Struga is a town and popular tourist destination situated in the south-western region of the Republic of Macedonia, lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. It has been known since the time of the Ilirs, and many old writers of traveling guides have noted that Struga was a very vivid city, with developed trade, great markets and the houses of the wealthy citizens were always beautiful and decorative. That is why the well-known saying: “There is no other place like Struga” exists since then. Except the Lake Ohrid, in Struga there is a river called Crn Drim (Black Drim) which flows gently through the town, as it does not want to disturb the visitors walking along its banks, thrilled by its crystal clear waters. In the evening when many lights are turned on, the river has even a better view by the reflection of light from its waters.
On its way to the Adriatic Sea the Drim forms two man made lakes Globochitsa and Shpilye which are surrounded by magnificent landscapes.Much of the town’s meager income is through internal tourism. Struga’s location on Lake Ohrid makes it a slightly quieter and more peaceful experience than the more bustling Ohrid. When visiting this quiet town, there are a few other places that show the beauty and culture, like the clay chamber pots at the house of the Miladinovci Brothers, the old Struga bazaar, the century old churches and mosques.
Before the evenings you can enjoy on 3 kinds of beaches called Male beach ,Female beach and the most beautiful called Galeb (Gull), located just before the estuary of the river Crn Drim (Black Drim). Every August at the Poetry Bridge are held the Struga Poetry Evenings visited by poets, writers and artists from all around the world.
At night you can walk by the lake, by the river, or go at the most popular discos, but whatever choise you make, be sure you’ll have a great time in Struga.
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 meet different nationalities, establish friendships and express their cultural diversity through dance and music.
General Conditions of the Festival
Groups from all over the world can take part in this festival.
Participants of female, male, mixed and children’s choirs in all genres of music; acappella, or with musical accompaniment are welcome to apply.
The number of participants and followers is not limited.
There is no restriction on age of the participants
The organizers provide an invitation
The program of each composition must be within 10 – 15 minutes
The ensembles must bear the flag of their country
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 may be presented by live music or music on flash memory
To participate in the festival, groups need to send an application form, artistic history and photos of the group
55 euro per person for 3 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
75 euro per person for 4 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
95 euro per person for 5 nights half board accommodation (breakfast and dinner)
62 euro per person for 3 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
82 euro per person for 4 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
102 euro per person for 5 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
If there are 20 paying participants in a group, the 21st will be free of charge.
Supplement for double room is 5 euro per day per person.
Supplement for accommodation in a single room is + 50% of the price to be paid for the single person accommodated in such room.
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 “Plazha” (3 stars) (60 beds)
Hotel “Evro” (3 stars) (150 beds)
Participation fee Includes
Accommodation in hotels and apartments
Free parking for the bus (away from the center of the town)
Tourist guides (on request only)
Advertising of the festival (press conference, radio, TV channels, posters and flyers)
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
Participation fee doesn’t Includes
On request, a professional tour guide can be hired to accompany the group on their excursions, but the travel guide expenses will be covered by the group.
Health insurance (First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, medical services must be covered by the group).
Parking for the bus in the center of the town.
Day 1: 05.10.2018
-Arriving in Struga, hotel accommodation -Free activities (swimming…) -Dinner in the hotel -Free night
Day 2: 06.10.2018
-Breakfast in the hotel -Struga sightseeing – visiting cultural and historical monuments ,river Black Drim, monastery in Kalista, Vevchani – Vevchanski water sources (1 euro)
-Parade through the city
-Festival evening -Dinner in the hotel
Day 3: 07.10.2018
-Breakfast in the hotel -Visiting Ohrid: Ohrid Ethno museum (1 euro), St. Sofia church, Plaosnik (2 euros), Antique theatre, Samoil fortress (1 euro)
-Lunch in the hotel (if FB) and time for free activities
-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
Day 4: 08.10.2018
-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 8 Euros per person)