A dream became true for one of participating groups at the World Cup of Folklore organized in Jesolo, Italy from 18th till 22nd of May. Indonesia, rapresented by Sanggar Kesenian Aceh, Universitas Gadjah Mada got the Grand Prix Cup, Diploma for Absolute Winner and 2000 euro cash prize by main organizer. The winner excited Jury and public with excellent performance and perfect synchronism between group’s components. President of Jury was Mr Francesco Gatto, member of IOV and Italian federation of folklore traditions.
The event combined 2 festivals in 1 – World Cup of Folklore and International Festival for Folklore and Contemporary Arts “Le spiagge d’Italia” with more than 400 artists from 9 countries – Italy, Indonesia, Slovenia, Georgia, Israel, Malaysia, Lithuania, Kyrghyzstan and India.
The Jury placed on 1st place Children’s folk song and dance ensemble “Khikhani” from Georgia which got also a voucher for 1000 euro provided by EAFF /European Association of Folklore Festivals/.
Arts School of Sarawak from Malaysia was ranked on 2nd place by Jury and received voucher for 500 euro by EAFF.
3rd place went to Slovenia – Macedonian Cultural Society of Nova Gorica “Ohrid pearls” which got bronze medal, Cup and voucher of EAFF for 300 euro.
Thanks to strong and close collaboration with the European Association of Folklore Festivals – EAFF, the World Cup of Folklore – Jesolo promises to become a high level folklore forum and give more future satisfactions to its participants.