8 - 13 May 2024
  Veliko Tarnovo

Director:  Mrs. Mariana Nutsova

Location: Veliko Tarnovo


Euro Folk Academy, Event Vacation

Municipality Veliko Tarnovo

Within the scope of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" under the aegis of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF - ICH Partner of UNESCO

Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" have been held since 2003 in various cities and countries of Europe. Since 2007, they have been under the auspices of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF. Typical feature of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" is that all of the performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 20 cable televisions in Bulgaria, by the satelite televisions "Rodina TV" and "T.TV.I.", as well as by television "EuroFolkTV" with free Internet access from all over the world. All this activities realize the main purpose of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" - to popularize the traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of mass media.

Main event of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" is No1 Festival in Europe for the traditional folklore arts - Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk". Every year from 7 000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers take part in it. So far, nearly 200,000 (two hundred thousand) singers, musicians and dancers from all over Bulgaria and from another 30 countries from 4 continents have participated in the Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk".

LIVE TV broadcast on the Internet of all concerts on the website of "EurofolkTV": tv.eurofolk.com, YouTube Channel: @TVeurofolk, Facebook: EurofolkTV and EAFForg.

Town host:

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",  Imperial city of Tarnovo. 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 capital city Tarnovo, which was considered a "New Constantinople", became the country's main cultural hub and the center of the Eastern Orthodox world for contemporary Bulgarians. 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. Veliko Tarnovo is an important administrative, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Bulgaria.

Participants in the festival:

So far have participated groups from: Europe: Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Turkey; Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Iran; America: Canada; Africa: Algeria.

Purposes of the festival:

The main purposes of the festival are:
  • providing a platform for cultural exchange where participants can show the rich cultural heritage through the diverse forms of folk art: music, song and dance
  • expression of cultural identity
  • promoting mutual respect and understanding between different nations and communities
  • making new friendships
  • preservation and promotion of traditional cultural elements through artistic performances that ensure their transmission from generation to generation

Simultaneously with Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk" in Veliko Tarnovo are held the Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk" and World Cup of Folklore™ - Veliko Tarnovo.

Regulation for participation:

  • Groups willing to participate in the Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk" must fill in an application form.
  • Individual performers and collectives for authentic and processed folklore - vocal groups, folk choirs, dance ensembles, dance clubs and schools for Bulgarian folk dances, orchestras, groups for recreating customs, ensembles - can participate in the festival. Groups for old urban, classical, tourist and patriotic songs are also accepted for participation.
  • There is no age or organizational affiliation limit for participants.
  • Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk" does not have a competitive nature.
  • Duration of repertoires: for individual performers, duet and trio - up to 5 minutes, for groups - up to 10 minutes, for ensembles - up to 15 minutes.
  • It is recommended that groups for authentic folklore orient themselves to songs, melodies, customs and dances that are characteristic of the settlement and region they are from, which is of great importance for the color and prototype of the folklore material and tradition.
  • Of great benefit will be the careful attitude to the costumes, props and musical accompaniment of the groups, which is of decisive importance for the domestic fidelity of the folk traditions.
  • Participants can perform with orchestras (recommended) or with recorded music (on USB). No playback allowed.
  • If a copyrighted work is used, the authors and arrangement must be indicated in the application form for participation.
  • A link to a published YouTube video (if any) must be included in the application form. A short annotation and a photograph of the participant, not smaller than 1 MB, are sent after the confirmation of participation. These materials will be used for presentation publications.
  • Each group should bring a flag of their country/ town or village and a flag of the group, if any, a board with the name of the group and the organization it represents, as well as a few gifts for visits to the Municipality or to exchange with the other participants.
  • During the participation of the group, the organizers can invite it to take part in common events - Official opening, Official closing, parade, accompanying concerts, cocktail party, master class or others. The presence of invited groups is recommended.
  • Participants can order complete recordings of their performances on DVD or Flash memory for a fee.


