18 - 28 August 2016
  Nessebar, resort "Sunny Beach", Burgas, Obzor, St. Vlas - Bulgaria

Director:  Kaloyan Nikolov


The Championship is held under the patronage of the National Commission of Republic of Bulgaria for UNESCO 

Location: Nessebar and the resort complex “Sunny Beach” (Wikipedia)

The World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2016" is organizing by
The World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF,
The European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF,
World Folklore Academy, Event Vacation.
With support of:
Municipality of Nessebar, Burgas, Pomorie,
Financial support
10% discount for Application till 20 December

Basic Information

A special feature of the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" is that all performances are recorded with professional audio and television equipment and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by 50 cable televisions in Bulgaria, by satellite televisions "Travel TV", "Rodina TV" and "Heros TV" with coverage across Europe, as well as by the World Internet Television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com  With these activities the main goal of the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2016“ is being realized and that is to popularize the traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of mass media.

The concerts of the World Championship of Folklore “World Folk 2016” are broadcasted live on the World Internet Television “EuroFolkTV”.

The marks of the participants appeared in the competition program of the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2016" are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore.

Preliminary Program

August 18 - Meeting groups
August 19
- Competition - Official opening - Stage - Amphitheatre Nessebar
August 20 - Competition - Stage - Amphitheatre Obzor
August 21 Free day trips
August 22 Competition - Stage - Cultural center - Burgas
August 23 - Free day trips,
August 24 - Competition - Stage - Amphitheatre Obzor
August 25 - Competition - Stage - Theatre Arena Sveti Vlas
August 26 - Competition - Stage - Amphitheatre Obzor
August 27 - Competition - Ceremony and announcement of winners and official closing gala concert of winners - Stage - Theatre Arena Sveti Vlas
August 28 - Departure of the groups
Master Classes

Concerts take place at the Ancient Amphitheatre in Nessebar, Sunny Beach, Burgas, Obzor, St. Vlas

World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2016” You can see the program  - HERE
World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2015” You can see the program  - HERE
World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2014” You can see the program  - HERE
World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2013” You can see the program  - HERE
World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2012” You can see the program  - HERE.
World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2011”
Photos from World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2015” -  HERE /Facebook


Main task of the organizers is to allow the expression of the creative groups and their incorporation into a competitive program, defining the best of them and promoting the winners by broadcasting in the European and World television air.

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 application form.
  • The collectives, who apply for participation, must have obtained prestigious awards from other festivals; the awards should be notified in the application form.
  • All participants are to make their own travel arrangements to and from Nessebar and stages and pay their travel expenses. The Organizing Commitiee provides accommodation and cultural program (excursions) by agreement with the participants.
  • A group delegation can include artists and their accompanying party. The number of artists and accompanying people is not limited.
  • During the participation of the team in the Championship, it may be invited by the organizers to take part in joint events – Official opening, Official closing, defile, accompanying concerts, cocktail, master class, or others. The presence of invited teams in various events is required.
  • The application forms should be sent not later than 25.04.2016.
  • The participants pay the specified prices for participation in the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2016”. The advanced payment is 20% from the total amount for the participation of the group. It is payable after approval of participation, but not late of June 30, 2016. That condition is in order to booking in the active resort season.
  • Send by post, to the address of EAFF or with attachment to email, demos of at two performances, or link to a video posted on YouTube or other social site for video sharing. The application to be added annotation of the participant and promotional materials - photos. The photo should not be less than 1 MB. Sent materials will not be returned.
  • Individual performers and duets pays and participation fee 50 Euro.
  • The price includes staying the night, breakfast, dinner and organizational service.
  • Two weeks before the beginning of the championship the full amount for participation must be sent.
  • The minimum participation period is 5 days.

Regulations of Contest

The contest system includes the following categories:
A) Folklore songs groups, authentic folklore (choirs and ensembles)
B) Folklore songs groups, modern arrangement of folklore music; - (choirs and ensembles)
C) Folklore dances groups, authentic folklore; (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
D) Folklore dances groups; modern choreography (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
E) Folklore mix ensembles -  Authentic performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
F) Folklore mix ensembles -  Processed performances; (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
G) Folklore Instrumental groups; folklore music (ensembles and orchestras)
H ) Folklore customs groups ; replica (folklore groups, ensembles)
I) Group for old urban songs; (folklore groups, ensembles)

*i  individual performers and duets by all categories except E,F,H;
*1  by all categories there is also ranking of children and young people up to 18 years. /in children's and youth groups can participate up to 30% of participants from different age /
*2  by all categories there is ranking adults people up 18 years.

Formations that can take part in the competition program:
• folklore ensembles, song and dance groups;
• choirs;
• clubs for folk dances;
• groups for old urban songs;
• brass bands and folk orchestras;
• individual performers and duets;
The jury consists of three members. In jury committee may participate only members authorized by WAFF.
The jury evaluates by the following 4 criteria:
   1. Complexity of performance /level of complexity of the performance/
   2. Quality of performance /performance technical skills/
   3. Vision /costumes, props, staging/
   4. Stage manners /behavior on stage, gestures, contact with the audience, spirit emanation/
The program duration of the separate groups / participants should not exceed:
  • Songs - up to 10 minutes
  • Dances - up to 10 minutes
  • Ensemble performances – up to 15 minutes
The jury is entitled to reduce the overall assessment for non-compliance of regulations.