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The “Balkan Folk 2018” festival was opened. The first nomination for the Grand Prix was awarded The XXII Stara planina Festival “Balkan Folk” was announced opened in the overcrowded hall of the Municipality building of Veliko Tarnovo applaused by hundred of spectators - participants and guests. Festival No.1 in Europe for traditional folklore arts is held simultaneosly with the IX Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk 2018” and the III World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2018. Concert program of the first festival day was started earlier in the opening day. 42 groups and individual performers from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Sweden, Canada and Yakutia (Republic oh Sakha) presented their performances in front of the professional jury and the audience. A lot of prizes were awarded to participants in the three folklore formats, both of them - the Championship and the Cup with contest elements. Dancers from Dance group “Praznik” Sandanski (Bulgaria) were the first winners of nomination for the Grand Prix Golden “Orpheus” in the National Championship of Folklore. The opening ceremony was attended by official guests:

Georgi Chukurov - organizer in the “Culture, tourism and international activities” Section in the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo. He read the Congratulatory address on behalf of the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, Eng. Daniel Panov. Kaloyan Nikolov - president of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF. He welcomed the participants and officially opened the large folklore event. The face of this year’s advertising campaign received a gift from the President of 2

EAFF. The girl from the “Balkan Folk 2018” poster is Tsvetina Bambova from Ugyrchin (Bulgaria). At the end of the first concert, children and youths from Folklore Dance Group “Zagorovche” - Septemvri (Bulgaria) started a traditional Bulgarian round dance and this way the Forums - Stara planina Festival “Balkan Folk”, Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk” and World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2018 were involved in the International initiative “Roses of Bulgaria”, dedicated on the Day of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius on 11th of May.


Veliko Tarnovo is a festival! More than 150 groups and individual performers from all the ethnographic areas of Bulgaria and guests from Lithuania, Sweden, Canada and Sakha Republic (Yakutia) presented variety of costumes, songs, dances, music and customs on the stage of the XXII Stara planina Fest „Balkan Folk“ in its first part and in particular in the three concert days on 11th, 12th of 13th of May 2018. Festival №1 in Europe for traditional folklore arts is held simultaneously with the IX Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk 2018” and the III World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2018. Many awards were given to the groups participants in the three folklore forums, both of them with contest element. Participants also received awards from the events sponsors - PRESTIJ 96 AD Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) and MEDOVINA EOOD - Streltsi village (Bulgaria). Grand prix Nominations were given to five groups during the first part of the Championship: Dance group „Praznik“ - Sandanski, art director Mihail Mitrev (Bulgaria); Female Vocal Group at Ensemble for folklore songs „Ograzhdenski glasove“, art director Slavka Bardarova - Lebnitsa village (Bulgaria); Folklore group „Balkaniya“, art director Maestro Ivan Sirakov - Hisarya (Bulgaria); Dance Group „Shopluka“, art director Margarita Kindova - Varna (Bulgaria) and Folklore Group „Karlak“, art director Siyka Karanlakova - Asenovgrad (Bulgaria). For the first three days the jury awarded 69 groups and individual performers with medals in the Championship. 25 groups received golden medals, 31 groups were awarded with silver medals and 13 groups received bronze ones. In the contest program of the World Cup of Folklore, nominations for the Gand Prix were awarded to: Folklore music Ensemble „Jovarelis” (Lithuania), Dance ensemble “Zelmeneliai” (Lithuania), „VISA“ – Arts and Culture School (Sweden), Folklore dance group „Zora“, art director Magardich Asthigyan – Ruse (Bulgaria); Dance Ensemble „Favorit“, art director Mihail Denev - Ugarchin (Bulgaria); Folklore trio „Avliga“, art director Rayna Hristova - Dupnitsa (Bulgaria) and Group „Harnasie” from Canada. In the World Cup, the jury awarded 20 medals - 9 golden, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals. Meeting of members of participating groups and representatives of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo, in particular Mr. Goergi Chukurov - organizer of „Culture, Tourism and International activities“ Section in the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and Mrs. Greta Ivanova - chief expert in the same section of Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo. During the meeting, the guests shared information about their homelands, local folklore, traditions and culture. They presented a musical performance and gave gifts to the hosts and the president of EAFF Kaloyan Nikolov. All of them took a common photo. On Saturday, the 12th of May, in the center of Veliko Tarnovo was held the parade of about 400 participants. They walked across the main town street applauded by the citizens and guests of the town. All of them presented short programs in front of the “Mother of Bulgaria” Monument and then they walked to the Summer theater stage, where the concert program was held. More than 100 singers, dancers and musicians from Canada, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Lithuania, Sweden and Bulgaria took part in Participants meeting called “Friends in diversity”, which was held also in the Summer theater in Veliko Tarnovo. Within 2 hours, each group presented their instruments, members of the group told about the characteristics of their folklore and invited the rest of the participants to sing, play and dance with them. All the participants had fun together and with enthusiasm and joy played on the Lithuanian instruments, they all “thanked to the nature” dancing an Yakutian dance. Also they danced in pairs, following the example of Polish and Lithuanian performers. All the involved participants sang in Swedish and learned the steps of the round dances “Shirto” and “Opas”. Participants and artistic leaders of the groups shared that this meeting brought them positive emotions, they established new friendships and promised to see each other on the festival stages in Bulgaria, Europe and the world. A “warm attitude and perfect coordination of the organizers of the festival are an example that many other festival organizers must follow.” 3


Second meeting of nations “Friends in Diversity” and second parade of “Balkan Folk 2018” Really warm and cordial friendly atmosphere was created between the participants at the second meeting of nations under the motto “Friends in Diversity”. It was one of the events of the XXII Stara Planina Fest “Balkan Folk 2018” held in Veliko Tarnovo from 10th till 20th of May.

