Golden medal, Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus", the title Absolute World Champion of folklore and a check of 1000 Euro were awarded to Folklore Dance Group "Nestini" from the Forestry University of Sofia (Bulgaria) at the VI World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2016. Students of Iliyan Yordanov and Mariya Yordanova became the first Bulgarian winners of the title at the most prestigious forum. This is their second grand prize for the group in 2016. They won the first edition of the World Cup of Folklore on May in Veliko Tarnovo.
Silver medal, Silver "Orpheus" and the title Absolute vice champion of folklore in 2016 received the Ensemble for folklore dances "Sinyaya ptitsa" from the "Lefortovo" Center of children development and creativity - Moscow, Russia. Art director of the group is Mrs. Tamara Kucevalova.
Third place is for Folklore Ensemble "Izvorche" from Krumovgrad (Bulgaria). They won the Bronze "Orpheus" and bronze medals of the Championship. Art director of the ensemble is Rositsa Dibekova and music educator - Mitko Karamfilov. Impressive performance of Rhodopean spring folklore brought the group the assessment only a year after they won the Golden "Orpheus" of the XI International Folklore Festival "Euro Folk - Black Sea" 2015.
The VI World Championship of Folklore was held in the period August 18 - 28 on the stages of Burgas, Nessebar, Sveti Vlas and Obzor. More than 100 folklore groups with over 2000 performers took part at the concerts. 10 of the groups received the nomination golden "Orpheus" which allow them to compete for the Grand Prize. Dozens of groups, individual performers and art directors were awarded with medals, diplomas and titles "Laureate", "Discovery" and "Maestro".
Official Closing Ceremony was held on the stage of Sv. Vlas where a lot of special awards, diplomas and plaques were given:
The sixth edition of the Championship was held under the patronage of National commission of UNESCO for Bulgaria. They gave their special award - Diploma and DVD "Balkans - shared heritage" to Folklore Ensemble "Izvorche" from Krumovgad (Bulgaria).
The littlest participants at the contest - Nicole Powa (3 years old) and her partner Maxim Grodzhiski (4 years old) from Folklore dance group "Grasshopper" - Langford, Ireland received Diplomas and gifts from the President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - Mr. Kaloyan Nikolov. The group leaded by Mrs. Olita Langzdina was awarded with special award from the Burgas Municipality - Diploma and Golden coin from the Suleiman Pasha bathroom.
Dimitar Karamfilov - bagpiper at Foklore Ensemble "Izvorche" - Krumovgrad, Bulgaria and Hristina Bezhdremova from Asenovgrad received Diplomas for authentic sound. Fiddle (Gadulka) players - Danail Yordanov from Turkincha village and Tonika Andreeva from Glogovo village were evaluated with special awards for preservation of folklore and instrumental art of Bulgaria.
Special award for complex performance received Nastya Aleksieva - soloist in the Exemplary Ensemble for Folklore music "Vesnyanka" from № 8 Secondary School from Pushkino, Russia. Talented students of Elena Olenova were awarded with Diploma and gift from the Mayor of Sv. Vlas.
Dance group "Studenenska traditsiya" from Dolna Studena village won the Audience award. Special award for appearance was given to Folklore vocal group "Valshebni zvutsi" from Pobeda village, Bulgaria. Musical duo Dmitriy Raytov and Anastasia Fomina deserved the special award of the Regional Governer of Burgas - Diploma and a replica of the oldest processed gold in the world (4400-4100 BC), discovered on the shores of Black Sea.
Diploma and statuette were given by the Nessebar Municipality to Mixed choir from Byala Slatina (Bulgaria). Obzor Mayoralty assessed little students of Tohid Hadzhibabaey from Dance group "Aylan" from Tehran, Iran with Diploma and plaque.
Special award of Internet TV Eurofolk (general media partner of the event) was given to Folklore group "Dospat" from Dospat, Bulgaria. European Folklore Academy gave its special prize to Mixed Folklore Group "Lyaskovchani" from Lyaskovo village, Bulgaria.
High assessment for excellent performance received the dancers from Ensemble "Biser" from Velika Kladusa, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their performance was evaluated by EAFF and they received a Diploma and plaque from EAFF. World Folklore Academy assessed the performance of Dance group "Srednogorski polah" from Ihtiman, Bulgaria and the World Association of Folklore Festivals gave its diploma to Representative Folklore Ensemble "Slav Boykin" from Rakovski, Bulgaria.
The official closing ceremony of th sixth edition of the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2016 was attended by the Cultural Attache of the Embassy Islamic Republic of Iran in Bulgaria - Mr. Dzhihani; representatives of Municipalities - hosts of the Championship; Director of Morsko Kazino Cultural Center in Burgas - Mrs. Lyudmila Kutieva; general expert of Culture department of Municipality of Obzor - Mrs. Yuliya Gorbunova; the Jury commission of the Championship.
The chairman of the Jury - Prof. Nikolay Kravtsov greeted the participants and the team of EAFF, represented by the Association president - Mr. Kaloyan Nikolov for perfect organization and conduction of the Championship and for dignified and deserved partnership with UNESCO. On the occasion of 1000 years the victory of Simeon Veliki over Byzantium in 2017, prof. Kravtsov invited all participants to gather together again at the next edition of “World folk” and greet Bulgaria with this remarkable holiday.
Before to officially close the VI World Championship of Folklore, the president f EAFF reminded that "the folklore teaches us on tolerance and peace" and wished "the world to be a peacefull place".