Director: Kaloyan Nikolov
European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF,
Euro Folk Academy,
Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and other.
Within the framework of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk".
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 7 000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers take part in it. Participants in Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2020" have the right to take part in the National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2020".
Along with the National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2020" is held also the World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2020, Bulgaria.
Participants in the Championship will be able to take part in World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria with paid participation fee.
All of these activities realize the main purpose of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF to promote traditional folklore arts through the enormous possibilities of massmedia. Maintaining the diversity of the main traditional values and identity of different nationalities, guarantees the evolution of humanity.
Town host - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo (in Bulgarian: Велико Търново) is a town in the north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. 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 town is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra river. Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate with the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages it 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.
10.00 - Welcoming of participants
14.00 - Check-in at hotel.
Tours for the free groups.
10.00 - Welcoming of participants
11.00 - 19.00 – Competition program. Tours for the free groups.
19.30 – Official opening ceremony
22.00 – End of the competition program
11.00 – Beginning of the competition program. Tour for the free groups.
18.00 – Defile / Parad of nations
22.00 – End of the competition program
11.00 – Beginning of the competition program. Tours for the free groups.
20.30 – Official closing ceremony and announcement of the winners by categories and GRAND PRIX winner
21.30 – End of the program
Departure of the participants. Tours.
12.00 h - Check out of hotels
The program of X Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2019" you can see HERE.
National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2020” is organized by EAFF and other organizations within the scope of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" – The World is Television.
International participants can participate only if they present Bulgarian folklore according to the categories.
Contest system includes the following categories:
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) Groups for folklore customs, recreation of rituals (folklore groups, ensembles)
I ) Groups for urban folklore (old town songs, old town dance, world folk)
*i individual performers and duets by all categories exept 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.
The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
1. Level of complexity and technique of performance
2. Appearance (costumes, properties, staging, selection of repertoire)
3. Stage manners (behavior on stage, gestures, contact with the audience, spirit emanation, artistry)
The duration of the program should not exceed 10 minutes.
The big award of the Championship “Euro Folk 2020” is Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus" and a diploma for the Absolute National Championship of Folklore of Bulgaria.
Winners of first awards in the relevant categories get also diplomas of the National Championship of Folklore for the relevant category. The champions obtain golden medals, winners of second and third place get silver and bronze medals. At jury’s decision in the 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 the participants are granted with diplomas for laureates, certificates and gifts. Awards are granted on a ceremony.
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 Academician. Diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with request for a solemn awarding.
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 full recordings of their performances, including video clips, CD and DVD with additional payment. These products have the right to be broadcasted in the relevant country.
The jury consists of 3 people.
In the National Championship of Folklore may participate 20% of participants from other countries.
Collected points standings with odds for a National Championship.
Points valid for World ranking list of folklore.
Points for participation
Items by Category
Second round - Race Grand Prix
Next - 4
(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
Participation fee includes:
Accommodation in triple and quadruple rooms, 3 or 5 nights on half board (breakfast and dinner-buffet), (supplement for double room is 5 Euro per person per night)
Free place on every 26th member (25 +1)
Participation fee does not include:
Additional day in some of the hotels costs from 29/35 Euro per person
Facultative tours (tour in Veliko Tarnovo, to Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Russe, Bucharest)
Transport, parking, health insurance
Transport from airports (Sofia - 220 km., Burgas - 210 km., Varna - 210 km., Bucharest - 210 km, Istanbul - 490 km.) from railway station in Gorna Oryahovitsa - 11 km.
Registration fee in World Cup of Folklore™ for category is 150 Euro.
Additional payment for Luxory Hotel 4**** - Standart + 10 Euro per day per person
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 registration desk.
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.
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.
Museum of "wax" figures in Veliko Tarnovo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-LyaNSWfdc