☼Organizers of the International Folk Dance&Music Festival ’’PIERIA FEST 2017.’’ are local municipality of Pieria region, Greece and MyFolkFest Team. ☼Festival is competitive and is open for all groups, no age limit. Winners will be awarded by special cups and medals. ☼Propositions of the festival competition will be sent to groups later. Competition part of the festival is not obligatory, only for groups that apply. All other groups take part in the review night. ☼There will be few winning categories: best performance-dancing, best orchestra-music, best choir-singing, best costumes, audience award. ☼Each group will get diploma for the participation to the festival, as well as DVD from the festival after the festival is finished. ☼Every group will get official brochure of the festival with the presentation of the participating groups, in English. ☼Groups will have two performances - in Pieria region (Nei Poroi or Platamonas) and Larissa town. Also a short defile walking (parade). Each group has to prepare 10-12 min. of quality program. Performances are on the open air stages, wooden and concrete, 10mx10m. In case of bad weather indoor performances. ☼For a performance in Larissa, organizers provide a petrol (fuel) for your busses. It is a 60km distance in one direction. ☼It is not necessary to have live music / using playback-CD is allowed. ☼The group has to bring its national flag and board with the group name for the parade. ☼Accommodation of participating groups is organized in the 3 star family hotels in Nei Poroi and Platamonas, near the beach, in apartments and studios with 3 and 4 beds, with bathroom, on a half board basis (breakfast and dinner). ☼If the weather is nice for swimming, every group has to take care about their members safety. ☼Every group must have one English speaking person for official contact during the festival. ☼Number of participating groups is limited, so the places will be given to the groups who send their pre-payment first (this amount is not refundable if the group cancels their participation). ☼Each group has 1 free place for 25 persons who pay. ☼The groups have to organize their travel to and from Nei Poroi, Platamonas. ☼For the groups that are coming with their own bus there is a free parking place in the hotel area. ☼For the groups that are coming by plane we can provide airport transfers (on group request we will send the offer). The nearest airport is Thessalloniki. ☼The groups are recommended to have insurance policy for all their members. ☼If group needs visa, it is responsibility of the group to arrange it! Organizers can only give invitation letter to groups and can not interfere to visa issuing process and make extra contacts to embassies. ☼Application form, together with 2-3 group photos and short biography, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. ☼ Visit our FB page for more images, https://www.facebook.com/pages/IntPieria-fest-Nei-Poroi/247290538798353.