The organizer of the festival is International Folklore Festivals, Ohrid – Macedonia (IFFOM).
Leptokarya is a great place to stay in as a large number of the area’s main attractions are within easy reach. The Church of St. Nicholas and Leptokarya Beach are amongst the interesting place to visit here. Also, well worth the effort are Platamonas Castle and the Castle of Platamon.
There are many natural gifts here as well, so don’t miss the chance to get outdoors. Discover the attractive coastal destinations nearby such as the Nei Pori Beach Park in Dio-Olympos.
While you are arranging your itinerary, be sure to schedule enough time to visit as many of them as you can. The Church of Nei Pori in Dio-Olympos offer those visiting a chance to better understand the role religion has played in the area.
Purpose of the festival
The main purpose of the festival is is to bring different cultures closer, through dances, music and interesting national costumes. The main idea of the organizers is to bring to the festival, a variety of folk dances, modern dances, songs and national art groups from all around the world, so that the participants will have a possibility to meet new people, make new friendship relationships. The idea of the festival is to develop new forms of communication in the international dialogue and international cooperation in the future.
Conditions of the festival
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.
It is necessary to prepare minimum one program with the duration of 10 – 12 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 advertizing 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.
77 euros per person for 3 nights half board (2 meals per day)
99 euros per person for 4 nights half board (2 meals per day)
If there are 24 paying participants in a group, the 25th will be free of charge.
Supplement for double room is 5 euros 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.
Participation fee includes
Accommodation according to the price selected and meals (HB: breakfast and dinner)
2 double rooms per group with no supplement to be paid (one for the leaders of the group and another for the drivers of the bus). The rest of the rooms are with 3 and 4 beds.
Free parking for the bus
On request, each group will have a person available to accompany them on their excursions.
Certificates for participation.
Participation fee does not include
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)
Day 1: 11.09.2018
-Arrival of the participants
-Meeting with the organizer in order to discuss details about the festival; upon arrival groups will be given a program with exact time schedule for each of the activities mentioned in this program. -Dinner in the hotel
Day 2: 12.09.2018
-Breakfast in the hotel
-Time for individual activities (beach time, shopping, sightseeing…)
-Parade and first festival evening (performance of the participants)
-Dinner in the hotel
Day 3: 13.09.2018
-Breakfast in the hotel
-First option: Boat cruise (lunch included: fish + salad + local wine: 16 Euros per person) -Second option: Bus excursion to Meteori, 210 km distanced OW- (one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, built on natural sandstone rock pillars.) Each group will go with their own bus. -Third option: Time for individual activities (beach time, shopping, sightseeing…)
-Parade and second festival evening (performance of the participants)
-Dinner in the hotel
Day 4: 14.09.2018
-Breakfast in the hotel -Checking out of the hotel
*The organizer reserves the right to make changes in the festival program