Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria
Director: Kaloyan NIkolov
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)
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.
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.
10.00 - Welcoming the participants.
11.00 – Tour for the free groups.
20.00 – End of the competition program
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
Tours. Departure of the participants.
12.00 h - Check-out of the hotel
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.
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
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.
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:
(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
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)
Free place on every 26th member (25 +1)
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
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”.