Групи 2022



Country: Lithuania

Director: Darius Daknys

The folk ensemble “Salduvė” at Šiauliai City Culture Centre “Laiptų galerija” was founded in 1986. The ensemble was named after a historical medieval hill-fort called Salduvė Hill located on the eastern outskirts of Šiauliai city. Šiauliai is the center of the county whose territory embraces two bordering Lithuanian ethnic areas: Aukštaitija (Higher Lithuania) and Žemaitija (Samogitia).

Therefore, the repertoire of “Salduvė” consists mainly of songs, dances, instrumental music, games and story-telling originating from these two regions, as well as calendar songs, romances from other Lithuanian ethnographic regions, and contemporary folklore interpretations.

More than 20 participants play music, dance, and sing in the ensemble. Members of the “Salduvė” instrumental group play various Lithuanian folk instruments: violins, bandoneon, basedla (three-stringed folk double-bass), diatonic button accordion, goathorn, lamzdelis (a type of recorder), skudučiai (multi-pipes whistles), daudytės , ragai (wooden trumpets), birbynė (reed-pipe), drum, etc. Members of the folklore ensemble wear national costumes of the ethnographic regions of Aukštaitija and Žemaitija, which are replicas of 19th century clothes preserved in museums.

“Salduvė” delivers many concerts, cherishes and disseminates Lithuanian folk music, choreography and narrative folklore not only in Šiauliai, but also all throughout Lithuania.

The folklore ensemble successfully performed abroad: in Latvia (1993, 2005, 2008, 2013), Czech Republic (1997), Hungary (1998, 2007), Great Britain (1998, 2004), Estonia (1999, 2003, 2010), Denmark (2000, 2013), Portugal (2002, 2009), Spain (2009), Slovakia (2003), Greece (2006), Turkey (2008), Germany (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018), Poland (2016).

“Salduvė” has released 6 music albums and repeatedly participated in Lithuanian radios and television programs.

In 2008, the ensemble “Salduvė” was awarded the nomination as the best Lithuanian city folk ensemble for its excellent creative achievements and received the “Golden Bird” prize.

The ensemble contributes to the organization of the international folk contest-festival “The Flower of the Sun” (“Saulės žiedas”).

Media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/folkSalduve

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Dz6amvxJ9FY32kcdfBEGa?si=xEMqCbWgSR2VFiWoBbktug

Participation in the Solo/Couple category

Групи 2022

Buyukcekmece Municipality Golden bridge Folk Dance Group


Country: Turkey

Director: Samet Kolemen

The main goal of the Golden Bridge Folk Dance Group  is to promote and endorse the Turkish Youth, to be able to protect and promote its own culture and  to be loyal to the essence of Turkish Culture and the folk dances that are part of their lifestyle.

The dance group has 560 trainees, including seniors and minors, which are educated by professors, who are experts in the field and have graduated from conservatories.

The Golden Bridge Folk Dance Ensemble has successfully managed to represent the Büyükçekmece Municipality in more than 40 national and international festivals and competitions with its ongoing disciplinary work. The group has successfully represented Istanbul in the Finals of Turkey by taking Istanbul Province First Prize 3 times in the contest. Having participated in folk dance festivals in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and South Korea, especially in the TRNC, it has succeeded in performing in the international field.

In 2016, in South Korea the dance ensemble  successfully represented Turkey at the Cheonan Folk Dance Festival, winning 1st place in the contest in which 18 countries participated. Furthermore in 2018,  the Golden Bridge Dance Group won 3rd place in the World Folk Festival contest in Mallorca, Spain, in which 17 countries participated.

Their mission is to provide the most beautiful services to the youth in their city and to contribute to the promotion of Turkey on international platforms.

Media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bakhat-B%C3%BCy%C3%BCk%C3%A7ekmece-Belediyesi-Alt%C4%B1n-K%C3%B6pr%C3%BC-Halk-Danslar%C4%B1-Toplulu%C4%9Fu-1989824487760315/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altinkopru_bakhat/

Participation in the Solo/Couple category

Групи 2022

Ballet Folklorico Topiltzin


Country: Mexico

Director: Hector Daniel Esquivel Palacios

Because of its diversity, Mexican culture is one of the richest cultures in the world. Mexico has a wide range of cultures that coexist with each other, allowing an interesting artistic and cultural blend.

The Mexican Folkloric Dance is one of the most important cultural and artistic evidence of this diversity. We can argue that it’s the result of our past and present, all that has made us who we are and how we live.

The promotion and diffusion of this cultural and artistic expression is a way of transmitting a part of our essence to foreign societies.

The mission of Professional Mexican Folkloric Dance Company is to create a platform to gather, concentrate and spread the roots, traditions and customs of the vast Mexican culture at a national and international level. Also, the company is characterized by its innovation and commitment to the dissemination of the cultural diversity of Mexico through its high standards of excellence.

