International Folklore Festival in Plovdiv

Returns after a two-year hiatus with an exceptional program

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Published 21 July 2022

After a two-year break due to the covid pandemic and worldwide restrictions, the municipality of Plovdiv is the organizer and host of the 26th International Folklore Festival.

The festival, which has become a tradition for the cultural life of Plovdiv, is a natural long-awaited celebration for the residents and guests of the city on hot summer days.

The festival is part of the calendar of cultural events of the municipality and every year it includes folk groups from all over the world, presenting with a lot of beauty, talent, and good mood an unforgettable extravaganza of color and rhythms in one of the most emblematic places - the Ancient Theater of Plovdiv.

In the 26th International Folklore Festival from 25 to 29 July 2022, representative folklore ensembles from Argentina, Brazil, Romania, Georgia, and Turkey will meet in Plovdiv, and on the Bulgarian side, the Folklore Ensemble "Thrace" - Plovdiv and Folklore Dance Ensemble "Dilyanka". In this edition, "Dilyanka" will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special concert performance.

Every evening at 5:30 p.m. the defile of the formations will take place. They will start from "Dom Levski", will pass along Main Street and reach the stage at "Stefan Stambolov" Square, where they will perform short concerts starting at 6:00 p.m. The program will continue with the official evening performances of the participants on the stage of the Ancient Theater from 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the concerts in Plovdiv, there will also be performances in other parts of the district.

The opening ceremony is on Monday 25 July, at 8 pm, at the Ancient Theater. On the same stage, on the last evening - Friday 29 July, at 8 pm, the Gala concert and the ceremony for the event's official closing will take place. All concerts are free! For more information about the participants in the festival click here. 

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