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V INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL “KEEPING TRADITIONS”

V МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЙ ФОЛЬКЛОРНЫЙ ФЕСТИВАЛЬ "СОХРАНЯЕМ ТРАДИЦИИ"

Date:            10.03 - 14.03.2019

Location:    Saint Petersburg, Russia

Organizer: Culture Development Foundation of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East "Severnaya Raduga"

Partners:    The European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF);  Saint-Petersburg House of Nationalities;

                        Travel company “Avisenta”   

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

 

International Folklore Festival "Keeping traditions" (hereinafter Festival) is held to promote folk art and preserve the multi-national cultural heritage of Russia. The festival is a place where the talented folklore performers from all over the world meet each other to make friends and share their culture. The festival promotes the development of intercultural dialogue between the folk artists from different countries as well as upbringing the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and tolerance to cultural traditions and customs of another ethnos. 
The festival has a competitive nature and enables participants to present their achievements in the field of music, singing, dancing, rituals and customs. 

TERMS OF THE CONTEST   

We invite vocal, dance, instrumental folk groups and theatres as well as soloists and duets to participate in the festival.

Every group may participate in the fair on handicrafts with their crafts products from native region.
The groups can participate both in a contest and in public concerts with a programme not exceeding 8 minutes for competition and 15 minutes for public concert.
All participants of the festival should pay participation fee and travel expenses to and from St. Petersburg. 
CONTEST CATEGORIES:
I Choreography (Soloists, duets, trios, ensembles, collectives)
A - Folk dance (traditional and stylized) 
B - Classic dance, neo-classic
C - Modern choreography (free plastic, jazz, modern)
D - Variety choreography (show groups, step, oriental dances, disco)
E - Sports choreography (hip-hop, techno, street, electric boogie, break dance)
F - Theaters of dance
G - Ballroom dance
II Vocal (soloists and duets)
A - Authentic vocal, folk vocal
В - Modern arrangement of folk songs (in any genre: classical academic singing, pop singing, jazz, etc.)
C - Academic vocal
D - Variety vocal
III Choirs and vocal ensembles (trios, ensembles (from 4 to 13 participants), choirs (more than 13 participants))
A - Authentic vocal, folk vocal
В - Modern arrangement of folk songs (in any genre: classical academic singing, pop singing, jazz, etc.)
C - Academic vocal
D - Variety vocal
IV Instrumental work (orchestras, ensembles and soloists)
V Theatrical work (miniatures, excerpts from performances, excerpts from musicals, excerpts from ballets, oral folk art, declamation, puppet theater, musical theater, fashion studio).

AGE CATEGORIES

I: age 7-9 

II: age 10-12 
III: age 13-15 
IV: age 16-40 
V: age 41 and over  
In each age group, the performers of another age are admitted but not more than 30% of the total number of performers.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

 

The participation in the festival-contest means the participation in one contest category and one age category.
The competition program includes a performance of 1 or 2 various works up to 8 minutes total. 
The program may include authentic folklore or modern arrangements of folk arts based on folklore material of any country or region. 
Vocal competition works should be accompanied by phonogram "minus-one" or live music. A cappella performance is encouraged. 
Participants should send in advance phonograms by e-mail, and also bring them on a flash drive or CD (each track on a separate CD). 
It is not allowed to use lighting effects during the performances.

PARTICIPATION FEE

Festival Package Standard: 180 EUR per person (4* hotel in the historical center)

