21 May 2018

Ensemble "Folklorika" at "Folklorika" Ltd. School for folklore dances - Sofia (Bulgaria) won the Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus", a check for 1000 leva, a gold medal and the titleAbsolute national champion of folklore for 2018 at the IX Bulgarian National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2018". The prestigious awards were handed by Kaloyan Nikolov - President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF). Artistic directors of Ensemble "Folklorika" are Evelina Pavlova, Georgi Pavlov and Mariana Zafirova.

Absolute vice champion of folklore for 2018 at the second place with Silver "Orpheus" and Silver medal became DE "Praznik" at Municipality of Sandanski (Bulgaria) with artistic director Mihail Mitrev.

The third prestigious place in the folklore national championship was for Dance group "ShoplukA" at "Ritam 7/8" School for Bulgarian folklore danves - Varna (Bulgaria), with artistic director Margarita Kindova. The prizes of thе championship were Bronze "Orpheus" and Bronze medal at the final ranking.

38 groups performed in the last day of "Balkan Folk" Stara Planina Fest 2018, as 17 of them took part in the Championship and received nominations, medals and diplomas. Nominations for the Grand Prix were also received by: Female Folk Choir at "Razvitie 1902" Community Center - Merdanya (Bulgaria) and the Representative Dance Group - Dryanovo (Bulgaria).

VIII Bulgarian Nationalship of Folklore "Euro Folk 2018" was held from 10 to 20 May in the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo, together with the III World Cup of Folklore - Veliko Tarnovo 2018 and the 22-nd edition of the Fstival №1 in Europe for tarditional folklore arts - "Balkan folk" Stara Planina Fest.

A total number of 240 groups with over 4000 participants from all the ethnographic regions of Bulgaria, as well as participants from Iran, India, Indonesia, Sweden, Canada, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Republic of Yakutia (Russia), Georgia took part in the three musical forums.

The accompanying program included meetings with representatives of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo, parades, meetings of the nations "Friends in Diversity".

Photos from the event can be seen at the Facebook page of the Association.