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Singers, dancers and musicians from Georgia, Slovakia, India, Indonesia, Iran and Bulgaria presented their groups shortly and showed musical instruments and typical steps of their dances. All the participants had fun, they sang and danced together, holding hands. A great challenge was Indonesian dances, Iran’s “finger snapping”, Indian steps with graceful hand movements, Georgian outrages, and perfect hand and foot movements as well as the live rhythm of the Bulgarian Danube Horo. The night before the grand final of “Balkan Folk” and the simultaneously held IX Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk” and the III World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2018, at the main street of the town was held a parade of participants. With flags of the countries and the sounds of traditional music and songs, the participants from all the countries included in the program of the second half of the Festival, marched under the applause of the residents and guests of the town who came to welcome the participants. In front of the Konstantin Kisimov Music and Drama Theater in the old Bulgarian capital, each group presented short program, which “warmed-up” even more the audience and created the feeling of a never-ending celebration of talent and new friendships. After their appearance in the parade, the groups joined the program and waited for the awarding ceremony and the final standings of the festival.

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Ensemble “Folklorika” from Sofia won the Grand Prix at IX Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk 2018”

Ensemble “Folklorika” at “Folklorika” Ltd. School for folklore dances - Sofia (Bulgaria) won the Grand Prix Golden “Orpheus”, a check for 1000 leva, a gold medal and the titleAbsolute national champion of folklore for 2018 at the IX Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk 2018”. The prestigious awards were handed by Kaloyan Nikolov - President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF). Artistic directors of Ensemble “Folklorika” are Evelina Pavlova, Georgi Pavlov and Mariana Zafirova. Absolute vice champion of folklore for 2018 at the second place with Silver “Orpheus” and Silver medal became DE “Praznik” at Municipality of Sandanski (Bulgaria) with artistic director Mihail Mitrev. The third prestigious place in the folklore national championship was for Dance group “ShoplukA” at “Ritam 7/8” School for Bulgarian folklore danves - Varna (Bulgaria), with artistic director Margarita Kindova. The prizes of thе championship were Bronze “Orpheus” and Bronze medal at the final ranking. 6


Groups from India, Georgia and Lithuania headed the ranking of the World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2018 The winner of III World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2018 is Ragini Makkhar & Naadyog Group from India, with artistic director Ragini Makkhar. The Indian performers from Indore, Madha Pradesh made a real show on the stage of the musical-dance forum, impressing with costumes, choreography and stage presence and deservedly won Grand Prix the Grand Cup of the forum, Diploma certifying the first place and a voucher for 1000 Euro for participation in the World Championship of Folklore “World folk”. Second place in the World Cup of Folklore was for Children folk dance ensemble “Mtatsminda” from Batumi, Georgia, with artistic director Giorgi Pharsenadze. The young participants presented themselves fabulously well and the jury and audience loudly applauded them long after the final chord. The group also received the Cup for the second place, Diploma and voucher for 600 Euro for participation in the World Championship of Folklore “World folk”. The third place in the final ranking of the World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Turnovo 2018 was determined for Folk Music Ensemble “Jovarėlis” from Lithuania, with artistic directors Regina Vaišnorienė and Rita Daukantaitė. The group received the Cup for the third place, Diploma and voucher for 400 Euro for participation in the World Championship of Folklore “World folk”. The vouchers are provided by the European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF) and have a validity of 2 years. During the official closing were also handed: Preferences for participation in the Championship system of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, as well as special awards; Special award “Youngest participant” (teddy bear and diploma) was received by the 6-year-old Nika Diasmidze from Georgia; Special award of Eurofolk TV (the main media partner of the events) - Diploma and Flowers were received by FG “Devchata” from Slovakia (Bratislava); Special award – A diploma and bouquet on behalf of the District Governor of Veliko Tarnovo, Mrs. Lubomira Popova, was handed to the vocal trio “Zvun” from the town of Sevlievo (Bulgaria); On behalf of Mr. Daniel Panov, Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, the President of EAFF, Mr. Kaloyan Nikolov handed a Special award - Diploma of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo to Folklore Dance studio “Zora” - from Ruse (Bulgaria).

The artistic directors of all foreign collectives received the title “Maestro”, as their diplomas will be sent to the respective municipalities, so they can be handed to the groups in an appropriate way. Among the Bulgarian artistic directors, who have been awarded this title this year, is the name of Stefan Marinov - leader of Representative dance group “Balkan” - Dryanovo (Bulgaria). Among the officials of the final concert and the awarding of the winners in the folklore competition was Mr. Hardesh K. Giri, Second Secretary (Information & Political) to the Embassy of India in Bulgaria.

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More than 1000 participants united their cultures during a festival in Kazan (Russia) XXVIII International Youth Arts Festival-Contest “CULTURE FUSION” was held within the international project “Salute to talents”. The event was conducted in the period from 6th till 9th of May in the Children’s complex “Ekiyat” and the festival hosted more than 1000 participants from different Russian towns.

Creative collectives from Kazan, Tyumen, Ekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, Kemerovo took part in the large scale festival. Audience wacthed their performances in different categories: “Vocal”, “Theater”, “Choreography”. Dance Ensemble “Rainbow” from Nizhni Novgorod performed unforgetable dance “Polkis” and received the honorable prize “The best choreohraphy”. The highest award - Grand Prix and honorable diplomas were awarded in 12 categories: “The best costume”, “The most artistic participant”, “The youngest participant” and others. Within the framework of the "Culture Fusion" the participants attended various workshops. Thus, Honored Artist of Russia, People’s Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Sokolov Mnir Safovych held a master class “Improving the technique of performance through analysis of the melodic-shaped sphere of a musical work”. Festival “CULTURE FUSION” was held with the support of Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Tatarstan.

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The Festival “The Charm of Bohemia” gathered participants from 5 countries On May 8 and 9, 2018 in Prague, the XIII International Children’s and Youth Creativity Festival “The Charm of Bohemia” was held within the framework of the “Salute of Talents” project gathered more than 170 participants from the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Latvia and Russia. The two-day festival was attended by participants from Izmir, Moscow, Volgograd, Riga, Astana and other cities. Creativity of the participants was appreciated by cultural figures, actors, singers, choreographers, ballet dancers.

On the stage of the Russian Center of Science and Culture and artists showed vocal, instrumental and choreographic performances. Within the framework of the nomination “Fine Art”, the participants presented their paintings in various genres. Participants of the dance school “Dzirnas” from Riga also performed at the festival. Under the guidance of the famous Latvian choreographer Agris Danilevich, the team presented choreographic performances with original stories and received many awards at the contest, including the highest award of the Grand Prix. The Festival-competition “The Charm of Bohemia” was held with information support of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Prague. The Deputy Head of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in the Czech Republic Zolotukhin Oleg Yurievich gave a speech at the opening ceremony. He noted that such events contributed to the promotion of Russian culture outside of Russia, and also helps young talents to reveal their creative potential and acquire new experience of performances.

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More than 250 participants performed on the stage of “Slavonic Bazaar” festival in Belarus On 6 May 2018 in Vitebsk VII International Festival-competition of children’s and youthful creativity “On the legendary stage” took place in Vitebsk, Belorussia. The event was held in the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic and gathered more than 250 participants from 7 to 18 years old from Russia and Belarus. Young talents from Vitebsk, Shchuchin, Yekaterinburg, Smolensk, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities performed on one of the scenes of the famous festival “Slavonic Bazaar”. International Festival of Arts in Vitebsk “Slavonic Bazaar” is one of the most popular festivals in Belarus, Russia and CIS countries. The festival competition was evaluated by Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, director Mikhail Kovalchik, head of the Contemporary Dance Studio of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, actor of the Drama Theater and Cinema Mikhail Kaminskiy and other honored folk artists of culture and art.

The final stage of the event was a large-scale Gala-concert included the best performances of the festival-contest after which the jury awarded the Grand Prix, honorary awards and diplomas to the best participants of the festival as part of the solemn ceremony of awarding. Teachers and creative teams had an opportunity to participate in the master class on the topic “Fundamentals of improvisation in a dance group” under the guidance of Mikhail Valerievich Kaminsky, the head of the “Modern Dance Studio” of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts. The festival-contest “On the Legendary Stage” was held with information support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus within the framework of the project “Salute of Talents”.

Talents from 5 countries participated in the festival in Cannes On May 3 2018 in Cannes the IV International Festival-competition of children’s and youthful creativity “Young Cannes Stars” took place in the framework of the project “Salute Talents” International creative festival-competition gathered more than 200 talented participants from Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Italy and France. Participants from Cannes, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Milan, Uralsk and other cities fought for the highest award of the Grand Prix and the right to participate in the Superfinal of the international project “Salute Talents”.

On the stage of the Alexander III Theater, the audience saw choreographic performances of dance ensembles from different countries. Young musicians presented vocal and instrumental performances, theater studios showed mini-performances in various genres. Also, the participants demonstrated creative performances in the nominations “Folklore Creativity” and “Original Genre”, and within the nomination “Fine Art” an exhibition of art works took place, at which artists acquainted visitors and the jury of the festival with their paintings. 10


Over 300 participants from 3 countries took part at “Flowers of Life” Festival in Seoul On 6 May 2018 in Vitebsk VII International Festival-competition of children’s and youthful creativity “On the legendary stage” took place in Vitebsk, Belorussia. The event was held in the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic and gathered more than 250 participants from 7 to 18 years old from Russia and Belarus. Young talents from Vitebsk, Shchuchin, Yekaterinburg, Smolensk, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities performed on one of the scenes of the famous festival “Slavonic Bazaar”. International Festival of Arts in Vitebsk “Slavonic Bazaar” is one of the most popular festivals in Belarus, Russia and CIS countries.

The festival competition was evaluated by Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, director Mikhail Kovalchik, head of the Contemporary Dance Studio of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, actor of the Drama Theater and Cinema Mikhail Kaminskiy and other honored folk artists of culture and ar

The final stage of the event was a large-scale Gala-concert included the best performances of the festival-contest after which the jury awarded the Grand Prix, honorary awards and diplomas to the best participants of the festival as part of the solemn ceremony of awarding. Teachers and creative teams had an opportunity to participate in the master class on the topic “Fundamentals of improvisation in a dance group” under the guidance of Mikhail Valerievich Kaminsky, the head of the “Modern Dance Studio” of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts. The festival-contest “On the Legendary Stage” was held with information support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus within the framework of the project “Salute of Talents”.