4 nights’ accommodation at “Saint-Petersburg****” hotel on the banks of the Neva River 
DBL/TWIN standard rooms with own bathroom
4 buffet breakfasts
4 buffet dinners
St. Petersburg sightseeing city tour by bus with a guide
Performances during Opening/Closing ceremony and public concerts
Transfer to the concert venue by bus
Souvenirs, diplomas.
Participation in one category of competition
One free leader for a group of 22 persons (21+1) 
Festival Package Comfort: 198 EUR per person (4* hotel in the historical center)
4 nights’ accommodation in DBL/TWIN deluxe rooms at “Saint-Petersburg****” hotel on the banks of the Neva River
4 buffet breakfasts
4 buffet dinners
St. Petersburg sightseeing city tour by bus with a guide
Performances during Opening/Closing ceremony and public concerts
Transfer to the concert venue by bus
Souvenirs, diplomas.
Participation in one category of competition
One free leader for a group of 22 persons (21+1) 
Festival Package Comfort: 198 EUR per person (4* hotel in the historical center)
4 nights’ accommodation in DBL/TWIN deluxe rooms at “Saint-Petersburg****” hotel on the banks of the Neva River
4 buffet breakfasts
4 buffet dinners
St. Petersburg sightseeing city tour by bus with a guide
Performances during Opening/Closing ceremony and public concerts
Transfer to the concert venue by bus
Souvenirs, diplomas.
Participation in one category of competition
One free leader for a group of 22 persons (21+1) 
Notes:
Participation fee doesn’t include price of escort by a bus from airport to the hotel and back. The transfer fee will be billed individually depending on the size of a group and time of arrival.
Accommodation in SGL rooms is available upon request at an extra fee.
Extra nights available upon request at an extra fee.
Approved groups pay in advance a 30% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.
In case of refusal to participate in the festival received after February 10, 2019 the guarantee fee is not refund. 
The Organizing Committee will send the bank details upon receiving the application form. Booking confirmation will be sent, if only the Organizing Committee receive guarantee fee. 

AWARDS 

·    The accumulating of Awarding Foundation is entrusted to the Festival Organizing Committee. Any organization or individual can make charitable contributions to the festival and establish their special awards and prizes.

In each category and age group winners are assigned to Laureates of I, II, III degrees, and diploma holders of I, II, III degrees.
The laureates are awarded a cup and a diploma, the diploma holders are awarded a diploma.
The Grand Prix is awarded to only one of the winners of the 1st Prize among children from 7 to 16 years old and one of the winners of the 1st Prize among adults aged over 16, who will get the highest number of votes of jury members, but not less than 51%.
Grand Prix winners are awarded by a cup and Prize of the festival sponsors which might be in cash. 
Each team/soloist is awarded a diploma; each participant receives a souvenir of the festival.
The leaders of groups and pedagogues will receive official Letters of Thanks.
According to the results of the contest the following special prizes are to be awarded: 
The Best Soloist
The Best Choreography
The Best Artistry
The Best Folk Costume
Preservation of Folk Traditions
At the discretion of the jury, the best ensembles and soloists may be invited to participate in folk festivals on a preferential or complimentary base.
The Laureates of the festival may be granted by EAFF certificates of 200-500 euro to participate in the European/World Championship of Folklore.
The jury reserves the right not to award prizes and change the number of awards.
Awarding will be held during the Closing ceremony of the festival.
The leaders of groups are required to attend the Closing ceremony of the festival. After closing the festival diplomas and other awards are not available.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

March 10

Arrival of participants to St. Petersburg. You will be met by our guide. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

20:00 - Festival Opening Ceremony.

March 11

09:00 - Rehearsal.

11:00 - Competition performances.

21:00 - Disco night. Exchange with gifts and souvenirs. 

March 12

Opening of the Exhibition of folk arts and crafts “Snow patterns of Yakutia”.

St. Petersburg half day city tour with a guide. *Optional tours.

Ethnic concert “Keeping traditions”.

March 13

19:00 Competition for the Grand Prix. Gala-concert. Awarding of the laureates. Closing Ceremony of the IV International folklore festival “Keeping traditions”.  

March 14

Check out up to 12:00. Departure of the participants.

TRAVEL & VISA TERMS

Every participant should cover the expense of the international flight to and from St. Petersburg.

Every participant of the festival must have Travel Insurance to cover medical and accidental coverage during the period of the festival.
Each participating group is responsible for its own visa to Russia. Invitations for visa are available upon payment of 30% guarantee fee which is not refundable.
The recommended arrival date for participating groups to St. Petersburg is March 10, 2019 by 2:00 PM (afternoon).
The recommended departure date is March 14, 2019 by 12:00 (afternoon).
Participants may extend their stay in St. Petersburg at an extra fee.

APPLICATION FORM

To participate in the Festival, you need to send the following: 
Fill in the Application 
Short CV on the participant (no more than 10 lines) 
Send a complete list of participants verified by a group leader (attached)
Send a scanned copy of participants' international passport
Send 2 photos of your folk group of good quality (the minimum size of photos should be 2 MB in jpeg)
Organizing Committee:
Tel. +7 (499)4091295; +7 (926)2238761; +7 (904)6418396
e-mail: severnaya.raduga@mail.ru;