30 August 2019     Championships 

On August 28th, the parade of participants was successfully held through the streets of the Old town of Nessebar. It was attended by 13 groups, presenting the folklore of Romania, Latvia, South Korea, Iran, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Cyprus, China and Bulgaria. Enthralled by the diverse musical rhythms, interesting choreographies and colorful national costumes, hundreds of residents and guests of the seaside resort followed the performers on the cobblestone streets. The groups presented a short part of their programs on the streets and then they headed to the "Antique Amphitheater" stage where they showed their repertoires.

Participants in the Championship highlighted their folklore riches in the most dignified way, for which they were rewarded with loud applause from the audience. During the next two concerts, the most exciting performances were announced and the jury awarded 4 groups with the Golden "Orpheus" Nomination, which gives them the right to participate in the final standings for the first three places of the Championship.

Choir "UNDINE" at the Cultural center - Carnikava, Riga (Latvia) with art director Inguna Rigniece, Folklore group "Karlak 2015" from Asenovgrad (Bulgaria) with art director Siyka Karanlakova, National dance ensemble "ROMIOSINI" from Limasol, Cyprus and Folklore ensemble "Otrada" at the Municipal institution "Center of national cultures" from Nizhnevartovsk, Tyumen region, Russia with art director Marina Molodsova are the new nominees for the Grand Prix of the Championship.  Four more groups that were nominated in the first part of the competition will compete for the Grand Prix.

Performers from Russia, Cyprus, Iran, South Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria participated in the second "Friends in Diversity" Meeting of nations, at which they mutually expanded their knowledge of folk art not only by learning to sing, dance and play not typical for their lands, but also during the ceramics painting workshop. The workshop was led by the director of the History Museum at Ihtiman - Mrs Velina Mineva. Accompanying event took place on August 29th and created the conditions for the development of intercultural dialogue and establishing new friendships.

The "Accordion Kravtsov" Master Class began on August 29th, which increases the competence of enrolled students and teachers, not only in theoretical but also in practical aspect. Within a few days, participants will become acquainted with the possibilities offered by the innovative performance technology of the Zonta accordion invented by Prof. Nikolay Kravtsov (Russia) and will learn more about the details of its creation.

The IX World Championship of Folklore "World folk" 2019 continues with a lot of music, songs and dances. More details about the participants and the concerts can be found in the program of the event

The competition program within the Music Forum can be watched live from 5.30pm to 10pm on August 30th and 31st on Inernet television Eurofolk TV and on Facebook pages of: EAFF - European Association of Folklore FestivalsEurofolk TV and Eventstream.bg.