Nis will host the 18th European festivals of Serbian Folklore for the ensembles coming from Diaspora and the region from May 17 to May 19. The Festival will gather 2000 young folk dancers of the Serbian origin coming from all over Europe.
The official programme will be held at Nis Sports Hall Cair where the ensembles will compete on May 18 and May 19 and the best will be rewarded. Most ensembles, 16 of them, come from Germany, 10 from Austria, 9 from Switzerland, 7 from Slovenia and there will be folklore dance groups from France, Montenegro, RepublikaSrpska, Romania and Sweden.
Folk Dance Groups from Diaspora cherish the traditions of folk dance that are national traits of the country they originate from. In order to participate at the Festival the dance groups had to pass the qualifications in the countries where they live.
During the Festival the competitors and the guests will have the opportunity to participate in art and cultural programs and learn about southern Serbia, itspeople and history.
Folklore competitions are held each year and the final event each year moves to another city or another country. Last year the festival was held in Cacak. The first festival was held in 1996 in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Serbian Folk Dance Festival is organized traditionally by the Council of European Festivals. The official host on the behalf of Nis City will be Student Cultural Center, Folk Ensemble Oro and the Nis Tourist Organization. Serbian National Office for Cooperation with Diaspora will support this event financially.
18th European Festival of Serbian Folk Dances for the ensembles coming from Diaspora and the region has been included in the official program marking the unique and great jubilee – 1700 years of the Edict of Milansigning in 313 AD by Roman Emperor Constantine the Great who was born in the ancient Naissus which is Nis today. Also, the festival is a kind of dress rehearsal for the events scheduled forthe celebration of the Holy Emperor Constantine and Empress Helena Days from June 1 to June 3.