For one wonderful week every year in the summertime one song sounds from every corner of the romantic Burg Ludwigstein: “Viva Europa, viva Burg Ludwigstein e viva musica…”. Young people (mostly in folk dance groups, choirs or music groups) from different European countries meet at Burg Ludwigstein and present their songs and dances during this special week.

We are very happy to welcome the following groups from 28 July to 04 August 2018:

Belarus (Minsk):

Folk group VALACHOBNIKI of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts

The vocal-choreografic ensemble “Valachobniki” was created in 1979 and has united the students of the Belarusian Folk Songs Chair of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts. It consists of 30 musicians, singers and dancers. The members of the group are always in the search of new perspectives. Annually they arrange folklor expeditions in which they collect the samples of the traditional music. The best examples of the Belarusian folkor regularly enrich the repertoire of the ensemble. The concert programs of the group are full of verity and vividity. They consist of masterpieces of different genres and style trends. The Folklor heritage of the Belarusians and other Slavic Peoples are represented in the repertoire of the ensemble in ethnografical and stylized sounding. Regularly the group shows its concert programmes in the Republic of Belarus. For many times it went on tour in Russia, France, USA, Spain. The group became laureate and prize winner of different international festivals and competitions in Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium.

Poland (Koscierzyna):

Zespól Folklorystyczny KASZUBSKIE NUTY

Everything started with a girl’s choir:
In 1987, the Girls’ Choir of Koscierzyna, Poland, participated for the first time in the 31st European Youth Week. The contact intensified and friendships did not stop at the still existing eastern border! In 1991, Koscierzyna again participated in this formation at the Eurowoche. Then the dancers and musicians of “Kaszubskie Nuty” got involved in the following Euro weeks (2001, 2006). In addition to mutual private visits among the respective members, the “Ludwigsteiner” 2011 followed an invitation to Koscierzyna. Since then, members of the Polish group have been active in the working group ever since.

Scotland (Edinburgh):

Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society

Quite different sounds at Burg Ludwigstein:
For the first time in the fortieth European Youth Week in 1996, a Scottish group with Pipers, Highland dancers climbed the castle in their kilts and conquered the hearts of the members of the working group. The group “Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society” quickly became infected with the “Eurowochen virus”, which is why they returned two years later and then to the 50th European Week. In 1999, the “Ludwigsteiner” followed an invitation to Edinburgh. We are still connected to the group today.

Estonia (Tallinn):

TLÜ rahvatantsuansamble SOLVEDAJA

Firstly, the Tallinn University folk dance group “Soveldaja” is a group of young people mostly aged between 18-25 who are looking forward to different kind of folk festivals to show and to see the variety of folk world. The group performs both folklore and author dances. Depending on the occasion they dance to live music but also use recordings of traditional and contemporary folk music.
Secondly, the group has taken part in several international folklore festivals over the years. The latest ones have been Festival Internacional de Folclore ‘Celestino Graca’ in Portugal 2015, Fétes de la Vigne de Dijon in August 2016 and OD CELJA DO ZALCA in Slovenia in September 2016, Festival Mondiale del Folklore in Italy in 2017. In years 2013, 2015 and 2016 Soveldaja participated in Vöru Folklore Festival in Estonia. Soveldaja has regularly taken part in big folk dance events in Estonia and neighbouring countries.
Besides events described, Soveldaja has participated in competitions for staged folk dance and won several awards. In Dijon they were also awarded as public favourite group.
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Die Ludwigsteiner

The Ludwigsteiner are the dance and music group of the hosts. (Link to the point of view The Ludwigsteiner) The dancers from the various regions of Germany and the Netherlands, who can meet only a few hours to the meetings. For the 60th anniversary of the Eurowoche, the dance group has put together a programme with highlights from the last 25 years. The dancers are accompanied by a five-member music group.
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(Preliminary) programme of the 60th European Youth Week

Saturday, 28 July 2018, 8 p.m.: The opening event will take place in Witzenhausen / appearance of all groups

Sunday 29 July 2018, 3 p.m.: Performance of all groups in Fürstenhagen Mehrzweckhalle

Saturday 04 August 2018 about 12 noon: official welcome of the delegations, welcome to the personal wishes of the state of Hesse, the city, etc.
afterwards around 3:30 p.m. the Big Eurokirmes with orders of all groups, presentation of the AGs with subsequent termination of the Eurowoche through collecting the flags

from 30 July 2018 to 03 August 2018, the Nationality Days takes place:
every evening one of the groups performs their gala programme at 8 p.m. at the castle (in good weather in front of the castle, in bad weather in the castle)

Sequence of the Nationality Days

Monday: Poland
Tuesday: Estonia
Wednesday: (excursion, no evening event)
Thursday: Scotland and Germany
Friday: Belarus

Afterwards always open dancing, to which all visitors are cordially invited. Admission free.