15 - 24 September 2020

Director:  Kaloyan Nikolov

The World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2020" is organized by
The World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF,
The European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF,
World Folklore Academy


With the support of:


Basic Information

The marks of the participants appeared in the competition program of the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk 2020" are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore.


The team of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, (ICH) partner of UNESCO welcomes all the performers in the field of the folklore arts!

Dear friends, the jubilee X edition of the World Championship of Folklore "World folk" 2020 will be held virtually, on the Internet. The online version of the Championship is a result of the pandemic situation around the world and in response to the imposed measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. In this regard, EAFF offers a new platform for performance and creative contacts for all folk groups, which do not have the opportunity to travel and attend the event live! Join the online edition of the X World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2020 and become part of the upcoming virtual contest!

With this new form of communication, let us overcome isolation and stay together in this challenge, because folklore has always been, is and will be shared knowledge! Of course, online participation can not compensate for the wonderful experiences of meeting audiences and friends when holding festivals in a real environment, but it is an opportunity for performance, which will save on transportation and accommodation costs. Thank you to everyone who will get involved and despite the difficult times remain strong and motivated in the name of folklore!

Preliminary Program:

20.07 – 14.09.2020 - submission of applications and videos
15.09.2020 - publishing the videos of all the participants and starting the online voting until 21.09.2020
22.09.2020 - meeting of the Jury commission
24.09.2020 - publishing the results from the voting online and the assessments of the jury


  • Main purpose of the organizers is to provide opportunity for presentation of creative groups, involving them into a competition program, and defying the best of them.


  • folklore ensembles;
  • folklore vocal and dance groups;
  • choirs;
  • clubs of folklore dances;
  • groups for old urban songs;
  • brass and folklore orchestras;
  • individual performers, duets, trios

For participation in the competition is required accreditation of the participants, which is carried out under the following conditions:

  • Those wishing to participate should fill in the application form. Submission of an application means agreeing with the Regulation of the online edition of the X World Championship of Folklore "World folk" 2020.
  • A separate application form shall be filled in for each individual performer or formation.
  • Individual performers and formations from all countries can take part in the Championship.
  • There are no age restrictions for participants.
  • Each individual performer, vocal group, dance group, folk orchestra or ensemble participates with one performance.
  • Participants are responsible for compliance with copyright and related rights.
  • The videos of the performances are sent together with the application for participation until 14.09.2020 or by e-mail: office@eaff.eu, by using the web platforms for data transfer: We Transfer, DOX or through a link to a video, published on YouTube or Google Drive.
  • After sending the application form, you will receive a confirmation of participation.

Regulation of the contest:

The evaluation system includes the following categories:

A) Groups for folklore songs, authentic folklore (choirs and choirs with accompaniment)
B) Groups for folklore songs, modern arrangement of folklore music (choirs and choirs with accompaniment)
C) Folklore dance groups, authentic folklore (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
D) Folklore dance groups, modern choreography (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
E) Folklore ensembles (mixed), authentic folklore (live vocals, instrumentals and dances)
F) Folklore ensembles (mixed), processed performances (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
G) Folklore instrumental ensembles - folklore music (orchestras)
H) Folklore groups for recreating customs - replicas (folklore groups, ensembles)
I) Groups for old urban songs (groups, ensembles)
- * 1 for all categories there is a ranking of children and young people up to 18 years. Up to 30% of participants of different ages can participate in children's and youth groups.
- * 2 for all categories there is a ranking for adults above 18 years.
- * i individual performers and duets of all categories except E, F, H.
Duration of performances:
  • Songs and instrumental performances – from 2 to 5 minutes
  • Round dances and choreographies – from 3 to 10 minutes
  • Customs and ensemble plays – from 5 to 15 minutes

Requirements for video files:

- Non-professional and professional videos made up to 2 years ago are accepted.
- For non-professional recordings, use the highest resolution of your camera and shoot from a tripod, horizontally. Group performances to be shot from appropriate distance to catch the group. Before sending the file, check for audio and video defects. Recommended video format .mp4 - 8 MB, HD.
- The use of video taken during other competitions and concerts is allowed.
- It is recommended that participants be dressed in national costumes.
- Title the video files with the names of the performance and the group; for individual performers - the name of the performance and the surname of participant.

