Bulgaria – BALGARCHE
The children's folk dance ensemble BALGARCHE came into existence in 1974 as a dance group acting at the primary school. For many years Nicolay Syarov has been its artistic director. Since 2001 Ivanova Stanek has had the position of the director. Since its fundation, the group participated in many festivals in Bulgaria and abroad. The traditional dances of the Tracja regions were enriched for dances from the regions of Dobrudża and western Bulgaria.
The folk ensemble appeared among others in Turkey, Hungary, Spain and Slovenia as well as is a member of the International Children's Folk Festival in Sliwen.
India – GUJARAT ART ACADEMY
The Gujarat Art Academy Organization for over 25 years has been contributing to the cultural development of the region. Its two main bases are the theatre inspired with folklore (bhawai) and folk dances (of garba races). The ensemble members have a chance to learn dance from the best choreographers in the country. They can show spectacular shows, colourful dresses of the dancers, tradition transmitted live. The folk group performed at the festivals in the Czech Republic, Spain, Kenya, Germany, Portugal, Poland and Italy.
Indonesia – SMP LABSCHOOL KEBAYORAN JAKARTA
The folk ensemble was established in 1968. The group members develope their talents and passions as well as cultivate Indonesian traditions. Traditional dances from the region Aceh, the Sumatra island as well as from Jakarta city - the capital of Indonesia – deserve special attention. You can see in each performance: colourful dresses, interesting, unusual instruments, history in every dance. The folk ensemble adds splendour a lot of national and unofficial meetings with its performances. He also participated in festivals of folklore in Greece (Kamena Vurla), Spain (Villablanca), Korea, Poland (Gorzów Wlkp., Świdnica) and Turkey (Bodrum).
Marocco – OUJDA
A mission of the OUJDA association is promoting of the folk art and development of the city tourism. The group consists of 15 people (men). The music band performs live music. They play the traditional instruments among others bandira – a percussion instrument. Lalaoui is the most well-known dance. Dancers hold shotguns or sticks in their hands and a rigorous discipline must rule their moves of the body. The group took part in festivals in Marakesz, Barcelona, Brussels.
Montenegro – CRNA GORA
The folk ensemble CRNA GORA from Montenegro was established in 2000 and 3 years later became a member of the CIOFF organization. A main mission of the group is collecting and preserving from oblivion all the folk dances and songs. The group took part in over thousand concerts and folk festivals among others in Spain, France, Portugal, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Slovakia, Romania and Turkey.
The ensemble holds major domestic and international awards. We are the first ensemble that won the first prize at the international festival with Montenegrin dances.
The artistic director and the leader of the group is a license choreographer Sreten Kaluđerović.
Polska - ŁASTIWOCZKA
The folk ensemble ŁASTIWOCZKA started its existence in 2001. At first it was a children's singing group cultivating tradition of the ancestors. In 2006 a decision to convert the group into a Song and Dance Ensemble ŁASTIWOCZKA was made. The choreography of dances with the elements of steps and arrangements danced by Lemkoes (Łemkowie) was drawn up. In its repertoire ŁASTIWOCZKA presents dances from eastern and western Łemkowszczyzna, presenting influences of the Ukrainian, Slovak, Hungarian, as well as Polish culture and tradition. Songs of the Lemkoes are a treasury of melody of songs, ballades, ritual singing. The costumes of the dancers are original łemkowskie corselettes, embroidered blouses and aprons.
The group artistically elaborated the ceremony „Łemkowskie bride putting on a cup” („Łemkowskie oczepiny”) and in February 2016 received a CIOFF certificate.
Slovakia – JUROSIK
The folk group JUROŠIK was funded in 2006 in Michalovce town (the capital of Zemplin region).
JUROŠIK consists of three sections: a dance, a female singing and a musical one. There are 50 members in a group at the age of 15-25. The ensemble performs traditional choreographies from the regions: Šariš, Zemplín, Myjava and Spiš. In its repertoire you can find: krucena – a lyric slow dance of a pair with singing (the region Šariš) and čardáš - the most temperamental Slovak dance folklore. Although JUROŠIK is a young group, it acts in 30 performances annually. The ensemble appeared among others in Macedonia, Italy, Cyprus.
Ukraine – VOLYNJANOCHKA
The folk ensemble VOLYNYANOCHKA was established in 1986 in Lutsk on the area of Wołyń (Volyn). It consists of the children's and youth groups. Each group has its own artistic program. The ensemble cultivates traditions of its area. A rich repertoire is created on the base of the folk games, customs, ceremonies. In their choreographies the artists also use attributes which strengthen the authenticity.
The folk ensemble was appreciated at many festivals in Europe and Asia, as well as it is a member of the Ukrainian section of CIOFF.
Poland - LUBUSKI SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE
Host of the IFF Faces of Tradition 2016
Lubuski Song and Dance Ensemble was established in 1953 in Nowa Sól. Since 1957 it has been operated in Zielona Góra educating and bringing up the next generations of the enthusiasts of the traditional dance and singing. It is a multigenerational team. During this year's edition of the festival the Lubuski ensemble will present a program called „Przebierańce”. The program is referring to the old carnival traditions and the custom of the fancy-dress people walking through the villages in Poland. The context referring to the old real march of the fancy-dress people called Maszkary appears during a children's joyful game. The dances and songs from Dąbrówka Wlkp. dominate during this performance. Children are deciding to play the fancy-dress people … Aniela Anna Sidło is the artistic director and the choreographer of the ensemble.