International Festival “ABANICO”- Festival of popular music and dance in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Festival organize by the MA "Artvoices" in Sofia, under the auspices of the Department of Education of the Embassy of Spain and the mayor of Sofia.

Goals of the competition:

1. The festival is organize by the Musical Agency in Sofia.
2. To show all art as a powerful opportunity for communication between people
3. To build international contacts between many diferents countres from all the world. /Allowed instead of Spanish to select one of the other from Romance languages - Romanian, Portuguese, Italian, French./

Conditions of participation in the festival:

Festival will take place in a beautiful capital of Bulgaria- Sofia, where singers and dancers, musicians – pianists, guitarists, violinist and ext. from diferents countries will participate in.
Choreographic Art (Groups, collectives, ensembles, show-entertainers, soloists, etc.)
-Classical Dance
-Ballroom Dance
-Modern Dance (Jazz, Modern, Neoclassical, etc.)
-National Dance (Folk Dance)
-Pop Dance
-Social Dances (Swing, Argentine tango, Zoug, Kizomba, Bachata, Salsa, Samba, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hustle, etc.).
-Mixed styles of Dance
Instrumental Music (Ensembles, Orchestras, Quartettes, Trios, Duettes and individual performers)
-Modern Music
-Pop Music
-National Music
-Classical Music
-Ethnical Music, etc.
Vocal (Choirs, Ensembles of different styles of execution, Quartettes, Trios, Duettes and Soloists)
-Church choirs
-Rap, etc.
Children, adult creative groups and individual performers with no age limit can take part in the Festival.

Age category:

-less than 9 years
-10 - 12 years
-13 - 15 years
-16 - 18 years
-19 years and more

Conditions of participation in the festival:

For the competition, the participants must prepare two acts accompanied by background music (max. 4 minutes each).
  • Every participant will perform two pop songs of their choice, one in Spanish language, or in any romance language such as French, Portuguese, Italian or Romanian. Other languages could be accepted too for the second song.
  • Guitarists, pianists, violinists and other musicians play music from Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian and Portuguese or Brazilian authors.
  • Participants of a collective group performing separately are considered as a separate participant.
  • 14 days prior to the competition start, participants should send the background music of the acts to the electronic address: For the competition, you must provide high quality background music for your acts recorded on a CD or MiniDisc. Each number on a separate carrier. Life background music is allowed.
  • The Organizing Committee reserves the right to use and distribute audio, video clips and other kind of production, produced during the competition activities.
  • Team leaders are responsible for the members of the group during the period of mass Festival events and holiday.

Prizes and awards of the festival:

The participants of the competition are given the following title:
  •  Grand Prix “Abanico ” – one in every category /singers and dancers, musicians
  •  Grand Prix “Abanico” the best performance of Spanish song
  •  Grand Prix “Abanico” the best performance of French song
  •  Grand Prix “Abanico” the best performance of Italian song
  •  Grand Prix “Abanico” the best performance of Romanian song
  •  Grand Prix “Abanico” the best performance of Portugalian song
  •  Grand Prix “Abanico” the best performance of Classic
  •  Grand Prix “Abanico” the best performance of Jazz
All participants will receive certificates and medals of participation.
Prizes and awards of the festival are: Originally designed trophies for the first, second and third place in each category.
There will be first Diploma awards also. 1 hour free studio recording in studio in Sofia Invitations for the musical festivals in Barcelona , Spain and Bulgaria ./without participation fee and free participation/
Winners of the competition are awarded with corresponding certificates, confirming the title. Sponsors have the right to set up additional prizes and awards independently from the rewarding jury.

Festival jury

1.The organizational committee of the competition chooses the members of the international jury.
2.The jury rates the performances of the competition by voting secretly on a scale of 10 to 120.
3.The winner of the Grand Prix take a part of the jury or in the concerts in the next competition next year like guest .
4. Judges will not be allowed to judge contestants from their country
Main evaluation criteria
  •  Stage presence and technicality
  •  Compositional structure of performance
  •  Artistry, disclosure of the artistic image, scenic culture
  •  Level of difficulty of executive performance (dynamics, emotions)
  •  Compliance with the performance capabilities of the repertoire and artists age category
  •  Artistry, facial expressions, disclosure of the artistic image
  •  Creative individuality (for soloists)
  •  Originality of the performance

Participation fee:

Accommodation in 3/4 room – 150 Euro per person (additional day - 28 €/person)
Accommodation in double room – 165 Euro per person (additional day - 35 €/person)
Accommodation in single room – 180 Euro per person (additional day - 44 €/person)
Groups of 25 persons: One group leader free of charge! (24+1)
Additional payment for participants:
Solists: 50€
Duets, small groups (3-5 people): 25€/person
Groups (over 6 people): 25€/person: 10€/person
Salsa classes with Spanish instructor –5€/person

Participation fee includes:

  •  Stay in a 4 stars hotel in double-, triple- or quarter rooms (3 nights/4 days).
  •  2x food service per day (breakfast and dinner. drinks is not included except mineral water). dinner is in several restaurants with different menu, to feel more from our Bulgarian hospitality
  •  Prizes and gifts
  •  International Diplomas
  •  Diplomas and gifts from the city
  •  An official invitation
  •  Groups of 25 persons: One group leader free of charge!
  •  Opportunity to visit the best places in Bulgary (a big spectrum of excursions is offered for an additional payment)
  •  Entrances to Gala Concert Party and Italian Party in Ristorante Roma in Sofia
  •  Excursion and sightseeing in Sofia and Rilla monastery/130 km from Sofia in the mountain
  •  Souvenirs and Gifts.
  •  Transfers from the hotel to the stage
  •  One free lesson of salsa
  •  Support our hostess during the festival
The price doesn't include tourist tax!

Additional payments for everyone:

  •  Visa
  •  Medical insurance
  •  Transport charges
  •  Transfer Airport - Airport. If you wish, we can arrange a transfer for an additional payment. Participants arriving separately should pay separately.
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee to EAFF, which is to be deducted at the final payment.


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