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More than 600 participants performed in Creativity “Baltic Breeze” festival On May 5 and 6 2018, the III International Festival of Children’s and Youth Creativity “Baltic Breeze” was held in Kaliningrad within the framework of the “Salute of Talents” project. The event was held in the Palace of Culture of Railway Workers and gathered more than 600 participants from all over Russia. Participants presented vocal and instrumental performances. Spectators showed instrumental performances on the flute. Especially distinguished Merkulova Anna from Serova - the owner of the Grand Prix of the second day of the festival. Her playing the flute made a great impression on the members of the jury. In addition, many performances s in the genre “Art word” were presented. A bright number in this category with the name “Corsican” was presented by a participant from Krasnodar - Kuznetsov Yaroslav. The event was held with the information support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad region and the Committee for Social Policy of the city of Kaliningrad. The information partner of the festival is the project of the Ministry of Culture of Russia portal of cultural heritage and traditions of the country “Kultura.rf”, with the official support of the European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF).

Greeting letter to the participants of the festival competition “Baltic Breeze” was sent by Svetlana Aleksandrovna Zagrebina, Acting Minister for Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region.

High honors for the unique talent at the festival “Viva, Roma!” in Italy The capital of Italy - Rome hosted the VI International Youth Arts Festival-Contest “Viva, Roma!” in the framework of the “Salute Talents” project. The event was held on May 3, 2018 in at Teatro Greco and gathered 300 participants from Russia. The opening ceremony of the international festival-contest began with a welcome letter from the head of the Russian Center of Culture and Science in Rome. After that, musicians, vocalists, choreographic and creative groups presented their performances to the public in the nominations “Vocal Art”, “Instrumental Creativity”, “Choreographic Creativity” and “Theatrical Creativity”. The event concluded with a Gala concert and ceremony of awarding the participants of the festival-contest.

The jury of the International Festival-Competition “Viva, Roma!” included Italian cultural worker, artists, designers, musicians and teachers who appreciated the creativity of Russian children’s groups. The Grand Prix was awarded to Ivan Piyatkov from Karasuk (Novosibirsk Region). The young musician received 12 the award for the “Concert Etude”, A. Gedike. According to the jury, the young man has a unique and rare talent and has a great future in the field of musical art.


200 participants from Russia and Kazakhstan at the festival in Almaty IV International Youth Arts Festival-Contest “Alluring Mountains” took place on May 1, 2018 in Almat. The event was held in the Kazakh State Philharmonic and gathered 200 participants from Russia and Kazakhstan. The festival-contest was remembered by the audience with the original performance of variety, modern, national dances. Young vocalists performed on stage famous Russian and foreign hits, as well as folk songs. A new look at the famous literary works was demonstrated in theatrical mini-productions by many creative groups. The winners of the Festival-Competition were awarded the highest award - Grand Prix, as well as honorary diplomas and titles of Laureate I, II, III degree. Grand Prix winners and laureates of the I degree will be able to take part in the Superfinal of the project “Salute of Talents” with a prize fund of 500 thousand rubles. Laureates of the I degree in the nomination “Theatrical Creativity” will go to the II Children’s and Youth Theater Award “Masochka”, which will be held in autumn 2018 in St. Petersburg.

Festival in Paralia gathered together different cultures IX International Folklore Festival “Paralia Summer Festival” gathered different cultures and nations at one place. From 7th till 11th of June, the festival in Paralia welcomed folklore and vocal groups from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland and Romania, said the director of the festival Zoran Strezovski.

“On the first festival evening in Olympic beach square I wished them success and great dances and songs. The second festival evening was held on Paralia square. After performances, the groups receive certificates and presents from the organizers. During other days they went to “Pirate boat” cruising, visited Meteora, enjoyed the sands in Paralia beaches and warm days.”, said the director

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Georgia is the Absolute Winner of Folklore for 2018 in Jesolo (Italy) Folklore dance group “Mtatsminda” from Georgia became an Absolute Winner of Folklore for 2018 at the World Cup of Folklore™ - Jesolo 2018 (Italy) and won the Gran prix of the forum, as well as a the money prize of 2000 Euro.

The chairman of the international jury was Francesco Gatto (music specialist) by the Italian section of IOV and members - choreographers Ekaterina Muratova and Victoria Bodnya (Russia and Ukraine). The Commission awarded the first place to the Georgian performers among 9 formations, participating in the event. It was held from 24 to 28 May in Jesolo - Venice, together with the 16th International Festival of Folklore and Contemporary Arts “Le spiagge d’Italia”.

The first place in the Italian World Cup of Folklore this year took the performers from Folklore group “Naadyog Gurukul” (India). Only a few days earlier the dancers won the Grand prix in the Bulgarian edition of the event. At the second place, the jury ranked the performers from Austria – Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe. At the third place in the ranking were the participants of the Folklore Group “Chigli de “Mbrolo” (Italy). An official guest and a Honored member of the jury was the president of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, Kaloyan Nikolov. He handed the premium of the big winners as well as several other awards: 2 vouchers for 500 Euro for participation in the European Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk” (Folklore group “Chigli de “Mbrolo” (Italy) and for the World Championship of Folklore “World Folk” (Purva’s Nritya Akruti – Italy). The other participants in the World Cup of Folklore (from Austria, India, Poland, Kyrgyzstan) also received references for participation in the European and the World Championships of Folklore, which are held in the summer in some of the most beautiful Bulgarian Black Sea towns. The photo exhibition “Folklore - shared knowledge. Past, present, future.” by the official photographer of EAFF – Georgi Nutsov found its place at the festival in Italy. The beauty, captured by the camera at the precise moments 14 during the festivals of EAFF in Bulgaria, attracted the visitors.


The EAFF’s President - a Delegate in the VII Session of the General Assembly of UNESCO The president of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, Mr Kaloyan Nikolov is a delegate in the Seventh Session of General Assembly of countries, part of the Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Assembly is holding in the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris from today (4th of June) till Wednesday (6th of June 2018).

