Director: Kaloyan NIkolov St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki - was born in Thessaloniki in the 3rd century. His father was the ruler of the city and, by religious belief, a Christian. When Dimitar's parents died, Emperor Maximian appointed him to a high military post with orders to persecute Christians. However, the baptized child, Dimitar, protected them and began to promote the spread of the faith of Christ. During the Second Bulgarian State St. Dimitar was among the most revered saints, and especially in the capital, Tarnovo. The first Assenians consider St. Demetrius their patron saint. Location: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (Wikipedia) Town host - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria Veliko Tarnovo (in Bulgarian: Велико Търново) is a town in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old city is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate with the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages it was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature. Organizers Euro Folk Academy, Event Vacation, Muncipality Veliko Tarnovo European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF Church Chants Festival "St. Dimitar" - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria is held within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” – The World is television. Musical Feasts are held in different European cities and countries during the whole year. Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” includes forthy five (45) musical festivals, held under the aegis of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - ЕАFF. Main event of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” is No 1 Festival in Europe for the traditional folklore arts – Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” in Bulgaria. Every year from 7 000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers take part in it. Typical feature of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” is that all of the performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 20 cable televisions in Bulgaria and 4 satellite televisions covering Europe, as well as by the World Wide Internet television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com All this activities realize the main purpose of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - ЕАFF - to popularize the traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of mass media. Preserving the diversity of traditional values and the identity of different nationalities is a guarantee for the evolution of humanity. All performances will be recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 20 cable and satellite televisions, as well as the World Wide Internet Television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com. Preliminary Program Octomber 22 10.00 - Welcoming the participants. 14.00 - Check-in at the hotel. 11.00 - 19.00 Tours for the free groups. Octomber 23 11.00 – Tour for the free groups. 16.00 – Beginning of the competition program. Parade of groups 20.00 – End of the competition program Octomber 24 16.00 – Beginning of the competition program. Tours for the free groups. 20.30 – Official closing ceremony and announcement of the winners and GRAND PRIX winner Octomber 25 Tours. Departure of the participants. 12.00 h - Check-out of the hotel Regulations Main task of the organizers is to ensure the creative groups an access to the stage, to gather them in a competition program aimed at defining the best ones and to popularize the award winners by broadcasting their art in global air. To participate in the contest, the participants need accreditation, which is realized under the following conditions: Groups willing to participate in the festival complete and sign application forms. Collectives applying for participation must have obtained prestigious awards from other festivals, awards to be mentioned in the application. All participants are to make their own travel arrangements to and from place of conducting, Bulgaria and pay their travel expenses. The Organizing Commitiee provides accomodation and cultural program (excursions) by agreement with the participants. A group delegation can include artists and accompanying people. The number of artists and accopanying people is not limited. During the participation of the team may be invited by the organizers to take part in joint events – Official opening and closing ceremonies, parade, accompanying concerts, cocktail, master class, competition for traditional breads or others. The presence of invited teams in various events is required. The duration of the program should not exceed 10 minutes. Applications for participation in the competition program shall be submitted in the indicated time. Participants pay a fee to participate in the festival. Formations that can take part in the competition program: • choirs; • individual performers and duets; The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria: 1. Level of complexity and technique of performance 2. Vision /costumes, staging, selection of repertoire/ 3. Stage manners During the festival studio audio recordings and filming of professional video clips of the participants' program will be done free of charge of those performances awarded by the jury or against payment. The duration of the program should not exceed 10 minutes. It is desirable by post or e-mail, to the address of EAFF, to send the last released album of the participant (the group) or demo records of not less than two performances. It is desirable that the application form has an added annotation about the participant and advertising materials – photos. Sent materials are not a subject of return. Awards The big award is Diploma for WINNER. Winners of first awards in the relevant categories get also a diploma. The jury awards the best performances with a free of charge shooting and producing of a free video. All the participants are granted with diplomas for laureates, certificates and gifts. The awards are granted on a ceremony. In jury’s opinion and the producers from Euro Folk Academy the best performers and artistic directors shall be honoured with a Diploma for obtaining the rank Maestro or Maestro Academician. The diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with request for a solemn awarding. All award winners get a free of charge copy of the TV product, which consists of their performances, and has been broadcasted in Bulgaria or in Europe. The participants can order with additional payment full recordings of their performances, including video clips, CD and DVD. These products have the right to be broadcasted in the relevant country. The jury consists of 3 people. Unambiguous text: The collectives or presenting organizations, if approved by the jury, give the organizers the right to be recorded on video and audio, arranged in a program, presenting the fest and broadcasted by a TV channel or in some other way, for which a contract agreement will be signed. Registration of the Participants: Participants are ensembles from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy, Sweden, Moldova, Armenia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Croatia, Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary… Participation fee (for participants and accompanying persons) Period: 22 - 25 October - 3 HB (3 nights on Half Board) Economy 2*/3* - 3 HB - 87 Euro per person Standard 3* - 3 HB - 105 Euro per person Each 26th participant is welcome to join in for free. (25+1) (paying goes in several month payments till departure time) Accommodation: Accomodation is in triple and quadruple rooms Supplement for double room is 5 Euro per person per night Supplement for single room is 15 Euro per person per night All the hotels are located in Veliko Tarnovo, based on 3 or 5 nights on half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet) Participation fee includes: Accommodation in triple and quadruple rooms, 3 or 5 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet), (supplement for double room is 5 Euro per person per night) Organization expenses Free place on every 26th member (25 +1) Degrees** Invitation letter*** Participation fee does not include: Additional day in some of the hotels: it costs 29/35 Euro per person Facultative tours (tour of Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Ruse, Bucharest) Transport, parking, insurance. Transport from airports: Sofia - 220 km., Burgas - 210 km., Varna - 210 km., Bucharest - 210 km, Istanbul - 490 km., from railway station - Gorna Oryahovitsa - 11 km. Additional payment for Luxory Hotel 4**** - Standart + 10 Euro per day per person General Conditions: The sender covers all bank fees. The invoices are received from the office at the centre of Veliko Tarnovo. All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation. The registration of the participants at their arrival in Veliko Tarnovo is going to be made at the office of “Balkan Folk”. 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. Next stage payment 20% for booking of accomodation. Rest of payment 70% - 15 days before start of festival, or on registration with permission of organizers. Additional tourist information: "Sound and lights" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBml0NGJt1c The Sound and Light Show is a unique attraction in Europe. Shows of its kind can only be seen in few other countries in the world. Through of music and spectacular illumination, this programme recreates the history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1393), the fall under the Turkish and the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878. The music was composed especially for the show, which was first displayed in 1985 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Asen and Peter’s uprising. The best place to watch the show is Tsar Ivan Asen square located right in front of Tsarevets. Museum of "wax" figures in Veliko Tarnovo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-LyaNSWfdc Top Things See & Do in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcw_z3rBo5w Spirit of Veliko Tarnovo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-zvUh_Hbis * Optional Tours - excursions (Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Ruse, Bucharest). Seasonal prices vary according to the number of participants. ** Certificates of participation will be given *** Invitation letter will be provided if needed **** The final program of the festival could be changed by the organizers if needed.