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 School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.
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:
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;
Formations that can take part in the competition program:
The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
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 big award World Cup of Folklore™- Veliko Tarnovo 2023, Bulgaria and a diploma for the WINNER of WORLD CUP OF FOLKLORE.
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.
World Cup of Folklore™ categories are consistent with the categories of the World ranking list of folklore.
Points valid for World ranking list of folklore:
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):
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:
The participation fee does not include:
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:
"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
* 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.