Over the three days, 177 States Parties will discuss a number of issues that are important for the safeguarding of living heritage around the world. In the margin of this Assembly, a series of side-events is being organized by the Secretariat under the global theme of ‘Tell your #living heritage story’. They will exhibit the richness of living heritage today and provide a platform for discourse and experience-sharing among the different actors involved in safeguarding, including the States, NGOs, youth and community members. Part of the accompanying events is also the photo exhibition “Folklore - shared knowledge. Past, present, future” owned by the official photographer of the EAFF - Georgi Nutsov. The faces and moments captured by his camera during the EAFF festivals in Bulgaria are an indicator of the diversity and beauty of the traditions and their passing through the generations.

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President of EAFF - member of working group for Information and Technology Communication at UNESCO

Kaloyan Nikolov - president of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF took part in the working group, dealing with the use of information and technological communication for the protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The working group includes representatives of the Republic of Korea, India and Mexico. The Chair is Jorge Gustavo Caicedo. The workshop took place day after the start of the Seventh session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which ran at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 4 to 6 June 2018. The aim of the working group is to improve the work of Accredited NGOs, focusing on several main points: 1. Share data of architecture and coding of inventories to improve and synchronies them 2. Create a blockchain for Accredited NGO´s. A block chain allows digital information to be distributed but not copied, among other things it cannot be controlled by any single entity, its transparent and it cannot be corrupted 3. Develop an app to share information, improve communication and promote participation of all accredited NGO´s The information for the working meeting is published in the ICH NGO Forum where the article for the Seventh Genral Assembly of UNESCO, held in Paris, is published.

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Bagpipers group “Rodopchani” (Bulgaria) became an Absolute Balkan Champion of Folklore for 2018 Bagpipers group «Rodopchani» to “Gogo Mavrov1930” Community Center from Plovdiv (Bulgaria) became Absolute Balkan Champion of Folklore for 2018. The performers, whose artistic director is Veselin Kozarev, won the Grand prix Golden «Orpheus», Golden medal and a check for 1000 Euro, provided by the Municipality of Hisarya. Last year the bagpipers were third in the final ranking, but this year their hard work gave its result. The impressive dignified presentation of the spring folklore from the Rhodope Mountains brought to the group the high evaluation of the jury. The awards were presented by Kaloyan Nikolov - President of EAFF and Eng. Penka Doykova – Mayor of the Municipality of Hisarya. Vice-Champions at the 7-th edition of “Euro Folk Jiva Voda” – Hisarya 2018 became CYFE “Graovche” to CSPD – MCC Pernik –Pernik (Bulgaria). The alumni of Vladislava Vladislavova and Mariana Yankulova won the Silver medal and the Silver “Orpheus” of the Champion-

ship. Eng. Penka Doykova – Mayor of the Municipality of Hisarya handed the award. Both directors were honored by the jury with the title “Maestro”. The diplomas for the titles will be sent to the Municipality, in order to be officially handed to them in an appropriate manner. The third winner, with Bronze “Orpheus” and the Bronze medal of the Championship became MEZZOFORTE Soul Music Children’s Orchestra of the city of Otopeni (Romania) with artistic director Marian Aleksandru. The award was granted by Assoc. Dr Dobromir Mitev, accordion lecturer at “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music, Bulgaria (Bulgaria). During the official closure of the VII Balkan Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk - Jiva Voda” were handed some special awards: CYFE “Ogneni ritmi” – Svishtov (Bulgaria), with artistic director Stefan Kostadinov received Special diploma - the award of Eurofolk TV - main media partner; Dance group Anna Raudkatsi Tantsuselts from Parnu (Estonia) with artistic director Roland Landing received Diploma and plaque from “Ivan Vazov - 1904” Community Center; The Municipality of Hisarya has given two special awards - Diplomas and souvenirs with the coat-of-amrs of Hisarya. The first one was awarded to the Folklore Choir “Trakiyska mladost” to “Lyuben Karavelov” Secondary school – Plovdiv (Bulgaria) with artistic director Hristina Lesova. The second was received by the participants from the International Folklore Group “Krapiva” at Russian University for Friendship Among Peoples – Moscow (Russia) with artistic director Ekaterina Alybertovna Karelina. The third Special Prize – Diploma and Plaque of Euro Folk Academy was received by Dance ensemble “Star merak” from Sandanski, (Bulgaria), with artistic director Vyara Doncheva. The participants appeared for the first time at the festival from Musical Feasts - Euro Folk. They presented authentic Southwestern folklore in an impressive way, that brought them recognition. 17


The Contest for traditional breads in Hisarya (Bulgaria) presented more than 20 breads From 7 to 11 June in Hisarya was held a Contest for traditional hand-made breads. Bakers from Hisarya and from the villages Zabardo, Malevo, Svirachi, Oreshets, Milanovo, Starosel, Gorski izvor, Darzhava, Mihiltsi, Osetenovo and Staro Zhelezare participated with more than 20 different types of traditional breads, which are being baked for various holidays and family occasions. Around 4000 participants in the folklore program and spectators of the Championship had the opportunity to see the breads, which were exposed at an exhibition in the foyer of “Ivan Vazov-1904” Community Center. A jury composed by: Maiya Apostolova - organizer in TIC – Hisarya, Georgi Topuzliyski - Director of “Euro Folk Jiva Voda” and Kaloyan Nikolov - President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, chose the best in 6 categories. The other events were: PARADE – about 410 participants in the Championship from different ethnographic regions of Bulgaria, as well as guests from Romania, Estonia and Russia took part in the parade. After crossing the central streets of the town of Hisarya, the groups performed short programs in front of “Ivan Vazov-1904” Community Center, before joining the main program on the stage of the Community Center. MEETING IN HISARIA MUNICIPALITY - delegates from the Estonian, Romanian and Russian groups and from Bulgarian side - from FG “Rodopsko izvorche” from the village of Benkovski, Kardzhali region, met with the Mayor of the Municipality - Eng. Penka Doykova, the Director of the Championship - Georgi Topuzliyski and Kaloyan Nikolov - President of EAFF. The participants presented their groups, talked about their homelands and folklore, exchanged gifts with the hosts and the organizers of the Championship and made a common photograph.

