Ohrid City is the perfect place where people from all around the world will gather together to present their folklore and show to the world what makes them special and unique. If you want to be part of this event, please fill in the application form for participation (below) and be our guests this year! Ohrid, a mixture of rich history, tradition, and modern life.
Welcome to Ohrid! Our visitors say welcome to the Pearl on the Balkans. Ohrid is a blend of the traditional and the contemporary, the main spiritual, cultural, and touristic center in Macedonia, a UNESCO World Heritage site as a cultural, and with the Ohrid Lake as a natural rarity. The numerous historical monuments found in their close surrounding speak of
the tradition and dedication of the Macedonian people.
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. Archaeological finds indicate that Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in all of Europe.
The mission of the festivals is to celebrate special events, to bring together different cultures from all over the world through music, dance, and traditional national costumes of the nations.
The purpose of the festivals is presentation and affirmation of the different folklore dances,
tradition, costumes, and cultural heritage as well as a presentation of the foreign folklore and culture in our country.
The participants will have the chance to meet new friends from different countries, enjoy the beauties of our amazing city, learn a lot about the folklore and tradition of other countries and celebrate life, friendship, and love through music and various dances, exchange experience and information’s getting new friendships get to know new places.
18 June 2021
13.00 Arriving in Ohrid, hotel accommodation after the meeting with the festival
representatives and free time
19.00 – 20.00 Diner in the hotel
21.00 Welcome reception with the leaders of the groups
19 June 2021
8.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 15.00 Ohrid sightseeing with organized local tour guides - visiting cultural monuments (Samoil fortress, Antique theatre, Plaosnik, St. Kaneo church
17.30 – 18.30 Diner in the hotel
19.00 Ensemble parade and Official festival evening
20 June 2021
8.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
11.00 – 17.00 Cruising with the boat on Ohrid Lake, Visiting Museum on water and visit
most famous tourist resort St.Naum (optional 8euro per person)
18.00 – 19.00 Diner in the hotel
19.30 Second festival evening (Optional)
21 June 2021
8.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 14.00 Visiting Struga city with an organized guide and the Kalista monastery the complex which is situated near to Struga city.
19.00 – 20.30 Diner in the hotel
21.00 Closing ceremony of the festival – certificates and presents for ensembles by the organizer, exchange presents between leaders of ensembles and final party with all participants
22 June 2021
08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
In the festival can participate, folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs, music bands from all over the world.
Non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands.
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.
The number of participants is limited (only 3 groups from each country).
The ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 10-15 minutes each with a USB or orchestra. 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.
To take a flag of the country.
Organizers keep the right to change the program of the festival. After Groups arrived at Hotel will be given a detailed program of the festival and each group will have a guide during the festival.
Makotex Apartments, Hotel Montenegrin, Galeb and Plaza Hotel, Hotel Montenegrin, Vila
Fortuna, Apartments De Lux, etc:
60 Euro per person for 3 half-boards 2 meals per day) in Villas & Apartments.
79 Euro per person for 4 half-boards (2 meals per day) in Villas & Apartments.
Hotel Cingo, Hotel Deseret, Hotel Klimetica, Hotel Pela, Hotel Beograd, Fantastik:
75 Euro per person for 3 half-boards (2 meals per day) in 3* hotel 85 Euro per person for 4 half-boards (2 meals per day) in 3* hotel
Hotel Mizo, Hotel Prestige, Hotel Aqualina:
90 Euro per person for 3 half-boards (2 meals per day) in 4* hotel
120 Euro per person for 4 half-boards (2 meals per day) in 4* hotel
At your request, you can stay longer in Ohrid, Macedonia. Every day of stay longer before or after the festival has to be paid 20-35 euro/per person for accommodation in 2*, 3* or 4* hotels…
Participation Fee Includes:
Participation in the festival concerts,
Accommodation in the selected category of hotels (mostly 3-4 bedded rooms, supplement for a double room is 5€/person/day, supplement for a single room is 10€/person/day),
Half-board hotel accommodation
Welcome cocktails with the leaders of the groups
Souvenir and gift for each group
Certificate for attendance
Drinks during the performance
For 23 dancers 1 free of charge
Participation fee does not include:
What is not specified in the above mentioned “the fee includes”
- 18/06/2021 - 22/06/2021
18/06 - 22/06
- 4 days (3 nights) = 60 € per person
How to get there
Folklore groups should have their own transport for arrival and departure.
Groups arriving by plane will be transported from the hotels with organized buses and will be accompanied to their departure in the same conditions. The transfer from the airport to the
hotel and back is paid additionally.
Things to do
Explore Ohrid like never before!
1. Sightseeing of the old part of the city Ohrid
Ohrid Roman Amphitheater - Build around 200 BC, just over 2000 years old. Today is used during the Ohrid Summer Festival for performances of ancient tragedies and comedies.
Samuil’s Fortress - dated from 4th century B.C., Samuel’s fortress consumes the city’s skyline with walls 3 km long and 16 meters high. With its strategic location, overlooking the town and the lake, it provides an ideal place for taking in the whole panorama of Ohrid and its surroundings.
St. Pantelejmon (Plaosnik) – dedicated to St. Clement and St. Pantelejmon it stands next to the ruins of the original St Clement´s monastery school at Plaosnik.
St. John Kaneo – it is not certain when it was built and fresco painted. St. John Kaneo church is most known for its scenic location, standing on a cliff over Lake Ohrid.
2. Boat trip (Ohrid – St. Naum – Ohrid)
Lake Ohrid – one of Europe’s deepest and according to most experts the oldest lake in Europe. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979.
St. Naum Monastery – one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia and an important pilgrimage place founded in 910 by St.Naum. Among the local people, there is a belief that the place is holy and sacred and that the ghost of St. Naum helps couples who have problems with having their own children.
3. Sightseeing of the springs in village Vevcani
Vevcani (Vevchani) is one of the most authentic and naturally beautiful villages in Macedonia. It’s situated in the southwestern part of Macedonia, in a valley on Jablanica Mountain 800 meters above sea level.
4. The City of Consuls Tour – 1 day Bitola
By visiting Bitola, you will have the opportunity to visit Heraclea Lyncestis with the beautiful well-preserved floor mosaics, fine examples of the early Christian Art period, you will enjoy the mixture of Ottoman, neoclassical 19th-century romantic architecture.
Finally, don’t miss out on Bitola as it is honored for its café culture, the pedestrian Shirok Sokak lined with nice colorful romantic and neoclassical buildings almost of all of them housing a café is a place to see and be seen!
It will be our pleasure to make your trip an unforgettable experience!
We can provide the following services for your group:
- accommodation during the trip (in case you need a sleepover on your way to the chosen destination)
- accommodation during the festival event you attend
- travel and transportation tips and assistance
- purchasing airplane and bus tickets
- organizing transportation for a group or individuals
- assist and advise in the procedure of issuing visas (if needed)