International Folk Dance Fesival "Ohrid Waves"

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Country and Region MacedoniaOhrid
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Ohrid, Ohrid, Macedonia
Festival Contact Information

Makfolk Association
Bul. Jane Sandanski 84-3/14
1000 Skopje,
 Republic of Macedonia
Phone: +389 70 359 747 (spoken English)
+389 75 285 612 (spoken Russian)
Fax: +389 2 2743 052
Email: biljanabojadzievska(at)

Festival Description

The International Folk and Dance Festival “Ohrid waves” is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by folkloric groups. Participants include children and youth folklore dance groups, modern dance groups, vocal groups, instrumental groups and soloists, as well as groups and performers from other art styles. The participants cannot be over 21 years old.

During the Festival each group or ensemble will have at least two performances in Ohrid during the evening hours. This allows visiting groups to plan the day ahead and use it for visiting the historical part of the city, excursions or simply enjoying on the beach. For participation details and conditions visit

Festival Dates August 14 - 18, 2014
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Festival Story:

Ohrid is an immortal town, a magical hill that links ancient and modern times forever. Ohrid has been a living town for 2400 years, notable for having 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and is referred to as the Macedonian Jerusalem. Through the activity of St. Clement of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavonic university on Europe was situated here.

Today Ohrid is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. And finally, as the crowning glory of its values, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid have been named a world cultural and natural heritage city under the protection of UNESCO since 1980. Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and according to most experts the oldest lake in Europe. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return and why it simply cannot be retold.


Festival Events:

Program schedule 2014:
  • Thursday, August 14
    • 1:00pm (13.00) Arrival in Ohrid, hotel accommodation and free activities
    • 2:00pm-3:00pm (14.00–15.00) Lunch in hotel
    • 7:00pm-9:00pm (19.00–21.00) Dinner in hotel
    • 9:00pm (21.00) Welcome reception
  • Friday, August 15
    • 9:00am-10:00am (09.00-10.00) Breakfast
    • 10:30am-2:00pm (10.30-14.00) Ohrid sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments (St. Sofia church, Samoil fortress, Antique theatre, Plaosnik, St. Kaneo church, Bridge of wishes…)
    • 2:00pm-3:00pm (14.00–15.00) Lunch in hotel
    • 6:30pm-7:30pm (19.00-20.00) Dinner in hotel
    • 8:00pm (20:00) Ensembles parade (old town)
    • 9:00pm (21.00) Official Official opening of the festival
      Welcome speech and firewall
      Open air performance (festival evening)
      Dancing together
  • Saturday, August 16
    • 9:00am-10:00am (09.00-10.00) Breakfast
    • 10:30am-2:00pm (10.30–14.00) Visiting Stara carsia, oldest tree called – Cinar, Biljanini springs, Ohrid pearl, old paper manufactory,…. Shopping…
    • 2:00pm-3:00pm (14.00-15.00) Lunch in hotel and free activities (sunbathing)
    • 7:00pm-8:00pm (19.00-20.00) Dinner in hotel
    • 9:00pm (21.00) Second festival evening (optional) or Macedonian evening party
  • Sunday, August 17
    • 9:00am-10:00am (09.00-10.00) Breakfast
    • 11:00am-4:00pm (11.00-16:00) Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake, visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort St.Naum culture place, also swimming in most popular beach (price €7 per person),(lunch package)
    • 8:00pm-9:00pm (20.00–21.00) Dinner in hotel
    • 9:00pm-11:00pm (21.00-23.00) Social events, exchange presents, disco party
  • Monday, August 18
    • 9:00am-10:00am (09.00-10.00) Breakfast
    • 11:00pm (11.00) Departure of the participants


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