Participation fee:

Participants pay fee for participation in the Online edition of the X World Championship of Folklore “World Folk“ 2020:

  • Individual performes, duets, trios (up to 3 participants) - 30 Euro
  • Groups (more than 4 people) - 10 Euro per person (but not more than 200 Euro per group)


  • The evaluations from the participation in the online competition of the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2020 will be valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore / (https://waff.org/) without additional fee.
  • By participating in the Online Championship, the group acquires the status of a member of EAFF without paying the entrance fee for 2020 in the amount of 50/150 Euro.
  • Full payed collective and individual members of EAFF for 2020 will recieve 50% discound of participation fee.

Assessment and awards:

The videos of all participants will be published in a specially created platform on the EAFF website which will start the online voting of the viewers. The voting period will last until 23:59:59 CET on 21.09.2020. After this period, likes will not be considered for the ranking. The winner will be determined by the number of likes of the audience. The participant with the highest score will receive a Certificate “Award of the spectators”.

Members of the jury commission, authorized by EAFF:

Participants will be judged by a highly qualified jury, consisting of recognized cultural figures invited by the organizers.

The jury evaluates according to the following 3 criteria:

1. Level of complexity and technique of implementation
2. Presentation (costumes, props, staging, choice of repertoire)
3. Stage behavior (behavior, stage presence, artistry)

Awards of the jury:

  • Planned prize fund - 5000 Euro.
  • All individual performers and groups will receive a Diploma for participation in the online edition of the X World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2020.
  • The jury awards Diplomas - LAUREATE I, II and III degree in the individual categories. Winners of the Laureate Title I degree will also receive a 10% discount on the fee for participation in the XI World Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2021.
  • Special jury awards for Authentic Costume, Stage Costume, Modern Arrangement, Musical Accompaniment, Artistry, Soloist and others.
  • Special prize of EurofolkTV tv.eurofolk.com - one of the participants (group or individual performer) will be rewarded with free video recording. The organization and shooting of the video will take place with the participation of the winner of the award in the European Championship or World Championship of Folklore in the coming years.
  • THIRD PLACE - bronze medal, Prize - Bronze "Orpheus" and a cash prize of 300 Euro in the form of a voucher for participation in the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk".
  • SECOND PLACE - silver medal, Prize - Silver "Orpheus", Diploma for Vice World Champion in Folklore for 2020 and a cash prize of 500 Euro in the form of a voucher for participation in the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk".
  • FIRST PLACE - gold medal, Diploma for Absolute World Champion of Folklore for 2020, Prize - Grand Prix "World Folk 2020" - Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus" and a cash prize of 1000 Euro in the form of a voucher for participation in the World Championship of Folklore "World folk".
  • The vouchers are valid for 3 years.
  • Letters of thanks for teachers and art directors.
  • All diplomas and vouchers will be sent by e-mail in jpg or pdf format or at the request of the awarded participants granted live during their participation in the festivals and in the Championships of EAFF in 2021.

ONLINE MEETING OF ART DIRECTORS. The team of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF understands the need for a live connection between like-minded people and colleagues in the field of folklore arts. Given the circumstances caused by the global pandemic, EAFF will provide an opportunity to exchange impressions and ideas through an online meeting. Each of the managers, if they want, will be included in the online meeting and will receive an email invitation.

General terms:

  • Fees for participation shall be transferred by 14.09.2020 via Bank or card.
  • The fees for the money transfers are at the expense of the sending party.
  • Participants do not receive salaries / chonorarium.
  • Completed applications for participation shall mean acceptance of the conditions laid down in this Regulation.

Explicit text: Upon approval for participation in the Championship, the teams or organizations representing them, release the rights to the organizer for the performances to be used in a program (movie) presenting the festival and broadcast on television or otherwise.