation fee: Accommodation (21 - 25 July) 130 Euro per person – Students hotel (2 bedded rooms, own bathroom) Accommodation at this hotel got the best ratings at last year's festival 140 Euro per person – Hotel 3* (2-3 bedded rooms) It covers hotel accommodation in Hotel with 2 meals per day in (two double rooms for leaders and drivers) https://www.hotelpiramidasunca.com Organizer provide for each group 2/2 rooms (for drivers and leaders of the group) For 24 dancers – one gratis (24 paying + 1 free of charge), Participation fee includes: 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). INSURANCE: 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 Visoko for Price of 30 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. 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.