4 - 9 July 2019
  Paralia Katerini – Olympic Riviera      Greece

Adults Childrens's Dances Choirs / Songs Authentic Processed Styled

Director:  Mr. Panagiotis Pagonidis

The festival will be held in Pieria (Paralia of Katerini and Olympic Beach), the land of the ancient Thracian tribe “Pieres” and the Muses, on the flanks of famous Mount Olympus. The surrounding area is the mythological residence of the ancient Greek pantheon, close to the exquisite coasts of the blue Aegean Sea. The pleasant Mediterranean climate and hospitality of the people is a guarantee for a memorable stay in our municipality. It is an ideal tourist destination, gathers archaeological, cultural and environmental interest.
Our previous Festivals in North, Central and South Pieria had big success as we welcomed groups and representatives of more than ten countries in each Festival. We expect that the 17th International festival in the area and 6th in official cooperation with the Municipality of Katerini, will have larger success and will provide to the participants opportunities to learn about different cultures and people, create new friendships, exchange experiences and contacts with other folk groups. Furthermore, during your stay you will have the pleasure to enjoy the Greek hospitality, the crystal blue sea and a bright Greek sun.

Participants:

Type of groups that can participate: Traditional folk dance groups and folk song groups/choirs.

Conditions for participaiton:

-  Number and age of participants is not limited. Number of participating groups is limited.
-  Each group should bring a flag of their country and if available, a board with the name of their group.
-  The group should prepare from 10 to 12 minutes program accompanied by their own orchestra or CD/FLASH.
- The registration form should be sent before March 20th, 2019, in order to confirm your participation. Once you have submitted your registration form, a confirmation will be sent to you along with payment instructions. 10% from the total sum is to be sent to EAFF as a guarantee fee. 60% of the total amount should be paid before March 30th 2019 to the organizing team, to secure your entry. Upon receiving your payment, an official invitation letter will be sent to you. The rest of the total amount for the group must be received cash on the day of your arrival in Pieria or 10 days before with a bank deposit.  

Participation fee:

Package, registration and accommodation:
  • 148 Euro per person in 1*- 2**  hotels.
  • 174 Euro per person in 3*** hotels.
Simple Registration: 27 Euro per person (without using our accommodation)

Participation fee includes:

  • 6 days (5 nights) (half board - breakfast and dinner - in triple rooms) by the seaside of Pieria. Hotels are located in Paralia beach, Olympic beach, Korinos beach and Plaka beach.
  • Every 25 participants, one person is free charge. (24 paying participants + 1 free of charge)

Participation fee does not include:

  • Extra nights: 32€ per person, per day in 1-2** hotels (half board in triple rooms).  36€ per person, per day in 3*** hotels.
  • There is also the possibility for fewer nights.
  • Accommodation in double rooms, in case of availability, will cost an extra seven (7) Euros a day per person.
  • Optional Tours. Seasonal prices vary according to the number of participants. Such tours will be available at your convenience. Special list of daily excursions will be delivered one month before arrival.
  • Welcome Traditional Greek Party (July 5th, 2019) cost 17 Euros per person which includes Greek food (souvlaki and salad), and drink. Free of charge for the leaders of the groups.
  • First aid and emergency support will be provided, but medical services must be covered by the group. The participant’s safety is on his/her personal responsibility.

Program:

4/7/2019: Day of arrival - Check in at hotel from 01:00 p.m. – The rest of the total amount for the group, must be paid on this day - A detailed program and a person in charge will be provided to each group. Free time for rest and optional activities, swimming, walk to the market and clubs.
 - Dinner (in consultation with the hotel).
5/7/2019: Breakfast – All day free, for rest, optional activities, shopping – swimming at the beach. Dinner (in consultation with the hotel). Optional Party (Glenti) at 09:00 p.m. for all the groups with traditional Greek and European music and dances, Greek food and drinks.
6/7/2019: Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel).  -  Departure from hotel at 7:00 p.m. dressed in traditional costumes and transfer to the central square of Paralia Beach where the show will be held. Gifts will be offered to the groups by the local Municipality before the performance. During the performance water and sandwiches will be offered.
7/7/2019: Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon- Optional excursion – Midday meal (in consultation with the hotel). -  Departure from hotel at 7:00 p.m. dressed in traditional costumes and transfer to the central square of Olympic Beach where the show will be held this day. Gifts will be offered to the groups by the local Municipality before the performance. During the performance water and sandwiches will be offered.
8/7/2019: Breakfast – All day free, for shopping – swimming at the beach - Optional excursion in Pieria sights organized by the organizers. Dinner (in consultation with the hotel).
9/7/2019: Breakfast - Departure of the groups.

Optional Excursions:

  • Hiking in Mt. Olympus
  • Cruise to the beautiful South Pieria coastline
  • City of Thessaloniki
  • Islands Skiathos and Skopelos,
  • Meteora.
  • Archaeological sites of Dion and Vergina.
  • Traditional Greek villages
Notes:
  • Certificates of participation will be given
  • Official invitation letter will be provided and other documents if needed.
  • The program of the festival could be changed by the organizers, should is needed.
  • We can arrange and give you offers for all your transfers and the optional excursions.
We are looking forward on meeting you and start a partnership with your group at our Festivals.
 
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.

Application Form     until 15 March 2019



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