The X International Folklore Festival "Keeping Traditions" is held with the aim of preserving and developing the multinational cultural heritage of Russia, popularizing public diplomacy through the exchange of cultural values and traditions of the people of the world. The festival promotes the strengthening of civil peace and interethnic harmony, and is aimed at developing and strengthening friendly cultural ties between creative groups of the Russian Federation and foreign countries.

Objectives of the festival:
  • Identification and promotion of the best folk performers
  • Improving the professional skills of team leaders and teachers
  • Development of friendship, mutual understanding and cultural cooperation between creative groups of the Russian Federation and foreign countries
  • Raising the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and developing mutual respect for the cultural traditions and customs of other ethnic groups
  • Attracting attention from state, public and international organizations to the problems of creative groups and performers
Festival venue: Cinema and Concert Hall (Address: Ploshad Alexandra Nevskogo, 2)
  • Stage size: Length - 17 m, width in the center - 7 m, at the edges - 5 m
  • Covering - carpet

Festival hotel: Oktyabrskaya**** (Address: Ligovsky Prospekt, 10/118)

Conditions:

  • Creative groups and soloists of any genre are allowed to participate in the festival, if they have submitted an application for participation and paid the registration fee.
  • Age of participants from 5 years and older without restrictions.
  • Performance programme: Each participant prepares 2 different programmes: 1 competition piece and 1 piece for Gala.
  • The duration of the performance is no more than 4 minutes. For theatrical performances, folklore rituals, dance shows the duration of the performance is strictly up to 8 minutes.
  • Folk dances and rituals, songs and music based on the folk material of any region or any country, both in authentic performance and in modern processing are most welcomed.

Accommodation:

The groups will stay at hotel Oktyabrskaya**** (Address: Ligovsky Prospekt., 10/118)
  • The best location in St. Petersburg! The hotel is located in the historical heart of the city - opposite the Moskovsky railway station, at the intersection of Nevsky and Ligovsky prospects.
  • The historical hotel-museum was built according to the design of the famous architect A.P.Gemilian. All rooms are designed according to the principle of the architectural "golden ratio".
  • "Galereya" shopping mall, caffees, museums, theaters - all are within walking distance.

Meals:

3 meals daily (Full Board): buffet breakfast, buffet lunch/ dinner

Nominations:

  • Vocal: (academic, folk, pop, jazz)
  • Choirs: (academic, folklore)
  • Theatrical creativity: (art word, author's poem, musical performance, dramatic performance, puppet theatre)
  • Instrumental creativity: (classical music, folk music, pop music, jazz music)
  • Folklore: (song folklore, theatrical folklore performance)
  • Fashion Theater: (national costume, pret-a-porte, evening collection, historical costume, modern suit, fantasy collections)
  • Choreography: (folk, folk-stylized, modern, variety, children's story-game dance, contemporary, modern, dance theater, dance show)

Age categories:

  • I. 5-6 years old
  • II. 7-9 years old
  • III. 10-12 years old
  • IV. 13-16 years old
  • V. 17-44 years old
  • VI. 45 and over
  • VII. Mixed
* Note: In the nominations "Fashion theatres" and "Theatrical creativity" nominees are not distributed by age categories.

Jury:

  • To evaluate competitive performances, a competent Jury is created. It includes cultural and art figures, famous artists, art-directors, teachers, representatives of creative, public and government organizations in Russia and foreign countries.
  • The list of jury members will not be disclosed until the start of the festival.
  • The chairman of the jury has the right to 2 votes, if a controversial situation arises.
  • The jury does not take into account the age, financial capabilities, social affiliation, nationality and place of residence of the contestants - only creativity on absolutely equal terms in accordance with these regulations.
  • The jury may decide to cancel the festival in one of the nominations or combine the age categories specified in these regulations due to an insufficient number of submitted applications.
  • The jury has the right to: award not all titles, to divide the titles of laureates between performers, to award special prizes to teachers for outstanding achievements, and to decide to terminate a performance that goes beyond the regulations.
  • The jury's decision is final and not subject to discussion.

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Complexity and technique of performance
  • Artistic impression (creating an image, revealing content, emotionality, artistry)
  • Presentation (costume, props, direction, musical accompaniment, selection of repertoire, stage design)
  • Difficulty of performance and compliance of the repertoire with age

Awarding:

  • The organization of the prize fund is the responsibility of the Festival Organizing Committee. Any organization or individual is allowed to make charitable contributions to the festival and establish its own prizes.
  • The number of laureates and diploma holders is not limited, since there is a qualification system for evaluating competitors, and not comparing them with each other.
  • In each nomination and age category, the titles of laureates of I, II, III degrees are awarded, as well as the title of diploma holders of I, II, III degrees.
  • The laureates are awarded cups and diplomas.
  • Diploma recipients are awarded diplomas.
  • The Grand Prix is ​​awarded to the Best Children's Performer and the Best Adult Performer with the most votes from the Jury members.
  • The Grand Prix laureates are awarded the Grand Prix Cup, a diploma, Certificate for participation in the super-final of the year "International Award "Folk Star" in the amount of 15,000 rubles and a memorable prize at the discretion of the festival partners.
  • Winners of the Special Prizes "Best National Costume", "For the Preservation of Folk Traditions", "For the Development of Public Diplomacy", "Best Team Leader" are awarded diplomas and a memorable prize at the discretion of the festival partners.
  • Each participant is awarded a festival souvenir.

Participation fee:

  • 269 Euro per person for 3 FB (Full Board)
    • Every 16th is free! (15+1)

Participation fee includes:

  • DBL/ TWIN accommodation in hotel 4*
  • 3 meals daily (4 buffet breakfast, 3 lunch, 4 dinner). Arrival day will start by dinner, departure day buffet breakfast will be served.
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfer
  • Airport pick-up by a festival coordinator
  • Hotel-festival venue-hotel transfer
  • St. Petersburg city tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Competition fee for one nomination
  • Cup and diploma for a group
  • Festival souvenir for each participant
  • Letter of thanks to the teacher
  • Every 16th is free
Notes:
  • Please note kindly hotel registration fee (250 rubles) will be charged by a hotel upon check-in.
  • All travel expenses to St. Petersburg and back are borne by the participants of the festival or the delegating organizations.
  • The recommended date of arrival at St.Petersburg is March 27. Departure date is March 31.
  • Check-in time: 14:00 (2 PM), check-out: 12:00 (12:00 AM).
  • Guests can extend their stay for an additional fee.
  • Optional excursions or tailor-made tours available upon request at an additional fee.

Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

As a next step: Registration to the festival and booking will be made after 30% prepayment is made to the Organizer's account. Prepayment is paid is paid within 3 days after receiving the Confirmation and Invoice in full.
If the festival fee is paid by an organization, you must provide details of the legal entity.
Full payment for the festival accommodation package is due by February 25, 2024.
 
Cancellation policy:
  • In case of cancellation of participation, the Organizer withholds the amount of actual expenses incurred and returns the amount to the participant minus hotel penalties:
    • from 29 days to 15 days before arrival -  10% of the total cost of the booked services
    • from 14 days to   7 days before arrival -   50% of the total cost of the booked services
    • from   6 days to   3 days before arrival -   80% of the total cost of the booked services
    • less than 3 days before arrival               - 100% of the total cost of the booked services
  • In case of refusal to participate due to force majeure circumstances affecting the participant, the refund is made minus the actual expenses incurred and taking into account the penalties of the hotel in the presence of a document (in case of illness - certificate of incapacity for work for children, sick leave - for adults)

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