24 August 2018     Championships 

The World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2018 has been opened with rich and diverse program in genres and cultures. On 24th of August on the stage of "Arena" Theater in Sveti Vlas (Bulgaria), the eight edition of the large scale international event was held.  The official ceremony was attended by members of international jury with chairman - Prof. Nikolay Kravtsov, the arbitrator of  jury commission - Valko Lyubenov and honorable members; Bulgarian folklore groups as well as guests - participants in the first days of the Championship - groups from Ukraine, UK, Indonesia, Latvia, Canada and Uzbekistan. 

During the official opening ceremony were read also Congratulatory addresses by the Deputy Minister of Culture Rumen Dimitrov and Ivan Nikolov - Mayor of  Sveti Vlas Municipality. Prof. Nikolay Kravtsov greeted the participants and organizers as well. According to an old Bulgarian tradition, the foreign guests were welcomed with bread and salt while they have listened the history of Bulgarian tradition and folklore in English. The official start of the VIII World Championship of Folklore was given by  Kaloyan Nikolov - President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF and the World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF.

World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" is held under the patronage of National Commission of UNESCO in Bulgaria. From 24 August till 2 September, about 100 vocal groups, dance groups, orchestras, ensembles and individual performers from 14 countries and more than 2000 participants at all will take part in this great festival.

Hosts of the concerts are this stunning Black sea towns - Nessebar, Burgas, Pomorie, Sveti Vlas, Obzor and Sunny beach. Detailed program with the participants and schedule of concerts, you can read HERE

Media partners of the event are 35 televisions, newspapers and websites, and among them is the Internet Eurofolk TV - main media partner of event and the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) which will transmit the overview music and documentary movie about the VIII World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2018. 

All the concerts, official ceremonies and accompanying events held within the Championship can be watched in Internet: neterra.tv/eurofolk, a common project of the teams of EAFF, Eurofolk TV and Neterra TV.

Photos from the event can be seen in the Facebook page of EAFF.