14 - 18 May 2020
  Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Director:  Mrs. Mariana Nutsova

Location: Veliko Tarnovo
The festival has an excellent quality certificate, issued by European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF.
Euro Folk Academy, Municipality Veliko Tarnovo, Event Vacation

LIVE TV broadcast on the Internet of all concerts

Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2020” is held within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” – The World is television. Musical Feаsts are held in different European cities and countries during the whole year under the aegis of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF.

Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” comprise forthy five musical festivals. Main event of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” 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.

Simultaneously with Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” in Veliko Tarnovo is held the National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk". The participants in Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk” can apply for participation in the National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk". The awards of the National Championship of Folklore Arts "Euro Folk" are specified in the regulation of the Championship.

Typical feature of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” 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 20 cable televisions in Bulgaria, by the satelite televisions "T.TV.I.", "Rodina TV" and “Heros TV”, as well as by the World Internet Television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com. All this activities realize the main purpose of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk” – The world is television - to popularize the traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of mass media.

Veliko Tarnovo: Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian Еmperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and as the former main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages, the city was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.

Veliko Tarnovo is an important administrative, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Bulgaria

Participants in the festival:

Participants are ensembles from Russia, Indonesia, India, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy, Sweden, Moldova, Armenia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Croatia, Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary…

Participation fee: (for participants and accompanying persons)

(for participants and accompanying persons)

  • Period 1:  14 - 18 May - 4 HB (5 nights on Half Board)
    • Economy  2*/3* - 4 HB - 116 Euro
    • Standard        3* - 4 HB - 140 Euro
  • Period 2:   15 - 18 May - 3 HB (3 nights on Half Board)
    • Economy   2*/3* - 3 HB -   87 Euro
    • Standard         3* - 3 HB - 105 Euro
At every 25 /25+1/ participants one is welcome to join in for free.
(paying goes in several month payments till departure time)


Accomodation is in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms
supplement for 1/2 room is 5 Euro per person per night,
supplement for 1/1 room is 15 Euro per person per night
All the hotels are located in Veliko Tarnovo, based on 3/5/10 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet)

The participation fee includes:

  • Accommodation in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms, 3/5/10 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet), (supplement for 1/2 room is 5 Euro per person per night)
  • Organization expenses
  • Free place on every 25-th member /25 +1/
  • Degrees**
  • Invitation letter***

The participation fee does not include:

  • Additional day in some of the hotels: it costs 29/35 Euro per person
  • Facultative tours (tour of Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Russe, Bucharest)
  • Transport, parking, insurance...
  • Transport from airport /Sofia, - 235 km., Burgas - 220 km., Varna - 210 km., Bucharest - 200 km. Istanbul - 490 km./, railway - Gorna Oriahovitza - 11 km.
  • Additional payment for Luxory Hotel 4**** - Standart + 10 Euro per day per person

Preliminary Program

May 14
10.00 - Welcoming of participants
14.00  - Check-in at hotel.
Tours for the free groups.
May 15
10.00 - Welcoming of participants
11.00 - 19.00 – Festival program - Concert. Tours for the free groups.
19.30 – Official opening ceremony
22.00 – End of the Festival program.
May 16
11.00 – Festival program - Concert. Tour for the free groups.
18.00 – Defile / Parad of nations
22.00 – End of the Festival program.
May 17
11.00 – Festival program - Concert. Tours for the free groups.
20.30 – Official closing ceremony.
21.30 – End of the program
May 18
Departure of the participants. Tours.
12.00 h -  Check out of hotels
The preliminary program of XXII StaraIPlanina Fest "Balkan Folk 2019"   - HERE      OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2019
The preliminary program of XXII StaraIPlanina Fest "Balkan Folk 2018"   - HERE      OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2018
The preliminary program of XXI StaraIPlanina Fest "Balkan Folk 2017"    - HERE      OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2017
The preliminary program of XX Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2016"    - HERE      OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2016   
You can see the program of XIX Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2015"  - HERE      OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2015     
You can see the program of XVIII Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2014"-  HERE     OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2014
You can see the program of XVII Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2013" -  HERE     OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2013
You can see the program of XVI Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2012"  -  HERE     OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2012
You can see the program of XV Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2011"   -  HERE     OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2011


Participants obtain object awards, deeds and honored signs, diplomas for laureates, discoveries, for a sufficient contribution at preserving and popularizing of the traditional folklore arts, a diploma for participation.

General Conditions

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 in Veliko Tarnovo is going to be made at the office of “Balkan Folk” - 59, "Tsar Todor Svetoslav" str.

Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.
Next stage payment 20% for booking of accomodation.
Rest of payment 70% - 15 days befor start of festival, or on registration with permition of organizers. 
"Sound and lights" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBml0NGJt1c
The Sound and Light Show is a unique attraction in Europe. Shows of its kind can only be seen in few other countries in the world.
Through of music and spectacular illumination, this programme recreates the history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1393), the fall under the Turkish and the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878. The music was composed especially for the show, which was first displayed in 1985 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Asen and Peter’s uprising.
The best place to watch the show is Tsar Ivan Asen square located right in front of Tsarevets.


Museum of "wax" figures in Veliko Tarnovo           - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-LyaNSWfdc
Top Things See & Do in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcw_z3rBo5w
Spirit of Veliko Tarnovo                                         - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-zvUh_Hbis


*    Optional Tours - excursions (Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Rouse, Buharest). Seasonal prices vary according to the number of participants.
**    Certificates of participation will be given
***   Invitation letter will be provided if needed
**** The final program of the festival could be changed by the organizers if needed