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.
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 School, painting 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:
Formations that can take part in the competition program:
The duration of the program should not exceed:
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;
The jury evaluates by the following 3 criteria:
Championship categories are consistent with the categories of the World ranking list of folklore. Collected points standings with odds for a National Championship.
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):
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:
The participation fee does not include:
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.
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.
"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.