16 February 2021     Awards 

Children's-youth dance ensemble "Kyustendilche" at the Municipal Children's Complex - Kyustendil, Bulgaria is first in the rankings of the World ranking list of folklore for 2020 and of the overall ranking list, taking into account the results of the performances of ensembles in the last three years.

The points that the group has collected in the annual rankings are 1,150. Art director of the group is Rangel Madzharski. The group has presented performances of high artistic value in 2 championships over the past year - in the X World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2020 Online and in the European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk" 2020.

The Ensemble received the title "Absolute world champion in 2020" and the Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus" in the World championship and the special prize of EuroFolkTV (free filming of a video) in the European championship.

The 2,155 points collected from the participation in 5 forums in the last three years put "Kyustendilche" in first place for 2020 and in the general ranking of the rankings.

The group has competed in the "Folklore dance groups; modern choreography (folk dance groups, ensembles)" category and has presented parts of its repertoire in the X World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2020 Online,  European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk" 2020IX World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2019World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2019 and the X Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk" 2019.

The second place in the annual ranking with 765 points was ranked by the musicians from the Tamburitza Orchestra "Dugo Selo", Dugo Selo, Croatia. The artistic director of the instrumentalists is Prof. Dario Cebic. In the previous year the ensemble has performed in the European Championship of Folklore 2020, X World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2020 Online and the World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2020.

The third place in the ranking for 2020 with 710 points was awarded to the Folklore Choir of Children's-youth dance ensemble "Graovche" at the Center for Support of Personal Development and Municipal Children's Complex, Pernik, Bulgaria. The formation has competed in the category "Groups for folklore songs, authentic folklore (choirs and ensembles)", artistic director Mrs. Mariana Yankulova, and has participated in the World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2020 and the European Championship of Folklore 2020. They are the "Absolute European Champion of Folklore" in 2020.

The World unified system for evaluation and rating of different championships and forums is an initiative of the World Association of Folklore Festivals (WAFF), and the list includes qualified groups that have participated and evaluated only in WAFF-authorized championships and festivals.

You can learn more about the evaluation system on the official website of WAFF, where all ranked participants are announced.