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International Folk Dance and Music Festival “PARALIA SUMMER FEST” 08-12 June 2020 Paralia, Greece – IAFF.EU

International Folk Dance and Music Festival “PARALIA SUMMER FEST” 08-12 June 2020 Paralia, Greece

IAFF is a non-profit organization (NGO) situated in Ohrid City, Macedonia, which is organizing different kind of folk dance and music festivals. The aim is connecting people through festivals of folk, dance and art from all over the world.

With pleasure we INVITE you (Folk and Choral groups, orchestras, majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on II International music & folk – dance festival “PARALIA SUMMER FESTIVAL” 08-12 June, Paralia, Greece 2020.

This festival is the perfect occasion for different groups from various countries to gather together so that they could express their culture and nation through dances, music and interesting national costumes.

The main idea of the organizers is to bring to the festival different choirs, folklore and modern dance groups, majorette teams and brass bands and orchestras from different countries and different parts of the world and to give them the exclusive opportunity to display their creativity on the stage.
The participants will have the opportunity to meet new people, establish new friendships and learn about different cultures and traditions.
The idea of the festival is to develop communication and dialogue between diverse cultures, by nurturing tradition, as well as modern dance and music styles.
Paralia (Greek: Παραλία) is a tourist seaside village and a former municipality in the eastern part of the Pieria regional unit, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Katerini, of which it is a municipal unit. The seat of the municipality was in Kallithea. The 2011 census reported a population of 1,124 for the village of Paralia, and 6,803 for the municipal unit. The community of Paralia covers an area of 1,849 km2. This idyllic, exotic and remote seaside place is the ideal escape for those who like long sandy beaches, relaxation and enjoyment. It is a destination designed to offer everything you need for the perfect vacation. In the evenings you can walk the streets of Paralia and enjoy the light of many shops, inviting you to forget about your worries and cares and to enjoy the colors and the glitter of all of the nice things that you can buy.            

Festival Program:

08 June 2020

  • 14.00 Arriving in Paralia, hotel accommodation and meeting with the festival representatives, free time (beach time)

  • 18.00 – 20.00 Diner in hotel

  • 21.00 Welcome reception with the leaders of the groups

09 June 2020

  • 08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 11.00 – 16.00 Boat excursion in the blue waters of Thermaikos Gulf, (15 euro per person (including lunch and drinks on the boat) (optional)

BOAT  program:

09:00 Start from the port of  Paralia.
10:30 We will make a 30min. stop on the opened sea in the high of the beach of PLAKA. Here you can swim in the crystal clear water.
11:00 We are taking you with the small boat to the VARIKO beach, where the captain will prepare a lunch for you around
12:45 (Grilled fish, greek salad and to drink juice or wine and ouzo).The rest of the time at the Variko beach you can spend with taking a walk, swimming, collecting shells.
14:00 leaving the Variko beachparalia
15:00 making a stop on the opened sea with a possibility to swim.

15:30 Return to the port of Paralia)

  • 17.00 – 18.00 Diner in hotel

  • 19.00 Ensemble parade and Official festival evening in the square of the city

10 June 2020

  • 08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 10.00 – 15.00 Meteori excursion with organized local tour guides, 210km OW – (one of the largest and most important complex of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, build on natural sandstone rock pillars). Each group will go with their own bus. (optional) or free beach time

  • 17.00 – 18.00 Diner in hotel

  • 19.30 Second festival evening

11 June 2020

  • 08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 10.00 – Thessaloniki sightseeing with organized local tour guides, 99km OW (Optional) visiting the city filled with unique landmarks, white tower, many Byzantine churches, Aristotelous square etc. or time for individual activites (beach time, shopping…

  • 19.00 – 20.00 Diner in hotel

  • 21.00 Closing ceremony of the festival – certificates and presents for ensembles by organizer, exchange presents between leaders of ensembles and final party with all participants, discotheque with all the festival participants

12 June 2020

  • 08.300 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 12.00 Departure

General rules for participation:

  • Non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands.

  • In the festival can participate folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs, music bands from all over the world.

  • Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation. The application is guaranteed by the advance payment amounting to 30% of the overall cost. This amount will not be refunded in the event of renunciation of participation.

  • The number of the participants are limited (only 3 groups from each country).

  • Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 10-15 minutes each with USB or orchestra. 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.

  • To send us short CV and 2 – 3 photos of the group by e-mail.

  • Until 10th of April 2020 each group should send the list of participants, name/surname, sex, date of birth and passport number.

  • To take a flag of the country.

  • Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure.

Participation Fee:

  • 71 Euro for 3 HB per person ( 3 nights with 2 meals per day)

  • 91 Euro for 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day)

  • It covers hotel accommodation (leaders and drivers in 2 double rooms and others in triple and quadruple rooms) with 2 meals per day in 3* HOTEL in  Paralia or Olympic Beach in Greece.

  • Addition day can be booked for 26 euro/person/day

  • Groups of 25 persons: One group leader free of charge!

Participation Fee Includes:

  • Participation in the festival concerts,

  • Accommodation in 3* Hotels (3-4 bedded rooms, supplement for a double room is 5€/person/day, supplement for single room is 15 €/person/day),

  • Half board hotel accommodation

  • Welcome cocktails with the leaders of the groups

  • Souvenir and gift for each group

  • Certificate for attendance

  • Drinks during the performance

Participation Fee does not include:

  • Transport

  • Optional Programs

  • Insurance

  • What is not specified in the above mentioned “the fee includes”

Groups arriving by plane will be transported from the hotels with organized buses and will be accompanied to their departure in the same conditions. The transfer from the airport to the hotel and back is paid additionally.

By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

On your request you can stay longer in Greece. Every day of stay longer before or after festival has to be paid 26 euro/per person for accommodation in 3*** hotel…

Invitation letter will be provided if needed

Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.  
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.


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