The organizer of the festival is Cultural Art Society “Elshani”.
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 Black 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.”
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 St. 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 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.
General Terms and Conditions For Participation
General terms and conditions:
Groups from all over the world can take part in this festival.
Folk dance groups, modern dance groups, choirs, but also majorette teams and brass bands and orchestras are welcome to apply.
The number of participants and followers is not limited.
There is no age limit (beside youth and children participants, older or veterans also may participate)
It is necessary 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.
It is also necessary to visibly display panel on which the name of your group and the name of your country is inscribed.
It is recommended that groups should bring about 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.
The rest of the payment should be completed immediately after the group arrives in order to take part at the festival.
Festival organizers provide
Accommodation in hotels and apartments
Free parking for the bus (away from the center of the town)
Tourist guides for sightseeing of the town (on request only)
Advertising of the festival (press conference, radio, TV channels, posters and flyers)
Professional stage where concert performances take place, size: 10×8 meters
Professional sound and light equipment
Certificates for participation in the festival
Reception in organizer’s office
Drinks during the performance
Souvenir and gift for each group
DVD and photos of the festival
59 Euro per person for 3 nights half-board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
79 Euro per person for 4 nights half-board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
97 Euro per person for 5 nights half-board accomodation (breakfast and dinner)
66 Euro per person for 3 nights full-board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
85 Euro per person for 4 nights full-board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
103 Euro per person for 5 nights full-board accommodation(breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Important! Macedonian Tourist Tax (0.70 cents euro per person per day) is not calculated in the price and is to be paid after arrival and accommodation.
Hotel “Galeb” (3 stars) (250 beds)
Hotel “Plaza” (3 stars) (60 beds)
Hotel “Evro” (3 stars) (150 beds)
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.
-Arriving in Struga, hotel accommodation -Free activities (swimming…) -Dinner in the hotel -Free night
-Breakfast in the hotel -Struga sightseeing – visiting cultural and historical monuments ,river Black Drim, St. Bogorodica monastery in Kalista, Vevchani – Vevchanski water sources (1 euro)
-Parade through the city -Festival evening -Dinner in the hotel
-Breakfast in the hotel -Visiting: Ohrid Ethno museum (1 euro) National workshop for hand made paper, St. Sofia church, Bridge of wishes, Plaosnik (2 euros), Antique theatre, Samoil fortress (1 euro), Old Bazaar Street, oldest tree called – Cinar …)-Visiting Ohrid pearl manufacture (after the presentation about how Ohrid pearls are made is done, one selected person from each group will receive a present)
-Lunch in the hotel (if FB) and free activities (swimming)
-Parade on the streets -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) -Dinner in the hotel
-Breakfast in the hotel-Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake and visiting the Museum on water – Bay of the Bones 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 7 Euros per person) (if FB, lunch package provided by the hotel)
-Parade and performance of the participants (First festival evening)
-Dinner in the hotel
-Breakfast in the hotel -Departure
*The organizer reserves the right to make changes in the program of the festival.