International Music and Folk Dance Festival "Neos Marmaras Cup"

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Country and Region GreeceMacedonia and Thrace
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Neos Marmaras, Macedonia and Thrace, Greece
Festival Contact Information

Mrs.Dragana Mirkovic
Phone: +381 65 25 21 078
Email: myfolkfest@gmail.com

Festival Description

The International Music and Folk Dance Festival competition invites folk dance groups, singing groups, orchestras and brass bands, to take part in this great musical event — “Neos Marmaras Cup”. The festival venue is the beautiful town of Neos Marmaras in Sithonia, GREECE — one of the top tourist places in Chalkidiki. This year, supported by the Neos Marmaras Municipality, it became the top competitive music event in Chalkidiki. Since 2007 the festival has hosted over 2,000 artists from all over the world.

Festival Dates

May 20 - 25, 2013
September 17 - 22, 2013

Festival Events:

Preliminary Programming 2013:
  • The organizer reserves the right to change the festival program. Final program will be given to groups upon their arrival to the hotel.
  • Day 1
    • Arrival of groups around 14h, check-in to hotels (first meal is dinner)
  • Day 2
    • Free day / swimming, walking, sports
    • 10h BREAKFAST with MAYOR – gift exchange group representative and 1 pair in costume
    • 19h PARADE – short defile walking and short presentations 20h
    • I FESTIVAL EVENING — opening ceremony, performances of the groups, review night
  • Day 3 — free day
    • Ship cruise around Chalkidiki, Toroneos islands (optional, for the groups that wish to take part)
  • Day 4
    • 19h PARADE – short defile walking and short presentations 20h
    • II FESTIVAL EVENING — performances of the groups – competition night closing and award ceremony
  • Day 5 — free day
    • Optional, for the groups that wish, excursion to Thessalloniki, panoramic sightseeing, going to famous ”MAGIC PARK” and shopping mall “COSMOS”
    • 21h FAIRWELL PARTY
    • Gift exchange between groups and organizers
  • Day 6
    • Departure of the groups, after breakfast latest till 12h check out from hotels
  • NOTE
    • Excursions are not included in the price - festival fee
    • Ship cruise — ticket is about €25 per person (whole day sailing around the islands, stop in Pefkohori for swimming, drink and lunch on the boat, animation)
    • The excursion to Thessalloniki depends on the number of people applied, approximately €25 per person, plus entrance to Magic park (which is about €10 per person, also depends on number of people in the group) — group that goes with its own bus pays only entrance ticket to Magic park (about €10 per person)

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Practical Info:

Festival conditions 2013:
  • International Folklore Music and Dance Festival “NEOS MARMARAS CUP 2013” is being held for the 12th time, under the patronage of the Neos Marmaras municipality. It is a gathering folk dance groups and music bands from all over the world, who like to meet new people and spend holiday week in Greece, singing and dancing together. Festival organizers are Municipality of Neos Marmaras, Mayor Mr.Georgios A.Kaplanis, and PARADISO Club Travel Agency, Belgrade, Serbia
    • Festival is competitive and is open for all groups, no age limit. Winners will be awarded by special cups and medals. Propositions of the festival competition will be sent to groups later.
    • Competition part of the festival is not obligatory, only for groups that apply. All other groups take part in the review night.
    • There will be 5 winning categories: best performance-dancing, best orchestra-music, best choir-singing, best costumes, best scenery.
    • Also, there will be some “friendly” awards: best animation, most cheerful group, etc. Groups will have two performances at the festival. Each group has to prepare 5-15 minutes of quality program. Performances are on the open air stages, concrete.
    • It is not necessary to have live music. It is also allowed to perform using CD, but it has to be of a good quality recording.
    • Accommodation of participating groups is organized in the 3 star hotels, in apartments and studios with 3 and 4 beds in rooms, with bathroom, TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, on a half board basis (breakfast and dinner). For double rooms there are additional fees.
    • Each group will get diploma for the participation to the festival, as well as DVD from the festival after the festival is finished.
    • Every group will get official brochure of the festival with the presentation of the participating groups, in English.
    • The group has to bring its national flag and board with the group name for the parade.
    • If the weather is nice for swimming, every group has to take care about their members safety.
    • Every group must have one english speaking person. Organizer will give an english speaking guide for every group who will be responsible for contact 24h a day.
    • Number of participating groups is limited for each festival, so the places will be given to the groups who send their pre-payment first - 20€ per person (this amount is not refundable if the group cancels their participation).
    • Each group has 1 free place for 25 persons who pay.
    • The groups have to organize their travel to and from Neos Marmaras.
    • Specially, for the groups that go from Belgrade, Serbia, there will be organized bus transfers. Return bus ticket price is €65 per person.
    • For the groups that are coming with their own bus there is a free parking place in the hotel aria.
    • For the groups that are coming by plane, the organizers provide transfers for the performances free of charge. Also we can provide airport transfers (on group request we will send the offer). The nearest airport is Thessalloniki and the bus price depends on the number of people in the group, approx. €30 per person, return ticket.
    • If group needs visa, it is responsibility of the group to arrange it. Organizers can only give invitation letter to groups and can not interfere to visa issuing process and make extra contacts to embassies.
    • The groups are recommended to have insurance policy for all their members.
Participation fee 2013:
  • €105 per person
  • 5 days on a half board basis (breakfast and dinner) in 3 star hotels, in apartments and studios with 3 and 4 beds in rooms, with bathroom, TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, on a half board basis (breakfast and dinner).
  • For double rooms there is additional fee of 10eur per person.
  • There is a possibility to extend your staying, if you wish, under the special festival conditions, which is 19 eur per person for each extra day (half board basis).
  • Application form, together with 2-3 group photos and short biography, should be sent by the deadline of December 31, 2012.
  • Contact person
  • Pre-payment for festival in May (€20 per person) should be sent no later than anuary 15, 2013; For festival in September, pre-payment (€20 per person) should be done latest till 15th April 2013.
  • Payment details will be sent to you after receiving your application form. Please take care that this amount is not refundable if the group cancels its participation.

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