16 - 21 October 2008
  Moscow, Russia

Director:  Mihail Mizukov

“Russian island 2008” International Festival of Folk Theatres is a festival of the award winners from the other festivals Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2008”, which take place in different European cities and countries from 3 May till 21 October 2008. Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2008” comprise fifteen musical festivals and are held under the aegis of European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF.

Main event of the Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2007” is Festival No.1 in Europe of the traditional folk arts – Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk”. Every year in the Festival participate from 9 000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers.

Typical feature of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2008” is, that all performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them will be repeatedly broadcasted by 50 cable televisions in Bulgaria, the satelite and national cable televisions "Eurocom Bulgaria" and "Heros TV", as well as by the World Wide Internet Television "Euro Folk" at  www.eurofolk.com/tv. All this activities realize the main purpose of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2008” – The world is television to make the traditional folk arts popular through the media.

Preliminary Program

The fest program includes competitions with no age limitations in the following categories:

  • folk songs and dances;
  • folk customs;
  • folk theater;


The jury will have the right to ask for partial performance and to interrupt it, if it exceeds the prescribed time limits. Participants, however, must be prepared, if requested, to perform the program in its entirety.

During the Festival 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 program must not exceed 40 minutes.

It is recommendable that participants should consider 5 days stay in order to make audio recordings and video clips of high quality.

The made recordings will be broadcasted by 50 Bulgarian cable televisions and by satellite televisions with European holding, as well as on Internet television "Euro Folk".

During their participation in the Fest, the group could be invited by the organizers to take part in the common events – Official opening, Official closing, parade, coctail or others.


“Russian island 2008” International Festival of Folk Theatres is the main festival of the international festivals within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2008”. In it, under preferential financial conditions, gain the right to participate the awarded with the Grand prix and First Awards from the other nine international festivals “Euro folk”.

“Russian island 2008” International Festival of Folk Theatres is held withhin five performing days and evening concerts. It enables artistic teams and individual performers to showcase their creative projects on the scene of the Moscow State History-Ethnographic Theater and other scenes in Moscow. The main task of the organizers is to ensure the artistic teams an access to the stage, to gather them in a concourse program aimed at defining the best ones, as well as to popularize the award winners of the best by broadcasting their art in Russian and European TV channels, as well as repeatedly on Internet television "Euro Folk".

“Russian island 2008” International Festival of Folk Theatres is organized by Euro Folk Academy, the Moscow State History-Ethnographic Theater and other organizations within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk 2008” from 16th to 21st of October 2008.

Host of the festival: Moscow, the capital of Russia