8 - 13 May 2024
  Veliko Tarnovo

Director:  Kaloyan Nikolov

Location: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (Wikipedia)


Euro Folk Academy, Event Vacation

Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo

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

XIV Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2024" is a competitive event which is a part of the Championship system of folklore of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF with the rank of National Championship. Championship system of folklore includes local, national, regional, international and continental folk arts championships. The highest and most important event of the Championship system is the World Championship of Folklore "World folk". The hierarchical structure of the Championship system gives the participants the opportunity to rank and move to the next stage of the different ranked championships. The Championship system is a modern form of promotion and preservation of cultural heritage which combines a strong competitive start and a high level of performance of the participants.

The evaluations of the groups participating in the competition programs of the Championship system are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore.

Groups that do not wish to be assessed can also participate under the same conditions or sign up to participate in Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk" which is not competitive in nature.

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. 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". Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" include forty-five music festivals. 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.

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.

Purpose of the festival:

The main task of the organizers is to give creative collectives the opportunity to perform and to include them in a competition program, determining the best of them and to promote them through modern information and television technologies. Presentation in the best light of the elements of traditional arts. Providing a space for cultural exchange, new friendships and unforgettable memories. Promoting mutual respect, understanding between different nations and communities. Interweaving of traditional cultural elements in the new age with the aim of preservation, development and transmission to the next generations.

Regulation for participation:

International participants can participate only if they present Bulgarian folklore according to the categories. International participants can participate in the World Cup of Folklore™- Veliko Tarnovo 2024 which will be held on the same dates.

To participate in the Championship, the participants need accreditation, which is realized under the following conditions:
  • The application form must be sent to confirm participation. All filled applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.
  • A group delegation can include artists and their accompanying party. The number of artists and accompanying people is not limited.
  • Groups, applying for participation, must have obtained prestigious awards from other events from Championship system or other prestigious contests awards to be mentioned in the application.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The group should prepare a 5/ 10/ 15-minute program accompanied by their own orchestra or music on FLASH memory.
  • If a copyrighted work is used, the authors and arrangement must be indicated in the application form for participation.
  • Each group should provide a few photos/ videos with a brief history of the group. These materials will be used for promotional, publication and advertising purposes.
  • Each group should bring a flag of their country and the group if available, a board with the name of their group and country and few gifts for the Municipality visits and organizers or for exchange with the other participants.
  • During the Championship, the organizers can invite the group to take part in common events - Official opening, Official closing, parade, cocktail party, accompanying concerts, master class or others. The presence of invited teams in various events is required.
  • All participants organize their own travel to and from the place of conducting and pay their own travel expenses.
  • All participants need to have the necessary international health insurance.
  • After receiving your application form, a confirmation will be sent to you along with payment instructions.
  • Additional participation fee for groups and individual performers in the World Cup of Folklore for each category in which the group will participate. Terms may be considered Here.
Formations that can take part in the competition program:
  • vocal groups, folk choirs
  • dance ensembles, dance clubs and schools for folk dances
  • folklore ensembles
  • wind and folk orchestras
  • groups for recreating customs
  • groups for old urban songs
  • individual performers, duet and trio
The duration of the program should not exceed:
  • For individuals - 5 minutes
  • For groups - 10 minutes
  • For ensembles - up to 15 minutes
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 except 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. 

The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
   1. Level of complexity and technique of performance
   2. Appearance (costumes, properties, staging, selection of repertoire)
   3. Stage manners (behavior on stage, gestures, contact with the audience, spirit emanation, artistry)

  • The jury committee may participate only members authorized by EAFF.
  • The evaluation system is sixty points, taking the arithmetic mean of the sum of the criteria.
  • The jury is entitled to reduce the overall assessment in case of non-compliance with the regulation.


  • The big award - Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus", golden medal and a diploma for the Absolute National Champion of Folklore.
  • The Winner of Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus" takes also a money prize of 500 Euro.
  • Silver "Orpheus", silver medal and a diploma for the National Vice-Champion of Folklore.
  • Bronze "Orpheus", bronze medal and a diploma.
  • Nominations Golden "Orpheus", which give the right to participate in the ranking for Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus".
  • Golden, silver and bronze medals and diplomas in the relevant categories.
  • Recommendations for participation in a Championship of a higher rank.
  • Special awards from organizers and partners.
  • All participating groups receive diplomas for participation and subject prizes.
  • The jury awards the best performances with free filming and video production.
  • Awards are granted at an AWARDING CEREMONY.
  • In the jury’s opinion and the producer Euro Folk Academy the best performers and artistic directors shall be honored with a Diploma for obtaining the rank Maestro or Maestro Academician. Diplomas are sent to the relevant municipalities with request for a solemn awarding.
  • All art directors, teachers, choreographers, group and ensemble leaders also receive the Thankful Diplomas of the Championship sent by the relevant Ministry of culture of their country, or Local Municipalities with request for a solemn awarding.
  • Award winners get a free of charge copy of the video recordings.
  • The participants can order full recordings of their performances, including video clips, on DVD or FLASH with additional payment.
  • Individual named electronic Certificates of participation for each participant in the group can be issued against additional payment (announced before the competition).

Championship categories are consistent with the categories of the World ranking list of folklore. Collected points standings with odds for a National Championship.

Points valid for World ranking list of folklore:



Points for participation

Items by Category

First Round

 Second round - Race Grand Prix




1. 100 
2.  50

3.  30

1. 200

2. 100

3. 70

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Preliminary Program:

08 - 09th May 2024 - Welcoming of the groups
10th May 2024 - Concert program, Official opening - 14:00 - 21:30
11th May 2024 - Parade, Concert program - 14:00 - 21:30
12th May 2024 - Concert program, Official closing - 14:00 - 21:00

13th May 2024 - Departure of the groups

You can view the preliminary detailed program of the XXVII Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2024" and XIV Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2024" /Expected link/
You can view the preliminary detailed program of the XXVI Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk 2023" and XIII Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2023" HERE

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, Yantra...
    • 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./
  • Participation fee for second category - 8 Euro per person, not more than 160 Euro.
  • Participation fee from individual participation up to trio - 30 Euro.

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 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.