Open Balkan Championship of Folklore “Jiva Voda - Euro Folk 2013”

Date 6 - 10 June 2013
Location Hisarya
Director Georgi Topuzliiski
Application Deadline 12 April 2013
Location: Hisarya  (Wikipedia), Hisarya (Map)
 

Participants are ensembles from Albania,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Bulgaria,  Greece,  Kosovo,  Macedonia,  Montenegro,  Croatia, Serbia,  Italy,  Romania,  Slovenia,  Turkey and others.

The jury of the Balkan Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk - Living Water 2013" uses the ranking system of the European Association of Folklore Festivals – EAFF and the World Association of Folklore Festivals - WAFF.
The marks of the ensemble appeared in the competition program of the Balkan Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk - Living Water 2013" are valid for ranking in the World ranking list of folklore.

Organizers:

European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF,
Euro Folk Academy,
Municipality of Hissarya and other.
Within the framework of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk 2013".
 
Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" comprise of forty-five music festivals and are held under the auspices of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF in different European cities. Main event of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" is № 1 Festival in Europe of traditional folk arts - Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk" in Bulgaria. It is yearly attended by 7000 to 15 000 musicians, singers and dancers.
Worthy of note are also the festivals in St. Petersburg, London, Paris, Rome, Prague, Budapest, Nessebar, Vienna, Ohrid, Krakow, Barcelona and others.
Typical feature of Musical Feasts "Euro Folk" is that all performances are recorded with professional audio and television technics and the best of them are repeatedly broadcasted by more than 50 cable and satellite televisions, as well as by the World Wide Internet Television "TV Eurofolk" at tv.eurofolk.com.
 
All this activities realize the main purpose of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF to promote traditional folk arts through the enormous possibilities of massmedia. Maintaining the diversity of the main traditional values ​​and identity of different nationalities, guarantees the evolution of humanity.

Town host - Hissarya, Bulgaria

Hisar / Hisarya (the Augusta, Diocletianopolis, Seuthopolis, Aleksiopolis, Toplitsa) has a rich thousand-year history. The favorable climate and mineral waters have attracted people in these places of ancient times. Here is a prehistoric settlement existed even before the V-IV century BC The late Thracian settlement near the mineral springs became part of Odryssae state. Some spas were built medical-religious sanctuaries (nympheum). From this period dates the big Thracian cult facilities near Starosel.

After the conquest of the province of Thrace by the Romans in 46, around mineral springs emerged big Roman city. In 293 the Emperor Diocletian gave him the status of the city and since its beginning with massive retaining walls and construction of new urban solutions. In its preservation and originality defense system and the architecture of the Roman town Diocletianopolis ranks among the top in Europe. In many places the fortress wall reaches a height of 11 meters and the southern fortress gate stands 13 meters archaeological studies state that the fortress was reinforced by 44 towers. In the ancient city has had four major gates.


In Balkan Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk - Living water 2013" - 162 groups participated


Champions

Children-Youth Dance Ensemble "Ogneni ritmi", Svishtov (Bulgaria)

winner of the gold medal at the Balkan Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk - Jiva voda 2013", Grand Prix "Golden Orpheus" and the title "Absolute Balkan Champion" for 2013

Istanbul Folktur Veterans Ensemble, Istanbul (Turkey)

winner of the Silver Medal - Second place at the Balkan Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk - Jiva voda 2013" and the title "Balkan Vice champion" for 2013 and winner of a Gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Folklore ensembles" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

Association "Mummers club Zlatnite mechki", village of Chelopech, Sofia region (Bulgaria)

winner of the Bronze medal - Third place in the Balkan Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk - Jiva voda 2013" and winner of a gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Folklore customs" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

People's folklore ensemble "Rodnie napevi", Naryan Mar (Russia)

winner of a gold medal, the title "Champion" for 2013 in the category "Authentic folklore songs" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

Children-Youth Folklore Ensemble "Elitsa" at Municipal Center of Folklore, Pazardjik (Bulgaria)

winner of a Gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Folklore ensembles - children" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

Folklore Group "Dospat" to "Ivan Vazov 1926" Community Center, Dospat (Bulgaria)

winner of a Gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Authentic folklore songs" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

Group for authentic folklore "Varbinski izvor" at "Bratan Shukerov - 1953" Community Center, village of Varbina, Smolyan region (Bulgaria)

winner of a Gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Authentic folklore songs" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

Folklore dance club "Hisarski ritmi" at "Ivan Vazov -1904" Community center , Hisarya (Bulgaria)

winner of a Gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Folklore dasnces" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

Mixed Choir "Maestro Georgi Atanasov" at "Vasil Levski 1861" Community center, Karlovo, Plovdiv region (Bulgaria)

winner of a Gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Folklore songs" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

Folklore dance team "Trakiyska mladost" at "Rodopski far 1938" Community center, Kardjali (Bulgaria)

winner of a Gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Folklore dances - children" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.

Male Folklore Group "Zmei Goryanin" at "Fakel 1926" Community center, village of Zverino, Vratsa region (Bulgaria)

winner of a Gold medal, the title "Balkan Champion" for 2013 in the category "Processed folklore songs" and Nomination for the Grand Prix.