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Portuguese Group Performance in the Cathedral

      On July 2nd, the concert “To the God and the Human” was held during the festival “The Flower of the Sun“, at the Cathedral of St Apostles Peter and Paul in Šiauliai.
      The concert was full of spiritual and warmth music and ended with the traditional and sensual fado song by our guests “Grupo etnográfico de Areosa“.

Moments of the Sixth Day

,,THE GRAND PRIX" OF THE FOLK-CONTEST FESTIVAL “THE FLOWER OF THE SUN” WAS AWARDED TO THE ENSEMBLE FROM PORTUGAL

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      On late Thursday, the VII international folk-contest festival “The Flower of the Sun” ended after six days full of festive mood and activities in the city of Šiauliai. At the end of the final gala concert, the winner ensemble was awarded the Grand Prix title and prize of EUR 1500. This year the Grand Prix was awarded to the ensemble “Grupo Etnográfico de Areosa” from Portugal.

 

       

The Grand Prix

 8        The Grand Prix of the festival “The Flower of the Sun” was awarded to the ensemble from Portugal.
       Congratulations to “GRUPO ETNOGRÁFICO DE AREOSA”!!!

Moments of the Fifth Day

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Moments of the fourth day

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All Prize Winners of the Contest “The Flower of the Sun” Have Been Revealed

8          On the evening of 4 July, winners of three more categories in the contest “The Flower of the Sun” were announced. The second day of the contest was dedicated to competitions in the categories of traditional folk dance group, traditional singing group and soloist. The stage welcomed performers from eight countries: Brazil, India, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia and Turkey. 

The first winners of “The Flower of the Sun” have been announced

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     On 3 July, the first winners of the contest “The Flower of the Sun” were announced on the Main Stage. The ensembles were competing in three categories: stylised folk dancers, instrumental music and solo instrumentalists. 

Report on winners

Moments of the Third Day

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ATTENTION!!

      The concerts and dance workshops, scheduled for 3 p.m., are CANCELED due to the rain.

THE VII INTERNATIONAL FOLK CONTEST-FESTIVAL “THE FLOWER OF THE SUN” HAS UNFOLDED AND BLOSSOMS IN ŠIAULIAI

2          On 1–6 July, Šiauliai (Lithuania) hosts the international folk contest-festival “The Flower of the Sun” for the seventh time; it brings joy, colours and diversity of events to city residents and guests.
       This year the event attracted over 700 folk performers, singers, dancers, musicians even from the four continents. Cultural heritage is demonstrated and shared by ensembles from Brazil, the USA, Poland, Finland, Latvia, Portugal, the Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, India, Slovakia and Lithuania. In total, 37 folk ensembles take part in the festival. This summer, representatives of the USA, Brazil and Portugal take part in the “Flower of the Sun” for the first time.      

Third Day. Concerts and Dances

      Third day. Concerts and dances at the Šiauliai Art Gallery. Ensembles of Ukraine, Latvia, USA, Turkey and Lithuania. 

Photos: Edita Aleksandraviciene

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The Night of "The Flower of the Sun"

     Get acquainted with "The night of “The Flower of the Sun” program!

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Moments of the Second Day

Moments of the First Day

Participants got acquainted with the festival program

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In the morning of the 1st of July, the meeting of the organizing committee chairmen took place, where participants got acquainted with the festival program and the contest.

Attention!!!

 19488970_1490994824272259_4110174235075197311_o.jpg        IMPORTANT INFORMATION❗ The solemn parade is canceled due to the rain. The opening concert, scheduled for 7 p.m., will be moved to Šiauliai Culture Center (Aušros Av. 31).

Cupcakes for Latvians

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The first press conference

19247869 693775287473451 1676297618301564641 n         During the first press conference held in Šiauliai city municipality on Monday, the 7th international folk contest-festival "Flower of the Sun" was announced. This festival will take place in Šiauliai on the 1st-6th of July. During the conference, we also discussed preparations and the most important aspects of the event programme.
     
     

VII INTERNATIONAL FOLK CONTEST-FESTIVAL „FLOWER OF THE SUN“ 2017

THE NEW INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS!

 

On the 21st of February, 2017, the organizing committee of the International Folk Contest-Festival “Flower of the Sun” has made a draft for the participating groups in the Contest-Festival’2017.

 

We wish to congratulate the ensembles which have been selected to participate in the

VII International Folk Contest-Festival “Flower of the Sun’ 2017” (Siauliai, Lithuania):

 

BRASIL - „Giuseppe Garibaldi“

INDIA - “Sanjh national folk dance academy SIFA”

COLOMBIA - “Combeima Fundation “Cacica Dulima”

POLAND - Folk ensemble “INA”

TURKEY - Municipality of Büyükçekmece Altinköprü folk dance ensemble

RUSSIA - Folk Dance group “Penza”

FINLAND - Folk Ensemble “Siepakat”

USA - „Riptide“

MACEDONIA - KUD „Grigor Prlicev“

LATVIA - „Skalbe“

SLOVAKIA - Folklore Ensemble „Toplan“

MEXICO - Compania Corazones Que Danzan

PORTUGAL - "Grupo Etnográfico de Areosa"

UKRAINE - Folk Dance Ensemble "Cherkaschanka"

 

LITHUANIA - folk ensemble „Viešia“

LITHUANIA - folk ensemble „Mėguva“

LITHUANIA - folk ensemble“Siaudela“

LITHUANIA - folk ensemble „Šatrija“ (non competition programme) 

Application Forms

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONTEST

Contest regulations

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