23 - 26 August 2018
  Ohrid      Macedonia - FYROM

Adults Childrens's Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Mrs. Dragana Ristevska

International Folk Dance Festival "Balkan Jerusalem Fest" (23.08.2018-26.08.2018)
Municipality of Ohrid and Department of Tourism
 
We are proud to present this beautiful four days festival in Ohrid. The festival will be cultural diversity and global unity through cultural performances and messages of inspiration.
Two evening festival performance in Ohrid.
 
About Ohrid
Ohrid, an immortal town, on the mythical Balkan, a magical hill of Macedonia whose primordial pulsation links ancient and modern times forever. Ohrid has been a living town for two thousand and four hundred years, a town whose achievements were woven into the tapestry of a powerful ancient civilization. The town of Ohrid is indeed the cultural history of the Republic of Macedonia in miniature. It bears the name “The Balkan Jerusalem”. Through the activity of St. Clement of Ohrid, at the end of 9th and the beginning of the 10th century the first pan - Slavonic university in Europe was situate here.
Ohrid’s major attractions are all located within a remarkably concentrated and eminently walkable area, among and above the narrow streets of the Old Town lined with restaurants and cafés perfectly suited for relaxing in the cool summer evenings. Ohrid’s many café bars and nightclubs also make for a vibrant nightlife. As for the lake itself, it is so large and so deep that one might mistake it for a small sea. Full range of water sports, fishing and boating is available, and numerous churches alongside Ohrid’s lake shores make for fascinating side trips and walks. The wooded ridge above the lake’s eastern shore is largely taken up by the National Park of Galichica, an unspoiled wilderness ideally suitable for nature enthusiasts. The uniqueness of Lake Ohrid and the city’s historical architecture has been attested by UNESCO, honoring it with an official designation as one of the few places on the cultural institution’s list “World Inheritance”.
During the summer period there are a lot of tourists from Holland, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Poland, Finland, Slovenia, Sweden and from many other countries that come to visit the beauties of this city that really worth to see. There is an international airport (St. Paul the Apostle) who is open all year round.

Rules for participation:

On the festival can participate children and youth folklore dance groups, instrumental groups and soloists, vocal groups, as well as groups and performers from other art styles. Participants should be from the age of 5 to 95.
Groups should perform approximately 10 - 15 min either with live music or CD.
*All groups need to send their music 20 days before festival!
Participation for this festival is 130 € per group.
* Participation fee should be paid when registering for the festival via bank transfer and sender covers all bank fees.

Accomodation:

Accommodation is organized in Ohrid. The Groups will be accommodated in rooms with 3 beds and 4 beds on a half board basis. Only 2 double rooms are available per group which can be used for the Leaders and drivers.

Participation fee:

(for participants and accompanying persons)
  • 95 Euro per person - 3 HB / 3 Half Board - Hotel**** (4 stars)
  • 81 Euro per person - 3 HB / 3 Half Board- Hotel*** (3 stars)
  • 69 Euro per person -3 HB / 3 Half Board -  Apartments in Ohrid

Participation fee includes:

  • On 25 participants, every 26th is free of charge (usually driver or Leader of the group).
  • Certificate f­­­­­or attendance,
  • Souvenir and gift for each group,
  • Advertising of the festival (press conference, radio and tv channels, posters)
  • Tourist guides for sightseeing of the town

Participation fee does not include:

  • Supplement for double room(extra) – 5 euro per day per person.
  • Supplement for single room – 15 euro per day per person.
  • Every day of stay longer before or after festival has to be paid: - 30 euro per person for accommodation in hotel*** (3 stars); 40 euro per person for accommodation in hotel**** (4 stars)
  • Travel - Personal expenses - Facultative tours
  • Parking

 

The Groups must send the rooming list 20 days before the festival. Groups that do not send, the rooming list will be made by festival and can’t be any changes upon arrival.
 
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.
 
Transport info
Groups arriving by air will be transported from the hotels with our bus in full team and will be accompanied to their departure in the same conditions. The transfer from the airport to the hotel and back is paid additionally. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number.
 
Additional info
After the festival, we will send you a DVD with photos and video from the festival’s program for each group. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival.

Program:

DAY 1 (23.08.2018)
Arriving. All participants must be arrived until 17:00 PM
Accommodation
19:00h – 20:00h Dinner
21:00h Welcome reception
(Leaders will get full festival program and optional excursions)
 
DAY 2 (24.08.2018)
8:30h – 10:00h Breakfast
10:30h –  EXCURSION (OPTIONAL)
18:00h – 19:00h Diner
19:30h GRAND PARADE
20:00h FIRST FESTIVAL EVENING - “BALKAN JERUSALEM  FEST”
00:00h Disco party (optional)
 
DAY 3 (25.08.2018)
8:30h – 10:00h Breakfast
10:30h After breakfast EXCURSION (OPTIONAL)
18:00h – 19:00h Dinner
 20:00h SECOND FESTIVAL EVENING - “BALKAN JERUSALEM  FEST”
Allocation of gratitude’s and getting certificates and presents from the organization of the Festival. Evening together with all groups. 
* The presence is obligatory for all participants until the closing of the festival.
 PARTY TIME (Disco club-optional)
 
DAY 4 (26.08.2018)
8:30h – 10:00h Breakfast
Departure of the participants
*The organizers reserve the right to change the program of “BALKAN JERUSALEM FEST”

General rules of the festival:

  • The festival is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by groups.
  • On the festival may participate children and youth 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 is limited.
  • Each group should consist of maximum 50 members including dancers, managers and musicians.
  • Ensembles should have prepared at least 2 folk dances, total program of 15 - 20 minutes each with orchestra or CD. Choral groups should prepare free program in duration of about 15 minutes. The performance will be in the evening hours so you can plan the day ahead and use it for visiting the historical part of the city and excursions.
  • Participants must send us short CV and photos of the group.
  • Participants should have a flag of the country they represent.
  • Folklore groups should have their own transport for arrival and departure.  
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. All filled in applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.
- The Organizers provides accommodation and cultural program (excursions) by agreement with the participants.
By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be given to you after your send your confirmation for participations.
 
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.