11 - 15 May 2023
  Veliko Tarnovo

Director:  Kaloyan Nikolov

The forum will be held in compliance with all precautionary measures in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health.

Location: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria  (Wikipedia)


European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF
Euro Folk Academy, World Folklore Academy, Event Vacation
Licence of World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF World Cup of Folklore
All performances will recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 20 cable and satellite televisions, as well as the World Wide Internet Television "EuroFolkTV" at tv.eurofolk.com.

Town host - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgarian: Велико Търново) is a city in 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 city is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. 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 Schoolpainting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.

Preliminary Program:

12th May 2023 - Concert program - 14:00 - 21:00
13th May 2023 - Concert program - 14:00 - 21:00
14th May 2023 - Concert program - 14:00 - 19:30


Main task of the organizers is to ensure the creative groups an access to the stage, to gather them in a concourse programme aimed at defining the best ones and to popularize the award winners by broadcasting their art in gloub air.

To participate in the contest, the participants need accreditation, which is realized under the following conditions:
  • Groups, willing to participate in the World Cup of Folklore™, complete and sign application forms.
  • Collectives, applying for participation, must have obtained prestigious awards from other festivals, awards to be mentioned in the application.
  • All participants are to make their own travel arrangements to and from place of conducting, Bulgaria and pay their travel expenses.
  • During the participation of the team in the World Cup of Folklore™, it may be invited by the organizers to take part in joint events – Official opening, Official closing, defile, accompanying concerts, cocktail, master class, competition for traditional breads or others. The presence of invited teams in various events is required.
  • Applications for participation in the competition program are accepted until 27.01.2023.
  • Participants pay a fee to participate in the World Cup of Folklore™.
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 over 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 evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
   1. Level of complexity and technique of performance
   2. Vision /costumes, properties, staging, selection of repertoire/
   3. Stage manners /behavior on stage, gestures, contact with the audience, spirit emanation, artistry/

During the World Cup of Folklore™ studio audio recordings and filming of professional video clips of the participants' program will be done free of charge for those performances, awarded by the jury or for payment. 

The duration of the program should not exceed 10 minutes.


The big award World Cup of Folklore- Veliko Tarnovo 2023, Bulgaria and a diploma for the WINNER of WORLD CUP OF FOLKLORE.
for participation in World Championship of Folklorе "WORLD FOLK" and other with total sum of 2000 Euro.

First awards in the relevant categories and a diploma for the World Cup of Folklore™ for the relevant category. The champions obtain golden medals, and for the second and third place – silver and bronze medals. At jury’s decision in the single 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 of the participants are granted with deeds for laureates, diplomas and object – awards. The awards are granted on a ceremony during World Cup of Folklore- Veliko Tarnovo 2023, Bulgaria.

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 Academic. The diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with asking for a ceremonial delivery.

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 against payment full recordings of their performances, including video clips, CD and DVD. These products have the right to be broadcasted in the relevant country.
The jury consists of 3 people.

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:



Points for participation

Points by Category

First round

Points by  Grand Prix

 Second round



World Cup of Folklore™



   1. 150 
2.  75

3.  45

1. 300

2. 150

3. 105

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Unambiguous text: The collectives or presenting organizations, if approved by the jury to participate in the World Cup of Folklore™, give the organizers the right to be recorded on video and audio, arranged in a program, presenting the fest and broadcasted by a TV channel or in some other way, for which a contract agreement will be signed.

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):

  • Period 1: 12 - 15 May - 3 HB (3 nights on Half Board)
    • Economy 2*/3* - 3 HB - 117 Euro
    • Standard       3* - 3 HB - 144 Euro
  • Period 2: 11 - 15 May - 4 HB (4 nights on Half Board)
    • Economy 2*/3* - 4 HB - 156 Euro
    • Standard       3* - 4 HB - 192 Euro
Every 25 participants one is welcome to join in for free(25+1)
(paying goes in several month payments till departure time)


Accomodation is in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms.
Supplement for 1/2 room is 7 Euro per person per night.
Supplement for 1/1 room is 21 Euro per person per night.
All the hotels are located in Veliko Tarnovo, based on 3/ 4 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet).

The participation fee includes:

  • Accommodation in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms, 3/4 half-board (breakfast and dinner-buffet), (supplement for lunch 8-12 Euro)
  • 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 39/48 Euro per person
  • Additional payment for Luxory Hotel 4**** - Standart + 12 Euro per day per person
  • Facultative tours *** (Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Ruse, Bucharest)
  • Transport, parking, insurance
  • Transport from airports:  /Sofia - 220 km., Burgas - 210 km., Varna - 210 km., Bucharest - 210 km., Istanbul - 490 km./, railway station - Gorna Oryahovitsa - 11 km.
  • Participation fee in World Cup of Folklore™ for second category is 180 Euro
  • Participation fee from individual participation up to trio - 60 Euro

General conditions:

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 before the beginning of the festival or upon arrival with permission of organizers.
The sender covers all bank fees.
All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.

Additional tourist information:

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