8 - 12 August 2019
  Ohrid      North Macedonia

Adults Childrens's Dances Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Zoran Strezovski

With pleasure we INVITE you (FOLK ENSEMBLES, CHORAL GROUPS AND MAJORETTE TEAMS) (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on XIII International folk – dance & music festival “OHRID WAVES” 08 – 12 August,  Ohrid 2019

The Festival light motive is to present the cultural tradition of different countries and regions, and to provide an opportunity for the members of groups to get together, to establish friendships and culture presentation trough dance, music.

Ohrid today is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. It is the famous tourist place in Macedonia but also in the region. During this period there are a lot of tourists from Holland, Finland, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Turkey. Due to exceptional beauty Ohrid is the best tourist resort in Macedonia with a lot of hotels, apartments, a lot of traditional restaurants and café, shops, entertainment. Ohrid during the summer period lives 24 hours. Ancient ruins, beautiful amphitheatre, 3 citadel walls, St.Sofia Cathedral, St.Jovan Kaneo church, St.Naum monastery (one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia and an important pilgrimage place), breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galicica mountain towering from behind, gallery of exclusive icons, museums, workshops for hand-made paper, woodcarving and 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 churches according to the immemorial legend, for local people to celebrate every single day by honouring another saint), Ohrid is called “the Balkan Jerusalem”, successfully playing the role as the biggest pilgrimage spot for all the Orthodox Christians in the world.

Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and according to most experts the oldest lake in Europe. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Ohrid lake coast is 35km with beautifully sands beach, tourist attractions and entertainment. Temperature of the water in the lake is 25C degree and it is suitable for swimming, diving, yachting.

Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return.

Festival program will be held on the main square in Ohrid.

General rules:

  • Every group has the right to participate. 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).
  • This 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 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 folk dances 12-18 minutes each with orchestra or CD.
  • The Choral groups - two parts from 12 – 18 minutes free program (one performance a capela in old city (churches) and one performance on the stage with sound equpmant).
  • 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 and  excursions. Also, we will choose the best girl's and men's folk costume and the best dancing couple
  • To send us short CV and photos of the group,
  • To take a flag of the country,
  • Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure.

Participation fee:

  • 63 euro per person for 3 nights with Half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 83 euro per person for 4 nights with Half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
  • 69 Euro per person for 3 nights with Full Board accommodation (3 meals per day).
  • 89 Euro per person for 4 nights with Full Board accommodation (3 meals per day).

It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in 3*** hotels which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake with own beach, in 1/2, 1/3 or 1/4 bedrooms with own toilet and bathrooms and hotels in the centre of the city.

Hotel Desaret is 3* Lake resort with outdoor swimming pool and it has 550 beds so the number is limited. (Our organization has only the right to represent the hotel Desaret).

Hotel Desaret (hotel on the Lake) – www.hoteldesaret.com.mk,
Hotel Prestol (hotel on the Lake) -  www.hotelprestol.com.mk,
Hotel Plaza (hotel on the Lake)-  www.galebiplaza.com.mk,
Hotel Montenegrin (hotel on the Centre of the city) – www.montenegrininn.com  
Hotel De Lux apartment ( in the centre of the city)
Vila& restaurant “Fortuna” ( in the centre of the city)
Hotel Cingo (4*)

Participation fee inculdes:

  • for 21 dancers – one gratis,
  • souvenir and gift for each group,
  • Certificate for attendance,
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Disco party with drinks
  • drinks during the performance,
  • tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,
  • free parking
  • reception in city hall,
  • advertising of the festival (press conference, e-flayers, FB promotion….).
  • Professional stage where concert performances take place, size: 10x8 meters
  • Professional sound equipment: (2 bass speakers, 4 satellite speakers, 2 monitor speakers…)
  • Professional light equipment
  • DVD and photos of the festival
  • For the groups arriving by plane we will organize transfer from the Ohrid airport to the hotel free of charge


13.00 Arrival in Ohrid, hotel accommodation,
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 Welcome reception with leaders of the groups

08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast,
10.00 – 14.00  Ohrid sightseeing – visiting Ethno museum (1 euro), Visiting exhibition “Ohrid in past” with degustation of wine,rakija or soft drink, (1 euro), visiting cultural monuments (St.Sofia church, Samoil fortress – entres 1 euro, Antique theatre, Plaosnik- St.Kliment church – enter 1 euro, St. Kaneo church, Bridge of wishes…)
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner in hotel
19.30 Ensembles parade (old town)
20.00 Official opening of the festival
  • Welcome speech and firewall
  • Open air performance
  • Dancing and singing together
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast,
11.00 – 15.30 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 packet on the boat),
18.00 – 19.30 Dinner in hotel

20.00 Defile and Second festival evening or Macedonian evening party (optional)

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast ,
11.00 – 14.00 Visiting Stara carsia, oldest tree called – Cinar, Biljanini izvori, Ohrid pearl manufactory, shopping or visiting Struga city,
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel,
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 – 00.00 Closing ceremony of the festival- organizers give certificates and presents for the groups than exchange presents and disco party with all participants with wine degustation and soft drink for the kids

09.00 Breakfast

11.00 Departure of the participants

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

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

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.


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.

After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program of the festival and each group will have guide during festival.

After the festival finish organizers will send you DVD from the festival program for each group and photos. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival.

On your request,  You can continue your stay in Ohrid. Price will be 23 Euro per day per person FB – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide. For additional days we will prepare special program for you. If you wish, we will include festival evening in other city.

The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Ohrid airport, during the festival days and back to the same Ohrid 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.

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

Number of participants is limited on 400 or 10 groups!

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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