The International youth festival of arts (IYFA) “Muzite” (in English “The Muses”) is a multi-genre festival and contest at different forms of arts: dance, music, theater, fine arts and applied art, non-standard forms, fiction and film.
In IYFA "The Muses" can participate ensembles and soloists from the art schools, academies, schools, studios, cultural centers, children and youth from 5 to 35 years in a competitive and non-competitive program and adults over 35 years.
There are no restrictions on the number of performing ensembles and the number of participants in each formation.
The IYFA “The Muses” is organized by the Association “Muzite” (“The Muses”) and the Municipality of Sozopol and is being held from  5th to 15th July  in the town of Sozopol, Bulgaria, in two sessions:
- 1st Session from  5th to 10th July. In the first session is being held competitions in sections: "Dance arts", “Non-standard art forms", "Fiction Literature" and „Film”
- 2nd Session from 10th to 15th July. In the second session is being held competitions in sections: "Music Arts", "Fine, Applied arts and photography" and "Theatre".
In addition to the competition, teams and individual performers may participate in non-contest program also.
Each group can present two performances in a separate program up to 15 minutes in their style of choice, individual participants - up to 6 minutes in their style of choice.
The non-contest program provides workshops in painting, applied arts and photography, literary and cinema-workshops within the theme “Magic of Sozopol and The Muses" also.
 
Arrival of participants in the first session – 05th July; departure – 10th July.
Arrival of participants in the second session – 10th July, departure – 15th July
 
Participants may join at will in both sessions.
The extension of a stay of the participants is possible only prior to the beginning and after the end of the festival!
The performances of creative ensembles and solo artists may not be used for commercial purposes. All performances are free.
Each participant is able to take part in the nominations without limits under the condition of making a separate application form for each nomination and payment for each nomination.
Participation fee includes participation in the contest in one section and one category of art. Participation in the competition in other sections and arts category is available for an additional fee.
Participant from team/collective, with a solo performance is considered to be an individual participant and must complete a separate application.
Prerequisite for participation in the festival is completing and sending the application form. Application forms should be filled clearly and contain complete and accurate information that is considered for final. Application certifies that the applicant accepts the conditions of the festival.
Confirmation of registration is received after the advance payment of 30% of the total amount of participation.
Supplement to 100% of the total amount due for participation shall be paid not later than one month before the festival by bank transfer or in cash. Within this period a scanned copy of the bank transfer must be sent by e-mail or by fax to the festival’s managers.
Applications that are not confirmed with a deposit within the specified deadlines will be automatically canceled by the organizers.
The fees associated with the bank transfer are covered by the participants.
In the event of cancellation of participation, the deposit is not refundable.
Each participant and each accompanying person must register with the hotel with a list including their name and date of birth. The list must be provided to the festival organizers during the technical conference.
Participants who fail to register will not be accommodated and admitted to the competition or the off-competition program.
Participants in the festival  perform in the relevant age group.
Age groups:
  • First age group: From 5 to 12 years old.
  • Second age group: From 13 to 18 years old.
  • Third age group:  From 19 to 35 years old.
  • Fourth age group: From 35 years old.
In each team of a given age group is allowed up to 30% of the participants to be in younger or older age group.
The competition program will be drawn up by the organizing committee on the basis of the applications received. The order of performances in the competition is determined by the organizing committee in advance.
The order of the performances in the competition depends on the age of the participants (from junior to senior age groups) and requested nominations (from folk to classical and modern).
The programme is announced at the rehearsal for the respective day. The order for the rehearsal follows the. Each soloist has up to 1 minute for technical rehearsal, the groups have up to 3 minutes and the ensembles (over 30 people) have up to 5 minutes.
Under rehearsal time is understood the acoustic and space proportions of the scene, soundcheck of the recordings and the operation of the technical support (microphones, lights).
Changes to the program are not allowed.
Each team and individual artist participates with a different program. Repeats of the same performance of a participant in concerts are not allowed. The same performance that competes in a certain section and age group is not allowed to compete in a different section of the festival.
Each team and soloist participates with two performances in the competition and with one performance in the closing session concert (laureates only), which are previously indicated in the application form.
Participants who are not included in the competition program participatе in the parade, concerts, workshops and plenaries.
The texts for the printing of the diplomas, certificates and letters of appreciation are prepared in advance in accordance with the information provided in the application form. In the event of spelling errors in the information provided to them, the organizers are not responsible for the errors that could occur.
On the first day of each session is held organizational and technical conference with the writer, director, concert leaders, technical team (sound, lighting and special effects), managers of teams and individual participants. They specify the script for the parade and the opening of the session. The participations present recordings for the performance of the group (soloist) on CD, or Flash memory disk, with great sound quality. Each record must be on a separate carrier with the name of the work and duration time. It is imperative to have a copy! The recordings will be returned after the performance.
Managers of the festival recommend that creative formations and soloists learn the text, music and choreography of the anthem of IYFA “Muzite”, and carry the national flag of their country.
The group leaders are fully responsible for their teams, costumes and props.
All heads of creative formations and individual participants must pay insurance for themselves in advance for the period of traveling and stay during the festival.
There are no restrictions on the number of performing ensembles and number of participants in each formation. The team directors alone determine the concert program. It is desirable that the musical accompaniment to the dancing and vocal groups is provided by an orchestra of folklore or modern musical instruments, but it is also open to any media: СD, mini CD, USB.
For their participation in the Festival the ensembles and the individual participants should have prepared the following types of programs:
-   participation in the competition program: two performances for participation in the contest with a duration stipulated in the Status quo of the festival;
-   participation in the noncompetition program: concert program (block-program or with breaks to change costumes) according to Status quo of the festival;
-   marches and processions along  the main streets of the town of Sozopol - groups carry the national flag of their country and the flag of the team (if any) procession fragments up to 3 minutes.
-   Solemn Gala Concert at the Closing program of the Festival up to 5 minutes for collectives and 3 minutes for chamber and solo performers;
-   daily joint events between the teams of different countries (exchange of experience, competitions, games, discos)

