Date: 20 – 24 June 2017
Location: Ohrid, Macedonia
Director: Jovan Jonoski
Application Deadline: 15 April 2017
The organizer of this festival is the Cultural Art Society “Braid”. Nurturing folklore and tradition is the main goal of the organizer of this festival. The participants will have the opportunity to visit and see the charming Ohrid and the ancient Lake Ohrid. They will be able to meet new people and learn about different traditions and nationalities. The aim is to nurture cultural diversity and experience the uniqueness of this special place, a meeting point for dancers and performers who can show their national colors, dancing styles and artistic talents.
Ohrid – City Of Light
Enjoy the beauties of our wonderful city where you can find rich history and exiting modern life.
The immortal city of Ohrid is the sublime lakeside point that for many represents the culmination of the Macedonian experience, a kingdom of light and water, a repository of ancient ruins from Macedonia’s earlier kingdoms.
In Ohrid, civilization has existed for more than 3000 years. According to the legends, the city was founded by Kadmos 2.400 years ago. Ohrid presents a true archaeological treasury. There are many archaeological sites from the Neolithic period in this region.
The oldest recorded mention of the city Lichnydos – the ancient name of Ohrid, occurs in connection with Philip 2nd of Macedonia (353 BC). Later on, in 879 CE, it was renamed Ohrid. The name probably derives from the phrase “Oh-rid” – meaning roughly, “Oh, what a cliff!” It comes from the time when the town was limited to a small area on the lake side of the hill, which in fact is a huge cliff rising above the lake shore.
The name Ohrid first appeared in 879. Between 990 and 1015, Ohrid was the capital and stronghold of Samoil’s medieval Macedonian state. From 990 to 1018 Ohrid was also the seat of the Ohrid Patriarchate.
The most interesting fact about Ohrid is that there are 365 churches – one for each day in the year. The fact that Ohrid had been an object of desire for many kings and archbishops, speaks for itself, challenging the curious ones to visit it nowadays. The beautiful architecture in the old part of the city, with its narrow city streets creates a sense of unique harmony and beauty. Its beauty and virtuosity attracts the attention not only of tourists but of many experts as well. One special cultural monument in Ohrid is the old Bazaar with old shops rich with crafts products – filigrees, pearls, coppers, pipes etc.
Ohrid’s major attractions are all located within a remarkably concentrated and eminent walking area, among and above the narrow streets of the Old Town lined with restaurants and cafés perfectly suited for relaxing in the cool summer evenings. Ohrid’s many café bars and nightclubs also make for a vibrant nightlife.
With its unique flora and fauna the lake is one of the largest biological reserves in Europe. The earliest scientific studies, undertaken in the course of the 19th century, showed that, as one of the oldest lakes in the world, it has preserved primeval life forms which no longer exist in other places or only exist as fossils.
The uniqueness of Lake Ohrid and the city’s historical architecture has been attested by UNESCO, honoring it with an official designation as one of the few places on the cultural institution’s list “World Heritage”.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS PROVIDE:
Personal responsibility and health insurance are within the other obligations of the groups. First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, medical services must be covered by the group.
PARTICIPATION FEE: 59 euro (lowest price)
Please keep in mind that these prices are the regular prices given in here:
59 € per person for 3 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
79 € per person for 4 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
97 € per person for 5 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
66 € per person for 3 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
86 € per person for 4 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
105 € per person for 5 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Arriving in Ohrid, hotel accommodation
Meeting with the organizer in order to discuss details about the festival; upon arrival groups will be given a program with exact time schedule for each of the activities mentioned in this program.
Lunch in hotel (if FB) and free activities (swimming in Ohrid Lake),
Dinner in hotel
Ohrid Ethno museum (1 euro) sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments (Samoil fortress (1 euro), Antique theatre, Plaosnik, (1 euro) St. Kaneo church …)
Dinner in hotel
Breakfast in the hotel
Struga sightseeing – visiting cultural and historical monuments (river Crn Drim, House of the brothers Miladinovci, St. Kalista church, Vevchani – Vevchanski water sources (1 euro)
Lunch in the hotel (if FB) and free activities (swimming)
Parade and performance of the participants (First festival evening)
Dinner in the hotel
Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake and visiting the Museum on water and most famous tourist resort St.Naum – culture place, visiting the water sources of the Ohrid Lake, St. Naum monastery, little islands at the very place with restaurants; swimming at the beach. The price for the cruising with boat is 8 Euros per person) (if FB, lunch package provided by the hotel)
Parade through the city
Festival evening (performance of the participants, certificate for the participants by the organizers, and at the very end of the festival participants can exchange gifts and contacts with each other)
Dinner in the hotel
Checking out of Hotels
*The organizer reserves the right to change the festival program.