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14 Aug 2019 – 18 Aug 2019, Ohrid


   Every choir and singing formation and orchestra has the right to participate. Children’s choirs  (2/3 of the participants must be 16 or younger), Youth choirs (2/3 of the participants must be 27 or younger), adult choirs (1/3 of the participants must be older than 27),

 In order to apply,  application form must be sent, including a photograph of the choir and the conductor as well as a recent audio recording. The requested materials can be sent by email, recording audio can be put on your web site or send by post.  

Festival  has two parts – competitive and not competitive .

Choirs can choose competition or only festival PARTICIPATION ( no contest program). Concert programs of choirs chosen to participate in the competition will be judged by a jury and will determine the grand prize winner of the festival: statue “OHRID PEARL”. If there are more than three Choir in each category / uniform, mixed, children / jury will select the winner in each category. It must be more than 5 choral groups for competition part.

The choirs participate in self- competition program .

FESTIVAL has 3 sections:

–         Section one – performances – Open air, ( is required to perform a 15-20 minute program of their choice at several outdoor public locations)

–         Section two – Pop music (program must contain choral arrangements of pop songs. The program should last 8-12 minutes. .

–         Section three – Folk music (the program must contain choral arrangements of folk songs or motives. The program should last 8-12 minutes.

           All choirs are required to perform in at least two sections.

    By applying to the Festival the choir agrees to respect and to regulate the legal rights of the authors of the works it performs and agrees to give right to the Festival to use any material recorded during the Festival.

Festival program will be held on the outdoor public location – historical places in Ohrid and Struga cities and Centres for culture.


                                             Program proposal

14.08. Wednesday 

12.00 – 14.00  Arriving in Ohrid , hotel accommodation,

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities (swimming in Ohrid Lake),

18.30 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel,

21.00 Welcome reception


15.08. Thursday  

 08.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.30 -14.00 Ohrid sightseeing – visiting cultural monuments, visiting ethno museum ( 1 euro), visiting exibition “Ohrid in past” with degustation of traditional drinks (vine,rakija,soft drink -1 euro),  Samoil fortress (1 euro – enter) , Antique theatre, Plaosnik, St. Kaneo church, Bridge of the wishes… )

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel

      19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00  Official opening of the festival

          – welcome speech and firewall ,

          – singing together

          – open air performances in old city

   16.08.  Friday 

 08.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

12.00 – 14.00 Singing in the church 

14.00 Competition part in Center of culture G.Prlicev

16.00 Lunch in hotel

 20.00 – 21.00  Dinner in hotel 

21.00 Workshop with all participants in hotel Desaret – singing out of box

  17.08. Saturday 

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

11.00 -15.30 Cruising with boat on Ohrid Lake and visit Museum on water and most famous tourist resort  St.Naum-culture  place, also swimming in most popular beach  –(price 8 euros per person),(lunch package),

19.00 – 21.00 Diner in hotel

21.00 – 00.00 Closing the festival, certificate for attendance, awards for the winners, exchange presents, disco party with wine degustation and soft drink for the kids

18.08. Sunday    

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

12.00 Departure of the participants/

OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…

18.08 Sunday

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

 10.30 – 14.00  Visiting Struga city

– singing in the church St.Petka

– Visiting house of Miladinovci brothers, river Crni Drim, Kalsita cave church……),

   14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities (swimming and bathing),

   20.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

    21.00 Beach party

19.08. Monday   

09.00 -10.00 Breakfast,

10.30 – 14.00 Free activities (sunbathing and swimming in Ohrid Lake, walking in the city square… ) or visiting Vevcani (ethno village) ,

  14.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel and free activities,

  20.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel

 21.00.- 00.00 Macedonian evening party


20.08 Tuesday

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,

09.00 – 14.00 Departure to Skopje city with guides ( visiting monuments of Alexander of Macedon, Museum of Macedonian struggle, Macedonian GATE, Stone bridge, Memorial centre of holocaust…)

14.00 Departure from Skopje city

Participating conditions are:

–         The number of participants are limited,

–         Each group should consist of most 50 members including singers, managers and musicians

–         On competition part must be more of 5 choral groups,

–         Age of the participants are not limited (see sections),

–         Choirs and orchestras should have prepared at least 2 performance for two sections, 8-14 minutes each with or without instruments,

–         To send short CV and photos of the choirs by mail,

–         To bring a flag of the country,

–         Choir groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure,

Accommodation for the groups:

       – 66 Euros per person, 3 FB ( 3 meals per day)

– 86 euro per person  4 FB with 3 meals per day..

Hotel accommodation in 3*** hotel Hotel is located on the coast of Ohrid Lake, in 1/2 or 1/3  bedrooms.

Hotel Desaret is 3*star Lake resort with outdoor swimming pool, with 500 beds so the number of participants are limited. 


Hotel Desaret (hotel on the Lake) – www.hoteldesaret.com.mk,

Hotel Makotex, (hotel on the Lake)- www.makotex.com/hotel

Hotel Plaza (hotel on the Lake)-  www.galebiplaza.com.mk,

Hotel Montenegrin (hotel on the Center of the city) – www.montenegrininn.com 

Hotel De lux apartmant (hotel in the center of the city,


Festival organizers provide:

      –   for 21 participants  – one gratis 

–         souvenir and gift for each group,

–         certificate for attendance,

–         tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,

–         Welcome cocktail,

–         drinks during the performance,

–         free parking

–         reception in city hall,

–         advertising of the festival (press conference, radio and tv channels, posters and flayers).

For competitors:

–         Certificate

–         statue “OHRID PEARL”

Personal responsibility and health insurance are within the other obligations of the groups. First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, medical services must be covered by the group.

On your request,  You can continue your stay in Ohrid. For additional days we will arrange special program.In 3*** hotel FB will be special discount price of 22 euro per day.

Organizers keep the right to change program of the festival. After Groups arrived in festival office, will be given detailed program of the festival and each group will have guide during festival.

Transportation: The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Ohrid airport, during the festival days and back to the same Ohrid airport. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessaloniki Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. You can arrive in Ohrid airport and we will make a transfer to the hotel free of charge. We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary. After the festival finish organizers will send you DVD from the festival program for each group and photos.

. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation the participation

Last year over 380 participants from 11 countries had participate on the choir festivals in Ohrid city.


Event Category:


Youth Culture Center Ohrid


Activities offered in the event
Choir competition, Course / seminar / academy, Non-competitive choral Festival
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Application Deadline:
15 March 2019