PHOTO EXHIBITION “Folklore - Shared Knowledge. Past, Present, Future.” (a new event in the accompanying program) - a joint initiative of EAFF, The Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The project includes 56 photographs, the majority of which reflect moments from the folklore festivals and championships held in Bulgaria under the auspices of EAFF. Author of the photos is Georgi Nutsov, official photographer of the Association. In the focus of his lens are singers, dancers and musicians from Bulgaria, Russia, Croatia, Moldova, Latvia, Poland, Georgia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Iran, South Korea, etc. Before being presented in Hisarya, the exhibition was in Veliko Tarnovo at the International Tourism Fair “Cultural Tourism” and May Days of Science, as well as in Jesolo-Venice (Italy) during the World Cup of Folklore. Only few days ago the exhibition returned from Paris, where was held the Seventh Session of General Assembly part of the Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible 18 Cultural Heritage to UNESCO.


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Folklore groups from Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ukraine and Poland took part in the V. International Folklore and Dance Festival “CRIKVENICA FESTIVAL DAYS”. The festival was held in the beautiful town of Crikvenica (Croatia) from 10th till 14th of June, said the organizer Zoran Strezovski.

The overview movie about the XXII Stara planina Fest “Balkan Folk” 2018 was released “Bulgarians can’t live without folklore!”, said categorically the participants in the Stara planina Fest “Balkan Folk” 2018, for which a movie has been created and already released. The large-scale folklore forum was held for 22nd time in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) at the period - May 10th - 20th. The event gathered on a stage performers from all the ethnographic areas of Bulgaria - from Klyuch village on South-west to Aheloy on South-east and from Kalipetrovo village on North-east to Belogradchik on North-west, as well as performers from the countries - Canada, Sweden, Iran, India, Indonesia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Georgia and Republic of Sakha - Yakutia (Russia). The beautiful performances of participants, the intertwining of the different cultures and the festive folklore mood have been captured by the cameras and presented in the movie in an exciting and memorable way. Beside the perfect atmosphere on the 22nd edition of the Festival No.1 in Europe, the audience will learn more about the specific features of folklore and costumes of each ethnographic region as well as some specific customs and rituals.

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The Croatian KUD “Kamen” is the winner of the International Folklore Festival “Euro folk - Black sea” 2018 Cultural and artistic association “Kamen” from Sirac, Croatia is the absolute winner of the 14th International Folklore Festival “Euro folk - Black sea” 2018. Students of Stjepan Juraic, Emil Turi and Darko Rendic won the prize - Grand Prix Golden “Orpheus” with their performance of songs, dances and typical music from two folklore areas of Croatia - Slavonia and Baranya. They received their award during the closing ceremony of the festival by the president of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, Kaloyan Nikolov. This year, the Festival “Euro folk - Black sea” was attended by 50 vocal and dance groups, orchestras, ensembles and individual performers from Bulgatia, Georgia, Croatia. There were participants - guests from Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Russia.

10 groups received first prizes Golden “Orpheus” in different categories. Beside the awards, all the participants received also points for the overall ratings of the World ranking list of folklore, an initiative of the World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF. One of the faces of the International Folklore Festival “Euro folk - Black sea” - Petya Kachakova from Chepelare, Bulgaria was part of the participating groups. She received a canava with the poster of the festival. 13-years old Petya together with Lorena Ilieva from Children’s-youth dance ensemble “Ogneni ritmi” from Svishtov have been photo20 graphed by the official photographer of EAFF - Georgi Nutsov.


The festival “St Ivan’s Days” welcomed participants from 4 countries From 22 to 25 June near the Balaton Lake in the Hungarian town of Keszthelywas held the second edition of the festival “St. Ivan’s Day”. Five folk dance, singing and music groups from Serbia, Ukraine, Senegal and Macedonia participated in this festival, informed Aron Kovats, director of the festival. “Keszthely, a city of grand town houses perched at the very western end of Lake Balaton is hands-down one of the loveliest spots to stay, far removed from the tourist hot spots on the lake. You can dip in its small, shallow beaches by day, absorb its lively yet relaxed ambience by night and get a dose of culture by popping into its handful of museums and admiring its historical buildings. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Festetics Palace, a lavish baroque home fit for royalty. This beautiful environment made this festival unique, where the five participants group from Serbia, Ukraine, Senegal and Macedonia had the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant boat trip, sightseeing tours, museums during the day and show their art to the locals and tourist in the evenings. The organizers and the city definitely want to continue this festival in the next year.” informed Aron Kovats.

