From July 28 to July 3, 2018, the 5th World Folk Dance competition "New Life 2018" was held on the Black Sea coast in Georgia, in the city Batumi. The event was organized by the International Folklore Organization "KN XXI" under the auspices of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF and the support of the municipalities of Batumi and Kobuleti.
"Our festival has united two festivals - the VI World Dance competition "New Life 2018" and the XIV International Folklore Festival "Sea Harmony". People from almost all regions of Georgia - 39 ensembles (1000 dancers and singers), as well as 28 foreign groups from 9 countries (350 dancers and singers), from Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, India, Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia took part. Each concert was crowded with spectators - about 1,100 people at the gala concert at the Summer theater in Batumi.
This year for all participants from other countries was made a surprise from the organizer of the festival (gift) - attractions for free and also disco animation and alafurshet for the group leader."The most important thing is that the participants, the accompanying persons and the head of the collectives said about this festival, that such a level of the festival was not seen anywhere, and the service from the airport to the hotel and everywhere was at the highest level, and attention was taken by the participant, like his children. All this proves that all guests at our festival felt like an own house (this is hospitality and respect for guests in Georgia). I am glad that the purpose of the festival was fulfilled, the participants and leaders were very happy with the festival and appreciative hospitality and love host." Said the director of the festival, Mr. Besik Gorjoladze.
The jury chose 4 groups for the main prizes.
· The third place was taken by the dance ensemble «Коркем-Ай» from Astana, Kazakhstan;
· The second place was taken by Ensemble «Semesta folk dance» from Semarang, Indonesia.
· The first place was given to the Choreographic ensemble "Samga" and Studio of dance "Nurshashu", from Astana, Kazakhstan.
· Winner of the VI World Dance competition "New Life 2018" was the dance group dance ensemble «Taldykorgan auenderi» from Kazakhstan, Taldykorgan, who won the Grand Prix.
All the groups received diplomas for participation in the folklore festival. During the festival, for foreign collectives was organized an excursion to Batumi.