Participation fee:

  • 140 Euro for 6 days/5 nights per person (5-10 July)* (10-15 July)*
  • 260 Euro for 11 days/10 nights per person (5-15 July)*

Participation fee includes:

  • organizational and technical support of the festival events;
  • accommodation in 2 * or 3 * guest house in studios and apartments with 3 and 4 beds for participants in Sozopol; (There is accomodation in Primorsko, Sunny Beach and Kiten);
  • 5 or 10 day full board ( night, breakfast, lunch and dinner);
  • 3-times feeding (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in restaurant 2*or 3*.
REMARK:
  • accommodation in 2 * hotel - extra charge 20 EUR for five days and 40 EUR for 10 days;
  • accommodation in 3 * hotel - extra charge 30 EUR for five days and 60 EUR for 10 days.
* Participation fee includes participation in the contest or the non-competition program in one section and one category of art. Participation in the competition in other sections and arts category is available for an additional fee.


Particiption fee 2 (Optionally provide only accommodation in guest houses with festival fee at the following prices):

  • 90 Euro for 6 days / 5 nights (5-10 July), * (10 – 15July) *
  • 160 Euro for 11 days / 10 nights (5 – 15July) *

 

REMARK:
  • accommodation in 2 * hotel - extra charge 10 EUR for five days and 20 EUR for 10 days;
  • accommodation in 3 * hotel - extra charge 20 EUR for five days and 40 EUR for 10 days.
The price is package and applies to all members of the delegation (participants, managers, parents, fans).
 
Discounts:
  • for a group of 15 people, the 16th is received free of charge;
  • children of up to 2 years of age are received free of charge;
  • children of up to 6 years of age are received with a 30% discount.
For the first session: first service - dinner on July 5, last service - lunch on July 10.
For the second session: first service - dinner on July 10, last service - lunch on July 15.
If you want to accommodate into a room with one or two beds, prices can be negotiated.
*We also offer an accommodation in 4 and 5-star hotels. For more information and prices, please contact the Organizational Committee.
 
