Директор: Г-н Панайотис Пагонидис 5th International Cultural Festival “FOLKWAY” Olympus Riviera South Pieria - GREECE Leptokarya - Platamonas August 31st – September 4th 2023 Join the 5th International Cultural Festival and live a unique cultural experience in the divine land of ancient Greek Gods. It is the only one international cultural festival in the area under the auspices of the Region Unit of Pieria and the local Municipality, in cooperation with Greek local companies – associations, with high quality standards and great respect for tradition and culture. South Pieria, (90 km from Thessaloniki), is located at the foot of the famous mountain Olympus and on the shores of the Thermaikos Gulf of the blue Aegean Sea – Olympus Riviera. Mountain Olympus is the first National Park in Greece designated in 1938 and declared as a "Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO in1981. According to the mythology, the surrounding area was the land of the Twelve Greek Ancient Gods and Musses. The breathtaking scenery, pristine environment with the vivid alternations between blue and green, will excite you. The pleasant Mediterranean climate and hospitality of the people is a guarantee for a memorable stay in our area. It is an ideal tourist destination with archaeological, cultural, and environmental interest. Come and enjoy the Greek hospitality, the crystal blue sea and the bright Greek sun. The participants will also have the opportunity for sightseeing tour and for more specialized excursions such us: visit to an exhibition of “Traditional Products & Handicraft”, local events like wine tasting, traditional Greek cooking, traditional Greek dance lessons, demonstration of local history and customs. Participants: Type of groups that can participate: Traditional folk dance groups and folk song groups Choirs Classical or Marching Bands Majorettes/Orchestras Conditions for participation: Number and age of participants is not limited. Number of participating groups is limited. Each group should bring a flag of their country and if available, a board/banner with the name of their group. The group should prepare a 15-minute program accompanied by their own orchestra or music on CD/FLASH. Participants, if possible, should provide some photos and videos with a brief history of the group. These materials will be used for promotional, publication and advertising purposes. Participation fee: 150 Euro per person in 1* and 2* hotels. 188 Euro per person in 3* hotels. 285 Euro per person in 4* hotels 30 Euro per person (Does not include accommodation and traditional party) For groups of every 25 participants, 26th is serviced free of charge Participation fee includes: 5 days (4 nights), half board (breakfast and dinner), in triple rooms and 2 doub.le for the leaders (in 4* hotels all the rooms are double), in selected quality hotels by the seaside of Pieria - Olympus Riviera in Leptokarya, Skotina, Paralia Beach, Olympic Beach. Of course, there is the possibility for prolonged stay. Participation in the Festival. Certificates, memorial gifts, photos, video. Participation in traditional Greek Party (food and drink) and Greek dance lessons exclusively for all the participated groups. Leader’s meeting (coffee –gifts – round table). Local delicacies and refreshments will be served during the performances. For groups of every 25 participants, 26th is serviced free of charge Participation fee does not include: Additional days. The costs for prolonged stay are: 36€ per person, per day in 1-2* hotels (half board in triple rooms). 45€ per person, per day in 3* hotels 65€ per person, per day in 4* hotels (half board in double rooms). Accommodation in double rooms in 1*2*3* hotels, in case of availability, is an additional 6€ to 9 € / person / day. Optional Tours. Seasonal prices will be fixed according to the number of participants. Daily tours will be available at your convenience and a special list of them will be send to you one month before arrival. First aid and emergency support will be provided, but medical services must be covered by the group. The participant’s safety is his/her personal responsibility. Groups are advised to have Medical Insurance Coverage prior to departure from their home countries. Safe stay: The event will be held in compliance with all precautionary measures in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health. We must also underline that all the hotels are operating under the strict rules and protocols for preventing Covid19. We really hope that this will not be necessary and the difficult situation with Covid 19 will not exist and will be a bad memory. Program: 31.08.2023 Day of arrival - Check in at hotel from 02:00 p.m. Α representative of the organizers will meet you and give you a detailed schedule and all information’s needed. A person in charge will be provided to each group. Free time for optional activities like swimming, sports, shopping, clubbing. Dinner. Any remaining balance must be paid this day in cash. 01.09.2023 Breakfast. Free day, from morning to noon, for a rest and optional activities. Optional specialized excursion: Visit to a landmark venue for tasting ouzo, tsipouro, wine accompanied by a lovely meal with local products. 20:30: Experience the Greek way of parties (glenti). A welcome party with traditional Greek and European music, traditional dance lessons and gifts will be offered for free to the participated groups by the “OPENWAYS – FOLKWAY” events company. Each group will have the opportunity to dance with the other groups their own dances, accompanied by their musicians. Dinner with drinks and local delicacies will be served at the party place. 02.09.2023 Breakfast. Free day, from morning to noon. Optional meeting and dance workshop with local Greek folk dance or music group at – on request, or Optional excursion (Sightseeing). Midday meal. 7:00 p.m.: Transfer from the hotel to the festival venue. You must be dressed in your traditional costumes. Gifts will be offered to the groups by the representative of the local Municipality before the performance. During the performance refreshments will be served. 03.09.2023 Breakfast. 10:00 a.m.: Official meeting of groups leaders with representatives of the local authorities and the Organizers (Coffee, drink and local delicacies will be served). Optional excursion (Cruise to the beautiful Central and South Pieria coastline) Midday meal. 7:00 p.m.: Transfer from the hotel to the festival venue. You must be dressed in your traditional costumes. Gifts will be offered to the groups by the representative of the Municipality before the performance. During the performance refreshments will be served. 04.09.2023 (extra day): Breakfast The rest of the day is free for rest, shopping, swimming or Optional activities like an excursion in Pieria’s sightseeing (local tour visiting the most update and hip places for locals) organized by our office. Dinner. 4-5/9/2023: Breakfast - Departure of the groups. Special notes: Certificates of participation will be given to each participant. Official invitation letter and other needed documents will be provided. The organizers reserve the right to alter or change the program, if needed, there will be a prior notification. Transfer and optional excursions offer, and booking can be given after request from the organizer. Optional excursions: Litohoro Town and Hiking on Mt. Olympus Cruise to the amazing coastline of Olympus Riviera City of Thessaloniki Islands Skiathos and Skopelos Meteora (Monasteries) Archaeological sites of Dion and Vergina Traditional Greek villages We are looking forward meeting and cooperating with your group at our Festival! Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment. As a next step: 60% of the total amount by June 10th, 2023. Upon receiving your payment, an official invitation letter will be sent to you. The balance must be paid, in cash, on the day of your arrival in Pieria or 20 days prior via bank transfer.