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SOFIA International Children’s Folklore Festival



The International Children’s Folklore Festival Sofia 2016 will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 1st till 5th June 2016.

The festival aims to present to the wide audience the children’s cultural heritage from different nations through the presentation of traditional folklore dance in an authentic and stylized form.

The festival programme will include:

• Concerts on open stages and indoor scenes in Sofia and the region (depending on the weather conditions);
• Folklore animation by children for children in kindergartens and schools;
• Costume road show;
• Folklore art fair;
• Recreation and sport.

Terms of participation

1. The International Children's Folklore Festival Sofia 2016 is not of a competitive character.

2. The Children’s Ensembles and Groups should meet the participation requirement - to prepare thematically selected folklore dances which represent traditional games, celebrations, rituals, customs and songs from their region. The programme should be suitable for the age and interpretative abilities of children.

3. The group has to be accompanied by a live orchestra. Performances based on CD recording or electronic instruments are NOT accepted.

4. The age limit of the participants is 8 to 14 years, with the exception of managers and musicians.

5. The group has to prepare performances lasting respectively 30 minutes, 15 minutes and 5 minutes that will be presented on the concerts during the festival. The Ensembles should be ready to present their folklore costumes, traditions, games and customs from their country to the Bulgarian children in English.

6. The group has to participate in all events during the festival.

7. The festival will be filmed by television and recorded on the radio, as participants are not allowed to have any claims for copyright of the photo, video and audio materials.

8. The groups will be allowed to sell their traditional souvenirs and other related to the event items. These should be presented for approval beforehand to the organizers.
9. All groups participating in the festival will receive gifts and diplomas for participation.

10. Transportation costs to and from Bulgaria and in Sofia during the festival are carried by the groups. It is the group’s responsibility to have their transport available throughout the festival for all festival events.

11. According to the rules of the International Children's Folklore Festival in Sofia, children will be accommodated in hosting families. Each family will host one child.

There is a possible option for HOTEL accommodation; in this case each participant has to pay a participation fee of 30 euro per day (the festival lasts for 5 days). Confirmation of hotel accommodation has to be submitted no later than 01 March 2016. Receipt of hotel accommodation booking fee is due by 31.03.2016.

12. The group should not exceed 30 people, including executives, musicians and drivers. For each person over the limit there is an additional fee of 30 euro per day (the festival lasts for 5 days).

13. The organizers provide the guides for the groups - representatives of the Organizer.

14. Ensemble leaders and guardians are responsible for the children’s behaviour and for any damage done to the accommodation occupied by the ensemble or to any property of the organizers during the Festival.

15. The groups have to arrive before 12:00 noon on 1st June 2016 and depart until 11:00 A.M. on 6th June 2016. The festival does not accept extra expenses for groups arriving earlier or departing later than the announced time.

16. Participants who require an entry visa to Bulgaria, must fulfill the visa requirements by 31st March 2016. The non-execution of this condition will result in cancellation of their application for participation in the Festival.

16. All participants of the festival must have a valid health insurance which includes a hospital treatment cover.

!!! Deadline for applications !!!

The Groups have to submit until February 1, 2016:
1. Correctly and legible completed application form;
2. A DVD with recorded performance, which will be presented at the Festival;
3. history of the group;
4. advertising materials;
5. Photos to be used in the Festival advertisement - minimum resolution: 10 cm at 300 dpi, size not less than 800 KB.

The application form can be downloaded from www.festivalsofia.com

The selected participants will be notified in writing by February 20, 2016. The confirmation of the participation of the ensemble in the Festival is an official written invitation signed by the Director of the Festival.

Only the ensembles with programmes, accepted by the Committee, established by the organizers are allowed to participate in the Festival. The Committee procedure will be carried out on the basis of the video materials sent in by the ensembles.

Association "International Children’s Folklore Festival Sofia"

Organizing Committee of the Association:
Boris Filchev - President
Milena Tsankova
Ivaylo Parvanov

Children’s Dance Ensemble "Plamache" OFFICE OF ORGANIZATION:

BULGARIA, Sofia 1113
Geo Milev, bl. 149, ent. 3, Apt. 28
tel: +359 888 210 823, +359 889 927 697
e-mail: festivalsofia@gmail.com
web: www.festivalsofia.com


30.05 - 04.06.2024

Next dates:  01.06 - 05.06.2025



Open air stage in front of the National Palace of Culture
Geo Milev, bl. 149 ent. 3, Apt. 28
1113 Sofia  (See in )



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