Other payments:
  • 20 EUR per person Burgas-Sozopol-Burgas transfer (for groups of at least 20 people)
  • 35 EUR per person Varna-Sozopol-Varna transfer (for groups of at least 30 people)
  • 90 EUR per person (depending on the number of passengers) Istanbul-Sozopol -Istanbul transfer
  • 10 EUR an additional payment of day/person for accommodation in a single room
  • 25 EUR day/person (night + full board) for additional stay at a time other than within the   Festival days. The additional number of nights must be specified in the application form.
  •   15 EUR per day / person (accommodation only) for additional stay outside the festival days. The additional number of overnight stays must be stated in the application;
 
Festival participation fee
Does not include accommodation and food and is paid by each participant. The fee is valid for participation in a contest nomination for each age group.
  • 50 EUR – individual artist;
  • 50 EUR - duet or trio for each participant.
  • 30 EUR - group for each participant.
Each one who request participation in more than one nomination must pay 50% of the above fees for each subsequent nomination.

Terms of stay:

The guests are made depending on arrival , but no earlier than 14:00 pm on the same day, and release up to 12:00 on the day of departure. All keys must be returned to the reception desk till the time of departure. Extended stay on the departure day is possible with prior coordination. The guests occupy rooms in the hotel during the stay and are required to pay for extra guests in case they are established. Accommodation and use of common areas in a manner that prevents or offend other guests /residents will be cause for termination of the stay.
No smoking in hotels and entry of pet animals. Any damages to the hotel property,  during the stay must be paid before departure.
Visiting teams who arrive with their own organized transport can park their bus or other vehicle in a guarded or unguarded parking at their own expense.
The group leaders are fully responsible for their teams, costumes and props.
All heads of creative formations and individual participants must pay insurance for themselves in advance for the period of traveling and stay during the festival.

Program:

05.07. Friday
07:00 - 14:00 "Black Sea" sq.  Arrival of 1st festival session participants and accommodation in hotels.
14:00 - 16:00 Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall. Registration of the participants. Organizational and technical meeting.
16:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Technical rehearsal for the festival opening ceremony.
19:30 - 20:00  Parade of the participants on a route : Secondary School “St. St. Cyril and Methodius", “Odessa” street,  “Ropotamo” street, "Black Sea" Square, “Republican” street and Summer theatre "Apollonia".
20:00 - 20:30  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Opening ceremony of 14th International Youth Festival of Arts “The Muses”.
20:30 - 22:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Competition program: section  "Dance art", category "Cheerleaders (majorette) dances".
22:00 - 24:00  Disco for the participants.
 
06.07. Saturday
10:00 - 11:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Walking tour in Sozopol.
16:00 - 17:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal: section  “Dance art”, categories “Folklore dances” and “Classical dances”.
17:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal: section  “Dance art”, categories “Contemporary dances”, “Street dances” and “Ballroom dances”.
19:00 - 21:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Competition program: section  "Dance art", categories “Folklore dances” and “Classical dances”.
21:00 - 23:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Competition program: section  "Dance art", categories “Contemporary dances”, “Street dances” and “Ballroom dances”.
 
07.07. Sunday
10:00 - 15:00  Tours to Nessebar, Sunny Beach Aqua Park, Primorsko Aqua Park, Sozopol Aqua Park.
15:00 - 18:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall. Competition program: section  "Literary art".
16:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal for participants outside of the competition for all arts.
18:00 - 19:00  Summer theatre "Apolonia". Workshop “Dance art”.
20:00 - 22:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Festival appearances of participants outside the competition of all arts.
22:00 - 23:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Program: section  "Non-standard forms".
 
08.07. Monday
10:00 - 11:00  Port Sozopol. Boat trip around Sozopol bay.
10:00 - 12:00  Black Sea Square. Trip to the Castle of Ravadinovo.
16:00 - 17:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal: section  “Dance art”, categories “Folklore dances” and “Classical dances”.
17:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal: section  “Dance art”, categories “Contemporary dances”, “Street dances” and “Ballroom dances”.
19:00 - 21:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Competition program:  section  "Dance art", categories “Folklore dances” and “Classical dances”.
21:00 - 23:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia”. Competition program: section  "Dance art", categories “Contemporary dances”, “Street dances” and “Ballroom dances”.
 
09.07. Tuesday
10:00 - 14:00  Tours on request.
16:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal of the prize-winning artists who will participate in the Gala concert closing the first festival session.
16:00 - 18:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall. Meeting of the Jury with groups’ representatives.
19:00 - 23:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Announcement and awarding of winners. Gifts from sponsors. Announcement and awarding with special prizes in section s: "Dance art", “Literary art” and "Non-standard forms". Gala concert of the first session laureates.
 
