20 - 24 June 2018
  Ohrid      North Macedonia

Adults Childrens's Choirs / Songs Authentic Processed

Director:  Mr. Zoran Strezovski

With pleasure we INVITE you (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on VIII X International Folk – dance & music festival “OHRID PEARL” which will be held from  20 – 24  June 2018
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 has been a living town for 2400 years, notable for having 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and is referred to as the Macedonian Jerusalem. Archaeological finds indicate that Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in all of Europe. The lake itself is over three million years old. Ohrid in the past was known as Lychnidos - or, “the city of light”.  Only much later, in 879 CE, was it renamed Ohrid. The name probably derives from the phrase “Oh-rid” – meaning roughly, “Oh, what a cliff!” It comes from the time when the town was limited in a small area on the lake side of the hill, which in fact is a huge cliff rising above the lakeshore. The town as we know it today was built mostly between the 7th and 19th centuries. During the Byzantine period, Ohrid became a significant cultural and economic center, serving as an episcopal center of the Orthodox Church and as the site of the first Slavic university run by St. Kliment and St. Naum at the end of the 9th century. At the beginning of the 11th century, Ohrid briefly became the capital of the kingdom ruled by Car Samuil, whose fortress still presides over the city today. Festival will be held on wonderful coast on Ohrid Lake, Ohrid city protected by UNESCO. 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 USB.
  • The Choral groups - two parts from 12 – 18 minutes free program. 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 3 HB per person (3 nights with 2 meals per day (Half  Board)
  • 83 Euro 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day (Half Board)
  • 66 Euro 3 FB per person (3 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board)
  • 86 Euro 4 FB per person (4 nights with 3 meals per day (Full Board)

Participation fee includes:

  • It covers hotel accommodation with 3 meals per day in 3*** hotels which are located on the coast of Ohrid Lake, 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. (renovated rooms), 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 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* hotel)

Festival organizers provide:

  • 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);
  • 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.


20.06  Wednesday    
13.00 - Arrival in Ohrid, hotel accommodation and  free activities. 
14.00 - 15.00 - Lunch in hotel. 
19.00 - 21.00 - Dinner in hotel. 
21.00 - Welcome reception with leaders of the groups. 
21.06   Thursday
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. 
18.30 - 19.30 - Dinner in hotel. 
20.00 - Ensembles parade (old town). 
20.30  - Official opening of the festival
           - Welcome speech and firework
           - Open air performance
           - Dancing together
22.06    Friday
08.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast. 
10.00 - 15.30 - Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort St. Naum monastery, culture place, (price 8 euro per person, lunch packet from hotel, dancing boat).
18.00 - 19.00 - Dinner in hotel. 
19.30 - Ensemble parade and Second festival evening or Macedonian evening party (optional).
23.06    Saturday
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 party with all participants with wine degustation and soft drink for the kids.
24.06  Sunday  
09.00 - Breakfast. 
11.00 - Departure of the participants. 
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days: 
24.06   Sunday
09.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast. 
10.30 - 14.00 - Visiting Struga city (house of Miladinovci brothers, river Crni Drim, Kalsita caves church) or beach time.
14.00 - 15.00 - Lunch in hotel and free activities. 
20.00 - 21.00 - Dinner in hotel. 
21.00 - Festival evening in Struga city or Macedonian evening party or Pool party in hotel Desaret.  
25.06    Monday
09.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast.
11.00 - 14.00 - Visiting Vevcani (ethno village) or Beach time. 
14.00 - 15.00 - Lunch in hotel. 
19.00 - 20.00 - Dinner in hotel. 
21.00 - 23.30 - Beach party. 
26.06   Tuesday
08.00 - 09.00 - Breakfast.
09.00 - 14.00 - Departure to Skopje city with guide (visiting monuments of Alexander of Macedon, National museum of Macedonian struggle, Macedonian GATE, Stone bridge) (optional)
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.
On your request, You can continue your stay in Ohrid. Price will be 22 Euro per day per person FB – price is special for the participants in festivals. For additional days we will prepare special program for you and festival evening in other city.
The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from airport, during the festival days and back to the airport. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessalonica (Greece) 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. Also, you can arrive in Ohrid airport by plane and we will organize transfer from the airport to the hotel free of charge.
All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.
In 2015, participated over 423 participants from 12 countries from Europe.
In 2016, participated over 455 participants from 13 countries from Europe.
In 2017, participated over 468 participants from 12 countries from Europe.
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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