4 - 7 October 2019
  Ohrid      North Macedonia

Adults Childrens's Dances Choirs / Songs

Director:  Zoran Strezovski

Application Form

  until 13 September 2019

With pleasure we INVITE you (Folk groups, Choral groups and orchestras majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on XI International  festival “IN HONOR OF TSAR SAMOIL”  04  - 07 October, Ohrid  2019

The Festival light motive is to selebrate the day of Tscar Samoil, 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.

Ohrid is an important tourist and pilgrimage place with its ancient ruins, beautiful amphitheatre, three citadel walls, St.Sofia Cathedral, St.Jovan Kaneo church and many other sightseeings. There is a breathtaking view from the plateau over Ohrid Lake on Galicica mountain towering from behind. St.Naum monastery (one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia) is another important place to visit in the surroundings of Ohrid. It was founded in the 910 by St.Naum, but the present-day church was built in the 16th c. and only the side chapel with the tomb of St. Naum is left of the original church. Gallery of exclusive icons, museums, workshops for handmade paper, woodcarving and the famous Ohrid pearls are among hundreds sites for tourists worth to visit. There is also a strong Roman connection to the city, since Lychnidos was along the famous route Via Egnatia, build in the 2nd century B.C., connecting the Adriatic and Aegean sea. Considering the number of churches located in the Old town - 365, and according to the legend about the local people, who from immemorial time every single day honour different saint, Ohrid is called “the Balkan Jerusalem”, successfully playing the role as a big pilgrimage spot for the Orthodox Christians all over the world. Today Ohrid is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. And finally, as a crowning glory of its values, in 1980 Ohrid and Lake Ohrid have been named a world cultural and natural heritage under the protection of UNESCO. Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return.

For more information visit www.ohridinfo.mk

General rules:

  • The festival is not competitive;
  • In 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;
  • 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);
  • 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 orchestra or CD.
  • 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;
  • Ensemble should send us short CV and 2 – 3 photos of the group;
  • Take a flag of the country;
  • Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure,


Day 1
13.00 – Arrival in Ohrid, хotel accommodation;
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel;
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel;

20.00 – Welcome reception.

Day 2
09.00 - 11.00 Breakfast;
11.00 - 14.00 Ohrid sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments (St.Sofia church, Samoil fortress, Antique theatre, Plaosnik, St. Kaneo church, Bridge of wishes…);
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel;
18.00 Ensembles parade (old town);
18.30 Official opening of the festival: welcome speech and firewall, open air performance, dancing together;

20.30  Dinner in hotel and disco party.

Day 3
09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast;
11.00 - 14.30 Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort St. Naum monastery, culture  place, (price 8 euros per person, lunch package);
16.00 - 18.00. Shopping in the city;
18.00 - 20.00 Dinner in hotel;

21.00 - 00.00 Social events, exchange presents, disco party.

Day 4
09.00 Breakfast;

11.00 Departure of the participants.

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

Day 4
09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast;
10.30 - 14.00  Visiting Struga city (house of Miladinovci brothers, river Crni Drim, Kalsita caves church……);
14.00 - 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities;
19.00 - 20.00 Dinner in hotel;

21.00 - 00.00 Firewall party.

Day 5
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast;
09.00 – 14.00 Departure to Skopje city with guides (visiting monuments of Alexander of Macedon, National museum of Macedonian struggle, Macedonian GATE, Stone bridge…);
14.00 Departure from Skopje city.

Participation fee: 

  • 57 Euro per person, including accommodation in 3*** hotels for 3 nights in 1/2, 1/3 or 1/4 bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms, 3 meals per day (Full Board); the hotels are located in the center of the city or on the coast of Ohrid Lake;
  • On your request, you can continue your stay in Ohrid. Price will be 20 Euro per day per person FB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.

Hotels where groups will be accommodate are:

Hotel Prestol  www.hotelprestol.com.mk – hotel on the Lake,
Hotel Kocarev www.hotelkocarev.com.mk,
Hotel Montenegrin www.montenegrininn.com – hotel in the center,
Villa Fortuna – Villa with restaurant in the center of the city,
Hotel De lux apartmants - in the center of the city.

Participation fee includes:

  • for 20 dancers – one gratis,
  • souvenir and gift for each group,
  • welcome cocktail,
  • certificate for attendance,
  • drinks during the performance,
  • tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,
  • reception in city hall,
  • advertising of the festival (press conference, radio and tv channels, posters and flayers).
Personal responsibility and health insurance are within the other obligations of the groups.

First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, but medical services must be covered by the group.

After the groups arrive in the hotel they will be given detailed program of the festival and guide during the festival.

After the festival finish, the organizers will send you DVD from the festival program and photos. The copyright of all video materials and pictures is ownership of the Organization of the Festival.

For the groups coming by plane on Ohrid airport the festival will organize transport from the airport, during the festival days and back to the same airport. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessaloniki Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid, the cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number.

We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary.

By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions.

All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participation.

In 2018 on this Festival participated over 290 (children’s, youth and adults) participants from 9 countries of  Europe.

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.

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