10.07. Wednesday
 07:00 - 14:00  "Black Sea" sq.  Arrival of participants in the second session and accommodation in hotels.
14:00 - 16:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall. Organizational and technical meeting, registration of  the participants.
16:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal for the second session opening ceremony.
19:30 - 20:00  Parade of the participants on a the route: Secondary School “St. St. Cyril and Methodius", “Odessa”      street,  “Ropotamo” street, "Black Sea" Square, “Republican” street and Summer theatre "Apollonia".
20:00 - 20:30  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Opening ceremony of the second session of the 14th International Youth Festival of Arts “The Muses”.
20:30 - 22:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Parade of the participants on the stage and presentation of the groups.
22:00 - 24:00  Disco for the participants.
 
11.07. Thursday
10:00 - 11:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Walking tour in Sozopol.
10:00 - 14:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", theatre hall. Rehearsal: section “Theatre”.
14:00 - 20:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", theatre hall. Program in section "Theatre".
14:00 - 15:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall.  Rehearsal: section  "Music Arts", categories “Classical musical instruments” and “Classical singing” (in a hall).
15.00 - 16.00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall.  Competition program: section  "Music Arts", categories “Classical musical instruments” and “Classical singing” (in a hall).
16:00 - 17:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal in section  "Music Arts", categories “Popular song” and “Pop, rock and jazz music”.
17:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal section  "Music arts", categories “Folklore song” and “Folklore musical instruments”.
18:00 - 20:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Competition program: section  "Music Arts", categories “Popular song” and “Pop, rock and jazz music” - first and second age groups.
20:00 - 22:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Competition program: section  "Music Arts", categories “Folklore song” and “Folklore musical instruments”.
 
12.07. Friday
10:00 - 15:00  Tours to Nessebar, Sunny Beach Aqua Park, Primorsko Aqua Park, Sozopol Aqua Park.
10:00 - 14:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", theatre hall. Rehearsal: section “Theatre”.
14.00 - 18.00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall. Competition program: section  ”Fine art, applied arts and photography”.
14:00 - 20:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", theatre hall. Program in section "Theatre".
16:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal in section  "Music Arts", category “Classical instruments” (orchestras).
18:00 - 19:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal for participants outside the competition program in all arts.
19:00 - 20:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Festival appearances of participants outside the competition of all arts.
20:00 - 22:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Competition program: section  "Music Arts", category “Classical instruments” (orchestras).
 
13.07. Saturday
10:00 - 11:00  Port Sozopol. Boat trip around Sozopol bay.
10:00 - 12:00  Black Sea Square. Trip to the Castle of Ravadinovo.
13.00 - 14:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall. Workshop "Visual arts”.
14:00 - 16:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall. Competition program: section  ”Fine art, applied arts and photography”.
16:00 - 18:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall. Program: section  ”Cinema”.
16:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal in section  "Music Arts", categories “Popular song” and “Pop, rock and jazz music” - third and fourth age group.
19:00 - 22:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia": Competition program: section  "Music Arts", categories “Popular song” and “Pop, rock and jazz music” - third and fourth age group.
 
14.07. Sunday
08:00 - 10:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia Alley. Creating outdoor exhibition stands.
10.00 - 20.00  Summer theatre "Apollonia. Alley. Charity Bazaar.
16:00 - 18:00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Rehearsal of the prize-winning artists who will participate in the Gala concert closing the second session of the festival.
16:00 - 18:00  Community center  "Father Paissiy", conference hall.  Meeting of the Jury with groups’ representatives.
19:00 - 22:30  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Announcement and awarding of winners. Gifts from sponsors. Announcement and awarding with special prizes in section s: "Theatre", "Music Arts", "Cinema" and ”Fine art, applied arts and photography”. Gala concert of the laureates.
 
15.07. Monday
07:00 - 12:00  "Black Sea" sq.  Departure of participants in the second session.
14.00 - 16.00  Sozopol Municipal Council. Conference room. "Sozopol and the Muses - the key to European and global partnerships’‘ - Meeting of organizers, embassies of participating countries and partner organizations with the mayor and the municipal leadership.
20:00 - 22.00  Summer theatre "Apollonia". Concert of embassies and partner organizations.
 
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.
 
Next payment: mandatory 10% payment to the organizers.

Application Form     until 14 June 2019