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Duration: 20 Jul 2018 - 24 Jul 2018
Location: Struga, Macedonia
Price: 59€
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Date: 20- 24 July 2018

Location: Struga, Macedonia

Director: Aleksandar Petreski

Application Deadline: 15 December 2017


ORGANIZER OF THE FESTIVAL:

The organizer of the festival is Cultural Art Society “Elshani”.


PURPOSE OF THE FESTIVAL:

This festival has been designed with the intention to offer to its participants and to the spectators the opportunity for them to witness and share cultural diversity and to celebrate folklore, tradition, costumes and cultural heritage. Folklore can be a chain that links diverse cultures and nations, building bridges and friendships. This is a chance for all lovers of folklore to show their colors and enjoy what the beautiful city of Struga can offer. For all those who want to live and dance to the colors and rhythms of folklore and tradition this is the perfect opportunity to do exactly that. Struga will be the perfect setting and host.


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Struga – Macedonia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tctc1oVh7AA


Struga is located in the south-west part of the Republic of Macedonia, near Ohrid, on the coast of Ohrid Lake. It spreads on the banks of the river Crn Drim which flows through the lake and continues its flow through Struga and further. It is another contribution for the picturesque sights and beautiful scenic beauty of the town.

The climate is continental with some Mediterranean influences. The winters are not so cold and it is hot during the summer period, with a pleasant fresh breeze from the lake and the river. It is ideally suited for relaxation and it is the perfect place for vacation. Towering from the side is mountain Jablanica.

Many writers and travel guides have noted that Struga is a lively city, with developed trade and big markets. Its architecture is defined by the beautiful elaborately decorated houses of the wealthy citizens. There is a saying that goes like this: “There’s no place like Struga.”

Struga is also a place of important cultural significance in the Republic of Macedonia, as it is the birthplace of the poets Konstantin and Dimitar Miladinov. The main event of the cultural life in Struga is the world’s largest poetry gathering, Struga Poetry Evenings, whose laureates have included several Nobel Prize for Literature winners such as Joseph BrodskyEugenio MontalePablo NerudaSeamus HeaneyFazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca and many others since 1966.

There are several cultural monuments in Struga and in its vicinity, such as the Monastery of Kališta, a few kilometers away from the town center, on the shore of Lake Ohrid. It is believed that it dates from the 16th century, with frescoes from the 14th and the 15th centuries. Another rock church is present in the neighboring village of Radožda with frescoes from the 13th and 14th centuries. The Church of Sveta Bogorodica (St Mary) in Vraništa, is believed to be where Tsar Samuel was crowned.

The church of St. George is also located in the town; built on top of Samuel’s church, it has many icons from the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. Near the village of Radolishta, a basilica from the 4th century was discovered with a mosaic. Struga’s old architecture dates from the 18th and 19th centuries.


CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION AT THE FESTIVAL:

  • Folk dance groups, modern dance groups, choirs, but also majorette teams and brass bands and orchestras are welcome to apply. Groups from all over the world can take part in this festival.
  • The number of participants is not limited. There is no age limit
  • To prepare minimum one program with the duration of 12 – 15 minutes per program.
  • Each group should bring the national flag of the country that they represent.
  • To visibly display panel on which the name of the group and the name of the country is inscribed.
  • Groups should have 12 – 15 small gifts for exchange.
  • Participants can perform with orchestras (recommended) or with recorded music (on CD or USB).
  • In order to participate in this festival, every group needs to fill in an application form. When applying, if possible, please provide some photos, videos or brief history of the group. These materials will be used for promotional and advertising purposes (in advertisements, fliers and posters). After receiving the application form and completion of advance payment, the organizer will send an official letter of invitation for participation at the Festival.

FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS PROVIDE:

  • Accommodation in hotels and apartments, and meals according to the price selected
  • 2 double rooms per group with no supplement to be paid (one for the leaders of the group and another for the drivers of the bus). For the other double rooms there is an additional cost of 5 euro per room per day. The rest of the rooms are with 3 and 4 beds.
  • Free parking for the bus
  • A companion for the excursions and to inform the group about details regarding the festival.
  • Certificates for participation in the festival.

PARTICIPATION FEE:

 

⭐️ 59 Euro/ per person for 3 half-boards (with 2 meals)

⭐️  79 Euro/ per person for 4 half-boards (with 2 meals)

⭐️ 97 Euro/ per person for 5 half-boards (with 2 meals)

 

⭐️ 66 Euro/per person for 3 full-boards (with 3 meals)

⭐️ 85 Euro per person for 4 full-boards (with 3 meals)

⭐️ 103 Euro/per person for 5 full-boards (with 3 meals)


PROGRAM PROPOSAL:

20.07.2018

Arriving in Struga, hotel accommodation
Free activities (swimming…)
Dinner in the hotel
Free night

21.07.2018

Breakfast in the hotel
Struga sightseeing – visiting cultural and historical monuments (river Crn Drim, House of the brothers Miladinovci (1 euro)
Parade through the city of Ohrid
Festival evening in Ohrid
Dinner in the hotel

22.07.2018

Breakfast in the hotel
Ohrid Ethno Museum, Ohrid sightseeing – cultural and historical monuments Samuil fortress, Antique theater, Plaosnik
Parade on the streets of Struga
Official performance of the participants in Struga (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

23.07.2018

Breakfast
Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake and visiting the Museum on water, visiting the water sources of the Ohrid Lake, St. Naum monastery
Dinner in the hotel

24.07.2018

Breakfast
Departure


*The organizer reserves the right to make changes in the program of the festival.