BISYOC 2019 will take place in Struga, Republic of Macedonia.
Struga is a multicultural and historic resort town on the shore of Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by forested mountains. At over 600m above sea level, Struga benefits from a pleasant climate in mid-summer compared to other parts of southern Europe - hot in the daytime but much cooler at night.
The BISYOC programme will include the usual mix of music-making and cultural exchange activities, and participants will perform public orchestral concerts in Struga Cultural Centre and at the main square in the beautiful mountain town of Bitola.
The Orchestral Repertoire for 2019 is:
Trajko Prokopiev Labin i Dojrana
Khatchaturian Adagio from Spartakus
Mussorgsky /Stokowski Night on a Bare Mountain
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
All rehearsals are in English. They include full orchestral tutti and instrumental section rehearsals with our international team of specialist tutors. Meet the Tutor Team for 2019
In addition, music sessions include opportunities to participate in chamber music to develop and extend musicianship skills
Participants study chamber music daily in small groups. You will work towards extending your musicianship skills and improving your ability to communicate with other musicians. Selected groups may have the opportunity to participate in a chamber music performance during the Exchange. Struga has a lively outdoor performance culture so many of BISYOC's chamber groups will perform outside in street locations.
Cultural Exchange is a major part of the programme. As well as having opportunities to see the town of Struga and places of interest in the region such as the Galicica National Park and the St Naum Monastery, you will take part in group exchange activities every day. Participants will have opportunities to learn about local cuisine and culture, teach dances from each of their countries at International Dance Night, and even have a chance to use voices at International Singing Contest (also known as BISYOC “Eurovision”).
Struga is a resort town and has many tourist facilities including beaches where people swim in the freshwater lake.The Solferino Hotel has outdoor spaces and indoor areas in case of rain and BISYOC will also have access to a local school gymnasium.
All participants will stay in the Solferino Hotel, 10 minutes' walk from rehearsal venues and close to the local school which will be used for evening cultural activities. All meals and accommodation are included in the price.
The contribution per participant is EUR 595.00 which includes all meals, accommodation, music activities and cultural exchange activities.
By Air: The nearest international airports are in Ohrid, 15 minutes away by car, and in the capital Skopje, approximately 3 hours away. BISYOC will arrange airport transfers from Ohrid by car or minibus, and a coach from Skopje Airport for participants arriving before 1500 on arrival day.
By Train: The train route from Belgrade to Skopje is currently out of service, but may be reinstated before July 2019. We recommend you check for updates here. There are several train routes to Belgrade from other European cities including Zagreb, Budapest, Munich and Salzburg. The website Seat61 has information about several routes.
The Balkan region offers ample opportunity for independent travel so you may wish to take a holiday before or after BISYOC. Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Albania and Serbia are all close and have become very well-known as travel destinations in recent years. The Republic of Macedonia itself has a lot to offer.