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Date(s) - 13/07/2017 - 17/07/2017
All Day

Golden Sands



Dear friends of folklore,


Bulgarian art and folklore centre Nestiya is organizing a number of International folklore fests within the project NESTIYA INTERFORUMS OF ART “BLACK SEA PEARLS IN GOLDEN SANDS 2017”


The organizers are: Bulgarian Art and Folklore Centre “Nestiya”- Sofia, Balkan alliance of folklore, Foundation “Nestiya”, Association “Evterpani”, Association “Fontan”, Touristic company “Delta EK”, Producer’s house “Kukeri”, and with the support of Ministry of Science and Education, Ministry of Culture.


The INTERFORUMS  “NESTIYA – BLACK  PEARLS” is looking to promote the identity of each country and the friendship between different nations. It’s looking to present the folklore wealth and traditions of the whole world, also to popularize Bulgarian music and dance arts from all folklore regions; to establish a cultural exchange between institutions and collectives from the country and abroad.


In this event can take part folklore ensembles and groups; dancing and vocal groups; soloists and instrumentalists from all over the world.


  • The Project contains 3 principal directions:
  • Educational
  • The participants will study Bulgarian folklore dances. Also each country will present dances and music to the other foreign groups.
  • Festive
  • Every evening the groups will perform in different Bulgarian Black sea resorts.
  • Entertainment - beach, games, contests, trips, disco, theatre, sightseeing. The groups have the opportunity to visit different resorts.


The groups are suppozed to arrive in Golden sands  on  13.07.2017  till 14.00 o’ clock. On 14, 15 and 16 of July there are performances in Golden sands. The departure of the groups will be on 17 of July after breakfast.



The festival will be performed in two directions:

  1. Entertainment program:

-Groups will have 2 or 3 performances at the festival. Each group has to prepare 10-20 min. of quality program. Performances are on the open air stages, wooden and concrete.

-It is not necessary to have live music. It is allowed to perform using CD or flash drive, but it has to be of a good quality recording.

– All participants will receive a certificate for participation.

– During the concerts the groups will participate in three competitions “Kryshna rachenica”, “Review of costume” and “Miss and Mister festival”

  1. Competition program:


– Up to 7 years.

– Until ’12

– Until ’18

– Until ’25

– Over ’25




  1. Dance (classic, jazz, Modern ballet, ballroom dances, sports dances, modern dances, pop dances, free style, etc.).

Evaluation criteria: overall evaluation, dance technique, stage and artistic behavior and choreography, the repertoire should correspond to the age of the performers, costumes, props, selection, matching and synchronization of music and choreographic material, artistry, disclosure of the image, theme, plot.

The performance should be up to 7 minutes.


  1. Folklore Arts (should be based on folklore authentic, processed, prepared, stylized musical, vocal, dance, theater, including national, regional and local rituals, customs and rituals).

Evaluation criteria: quality of material used for Folklore (artistic value and authenticity, ethnographic precision in the style and manner of performance, quality performances of music, song, dance, regional and local traditions, entertainment, originality.

Participants in the nomination „Folk Arts (group composed ensembles, choirs and individual performers) are presented with The performance should be up to 10 minutes.


  1. VOCAL ARTS (classical, academic, religious, jazz, pop and rock songs).

Evaluation criteria: musicality, artistic interpretation of the music, the purity of intonation and sound quality, beauty and strength of tone of voice, vocal culture. The repertory should match to the skills in the different age groups.

The performance should be up to 7 minutes.


  1. MUSICAL ARTS (classical, academic, religious, jazz, pop and rock songs).

Evaluation criteria: musicality, artistic interpretation of the music, the purity of music and sound quality, beauty and power of tone on the instrument culture. The repertory should match to the skills in the different age groups

Participants in the nomination „Musical Arts“ (orchestras and individual performers) represent two different works of no The performance should be up to 8 minutes.


  1. THEATRE AND SHOW arts (theater, musical theater and musicals, pantomime, word art, fashion theater, circus, clown, demonstrations arts and gymnastics, acrobatics, etc.)


