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.”
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 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:
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
Sightseeing of the ethno village “ANDREVCI” village Godivje – visit of cultural and historical monuments, monastery “St. Gjorgjija, 13th century “church of St. Spas, visit to Eno Museum, entrance 2 euros, with the possibility for everyone who enters the Museum will get a free drink, Brandy, Wine, or juice. Lunch in the Ethno village “ANDREVCI” for those who are with full board, for those who are half board can order lunch on favorable terms.
-Dinner in the hotel
-Breakfast in the hotel
-Visiting: At the Monument of the City Center (St.Clement) , 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
-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)
-Dinner in the hotel/ time for free activities
*The organizer reserves the right to make changes in the program of the festival.