The International youth festival of arts (IYFA) “Muzite” (in English “The Muses”) a multi-genre youth festival and contest of different forms of arts: dance, music, theater, fine & applied arts and crafts, non-standard forms, fiction and film. The festival hosted close to 2,000 participants from 25th countries and is one of the biggest youth events in Eastern Europe. The Muses festival is organized by the Association “Muzite” in a partnership with the Municipality of Sozopol and it is held annually  from  5th to 15th July  in the town of Sozopol, Bulgaria.

Sessions and arts:

There are two main sessions:
- 1st Session: 5th to 10th of July.  Arts included in the first session: Dance , Non-standard art forms (including but not limited to fire shows, circus arts, martial arts, fashion and more…),  Fiction literature and Film
- 2nd Session from 10th to 15th July. Arts included in the second : Music, Fine & Applied arts, Photography" and Theatre.

Who is invited to 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.
  • Adults over 35 years old are invited to participate as special guests.
  • There is no limit to the number of performing ensembles and the number of participants in each formation
  • All participants can participate in the competitions and in the non-competitive program of the festival.
  • Audience input is free!

Arrival and departure:

  • Arrival to Sozopol for the first session – 05th July; departure – 10th July.
  • Arrival to Sozopol for the second session – 10th July, departure – 15th July.

Participants may join the two sessions. Any stay before or after the festival period must be approved by the festival organizers. Prices for the extended period of stay are subject to negatiation with the festival.

Participation rules:

  • In order to register for participation, please fill all the details of the registration form.
  • Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee to EAFF, which is to be deducted at the final payment.
  • All applicants are required to pay a deposit of 30% (thirty percent) of the total amount. In case  of a cancelation of the application prior to the deadline, the 30% deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please consult the price carefully prior to processing the payment.
  • Your application will be reviewed and confirmed by email after the application package and the payments are received.
  • The remaining participation fee should be paid not later than 30 calendar days prior to the beginning of the festival, i.e, not later than May 31st.

Age groups:

  • Firs 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.
Each collective of each age group is allowed to have 30% of participants from the older or younger age group.

Schedules, rehearsals and performances rules:

  • The competition program will be scheduled by the organizers  on the basis of the applications received.
  • The order of performances in the competition is determined by the organizers 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 the art form
  • The programme is announced during the rehearsals for the respective day.
  • 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.
  • The rehearsal includes a quick sound & light check.
  • Rehearsal order follows the order of the program and Changes to the program are not allowed no changes are allowed.
  • Each team and individual artist participates with a different program. Same performance is not allowed in two programs.
  •  Each team and soloist participate 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 participate in parades, field trips, workshops and other events

Soundtracks and background music:

Participants are required to submit to the organizers TOGETHER with the application the music or the audio recordings for their performance. Allowed audio formats: MP3 or WAV. 
 
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 may occur.
Organizational and technical meetings with the writer, director, concert leaders, technical team (sound, lighting and special effects), managers of teams and individual participants are held each day.
Managers of the festival recommend that creative formations and soloists learn the text, music and choreography of the anthem of The Muses Festival and carry the national flag of their country.
The group leaders are fully responsible for their teams, costumes and belongings.
The team leaders alone determine the concert program.
 
IMPORTANT: 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;
- 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;
-  Sending audio, pictures or video material you warrant that you are the owner of the
copyright holders.
Attention: Performances that include offensive or none-respectful language or gesture will not be tolerated. Violence and or offence of any kind is strictly projibited!
 
Application and registration procedure:
  • In order to register, please fill all the details of the registration form.
  • All applicants are required to pay a deposit of 30% (thirty percent) of the total amount. In case  of a cancelation of the application prior to the deadline, the 30% deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please consult the price carefully prior to processing the payment.
  • Your application will be reviewed and confirmed by email after the application package and the payments are received.
  • The remaining participation fee should be paid not later than 30 calendar days prior to the beginning of the festival, i.e, not later than May 31st, 2020.
Cancellation policy:
  1. In case of a cancelation prior to the official deadline (May 30th, 2020), the deposit of 30% is non- refundable.
  2. Should you want to renew a previously cancelled application, please speak with the organizers of the festival and re-negociate the conditions.

Participation fee:

  • Please note that the quoted prices are listed in Euros.
  • All prices are per 1 (one) person.
  • The accommodation is full board – breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
ACCOMMODATION IN GUEST HOUSES
  • 150 Euro for 6 days/5 nights per person (5-10 July)* (10-15 July)*
  • 240 Euro for 11 days/10 nights per person (5-15 July)*
ACCOMMODATION IN HOTELS 2 **
  • 170 Euro for 6 days/5 nights per person (5-10 July)* (10-15 July)*
  • 270 Euro for 11 days/10 nights per person (5-15 July)*     
ACCOMMODATION IN HOTELS 3 ***
  • 180 Euro for 6 days/5 nights per person (5-10 July)* (10-15 July)*
  • 290 Euro for 11 days/10 nights per person (5-15 July)*
Please, note that the prices are applicable to all members of the delegation (participants, managers, parents, fans).

Participation fee includes:

  • Organizational and technical support of the festival events;
  • Accommodation in 2 * or 3 *and guest house in studios and apartments with 3 and 4 beds for participants in Sozopol; (There is accommodation in Primorsko, Sunny Beach and Kiten);
  • 5- or 10-day full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
  • 2-times feeding (breakfast  and dinner) in restaurant 2*or 3*.
Note:
  • 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 and for soloists is available for an additional fee.

Optional accomodation:

The festival offers and accomodation in guest houses (no meals included) 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) *
Note:
  • accommodation in 2 * hotel - extra charge 10 EUR for five days and 20 EUR for 5 days;
  • accommodation in 3 * hotel - extra charge 20 EUR for five days and 40 EUR for 10 days.
Please, note that the prices are applicable to all members of the delegation (participants, managers, parents, fans).

Additional accommodation offers:

  • Should you prefer an accommodation in a room with one or two beds, prices can be negotiated.
  • Should you prefer an accomodation in a single room or an individual accommodation in a double room, prices are negotiable. Please speak with the festival organizers.
We also offer an accommodation in 4 and 5-star hotels.
Meal policy:        
  • For the first session: first service - dinner on July 5
  • For the second session: first service - dinner on July 10
Discounts:
Early bird discount: 
Applications and payments received until February 28th, 2020 receive 15% discount on the total price for each participant.
Group discounts:
  • For gropup of 16 people, one is accommodated free of charge.
  • Children of up to 2 years of age are accommodated free of charge
  • Children of up to 6 years of age are accomodated at 30% discount.
Other payments for optional services:
  • 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
  •  5 EUR day per person extra charge for lunch for a group of at least 15 people
  • 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;
Note: After the submission deadline, i.e after May 30th, 2020 and/or the accommodation is sold out, the conditions for participation are negotiable on a per-case basis.           

Terms and regulations:

  • Check in time 14:00 pm
  • Check out 12:00 pm
  • All keys must be returned to the reception desk till the time of departure.
  • Extended stay on the departure day is possible upon confirmation.
  • Additional guests invited to your hotel during your stay are required to pay separately.
  • Smoking and pets are not allowed in the hotels and the guest houses. Please note, that a respectful behaviour is mandatory. Noice, loud parties and music during sleeping hours is unacceptable and may lead to a termination of the accomodation.
  • 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.
  • Health and travel insurances are offered upon request.
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 30% payment to the organizers.
 

Application Form     until 29 May 2020