Evaluation criteria: performance art, technical and compositional structure, stage and theatrical decorations (costumes, props, performance and culture of dressing, supplements and accessories), artistry, detection and brightness of the image and original theme consistency in style (dress, hairstyle, choreography, music), artistic performance, level, artistic painting, acting, diction and pronouncing.

Ensembles, duets, trios and soloists perform  2-5 minutes.

Participants in fashion theater (groups and individual artists) perform no more than 10 minutes.

Theater and musicals (theater groups and individual performers) perform from 10 to 20 minutes.


Performances of participants are assessed on a scale. The winners will participate in the ceremony of the GALA CONERT and will perform the awarded performances at the gala concert. The program of the gala concert will be determined from the director of the festival-competition and on the basis of the decisions of the jury.



To participate in the competition of the festival, you should send the following documents:

– Application form

– Two color photographs of a good quality and in electronic format .jpg;

– Repertoire for the selected category (specify in the application form);

– List of participants and accompanying persons;

– Representatives of other countries should have national flag of his country;

– All participants of the festival to be health insured;

– Children under the age of 18 traveling without parents must have notarized permission to leave the country.

– The period of the passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end of the trip;



– Grand Prix „Nestiya-Black sea pearls 2017″ – a diploma, a trophy, a plaque;

– Big prizes „Nestiya-Black sea pearls 2017″ in categories;

– Diplomas and statuettes for laureates 1, 2, 3 degrees in categories:

  1. Dance
  2. Folklore Arts
  3. Vocal Arts
  4. Musical Arts
  5. Theatre and arts show

For individual categories: special awards.

All participants will be awarded with certificates.




  1. The organization committee provides the accommodation of the groups sleeping in hotels in Golden sands (sleeping, 3 meals a day, medical service, if needed). Groups should inform if there is any special diet or food requirements (vegetarians). The members of the groups should have medical insurance.
  2. The travel costs to and from Golden sands should be covered by the participants.

The organization Committee will grant a fuel to each group, which comes with its own bus /fuel will be given for the distance from Sofia to the performances’ places or cities/.

  1. For the groups which come by plane, the bus will be reserved and covered by the Festival’s Committee. Bus will be available to participants during the days of concerts, and transports them to and from the concert venues. In case the group wants to go to the excursions out of Festival’s city, should pay 90 euro for bus transportation per day.
    • The groups which come by plane, should pay for the transportation service from the airport (airport in city of Varna or in city of Bourgas) to the festival’s city –1 euro per km.


  1. The groups have to send application form for participation, pictures and other advertising materials by mail. All applications should be received not later than 40 days before the festival starts by  e-mail.
  2. Each group should pay:
Hostel 22 Euro per person per day
Hotel ** 28 Euro per person per day
Hotel *** Lux 35 Euro per person per day


* For each 20 persons, one is free.

* 30% of the participation fee has to be prepaid not later than 30 days before the event starts.

* The other 70% should be paid when the group arrives.

* Payment after the above mentioned date will not be accepted.

* Exceptions from the above mentioned conditions are possible only after a decision of the Festival’s Organization Committee.

  1. Each group should bring a country’s flag.
  2. All groups can sell souvenirs and/or СDs.
  3. If group needs visa, it is responsibility of the group to arrange it! Organizers can only give invitation letter to groups and can’t interfere to visa issuing process and make extra contacts to embassies.



  1. Each group can stay extra days in Golden sands or come before the date, fixed by organization Committee as “date of arriving”
  2. The organization committee will accommodate the groups in city of Sunny beach (sleeping, 3 meals a day, medical service, if needed). Groups should inform if there is any special diet or food requirements (vegetarians). The members of the groups should have medical insurance.
  3. During the extra days, the groups which come by plane, should pay 90 euro per day for bus transportation /if they need a bus/.
  4. Each group should pay for accommodation:


Hostel 22 Euro per person per day
Hotel ** 28 Euro per person per day
Hotel ***Lux 35 Euro per person per day