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Date(s) - 09/08/2018 - 13/08/2018
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          Dear friends of folklore,


Bulgarian art and folklore centre Nestiya has a pleasure to invite you to take part in the INTERNATIONAL ART FOLKLORE FESTIVAL “NESTIYA BALCHIK 2018”.

From 10.08.2018 till 12.08.2018 city of Balchik and Folklore centre Nestiya will organize  International art folklore festival “NESTIA BALCHIK 2018”. The festival will be held in city of Balchik – summer resort on Bulgarian Black Sea. In this event can take part folklore ensembles and groups; dancing and vocal groups; soloists and instrumentalists from all over the world. This international event is looking to promote and share the folklore and traditions of different nations to strengthen the friendship and the identity of each country.

The groups are suppozed to arrive in Balchik on 09.08.2018 till 14.00 o’clock. On 10th, 11th and 12st of August there are performances in Balchik or another Bulgarian Black sea resorts in the vicinity (open – air concerts). The departure of the groups will be on 13nd of August till 12.00 o’clock.


Purposes of our folklore events are:

To present the folklore wealth and traditions of the whole world.

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.


The organizers are: Bulgarian Art and Folklore Centre “Nestia”- Sofia, Balkan alliance of folklore, Foundation “Nestia”, Association “Evterpani”, Association “Fontan”, Touristic company “Delta EK”, and with the support of Ministry of Science and Education, Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Balchik.


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”

Performances of participants are assessed on a scale. The winners will participate in the ceremony of the GALA CONCERT and will perform the awarded performances at the gala concert. The program of the gala concert will be determined by the festival director and his team.




To participate 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-Balchik 2018“ – a diploma, a trophy, a plaque;

– Big prizes „Nestiya-Balchik 2018“ 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 will accommodate the groups in Balchik or other resorts in the vicinity (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 the chosen resort 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 chosen resort to the performances’ places or cities/.
    • 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 the festival’s cities, 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Balchik or come before the date, fixed by organization Committee as “date of arriving”
  2. The organization committee will accommodate the groups in city of Balchik (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