The participants are awarded subject prizes, honored signs and diplomas for essential contribution at preserving and popularizing of the traditional Bulgarian folk arts. At the discretion of the jury, the participants can receive: "Discovery" Diploma, "Continuity between generations" Diploma, founded in the name of the creator of the Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk" - Iliyan Nikolov, Recommendation for participation in the EAFF Championship system and other awards established by sponsors and partners.

Preliminary Program:

8 - 9th May 2024 - Welcoming participants
10th May 2024 - Concert program: 14:00 - 21:30
11th May 2024 - Concert program: 14:00 - 21:30/ Parade: 18:00
12th May 2024 - Concert program: 14:00 - 21:00

13th May 2024 - Departure

The preliminary program of XXVII Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2024" - /Expected link/
The preliminary program of XXVI  Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2023" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2023
The preliminary program of XXV   Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2022" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2022
The preliminary program of XXIV  Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2021" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2021
The preliminary program of XXIII  Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2019" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2019
The preliminary program of XXII   Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2018" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2018
The preliminary program of XXI    Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2017" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2017
The preliminary program of XX     Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2016" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2016  
The preliminary program of XIX    Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2015" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2015    
The preliminary program of XVIII  Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2014" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2014
The preliminary program of XVII   Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2013" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2013
The preliminary program of XVI    Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2012" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2012
The preliminary program of XV     Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2011" - HERE   OFFICIAL FILM FOR 2011

Participation fee (for participants and accompanying persons):

  • Period 1: 10 - 13 May - 3 HB (3 nights on Half Board) - City, Real, Akvaya, Anheya, Central, Allegro…       
    • Comfort     3* - 3 HB - 146 Euro
    • Luxury        4* - 3 HB - 192 Euro      
  • Period 2: 9 - 13 May - 4 HB (4 nights on Half Board) - Premier, Panorama, Park Asenevtci, Sevastokrator...
    • Comfort     3* - 4 HB - 179 Euro
    • Luxury        4* - 4 HB - 229 Euro
At every 25 participants one is welcome to join in for free /25+1/.
(paying goes in several month payments till departure time)

The participation fee includes:

  • Accommodation in 1/3 and 1/4 rooms, half-board (breakfast and dinner), supplement for lunch: 8-12 Euro, supplement for 1/2 room: 7 Euro per person per night, supplement for 1/1 room: 21 Euro per person per night
  • Organization expenses
  • Degrees*
  • Invitation letter**

The participation fee does not include:

  • Additional day in some of the hotels: it costs 45/ 55 Euro per person
  • Facultative tours - tour of Veliko Tarnovo (Visit to "Tsarevets" Fortress - Tsars Castle and Ethnological Museum), Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo (Ethnographic complex "Etara"), Shipka, Ruse, Bucharest
  • Transport, parking, insurance...
  • Transport from airports /Sofia - 235 km., Burgas - 220 km., Varna - 210 km., Bucharest - 200 km., Istanbul - 490 km.; railway - Gorna Oryahovitsa - 11 km./

Registration of the participants:

Registration of the participants, receipt of the presentation materials, signing and handing over of contracts and clarifications on the program will be carried out from 10:00 to 16:00 by the person in charge of the group /artistic director/ at the registration office next to the entrance to the stage of the "Marno Pole" Summer Theater in Veliko Tarnovo.

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 accommodation.

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.

With the receipt of the application form, the acceptance of the conditions defined by this regulation is certified.

In case of unforeseen or force majeure circumstances, the organizer reserves the right to make changes. In accordance with the current economic situation, in the event of an increase in prices, the organizers reserve the right to make adjustments.
Unambiguous text: The collectives or presenting organizations, if approved by the jury to participate, 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.
Info tour:
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 letters will be provided if needed.
*** Optional Tours - excursions (Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Kazanlak, Gabrovo, Shipka, Ruse, Bucharest). Seasonal prices vary according to the number of participants.
****  The final program of the festival could be changed by the organizers if needed.