Media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Topiltzin-Ballet-Folklorico-Slp-Oficial-350898825951998

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/topiltzinsan/

Participation in the Solo/Couple category

Групи 2022

Folk dance and music group Leghioner


Country: Moldova 

Artistic leader: Alexei Chiricenco

The ensemble was founded in 1997 in the city of Balti, Moldova and the dance repertoire represents the folklore of Northern Moldavia.

The performances of the group are always greeted and applauded. In the absence of a sponsor, members of the team can hardly afford to attend competitions and festivals organized outside the Republic of Moldova. The passion for folk dance and the love for ancestral traditions is what makes them come to rehearsals.

The group consists of almost 50 young people passionate about folk dance. The repertoire of the Youth Ensemble includes six types of dances specific to several countries, and the ethnic minorities from Bălţi invite the ensemble to every festive event they organize.

Media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Leghioner

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leghioner

Participation in the Ensembles category and the Solo/Couple category

Групи 2022

Folk dance ensemble Sveti Sava


Country: Serbia

Director: Dragana Mirkovic

Cultural & Folk Art Association SVETI SAVA from Belgrade, Serbia was founded in 1978. The association is CIOFF Serbia member, CID and IOV members, as well as FIDAF representatives for Serbia.

The main goal of our Association is to develop Serbian culture and to save the traditions from not being forgotten in the future. Our aim is also to represent Belgrade and Serbia in the world – to give a chance to the people from all over the world to learn about our traditions and customs, which are very beautiful and numerous.

The people are usually amazed with the great number of colorful costumes and musical instruments that are represented in our program. Our performances are based on customs and themes from everyday life in the country and the towns from the ancient times of Serbia.

The most popular part is the folk songs and dances group, which works from the very beginning. Our folk group has performed the program of national dances and songs many times, mostly in Europe. A great number of awards and medals are the confirmation of our quality – both performing and program.

St. Sava dancers protect and promote Serbian folklore in Europe and around the world, hoping to preserve and pass it on to generations. The group took part in many CIOFF festivals around the world: Turkey, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Israel, Finland, Cyprus, Netherlands, Belgium… Our groups also participated in the CIOFF CANADA – Drummondville and Gigue en Fete festivals and USA International children folklore festival in WASHINGTON D.C.

Since their creation, they have been laureates of multiple awards: they are awarded first place in the Mediterranean Folklore Festival in the city of Larnaca, have three awards from the CIOFF Festival in Istanbul – Buyukcekmece, won the great carnival in Hungary, as well as the folklore dance competition in the city of Constanta, Romania.

The dance association has numerous gigs in festivals in Canada, USA, Israel, Bulgaria, Poland, Tunisia, Finland, Greece, Russia, Turkey etc.

Media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kudsvetisavabeograd

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kudsvetisavabeograd/

Participation in the Solo/Couple category

Групи 2022

Ballet Folklorico de la Provincia de Santa Cruz


Country: Argentina 

Director: Daniel Uribe

In February 2014 Daniel URIBE, who currently works as director, was summoned by the provincial government to start one of the most important cultural projects in the province; the creation of the federal project: “BALLET FOLCLORICO DE SANTA CRUZ”.

This Federal project aims to perfect, train and contain young dancers and interpreters from all localities and thus provide a broad vision in relation to dance in Santa Cruz with the aim of professionalizing the practice.

This project is made up of 30 dancers, composed of holders and alternates as well as the Production team, the team of Musicians and Assistants representing the towns of: El Calafate, Rio Turbio, November 28, Rio Gallegos, Piedra Buena, Puerto Deseado, Caleta Olivia, Puerto San Julian, Pico Truncado, Las Heras, Koluel Kaike, Perito Moreno And Los Antiguos.

Currently the project within its repertoire has ten folkloric performances, which were assembled with the work and contribution of the most important choreographers in our country, such as Ariel Sosa, Florencia Passoni, Fernando Rodriguez, Leo Santander, etc.

Throughout this time the project has made artistic presentations in the towns of the Province of Santa Cruz. At national level, the ballet was named as the official cast for the television openings of the Festival “JESUS MARIA” ( Córdoba) 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 ”. And on other occasions, they take part in television programs “TU MEJOR SATURDAY” and “TU MEJOR DOMINGO”.

Currently the project is developed under different platforms in a virtual way in the framework of the pandemic, supporting different comprehensive training programs for dancers from all over the province of Santa Cruz with leading dancers who are members of our federal project.

The group has many prestigious awards and recognitions on local and international scale. It has toured in many different countries like Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey, The Philippines, Guam and others.  It has won first place in an International Competition Saudi Arabia, 3rd place in the International Folklore Festival “Carpati”, Pitesti, Romania and many others.  Throughout the years the group had received recognition from different institutions, some of which are The Congress Of The Argentine Nation, Senate Of The Argentine Nation and Inter-American Confederation Of Dance Professionals.

