From the 28th of July until the 3rd of July 2016 on the Black Sea shore in Georgia in Kobuleti the 4th World Folklore-Dance Olympiad “New life 2016” took place. The event was organized by the International folklore organization “KN XXI” and was under the auspices of the European Association of Folklore Festivals – EAFF.
“The forum merged two festival – IV World Folk Dance Olympiad “New Life 2016” I XII International Folklore festival “Sea Harmony”. People from almost every region of Georgia participated – 48 ensembles (1400 dancers) and also 16 foreign groups from Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Iran, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Poland, and Ukraine. Every single concert was crowded with audience around 1500 to 2700 people (at the Gala concert) and at the closure it was a pure celebration – spectacular with a lot of fireworks” the director of the festival, Mr. Besik Gordzholadze shared.
The jury ranked 6 groups in the top 3.
Third place was taken by Folk Dance Group «RIIKAR» and ensemble « Althanay» from Astana;
The second place was taken by ensemble «Zespół Tańca Ludowego Perła Warmii» and ensemble «Kerbez-Gulder» from Almat;
The honorable first place was given to the performers from ensemble «TDA Vektors» at University of technology in Riga and Studiya from Almat.
Winner of the IV World Folklore-dance Olympiad “New Life 2016” became ensemble «Goretz» from Almat which won the Grand Prix.
All groups were given diplomas for participation in the folklore forum. During the festival, a free excursion to Batumi was organized for the foreign guests.