Date: 24 – 29 August 2017
Location: Herceg Novi, Montenegro
Director: Aleksandar Petreski
Application Deadline:10 June 2017
Herceg Novi is situated between Mount Orjen and the entrance to the most beautiful bay in the world – the Boka Kotorska.
The town was established in 1382, when a Bosnian ruler King Tvrtko I Kotromanic established it in Topaljski Bay, with the intention of building the town with trade, maritime and crafts activities. He called it Sveti Stefan. As the youngest town on the Adriatic Sea it was called Castrum Novum and Castel Nuovo. It got its current name during the rule of Herzeg Stjepan Vukcic Kosaca during when it developed and flourished. The Turks conquered it in 1482 and ruled there almost 200 years until 1687, with a short period form 1538-1539 when it was conquered by the Spaniards.
Herceg Novi is recognizable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It is a ‘city of the sun’, thanks to the large number of sunny days all year round.
The centre of Herceg Novi is Stari Grad, decorated by buildings dating back to the epochs of Sahat – Kula (1667) and Kanli – Kula (1483). Fortress Spanjola (1538) and Fortress Forte Mare (1687) are only a part of the cultural heritage of this renowned town.
Full of thick greenery, Herceg Novi hides numerous kinds of tropical flowers. Towards the end of January the town becomes scented with the subtle fragrance of yellow and green mimosas and the festival of Praznik Mimosa is dedicated to this flower. During the summer months many festivals are organized to further enrich the tourist offer of this enchanted town.
The beginnings of the Herceg Novi tourism are connected to the XIX century. Back at that time the tavern of Sjora Roza and the café “Bella Vista” are mentioned. Still, the precursor of the modern hotel keeping on the Montenegrin coast is thought to be the Hungarian nobleman Antal Magyar from Budapest, who in the 1902 built a “Boarding house on the green beach” in Zelenika, which later became hotel “Plaza” (BEACH) – Zelenika.
As in all other town on the Coast, Herceg Novi also has a mild Mediterranean climate; with dry and warm summers and mild winters. In the summer months (July and August) the town has approximately 10, 7 sunny hours per day. The sea temperature in Herceg Novi during the summer is 22 – 26 Cº, and with approximately the same daily air temperature it allows the swimming season to last up to 5 months.
The main purpose of this festival is to bring different cultures closer through songs, dances, music and interesting national costumes. The main idea of the organizers is to bring to the festival different choirs, folklore and modern dance groups from different countries and different parts of the world and to give them the exclusive opportunity to display their artistry and creativity on the stage.
The participants will have the opportunity to meet new people, establish new friendships and learn about different cultures and traditions.
The idea of the festival is to develop communication and dialogue between diverse cultures, by nurturing tradition as well as modern dance styles, thus combining the traditional and the modern in a timeline that will take the spectators from history to modern times.
Accommodation in villas and camp resorts: 73 euro
73 euro per person for 3 nights half board (2 meals per day)
87 euro per person for 4 nights half board (2 meals per day)
97 euro per person for 5 nights half board (2 meals per day)
Accommodation in hotels: 77 euro
77 euro per person for 3 nights half board (2 meals per day)
94 euro per person for 4 nights half board (2 meals per day)
113 euro per person for 5 nights half board (2 meals per day)
Day 1: 24.08.2017
Checking in the hotel, free time for individual activities
The organizer of the festival will give you a more precise timetable program with all of the activities during the festival days
Dinner in the hotel,
Day 2: 25.08.2017
Visiting the Old Town of Herceg Novi
Meeting: Group leaders and the organizer, in order to get to know each other in person and discuss details about the festival
Day 3: 26.08.2017
(Optional) Boat cruise
Parade on the main street and finishing in the location where the performances will take place;
Festival evening (Performances);
Day 4 27.08.2017
Visiting Budva, Tivat, Kotor, … (Groups go on these excursions with their own bus);
Second festival night and closure of the festival;
Day 5: 28.08.2017
Time for individual activities;
Day 5 : 29.08.2017
Checking out of the hotels
*The organizer reserves the right to make changes in the festival program.