Media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BalletInternacionalSantaCruz/

Participation in the Ensembles category and Solo/Couple category

Групи 2022

Cultural Association Flor Ribeirinha

Country: Brazil

Director:  Domingas Leonor da Silva

The Flor Ribeirinha Cultural Association has been working for more than 25 years in the rescue, maintenance, protection and diffusion of popular culture, especially Siriri and Cururu, as well as other forms of expression of Brazilian popular culture such as Boi Bumbá, Frevo, Samba , etc. It was founded in the city of Cuiabá in the State of Mato Grosso in Brazil, in a riverside and historical community, called São Gonçalo Beiro Rio, where the group experience and preserve the traditions of the feasts of saints, clay pottery production and typical foods and drinks. As a pioneer and reference the group took on the important task of disseminating popular culture not only in the State of Mato Grosso, but for the whole of Brazil and the World.

Today, many young people attend the call of the community and understand the importance of the preservation and diffusion of popular culture and the riverside Pantanal tradition. Since 2010, the Flor Ribeirinha group has toured in several countries of the American continent like Peru, Paraguay and Argentina. In partnership with the Brazilian Federation of Folk Arts – FEBRARP BRASIL larger flights were held, participating in major International Folklore Festivals in Europe, including in France in Martigues, Montoire and Confolens, Italy in Tarcento, Apiro, etc.

In 2016, the group competed in the “Cheonan World Dance Festival” in South Korea and conquered the 2nd place of the event. In 2017, we participated in the biggest competition of Art and Culture in the world, the “18th Festival of Buyukçekmece” in Turkey. We presented the show MATO GROSSO DANÇANDO BRASIL, which honors the traditional Brazilian manifestation of stage dances with various nuances, characters, rhythms and gestures. The composition of the repertoire gave us the opportunity to win the Festival championship.

Media channels:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/florribeirinha/

Website: www.florribeirinha.com.br

Participation in the Ensembles category and Solo/Couple category

Групи 2022

T3at3r Muzikal Collective

Country: Singapore

Director:  Mohammad Elfi Bin Ismail

T3at3r Muzikal Collective (TMC) is a collection of individuals with similar interests in producing quality Malay-based showcases, arts programmes and workshops. We are made up of young and passionate arts activists who aim to develop ideas and create platforms for youths to showcase their talents. TMC is a collaborative platform that brings people from different areas of expertise and background to provide multiple perspectives, opportunities and a space for learning and discovery.

We aim to holistically develop young talents by sharpening the technique of the different artforms and inculcating the right values in the process. We believe that each journey is unique and there are no limits to creativity.

T3at3r Muzikal Collective is currently made up of the Art Managers Team, the Performing Arts Residency and Dance Unit.

Media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/t3at3rmuzikalcollective

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/t3at3rmuzikalcollective/

Website: https://linktr.ee/T3at3rmuzikalcollective

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5y7HPai23xfTBvAVxkuaYQ

Participation in the Solo/Couple category

Групи 2022

Artistic cultural association Agimi

Country: Kosovo 

Director: Gezim Sertollaj

Artistic cultural association Agimi is the first Albanian cultural organization established in november 1944 in Prizren. As an association of culture and art, it has gathered around musicians, singers, dancers, writers and many other artists. The organization’s activities continue for over 75 years with a dancers group, folk orchestra, singers, the local literature group section etc. Shka Agimi participates in many national and international festivals and concerts and is the winner of several prizes. Over the years its program has been shown in many countries like Germany, Croatia, Turkey, Algeria, and many other places. This group always presents and represents the cultural and artistic tradition of Kosovo.

Media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/agimi.shka

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shka_agimi/

Participation in the Solo/Couple category

Groups 2021

Cultural Association C.I.D.A.N. (Center for Research and Diffusion of Native Art) “MI PERU”


Country: Peru

Director: Anita Maribel Zapata Flores

A.C. C.I.D.A.N. (Center for Research and Diffusion of Native Art) “MI PERU” was established on November 15, 1985. It is a non-profit Cultural Association, with 35 years of artistic career. Its purpose is to preserve, investigate and above all to spread the customs and experiences of Peruvians in three regions: Coast, Sierra and Amazonia.

Officially recognised by the Ministry of Culture, currently CULTURAL ASSOCIATION C.I.D.A.N. “MI PERU” is a heritage landmark decorated by the illustrious Municipality of San Juan de Miraflores, Lima, Nasca, Pueblo Libre, Andahuaylas, the National Congress and multiple international organizations.

The group has Professional dancers and musicians who show the Peru’s Folklore with authentic choreography, without stylizations or false interpretations.


  1. National champion at Festival del Sol Inti Raymi – Cusco, Peru, 1999
  2. Winners in different dance contests and parades in Peru, 2002 – 2010
  3. Winner of the Folklore Oscar “Catello di Gorizia” – Italy, 2012
  4. Winner of the Best Costumes CHEONAN WORLD DANCE FESTIVAL, 2017
  5. Winner’s Parade CHEONAN WORLD DANCE FESTIVAL, 2017

Media channels:

Facebook:   AC Cidan Miperu

Instagram: folkloremiperu

Website: www.folkloremiperu.com

Participation: in the virtual competition of the festival