12 June 2018

Bagpipers group  «Rodopchani» to "Gogo Mavrov-1930" Community Center from Plovdiv (Bulgaria) became Absolute Balkan Champion of Folklore for 2018. The performers, whose artistic director is Veselin Kozarev, won the Grand prix Golden «Orpheus», Golden medal and a check for 1000 Euro, provided by the Municipality of Hisarya. Last year the bagpipers were third in the final ranking, but this year their hard work gave its result. The impressive dignified presentation of the spring folklore from the Rhodope Mountains brought to the group the high evaluation of the jury. The awards were presented by Kaloyan Nikolov - President of EAFF and Eng. Penka Doykova – Mayor of the Municipality of Hisarya.

Vice-Champions at the 7-th edition of "Euro Folk - Jiva Voda" – Hisarya 2018 became CYFE "Graovche" to CSPD – MCC Pernik –Pernik (Bulgaria). The alumni of Vladislava Vladislavova and Mariana Yankulova won the Silver medal and the Silver "Orpheus" of the Championship. Eng. Penka Doykova – Mayor of the Municipality of Hisarya handed the award. Both directors were honored by the jury with the title "Maestro". The diplomas for the titles will be sent to the Municipality, in order to be officially handed to them in an appropriate manner.

The third winner, with Bronze "Orpheus" and the Bronze medal of the Championship became MEZZOFORTE Soul Music Children’s Orchestra of the city of Otopeni (Romania) with artistic director Marian Aleksandru. The award was granted by Assoc. Dr Dobromir Mitev, accordion lecturer at "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" National Academy of Music, Bulgaria (Bulgaria).

During the official closure of the VII Balkan Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk - Jiva Voda" were handed some special awards:   

240 groups with about 4000 participants took part in VII Balkan Championship of Folklore, which was held from 7th to 11th June in the ancient Bulgarian town of Hisarya. Тhis year 17 formations received nominations for the Grand Prix:

50 medals were awarded in the last day of the Championship - 25 gold, 16 silver and 9 bronze. During the four days of the folk competition, dozens of groups, individual performers and artistic directors were awarded with medals, diplomas for continuity between the generations and for significant contribution to the preservation of the Balkan traditional folk arts, as well as the titles "Laureate", "Discovery", "Maestro". The best performers received references for participation in the European and World Championships for Folklore in Nessebar and Sunny Beach resort, as well as for the latest initiative of the EAFF – the World Cup of Folklore, held in May in Veliko Tarnovo.

VII Balkan Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk - Jiva Voda" finished with a performance of the winners of the Championship.