Ohrid an immortal town, a magical hill that links ancient and modern times forever.
Ohrid has been a living town for 2400 years, notable for having 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and is referred to as the Macedonian Jerusalem. Today Ohrid is a cultural, spiritual and tourist center. Together with Lake Ohrid have been named a world cultural and natural heritage listed city under the protection of UNESCO since 1980.
St. Naum, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia and an important pilgrimage place. Breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galicica Mountain towering from behind. It was founded in the 910 by St.Naum, but the present-day church was built in the 16th c.
Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return and why it simply cannot be retold.
During your free time the Organizer will organize:
- excursion with guide to the historical old part of Ohrid to visit the most famous ancient churches,
basilicas, and monasteries where Saints Kliment and Naum (students of Cyril and Methodus) wrote their
teachings and formulated the Cyrillic alphabet.
- Boat Trip to St. Naum, a full day boat trip from Ohrid to St. Naum.
Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, the City that lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, at the crossroad of important communications, a city with a 2000 years old tradition. Skopje is a modern city with population of almost one million and presents Macedonia’s major political, economical, educational and cultural center. It continues to be a focus for new residents, economic development, construction and refurbishment. Skopje urban area extends across the Skopje valley for approximately 30 kilometers (18.75 mi) in width and comprises 10 municipalities.
Skopje also is a very attractive tourist destination with its fortress, cultural and historical monuments, archaeological sites, sport halls, caves in the canyon of the River Treska and Lake Matka and a health spa in the eastern part of the city.
The intention of our invitation is to celebrate life, love and friendship trough dance and music. The festival light motive is to gather all veteran groups from all over the world and remind ourselves of the events worth remembering.
The International Veteran’s Folk-Dance Festival “Ohrid waves” will be held for the 10th time in Ohrid from 06 th June till 15 th June, 2019. This festival is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by folkloric groups.
On the festival can participate folk groups, modern dance groups, vocal groups, instrumental groups, choirs as well as groups and performers from other art styles with minimum 10 persons on the stage.
During the Festival each Group will have one or two performances in Ohrid and its area according to the program of the Festival and one performance in the center of the city Skopje. The performances will be in the evening hours so you can plan the day ahead and use it for visiting the historical part of the city, excursions or simply enjoying on the beach.
The objectives of the festival and the creativity meetings are to encourage the cultural exchange between nations and communities, to develop personal
creativity and to promote the local and foreign folklore.
The accommodation of the participants is in Hotels in Struga and Ohrid very close to the beach. The Groups will be accommodated in rooms with 3 beds and 4 beds on a full board basis. The accommodation of the participants in Skopje will be arranged in 5***** Hotel only 3km from the center of the city and all touristic attractions. Only 2 double rooms are available per group which can be used for the Leaders and drivers. For any extra double room, the group should pay extra 4 euro/person/day and for a single room additional 15 euro per day.
- 06/06/2019 - 15/06/2019
06/06 - 15/06
- 10 days (9 nights) = 125 € per person
How to get there
The groups should pay the travel expenses by themselves to Macedonia and back. The groups coming by bus should use their own transport all the time during the festival and the small journeys and excursions around the city.
The festival can organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Ohrid airport, during the festival days and back to the airport in Ohrid or in Skopje. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessaloniki Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid.
The participant group has to arrive in Ohrid on 6th of June 2019 (starting with lunch) and leave on 15th of June 2019 after having breakfast in Skopje.
We will appreciate if you can send us your application by 30 April 2019. After receiving your application, we will send you the official invitation for participating
on the Festival. We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary. Each member must have travel insurance policy.
The organizer reserves the right to any changes in the program, and the participants will be informed on time. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival. By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions.