11 June 2014     Championships 

12 folklore formations were nominated for the title “Absolute Balkan Champion for folklore” during the 3rd Balkan Championship for Folklore “Euro Folk – Jiva voda 2014”, which took place from 4th till 8th June in Hisarya. The culture forum is organized by the European Association of Folklore Festivals EAFF together with Municipality of Hisarya and has established itself as traditional.

In the competition took part 170 folklore collectives and individual performers, which showed beauty and talent on the stage of Community center “Ivan Vazov 1904”. Professional jury, in the face of maestro Georgi Yankov folklorist, Valentin Halvadziev choreographer and Mariana Nutsova script writer and director in “Eurofolk TV”, has selected the nominated for Grand Prix “Gold Orpheus” and the title “Absolute Balkan champion for folklore” and the prize of 1000 Euro. These are: Mixed folklore group “Denitsa” at Community center “Republica 1950” Mokrishte village, Pazardzik region; Dance ensemble “Thracian magic” at Community center “Hristo Botev 1936” Zlatitrap village, Municipality Rodopi, Plovdiv region; Folklore trio “Avliga” at Community center “Yavorov” Dupnitsa, Kyustendil region; Dance club “Iskritsa” at Community center “Iskra 1921” from Kaloyanovo village, Plovdiv region; Female authentic group at Community center “Otets Paisyi 1930” – Velichkovo village, Municipality Pazardzik; Folklore dance club “Sedenchitsa” from Plovdiv; Vocal formation “Orpheus” at Association for friendship with nations of Russia and CIS – Plovdiv, which won the title Absolute Balkan Champion in 2012 on the first edition of the championship; Folklore vocal group “Valshebni Zvutsi” at Community center “Zora – 1990”, Pobeda village from Dolna Mitropoliya, Pleven region; Folklore dance club “Hisarski ritmi” at Community center “Ivan Vazov 1904” Hisarya, Plovdiv region; Folklore trio “Phoenix” at Community center “N.Y. Vaptsarov 1908” Cherven Bryag, Pleven region; Folklore Formation “Ot izvora” at 74th Secondary School “Gotse Delchev” Sofia. The nominated received gold medals on the stage, nominations for golden “Orpheus”, the title “Balkan champion for folklore” and recommendation for participation for the European championship for folklore Euro Folk 2014 and for the World championship for folklore World folk 2014.

During the forum were given dozens of gold, silver and bronze medals, certificates for succession between the generations, diplomas for discovery of the championship, laureate titles and other. The forum included four 10-hour concerts and accompanying events such as parade and culinary exhibition of ritual breads. In the evening of 7th June was held the official closing of the festival. On the stage walked the bell-bearers from Topolchane village and the performers from folklore dance club “Hisarski ritmi”. The chairman of the jury maestro Georgi Yankov announced the names of the nominated ensembles till the moment for Grand Prix “Absolute Balkan champion for folklore”, which will compete for the monetary prize of 1000 Euro. The President of EAFF Kaloyan Nikolov thanked to all of the participants in the forum and the partners from Municipality Hisarya. The mayor of Hisarya Eng. Penka Ganeva officially closed the championship.