National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2011”

Director: Kaloyan Nikolov

Date: 29 April - 16 May 2011

Place: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2011” is held within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2011” – The World is television. Musical Feasts are held in different European cities and countries during the whole year 2011.

Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2011” comprise thirty five (35) musical festivals and are held under the aegis of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - ЕАFF.

Main event of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2011” is No 1 Festival in Europe for the traditional folklore arts – Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” in Bulgaria. Every year from 9 000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers take part in it.
The participant in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk 2011” have the right to take part in the National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2011”.

Typical feature of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2011” is that all of the performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 50 cable televisions in Bulgaria, by the satelite televisions "New Bulgarian Television", "TV Bulgaria" and “Heros TV”, as well as by the World Wide Internet televisions "Euro Folk" at www.eurofolk.com/tv and "Rodina TV" at www.tvrodina.com. All this activities realize the main purpose of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2011” – The world is television - to popularize the traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of mass media.

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Online TV broadcast live on the Internet of all concerts.

AWARDS:
GRAND PRIX "Golden Orpheus",agold medal and a diploma of ABSOLUTE NATIONAL CHAMPION OF FOLKLORE for 2011.
Fist award "Golden Orpheus" in the relevant 14 categories and a diploma of NATIONAL CHAMPION OF FOLKLORE for the relevant category.
All participants will receive diplomas of laureates, diplomas and prizes.
According to the evaluation of the jury and the producers of EuroFolk Academy, the best performers and art directors shall be honored with a Diploma for obtaining the rank of Maestro or Maestro Academic. Diplomas are awarded through the Ministry of Culture of the relevant country.


REGISTRATION FEE (for participants and accompanying persons)

Hotel 1 / one / star:
  5 days - 110 Euro per person - 22 Euro/ day / person
10 days - 190 Euro per person - 19 Euro/ day / person
Hotel 2 / two / stars:
 
5 days - 125 Euro per person - 25 Euro/ day / person
10 days - 230 Euro per person - 23 Euro / day / person
Hotel 3 / three / stars:
 
5 days - 150 Euro per person - 30 Euro / day / person
10 days - 280 Euro per person - 28 Euro / day / person

In a group of 21 persons – 1 person for free

The BASIC PACKAGES for 5 days/ 10 days include:

• 5 / 10 nights in a standard double / triple / quadruple room at 1, 2 or 3 star hotel
• 5 / 10 breakfasts
• 5 / 10 lunches
• 5 / 10 dinners
• Official opening with a gala concert - 5 -10 minutes for each
• 2 / 4 public appearances of 20 - 30 minutes for the competition program
• TV mobile station with a professional filming crew
• Online TV broadcast live on the Internet of all concerts
• Final concert with Official Closing Ceremony
• Awards and diplomas in the relevant categories of the festival, DVD, CD

• Winners receive "GRAND PRIX", First Prize in the relevant category and diplomas of laureates. The distinguished by the jury artists and artistic leaders are awarded diplomas for Maestro or Maestro Academic through the Ministry of Culture of the relevant country.
• Information materials about the festival / program and posters /
• Complete festival service

 

Preliminary Program

The festival program includes contests in the following categories:

•    folklore songs;
•    folklore dances;
•    folklore ensembles;
•    folk customs;
•    folk choirs;
•    tourist choirs;
•    old-town songs;
•    brass music;
•    folklore orchestras;
•    church choirs;
•    individual performers;
•    in all categories there is also classifying of children’s collectives.
•    in all categories there is also classifying of Bulgarian collectives from abroad.

The jury has the right to request for the performance of a part of the notified program, if it exceeds the specified time limits. Nevertheless the participants should be ready, if necessary, to perform the program in its mass.

During the national Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2011” studio audio recordings and filming of professional video clips of the participants' program will be done free of charge of those performances awarded by the jury or against payment. 

The duration of the program should not exceed 30 minutes.

The made recordings will be broadcasted by 50 Bulgarian cable televisions, by 4 satellite televisions covering the whole Europe, as well as by the World Wide Internet Televisions “Euro Folk” at www.eurofolk.com/tv and “Rodina TV” at www.tvrodina.com .

During the participation of the collective in the championship the organizer could invite it to take part in general events such as Official Opening, Official Closing, defile, cocktail party and others.

Regulations

Main task of the organizers is to ensure the creative groups an access to the stage, to gather them in a concourse programme aimed at defining the best ones and to popularize the award winners of the fest by broadcasting their art in Bulgaria and the European TV air.

