4 - 12 May 2021
  Veliko Tarnovo

Director:  Kaloyan NIkolov


Euro Folk Academy
European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF
Licence of World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF, World Cup of Folklore
World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria is held within the scope of Musical Feasts “Euro Folk”

The jury of  World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria uses the evaluation system of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF and the World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF.

The marks of the participants appeared in the competition program of the World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo 2021, Bulgaria are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore

Dear friends, the team of the European Association of Folklore Festivals -  EAFF, ICH partner of UNESCO has the pleasure to invite you to take part in the Sixth edition of the World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2021! Taking into account the crisis situation around the world, this year the prestigious folklore competition will be held and virtually, providing folklore ensembles, groups and soloists from around the world a platform for performance, creative contacts, a healthy competitive environment, prestigious awards, invitations for participation in preferential terms in the festivals from the EAFF's championship system, letters of thanks for managers and pedagogues. Without leaving your country, you get the opportunity to present your culture at the world level, and your performances will be evaluated by a highly qualified international jury.

By participating in the online edition of the VI World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2021 ONLINE you will promote your art to an unlimited audience, which will be able to vote on the page of the event on the website of EAFF. By winning the sympathy of the virtual audience, you or your group have a chance to become the winners of the "Award of the spectators"!

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! Thank you to everyone who will get involved and despite the difficult times remain strong and motivated in the name of folklore! 

Preliminary Program

25.01.2021 – 02.05.2021 - submission of applications and videos
04.05.2021 - publishing the videos of all the participants and starting the online voting until 10.05.2021
10.05.2021 - meeting of the Jury commission
12.05.2021 - publishing the results from the voting online and the assessments of the jury
12.05.2021 - online meeting of art directors and jury, closing of the competition.


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.

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.
  • 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 02.05.2021 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:

Contest 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 and Classical instrumental groups; (ensembles, orchestras)
H) Folklore groups for recreating customs - replicas; (folklore groups, ensembles)
I) Groups for old urban songs or Classical music. (groups, ensembles)


*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.

Formations that can take part in the competition program:

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


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:

  • Individual performers (soloists)                                                  - 25 Euro
  • Chamber formations, ensembles (up to 12 participants)           - 35 Euro per group
  • Choirs, orchestras and ensembles (13 participants or more)    - 75 Euro per group

The participation fee is paid after filling in an application form and approval of the video for participation in the competition. The organizing team sends a confirmation for participation with the necessary payment instructions to the approved groups.

Additional fee: /by reqest/

Personal Diploms for participation /for groups/ in VI World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo 2021 online - 2 euro per person.



  • The evaluations from the participation in the online competition of the VI World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo 2021 online will be valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore / (https://waff.org/) without additional fee.
  • By participating in the VI World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo 2021 - online, the group acquires the status of a member of EAFF without payingthe entrance fee for 2021 in the amount of 50/150 Euro.
  • Full payed collective and individual members of EAFF for 2021 will recieve 50% discount of participation fee.

Assessment and awards:

The videos of all participants will be published in a specially created platform on 04.05.2021 in the EAFF website which will start the online voting of the viewers. The voting period will last until 23:59:59 CET on 10.05.2021. 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 evaluation system is 60-point, taking the arithmetic mean of the sum of the criteria. 
  • The jury has the right to reduce the overall score in case of non-compliance with the regulation.

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)


  • Planned prize fund - 4000 Euro
  • All individual performers and groups will receive a Diploma for participation in the online edition of the V World Cup of Folklore™- Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.
  • Recomendations for participation in World Championship of Folklore "World Folk", European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk", Asian Championship of Folklore "Asia Folk".
  • The jury awards Diplomas - LAUREATE I, II and III degree in the individual categories. By decision of the jury 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, European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk" 2021, Asian Championship of Folklore "Asia Folk" 2021, World Cup of Folklore™- Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria 2022.
  • 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.
  • In each category and age group, depending on the level of performance and on the total score of the jury, participants receive titles:
    • Laureate I degree (Gold diploma)       - from 150.01 to 180.00 points
    • Laureate II degree (Silver diploma)     - from 120.01 to 150.00 points
    • Laureate III degree (Bronze diploma) - from    90.01 to 120.00 points
    • Diploma (Copper Diploma)                                  - up to  90.00 points
    • The number of diplomas for laureates is not limited.
  • THIRD PLACE - bronze medal, CUP and a cash prize of 200 Euro in the form of a voucher for participation in the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk".
  • SECOND PLACE - silver medal, CUP, Diploma and a cash prize of 300 Euro in the form of a voucher for participation in the World Championship of Folklore "World Folk".
  • FIRST PLACE - gold medal, Diploma, Prize - Grand Prix CUP and a cash prize of 700 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 to revelen Ministry of Culture or revelent Municipality with a request for service in an appropriate manner.
  • All diplomas and vouchers will be sent by e-mail in jpg or pdf format, post or at the request of the awarded participants granted live during their participation in the festivals and in the Championships of EAFF in 2021 and 2022.

World Cup of Folklore™ categories are consistent with the categories of the World ranking list of folklore.

Collected points standings with odds for a World Cup of Folklore™

Points valid for World ranking list of folklore.


Championship Odds Points for participation

Points by Category

First round

Points by  Grand Prix

 Second round



World Cup of Folklore™

3 15    1. 150 
2.  75

3.  45

1. 300

2. 150

3. 105

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ONLINE MEETING OF ART DIRECTORS and jury commition. 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 04.05.2021 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.