|Date:||04 – 08. 08. 2016|
|Application Deadline:||30 April 2016|
We have the pleasure to INVITE you to participate in our International Folklore Festival “STRUGA FEST” which will be held from 04 till 08 August, 2016 in Struga – Macedonia.
ORGANIZER OF THE FESTIVAL:
The organizer of the festival is Cultural Art Society “Elshani”.
PURPOSE OF THE FESTIVAL:
The main goal of this festival is to offer its participants the possibility for them to present the culture and the tradition of their country and to provide an opportunity for the members of groups to meat different nationalities, establish friendships and express their cultural diversity through dance and music.
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 Brodsky, Eugenio Montale, Pablo Neruda, Seamus Heaney, Fazıl 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 neighbouring 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.
THE CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE FESTIVAL ARE:
– The number of the participants is not limited.
– The age of the participants is not limited
– Groups should prepare one performance with the duration of 15-20 minutes, or 2 performances, 10-12 minutes each, on playback or with instruments
– To bring a flag of the country, and also to send some pictures of the group along with the application.
– Groups should arrive and also departure with their own transport which they will use until the festival ends.
FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS PROVIDE:
– At every 25th participant there is 1 gratis, at every 50- th, there are 2 gratis
– Free parking during the festival time.
– Appropriate gifts for the participants
– Diplomas for participation in the Festival
– Guide from arrival to departure
– Tourist guide with a license for the 2-nd, 3-rd and 4-th day, sightseeing of the city, travelling to St. Naum by boat and also visiting Struga city and Vevchani.
– Advertising of the festival (press conference, radio, TV channels, posters and flyers)
– After the festival finishes, organizers will send you a DVD and photos of the festival program for each group.
– We have our own internet television on this web-site www.iffom.com.
83 Euro/ per person for 4 half-boards ( with 2 meals)
11.00 – 14.00 Arriving in Struga, hotel accommodation,
14.00 – 16.00 Free activities (swimming in Ohrid Lake),
19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in the hotel,
21.00 – Free night
08.00 -09.00 Breakfast in the hotel
10.00 – 13.00 Struga sightseeing – visiting cultural and historical monuments (river Crn Drim, House of the brothers Miladinovci, St. Kalista church, Vevchani – Vevchanski water sources, (1 euro)
18.00 – 19.00 Parade through the city
19.00 – 21.00 Festival evening
21.30 – 23.00 Dinner in the hotel
08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast in the hotel
10.00 – 13.00 Ohrid Etno Museum (1 euro), Ohrid sightseeing – cultural and historical monuments Samuil fortress (1 euro), Antique theater, Plaosnik (1 euro)
19:00 – Parade on the streets
19:30 – Official performance of the participants (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)
21.00 – 22.00 Dinner in the hotel
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
10.00. – 16.00 Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake and visiting the Museum on water and the 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, also, swimming at the beach.
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in the hotel
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast,
10.00 – Departure
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,
09.00 – 14.00 Departure to Skopje city with guides (visiting monuments of Alexander of Macedon, museum, Macedonian GATE, Stone Bridge…)
14.00 Departure from Skopje city
Organizers keep the right to change the program of the festival. After groups arrive in the hotel, they will be given a detailed program of the festival and each group will have a guide during the festival.