The festival takes place in the fourth biggest city of Lithuania – the capital of North Lithuania – Šiauliai and Šiauliai County.
The International Folk Contest-Festival “Flower of the Sun” provides an opportunity to introduce, prove the uniqueness for both groups and soloists: folk performers, singers, dancers, musicians.
Perhaps this is the only event of such a character in the Baltic Region where, besides many concerts, get-togethers, workshops, folk groups and soloists also compete in 6 categories. The contest comprises 6 categories:
Category 1: Traditional Folk Dance Groups.
Category 2: Choreographed Arrangements of Folk Dances.
Category 3: Instrumental Folk Music Ensembles.
Category 4: Ensembles of Traditional Singing.
Category 5: Folksong Solo.
Category 6: Instrumental Solo.
The competing folk ensembles and soloists are assessed by the authoritative international jury.
The prize fund of the Contest is over 5500 € and the GRAND PRIX is 1500 €.
Friendly atmosphere dominates during the festival; jolly get-togethers, introductions of folklore from various countries are organised every evening.
Participants and guests of the Festival have an excellent opportunity to explore North Lithuania – a wonderful Lithuanian land rich with rivers, lakes and forests, to visit the unique in the world Hill of Crosses as well the sandy beach of the Baltic Sea which is just 130 km away.