FA "Sikiotakia", GREECE
The folklore ensemble "Sikiotakia" from the cultural centre of Sikia Chalkidikis comes from the town of Toroni, and was founded in 1996. They have performed in many festivals and cultural events in Greece and international folklore festival in Bulgaria, Hungary and Italy where they have won the first prize for the best performance.
Eskesta - (University of Haifa), ISRAEL
The ensemble was founded in 1995 by Dr. Ruth Eshel. Members of the ensemble are 10 students who study at the University of Haifa in Israel. They perform the traditional dances of the Ethiopian Jews and artistic dances based on their heritage. Israel is the homeland of Jews who moved there from all over the world: from Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Ethiopian Jews came to Israel between 1984 and 1991. They are the descendants of the king Solomon and the queen Sheba from the Biblical times about 3000 years ago. Eskesta is a shoulder dance.
This group comes from the province of Bavaria in Germany and was founded about 100 years ago. The members of the group have gathered from different villages in Bavaria near M㨥n to participate in our IFF. They perform different traditional dances from Bavaria, for example Sterntanz, which is a danced accompanied by two accordions. They still wear their traditional costumes during the holidays, weekends and weddings. People from each village in Bavaria wear costumes which differ in the colour.
FA "Arbana", ALBANIEN
Das Ensemble wurde 1978 gegr䥴. Es stammt aus der Provinz Tirana und fⴠtraditionelle Lieder und T䮺e aus dem ganzen Staat auf. Es ist eines der bekanntesten Ensembles in Albanien. Bisher war das Ensemble auf Folklorevorfgen und Festivals in verschiedenen L䮤ern der Welt, wie z.B. in der T륩, ħypten, Frankreich, Deutschland, Griechenland, der Schweiz usw..., wo es verschiedene Preise gewonnen hat wie z.B. den Preis fथn besten Auftritt. Das Ensemble ist seit 1994 Mitglied des CIOFF.
AKCUS "Seljo", BOSNIA ANAD HERZEGOVINA
The Folklore Ensemble "Seljo" acts within Academy Culture Centre "Seljo" of the University of Sarajevo which was founded in 1949. They perform traditional folk dances and songs combined with stylized folk dances. The Ensemble performed in three continents in 24 countries for 1,8 million spectators. In recognition of their high quality performances they won many awards in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad.
FA "Matija Gubec" Karlovac, CROATIA
The ensemble was founded in 1936 as an authentic Croatian association which nurtures traditional music, dances, songs and customs. During its history, the group has played an important role on the folk scene, winning numerous awards and recognitions. The Ensemble is a member of CIOFF. Matija Gubec performed on Festivals in Germany, Italy, Algeria, Netherlands, Hungary, Greece, USA-twice, Canada, France, Spain, and Portugal. On each festival the Ensemble performed choreographies of eminent Croatian choreographies in original costumes, with the repertoire from all regions of Croatia. The orchestra plays on traditional Croatian instruments: back pipes, samica, Krk long flute, lijerica, tamburitza, depending on the region the dance comes from . FE "Matija Gubec" is the executive organizer of the International Folklore Festival in Karlovac.
FA "Bitola", MACEDONIA
The Folklore Ensemble Bitola was founded in 1994. They nurture songs and dances from all regions in Macedonia and perform stylized folklore. They participated in many festivals in Macedonia and in Europe: Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Turkey, and Moldavia. They won many awards.
KUD "Sv. Juraj" Dragani欠CROATIA
KUD "Sv. Juraj" was founded in 1934 to collect, present and care after ethno treasure of Dragani殠They also perform dances from other Croatian regions. It numbers about 100 children and adults. They won many awards and performed in Slovenia, Italy, America, Canada, Germany, and Caribbean Islands.
KUD "Klek" Ogulin, CROATIA
KUD "Klek" was founded in 1980 and numbers about 200 members. They perform songs and dances from many regions in Croatia: Ogulin, Bizovac, Baranja, Bratina, Split, Lika, Me魵rje, Ra, Vrlika, Hvar, as well as songs and dances of the Croats who live in Vojvodina - Bunjevci. They performed in Hungary, Austria, Belgium-twice, Czech Republic, Korea, the Netherlands and Italy.