International Youth Folklore Festival "St. Clement & Naum of Ohrid"

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Country and Region MacedoniaOhrid
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Ohrid, Ohrid, Macedonia
Festival Contact Information

Ul. Ohridati B4 1/3
6000 Ohrid - Makedonija
Phone/fax: +389 46789428

Festival Description

Folk dance groups, singing groups, orchestras, modern dancing groups, majorettes and brass bands are invited to take part in International folk dance festivals. The aim of the festival is to have the opportunity to meet and share with different cultures and customs, making friendships, rest and enjoy while singing and dancing. The festival is being held on the coast of beautiful Ohrid Lake, in the Ohrid and Struga towns. Being the top tourist destinations in Macedonia, both towns are full with tourists all over the world. Please visit the towns’ web sites to learn more about the area at, and and learn more about Ohrid and Struga. The Festival organizers are Youth Culture Center OHRID and Folk Dance Ensemble OHRID.

Festival Dates May 10 - 14, 2012

Festival Events:

Festival program 2012:
  • May 10 — Check in
    • Around 12:00pm (12h) arrival of groups, check in to hotels (first meal is lunch), free day/swimming, walking, sports
  • May 11 — OHRID town
    • 6:00pm (18h) — PARADE defile walking and short presentations
    • 21h FESTIVAL EVENING –performances of the groups
  • May 12 — STRUGA town
    • 6:00pm (18h) — PARADE –defile walking and short presentations
    • 9:00pm (21h) — FESTIVAL EVENING –performances of the groups
  • May 13.may Ship cruise, lake Ohrid and visit to St.Naum (8 eur per person)
    • 9:00pm (21h) — FAREWELL PARTY gift exchange between groups and organizers
  • May 14 — Departure of the groups, after breakfast


Practical Info:

Participation fee 2012:
  • €80 per person, 4 days on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, dinner) in the hotels, rooms with bathroom and 2, 3 or 4 beds.
  • €70 per person, 4 days on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, dinner) in the youth camps, rooms with floor bathroom and 7 or 8 beds.
  • There is a possibility to extend your staying, if you wish, under the special festival conditions, which is €20 per person for eachextra day (full boardbasis)
  • Application form, together with 2-3 group photos and short biography, should be sent by December 30, 2011.
  • Contact person
  • Pre-payment (€20 per person) should be sent at the latest by March 10, 2012. Payment details will be sent to you after receiving your application form. This amount is not refundable if the group cancel their participation.
Conditions of participation 2012:
  • Festival is not competitive and is open for all children and youth groups whose members are 7 to 25 years of age.
  • Groups will have two performances at the festival. Each group has to prepare a 10 minute quality program. Performances are on the open-air stages, in the case of bad weather it will be held indoors.
  • 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. Each group will get a diploma for their participation at the festival, as well as a DVD from the festival organizers after the festival is finished.
  • Every group will get an official brochure of the festival with the presentation of the participating groups, in english.
  • The groups must bring their national flag for the parade.
  • If the weather is nice for swimming, every group is responsible for 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 cancel their participation).
  • Group with 50 members may have maximum of 4 adults (group leader, choreographer, drivers) for free.
  • Group with 40-45 members may have maximum of 3 adults for free.
  • Group with 30-35 members may have maximum 2 adults for free.
  • The groups have to organize travelling to and from Ohrid.
  • 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 Skopje (capital of FYROM) and the bus price depends on the number of people in the group, approx. €25-30 per person, return ticket.
  • If group needs a visa, it is the responsibility of the group to arrange for it. Organizers can only give an invitation letter to groups and can not interfere in the visa issuing process and make contacts to embassies.
  • The groups are recommended to have an insurance policy for their members.
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