Balkan festival of folk songs and dances
July 6 - July 11
The Balkan Festival of folk songs and dances is an international folklore event established in 1962 that was originally titled as The Ohrid Festival of Amateur Folk Songs and Folk Bands. In 1967 the Festival was restructured and ever since it has been hosting vocal and instrumental bands and solo singers presenting their authentic folk creations and traditional culture through horas, songs, rites, traditional clothes, local costumes, traditional musical instruments, and handicrafts. For more than twenty years "The Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances" has been a member of the UNESCO Associations of CIOFF (The International Council of the Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folklore Art), and IOFA (The International Organization for Folklore Art.
Traditionally, the Festival is held at the beginning of July. Although the name would suggest otherwise, there are many participants from outside the Balkans, including Asia and Africa.
In the frames of the Festival exhibitions that have always been oriented to the Festival are organised, too. In the past years, the Institute for folklore “Marko Cepenkov” – Skopje organised Symposium for the Balkan folklore.