22nd July - 26nd July


Folklore Festival Association

Municipality of Ohrid

House of Culture Struga

Ohrid Balkan Jerusalem

The intention of our invitation is to celebrate life, love and friendship trough dance and music. The Festival light motive is to present the cultural tradition of different countries and regions, and to provide an opportunity for the members of groups to get together and create long lasting friendships.

The International Folk - Dance Festival “Ohrid waves” will be held for the 13th time in Ohrid during the period from 22nd till 26th July 2017.

Ohrid 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. Today Ohrid is a cultural, spiritual and tourist centre. Together with Lake Ohrid have been named a world cultural and natural heritage listed city under the protection of UNESCO since 1980. Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return and why it simply cannot be retold.

St. Naum, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia and an important pilgrimage place. Breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galicica Mountain towering from behind. It was founded in the 910 by St.Naum, but the present-day church was built in the 16th c.

During your free time the Organizer will organize:

 excursion with guide to the historical old part of Ohrid to visit the most famous ancient churches, basilicas, and monasteries where Saints Kliment and Naum (students of Cyril and Methodus) wrote their teachings and formulated the Cyrillic alphabet (50€ per group).

 Boat Trip to St. Naum (9€ per person), a full day boat trip from Ohrid to St. Naum (lunch packet on Boat)

Terms and Conditions

The International Folk and Dance Festival “Ohrid waves” is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by folkloric groups.

On the festival may participate children and youth folklore dance groups, modern dance groups, vocal groups, instrumental groups and choirs, as well as groups and performers from other art styles. The age of participants is not limited.

During the Festival each Group will have at least two performances in Ohrid and its area according to the program of the Festival. According to the number of participants we will let you know about the minutes of your performance. The performances will be in the evening hours so you can plan the day ahead and use it for visiting the historical part of the city, excursions or simply enjoying on the beach.

NOTE: Each group must send us the music for the performance by email, 10 days before the festival starts.

The festival fee is 99 euro per person. It covers organizational expenses, accommodation in a Hotel for 4 nights with 3 meals per day. On every 20 participants, 21st member is free of charge.

Participation fee can be paid via bank transfer or in cash on the day of arrival. Advance payment of 10 euro per person should be made after receiving the official invitation.


The accommodation of the participants is in Hotels in Struga and Ohrid very close to the beach. The Groups will be accommodated in rooms with 3 beds and 4 beds on a full board basis. Only 3 double rooms are available per group which can be used for the Leaders and drivers.

The Groups must send the rooming list by 5th June 17. Groups that will not send, the rooming list will be made by festival organization and can’t be any changes upon arrival.

If the group shows interest in extending the stay the organizers should be informed during the application process (for full board accommodation the price is 25 euro per person per day).

Transport and Travel Conditions

The groups should pay the travel expenses by themselves to Ohrid and back. The groups coming by bus should use their own transport all the time during the festival and the small journeys and excursions around the city.

The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Ohrid airport to hotel and back to the same Ohrid airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number. You can also arrive through Skopje, Tirana or Thessaloniki Airport which are only 200 km from Ohrid.

The participant group has to arrive in Struga on 22nd of July 2017 (starting with lunch) and leave on 26th of July 2017 after having breakfast and leave the rooms till 11:00.

The number of participants is limited. Therefore, we will appreciate if you can send us your application by 15th of May 2017. After receiving your application we will send you the official invitation for participating on the Festival. We will also assist you in obtaining visa for Macedonia if necessary. Each member must have travel insurance policy.

The organizer reserves the right to any changes in the program, and the participants will be informed on time. The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival. By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions.