Participants are folklore ensembles from: Russia, Indonesia, India, Holland, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Romania, Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy, Sweden, Moldavia, Armenia, Lithuania, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Hungary.
30.03.17 – Day 1: (Thursday, Netherlands – Amsterdam)
- Upon arrival, check in at the Hotel or Hostel, while for all those interested we will be providing an optional tour of Amsterdam followed by check in. During the tour, panoramic sightseeing of: the canals, bridges, Dam Platz, the National Monument, the Royal Palace, the New Church, the Berlage Stock Exchange, De Bijenkorf, Madame Tussauds, the Magna Plaza, Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Heineken Brewery – Followed by a walking tour of Rembrandt Square, Kalverstraat – the main shopping street, Bloemenmarkt – the flower market. Return to our Hotel or Hostel – Overnight stay.
31.03.17 – Day 2: (Amsterdam – Traditional & Modern Netherlands)
- Breakfast. After breakfast an optional tour called Traditional & Modern Netherlands has been organized which will take all visitors to Zaanse Schans: A picturesque Dutch village on the banks of the river Zaan with traditional windmills, a clog-workshop, a Dutch cheese farm, and traditional homes from the time of Holland’s Golden Age. The tour will then take visitors to Den Haag – the seat of the royal family and the Dutch government, with beautiful buildings and important institutions, Scheveningen – the most stunning resort in Holland with beautiful beaches, the promenade along the North Sea and numerous restaurants. And finally the road will take us to Rotterdam – The largest port of Europe with modern architectural pearls: the Erasmus bridge, the European Tower, the Kubikos (incredible apartments in cube houses) and shopping zone. Free time until departure. Return to our hotel – Leisure time – Overnight stay.
01.04.17 – Day 3: (Festival Day)
- Breakfast – Preparation of the Ensembles for Festival – Opening of the 1st International Folklore Festival 2017 in Amsterdam – Performances of Folklore Ensembles – Awarding of Diplomas & Plaques – The possibility of going out to a Night of Friendship – Leisure time – Overnight stay.
02.04.17 – Day 4: (Amsterdam – Golden Amsterdam)
- Breakfast – Optional transfer of all groups into downtown Amsterdam. The morning consists of an optional tour called: GOLDEN AMSTERDAM & THE MUSEUM DISTRICT – During their stay in Amsterdam, visitors have singled out cruising down the beautiful canals and completely penetrating of Amsterdam into the core of the existence of the people who have occupied these areas for centuries back, in particular, during the Golden Age of the Amsterdam’s development. After the cruise, the groups can choose to take a tour of some of the many museums which have made Amsterdam famous: the Rijksmuseum (Old Masters, Rembrandt’s Night Watch), the Van Gogh Museum with the world’s largest collection of the famous artist, the Heineken Museum, the most closely guarded diamond grindery in Amsterdam and its museum where visitors will have the opportunity to see how the most valuable gemstones in the world are handled and learn all about diamond production – The afternoon is intended for leisure activities, souvenirs as well as shopping therapy – Leaving the hotel and finally moving of all folklore ensembles back to their arrival point – See you next year!