The National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2011” has been organized by EAFF and other organizations within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2011” – The World is Television.

The host of the festival is Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

Regulation for participation in the National Championship of Folklore arts "Euro Folk 2011"

To enter the contest the participants must be accredited, which is realized under the following conditions:

Those who wish to take part in the Festival must fill-in and sign application forms, in which there is an unambiguous text saying, that the notifier accepts the conditions laid by this regulation.

The application forms should be sent not later than march 31, 2011.

The participants pay for their participation in the National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk 2011” by the notified prices. The advanced payment is 10% from the total amount for the participation of the group. It is payable up to March 31, 2011.

The prices for lodging, which include the festival service are as follows:


REGISTRATION FEE (for participants and accompanying persons)

Hotel 1 / one / star:
  5 days - 110 Euro per person - 22 Euro/ day / person
10 days - 190 Euro per person - 19 Euro/ day / person
Hotel 2 / two / stars:
 
5 days - 125 Euro per person - 25 Euro/ day / person
10 days - 230 Euro per person - 23 Euro / day / person
Hotel 3 / three / stars:
 
5 days - 150 Euro per person - 30 Euro / day / person
10 days - 280 Euro per person - 28 Euro / day / person

In a group of 21 persons – 1 person for free

The BASIC PACKAGES for 5 days/ 10 days include:

• 5 / 10 nights in a standard double / triple / quadruple room at 1, 2 or 3 star hotel
• 5 / 10 breakfasts
• 5 / 10 lunches
• 5 / 10 dinners
• Official opening with a gala concert - 5 -10 minutes for each
• 2 / 4 public appearances of 20 - 30 minutes for the competition program
• TV mobile station with a professional filming crew
• Online TV broadcast live on the Internet of all concerts
• Final concert with Official Closing Ceremony
• Awards and diplomas in the relevant categories of the festival, DVD, CD

• Winners receive "GRAND PRIX", First Prize in the relevant category and diplomas of laureates. The distinguished by the jury artists and artistic leaders are awarded diplomas for Maestro or Maestro Academic through the Ministry of Culture of the relevant country.
• Information materials about the festival / program and posters /
• Complete festival service

It is desirable by post, to the address of EAFF, to send the last released album of the participant (the group) or demo records of not less than two performances. It is desirable that the application form has an added annotation about the participant and advertising materials – photos. The sent material are not a subject of return.

Awards

The awards are different from those in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk”
The big award “Euro Folk 2011” – Grand Prix "Golden Orpheus" and a diploma for the National Championship of Folklore Arts. The unofficial name of the Championship is „Grand Prix – Bulgaria”.

The awards are decided by the jury in accordance with the procedures, set by the members before the opening of the Championship and announced to the entrants on the opening day.

First awards “Golden Orpheus” in the relevant categories and a diploma for the National Championship of Folklore Arts for the relevant category. The champions obtain golden medals, and for the second and third place – silver and bronze medals. At jury’s decision in the single categories could be given additional golden, silver and bronze medals with the relevant diplomas.

The jury awards the best performances with a free of charge shooting and producing of a free video clip.

All of the participants are granted with deeds for laureates, diplomas and object – awards. The awards are granted on a ceremony during "Euro Folk 2011" Musical Feasts - The world is television. 

In jury’s opinion and the producers from Euro Folk Academy the best performers and artistic directors shall be honoured with a Diploma for obtaining the rank Maestro or Maestro Academic. The diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with asking for a ceremonial delivery.

All award winners get a free of charge copy of the TV product, which consists of their performances, and has been broadcasted in Bulgaria or in Europe.

The participants can order against payment full recordings of their performances, including video clips, CD and DVD. These products have the right to be broadcasted in the relevant country.

Participants do not get paid for their performance.

The deadline for for sending the application forms is March 31, 2011.

The jury consists of 3 people.

Unambiguous text: The collectives or presenting organizations, if approved by the jury to participate in the Championship, give the organizers the right to be recorded on video and audio, arranged in a program, presenting the fest and broadcasted by a TV channel or in some other way, for which a contract agreement will be signed.

Registration of the participants

The registration is made on the basis of an application form for participation by the collective. After confirming the application form, an advanced payment should be made.

General Conditions

The bank transfers are made via the account of the Euro Folk Academy Ltd.:
FiBank – branch Veliko Tarnovo
IBAN: BG72FINV91501014932140  BIC: FINVBGSF

The sender covers all bank fees.

All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.

The registration of the participants at their arrival is going to be made at the office by Mother Bulgaria Monument at the centre of Veliko Tarnovo.
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