Budapest welcomed participants in the “Saint Ladislaus” Festival for the third time The third folklore festival “Saint Ladislaus” was held in the atmosphere of Bulgarian-Hungary friendship, said the director of the music forum - Gaal Tibor. The event was conducted from 28th of June till 1st of July in the Hungarian capital Budapest and it was attended by 4 Bulgarian and 2 Hungarian groups. “Unfortunately, weather was also interrupted. Despite this, a good mood was created thanks to the beauty of Budapest and

the hospitality of “Törekvés” Cultural Center. Thanks to the participants for the program: “Chudesiya” from Pazardzhik; “Ot Izvora” and “Shopcheta-Bobcheta” from Sofia; Children’s-youth folklore ensemble “Bulgarche” from Veliko Tarnovo; “Törekvés” Dance Ensemble from Budapest; “Miklós Manninger” Traditional Group from Budapest”, Gaal Tibor informed.

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Club “Bambi” from Austria won the Grand Prix of the Xth European Champioship of Folklore “Euro Folk” 2018 Cultural and sports academy “Bambi” from Austria became the Absolute European Champion of folklore in 2018 in the X European Championship of Folklore “Euro folk”. The championship was held in the period 28th of June till 8th of July in three Black sea towns - Nessebar, Pomorie and Sveti Vlas. Ensemble won the Golden medal of the Championship as well as the Grand Prix Golden “Orpheus” and the cash prize of 1000 Euro, provided by the organizers. Dance group was one of the tenth nominees for the Grand Prix of “Euro folk” 2018. The winner was chosen by the professional jury. The second place and Silver “Orpheus”, silver medal of the Championship and the title Absolute European vice champion were awarded to the Children’s folklore dance ensemble “Gorda” from Batumi (Georgia) with artistic leader Ramaz Romanadze. The third place, Bronze “Orpheus” and bronze medal were received by Vocal Ensemble “Otrada” from Nizhnevartovsk (Russia) with artistic leader Vasiliy Alatortsev.

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During the official closing ceremony of the X European Championship of Folklore were also awarded 9 special prizes. All the groups received recommendations for participation in the World Championship of Folklore “World Folk” and gifts from Bulgaria. This year, the participants in the European Championship of Folklore “Euro folk” 2018 were 65 groups with more than 1200 singers, dancers and musicians f rom 7 countries: Bulgaria, Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Estonia, Austria and Malaysia. During the championship was also held “Meeting of nations”. The accompanying event gave an opportunity to the participants from different countries to tell about their folklore, for its specifics, for their national costumes, songs and dances. Within 2 hours all the attendants had a lot of fun. At the end the danced a common Bulgarian chain-dance. Participants’ performances will be indluded in the thematic shows of Eurofolk TV and in dozens Bulgarian televisions - partners. We are eagerly expecting the overview movie about the X European Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk” 2018

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Groups from 4 countries had successful participation in the “My Wonderful Country” Festival According to the director of this large event - Svetlana Chochua, “XXV Folk Art Children and Youth International Festival “MY WONDERFUL COUNTRY” was held successfully. Participants were choreography esnembles from Azerbaijan, Latvia, Moldova and Georgia.” Festival was held from 27th of June till 2nd of July in Tbilisi (Georgia). The festival was attended by theater groups and vocal performers. In the forum frames was also held a Beauty contest. A Queen of the Festival was chosen. Participants presented interesting program, said Svetlana Chochua. “There were three really good choreography ensembles, who won the highest award in the festival - Grand Prix: Choreography ensemble “NUFARUL” (Republic of Moldova) with artistic leader Jon Arabaji;

MovieS about the IX Bulgarian National Folklore Championship of Folklore “Euro Folk” 2018 and III World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2018 You can watch the movie in the YouTube channel of the television.

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Performers from 7 countries performed at “Festival days in Ohrid” The Multicultural International Festival “Festival Days in Ohrid” was held in the period from 12 to 16 July in the Macedonian town. 11 groups fom 7 countries took part in it. Folk and choral groups and orchestras performed in three age groups,

“All together participated 470 participants at our festival. 2 groups from Bulgaria and Poland, 3 groups from Romania, 1 from Bosnia, Macedonia, Palestina and Slowakia.”- informed the director of the festival Zoran Leveski. The festival was held in two evenings. On 13 July in the Center of Ohrid on a beautiful stage and the other one on 14 July on a stage in Ohrid subdivision Leskoec. In their free time, the groups had the opportunity to visit the cultural and historical places in the town, to swim in the beautiful and clear like a diamond OhridLake.

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Two festivals of EAFF are in the European Top 20 for 2018 The World Championship of Folklore “World Folk” is traditionally held in August. This year the folklore event awaits participants from Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania (UK), Israel (Palestina), South Korea and others. From 23rd of August till 2nd of September, the towns-pearls of Bulgarian Black Sea coast - Nessebar, Sunny beach, Pomorie, Obzor, Sveti Vlas and Burgas will become scenes of the best of world folklore. Stara planina Fest “Balkan folk” and the World Championship of Folklore “World Folk” are in the Top 5 for Eastern Europe Best Festivals for art and culture in 2018. Ranking is on the Canadian Flight Network site, which for another year selects the best art and culture festivals that Europe can offer. “Not just for teenagers looking to party all night, Europe is home to a large collection of festivals that speak to its rich artistic and cultural heritage. From groundbreaking celebrations for cultural and ethnic identities, to festivals that showcase innovative artistic methods in the digital and media world, there is a festival for every whim and fancy.” is said in the article.

