With pleasure we INVITE (folk ensembles, choral groups, majorette teams, modern dance groups, brass bands and orchestras) (children, youth and adult groups) to participate in IX International folk – dance & music festival “DURRES FEST”   19 - 23 June, Durres, 2019
The intention of our invitation and 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. The idea of the Festival is to bring the music closer to the people and to present the music on the streets and the squares.
Durrës is the second largest city of Albania located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km, west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically significant cities of Albania. Durrës is home to Albania’s main port, the Port of Durrës, and to the newest public university, the Aleksandër Moisiu University.Durrës is an important link to Western Europe due to its port and its proximity to the Italian port cities, notably Bari, to which daily ferries run. As well as the dockyard, it also possesses an important shipyard and manufacturing industries, notably producing leather, plastic and tobacco products. Some important buildings in Durrës include the main library, the cultural center with the Aleksandër Moisiu Theatre, the Estrada Theater, the puppet theater, and the philharmonic orchestra.
The city hosts the Durrës Ancient City Wall called also Durrës Castle while the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans is located in the city close to the harbor. This first-century construction is currently under consideration for inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The southern coastal stretch is renowned for its traditional mass beach tourism having experienced uncontrolled urban development. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists, with an estimated 800,000 tourists visiting annually. Many tourist from Europe spend their summer vacations on the beaches of Durrës. In contrast, the northern coastal stretch is mostly unspoiled and set to become an elite tourism destination as a number of beach resorts are being built since 2009. Neighboring districts are known for the production of good wine and a variety of foodstuffs.
Festival program will be held on the main square in Durres.

General rules:

  • The festival is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, orchestras,  majorette teams.
  • Every Folklore ensemble, Choral group, brass band, orchestras, modern dance and majorette Team 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).
  • The number of participants is 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, 12 - 15 minutes each with orchestra or USB. For choral groups should prepare free program about 15 minutes 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.
  • To send us short CV on English ( 5- 6 sentences) and photos of the group,
  • To take a flag of the country,
  • Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure,

Participation fee:

  • 69 Euro per person for 3 HB in 3* hotels Skampa, Hotel Blu Sky, Hotel Inn
  • 89 Euro per person for 4 HB in 3* hotels Skampa, Hotel Blu Sky, Hotel Inn
  • 75 Euro per person for 3 HB  in 4* hotel (3 nights with 2 meals per day – open buffet)
  • 95 Euro per person for 4 HB in 4* hotel (4 nights with 2 meals per day – open buffet)
It covers hotel accommodation with 2 meals per day in 4**** hotel BONITA (in double rooms (drivers and leaders), triple and quadruple bedrooms).WITH OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL.
Hotel Bonita is 4* see resort situated on the famous sands beach, with capacity of 400 beds so the number of participants is limited.

Participation fee includes:

  • for 25 dancers – one free of charge, (24+1)
  • souvenir and gift for each group,
  • Certificate for attendance,
  • Welcome reception with drinks
  • Drinks during performance
  • free parking
  • advertising of the festival (press release, news letters, posters, FB promotion)


Day 1
13.00 Arrival in Durres, hotel accommodation and  free time (beach time)
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner (buffet) in hotel
21.00 Welcome reception with leaders of the groups
Day 2
08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast - buffet
11.00 – 15.00 Becah time or Visiting  Durres
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner – buffet in hotel
19.30 – 23.00 Festival evening on the main square in Durres (Defile on the main street to the square where it will be held the Opening of the First Festival Evening, where the participants will present their culture ,tradition ,songs and dances of their country and Festival evening on the square - each participant group to prepare programme in time of 12-15 minutes
Day 3
08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast - buffet
10.30 – 15.00 Beach time or Visiting of the history city Kruje and  historic monuments and museum ( entrance 2 euro)   
17.00 – 18.00  Dinner - buffet in hotel
21.00 Gala evening in hotel Bonita where each group should perform with short choreography of 5 minutes, also with few people of the 8 – 10 dancers , whether in live or USB each group at the beginning will give 5 minutes performance. At the same night we will give certificates and gifts for each participant group
Day 4
08.00 – 11.00 Breakfast – open buffet
11.30 Departure of the participants
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…
Day 4
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast, (open buffet in hotel Loza)
11.00 – 13.00  Beach volleyball tourney ( each ensemble will deliver 4 players in different water sports (beach volleyball, water pool..)  or beach time
19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel (open buffet in hotel Loza)
21.00 – 00.00 Free time or visiting national restaurant
Day 5
08.00 – 11.00 Breakfast – open buffet
11.30 Departure of the participants
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 Dures. Price will be 25 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 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 festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Tirana Airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number.
In 2017 on the festival were participated 8 groups from 7 EU countries with 365 participants.
Number of participants is limited on 400 or 10 groups!
Any group, willing to participate, must complete an Application from.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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