Ohrid is a city in Macedonia, which it is the largest city on Lake Ohrid, the eighth-largest city in the country where the Ohrid festival is held and one of the tourism regional centres where are many events organized. Also Ohrid has one of the 3 national parks in Macedonia on Galičica mountain, the higest peak of Galičica mountain is 2255 meters. Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem of the Balkans". The christianity dates back from the time of St Paul the apostle, in his honor the Ohrid airport is called St Paul the apostle airport. The oldest church is from 11 century in the center of the city and its called St Sophia. The city of Ohrid is rich with history, folklore dances, picturesque houses, folk culture, monuments, folklore traditions, folk festivals, natural beauties, folk music of choir and orchestra, folk art and Ohrid pearls. The most famous jewelry in Macedonia are the Ohrid pearls which are produced by 2 families from Ohrid. In 1979 and in 1980 respectively, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are Cultural as well as Natural sites. Apart from the historical-cultural core, you can enjoy swimming in Ohrid Lake or many events organized throughout the year, like the famous Ohrid Summer festival - this summer festival its first held in 1961, Ohrid fest - Ohridski Trubaduri, Ohrid Swimming marathon, Ohrid Folklore festivals/folk festivals, Ohrid choral festival or relax with coffee somewhere on the lake's shore. Lake Ohrid represents one of the most beautiful lakes in the Balkans, the largest depth of 286 meters is measured between the villages Pestani and Trpejca, about 5 km from the lake shore. The Ohrid lake is located at an altitude of 695 meters, the maximum water transparency is 22 meters, which is excellent for water activities - swimming in Ohrid Lake.
The aim of Kostoski international festival Ohrid is to show the culture, music, folklore clothes, songs, folklore dance and music, choral music, folk art and tradition of different countries from all over the world, and at the same time the participants to gain new friendships at the festivals in Ohrid, and in the following days in ohrid to get acquainted with the beauties of the city of Ohrid and Ohrid Lake. Every year, KOSTOSKI international festival of dance and songs is organized by Kostoski tourist bureau in the most beautiful city in Macedonia - Ohrid. Kostoski international folklore festival Ohrid each year has many ensembles from different countries. Kostoski festival its mixed type of festival that includes: Ohrid folklore festival/folk festivals, Ohrid choir festival, international festival of dance - modern dance and music festival, Orchestra/brass band festival, majorette festival and offers performance for every group, amateur or professional, folklore or modern dance group, choir and orchestra and gives diversity for everybodys taste. Ussualy participants of the past festivals after few years come back again to show new dance and songs at the festival of dance.
Accommodation of groups after arriving in Ohrid, short meeting with the Head of every group for the details of Ohrid festival, free day
Sightseeing of Ohrid with tourist guide
Parade of the groups through the center of the city and performance of all groups of the festival(Folklore dance groups, Majorettes, Orchestras, Choirs, Modern dance groups)
Visiting the Monastery of St. Naum with tourist guide (St Naum can be reached by road or by boat)
Free Day activities(swimming, shoping etc.), Closing of the festival, giving gifts and diploma for participation to the festival
Dispatch of guests
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