Festival No.1 in Europe for traditional folklore arts - Stara planina Fest “Balkan folk” is the main event of Musical Feasts - Euro Folk, which consists of 45 music festivals. The festival is held in May in the old Bulgarian capital - Veliko Tarnovo. This year, the event was held in 21st consecutive year and it hosted groups from Bulgaria, Georgia, Slovakia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lithuania, Sweden, Canada and Yakutia. 26

For those who can not attend the concerts and admire the wonderful beauty and joy of songs, dances, music and costumes, there will also be a solution - the EAFF team is working on a real-time broadcasting project for all 5-hours concerts, the most interesting of the two parades, the meetings of the nations “Friends of Diversity”, master class - Accordion “Kravtsov”, interviews and curious moments behind the scenes. Information about broadcast will be published on facebook page of EAFF.


Less than a month to the beginning of “World Folk 2018” For thousands of years music, songs and dances have been the natural language in which all peoples can communicate, share and interweave the cultural strata of their traditions. World Championship of Folklore “World Folk” provides a scene for this intercultural communication, which not only does not age, but is becoming more and more popular.

derful beauty and splendor of songs, dances, music and costumes, there will also be a solution – the EAFF team is working on a real-time broadcasting project for all 5-hour concerts, the most interesting parts of the two parades, meetings of nations “Friends in diversity”, master class - Accordon “Kravtsov”, interviews and curious moments For its eighth edition, “World Folk” expects the best perform- “behind the scenes”. Broadcast information will be ers of traditional folk arts from: Bulgaria, Indonesia, Georgia, posted on the facebook page of EAFF. Ukraine, Iran, Israel, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, South Korea, Canada and others. Organizers of the VIII World Chamionship of Folklore are: World Association of Folklore Festivals – WАFF, European Association of Folklore Festivals – EAFF, World Folklore Academy, Event Vacation. This large-scale event is held with the support of: UNESCO, IOV-WORLD, CID-UNESCO, The municipalities of: Nessebar, Burgas, Pomorie, the town hall of Obzor, the town hall of Sveti Vlas.

100 groups and individual performers – about 2000 participants have claimed attractive performances that impress with costumes, movements, dynamics and dedication to any audience. Besides bringing delight to the soul of the audience, they will compete in 9 categories and 2 age groups for the Grand Prix of the Championship.

Hosts of the seven 5-hour concert will be several Bulgarian towns along the Black Sea coast – Nessebar, Sunny Beach Resort, Sveti Vlas, Obzor, Pomorie and Burgas. You can find the program by days and hours HERE For those who can not attend concerts and admire the won-


1500 participants from 8 countries at the festival “Happy Planet” in Armenia

According to the director of this large event - Svetlana Chochua, “XXV Folk Art Children and Youth International Festival “MY WONDERFUL COUNTRY” was held successfully. Participants were choreography esnembles from Azerbaijan, Latvia, Moldova and Georgia.” Festival was held from 27th of June till 2nd of July in Tbilisi (Georgia). The festival was attended by theater groups and vocal performers. In the forum frames was also held a Beauty contest. A Queen of the Festival was chosen. Participants presented interesting program, said Svetlana Chochua. “There were three really good choreography ensembles, who won the highest award in the festival - Grand Prix: Choreography ensemble “NUFARUL” (Republic of Moldova) with artistic leader Jon Arabaji; Choreography ensemble “GORDI” from Tbilisi (Georgia) with directors David Bitoshvili and Irina Bitoshvili, and Choreography ensemble “SALHINO” with artistic leader Giorgi Papiashvili”. All the participants received special diplomas, awards and medals. 28

“It was a great celebration indeed”, informed us Svetlana.


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More than 450 participants from 7 countries at the festival “OHRIDSKI FILIGRANI”

XI International Folk - Dance & Music Festival “OHRIDSKI FILIGRANI” was held between 26 and 30 July in Ohrid. 9 ensembles with more than 450 participants from Poland, Armenia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Basque country and Slovakia took part in the festival. Group leaders were greeted with “Welcome”. The official opening of the festival was held at the best summer scene in Ohrid - “Dolni Saray”. The ceremony was celebrated with fireworks. The director Zoran Stresovski congratulated all the participants and wished them a successful presentation. The second festival evening was held on the square in Ohrid on July 28. The closing ceremony of the festival took place at Hotel Desaret, which is located on the beach, with all participants. The ensembles received the participation diplomas and gifts from the hosts, after which the party continued with a disco.

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During their stay, the participants had the opportunity to take a boat trip to St. Naum and swim in the unique Ohrid Lake.


67 ensembles from 10 countries took part in the festival “Happy Planet” 2018 From July 28 to July 3, 2018, the 5th World Folk Dance competition “New Life 2018” was held on the Black Sea coast in Georgia, in the city Batumi. The event was organized by the International Folklore Organization “KN XXI” under the auspices of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF and the support of the municipalities of Batumi and Kobuleti. “Our festival has united two festivals - the VI World Dance competition “New Life 2018” and the XIV International Folklore Festival “Sea Harmony”. People from almost all regions of Georgia - 39 ensembles (1000 dancers and singers), as well as 28 foreign groups from 9 countries (350 dancers and singers), from Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, India, Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia took part. Each concert was crowded with spectators - about 1,100 people at the gala concert at the Summer theater in Batumi.

This year for all participants from other countries was made a surprise from the organizer of the festival (gift) - attractions for free and also disco animation and alafurshet for the group leader.”The most important thing is that the participants, the accompanying persons and the head of the collectives said about this festival, that such a level of the festival was not seen anywhere, and the service from the airport to the hotel and everywhere was at the highest level, and attention was taken by the participant, like his children. All this proves that all guests at our festival felt like an own house (this is hospitality and respect for guests in Georgia). I am glad that the purpose of the festival was fulfilled, the participants and leaders were very happy with the festival and appreciative hospitality and love host.” Said the director of the festival, Mr. Besik Gorjoladze.

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