Director: Mrs Julia Tomachkova 5th International Competition and Festival of Folklore, Dance and Music "MONTENEGRO STARS" invites participants from all over the world to Montenegro - a country in the south of the Balkans, known for its gastronomy, olive oils, wines, beautiful landscapes, magnificent beaches in cozy bays and ancient cities. The main advantages of resting in this place include clear Adriatic Sea, sandy or pebbled beaches, air filled with aromas of eucalyptus and cypress, safety and tranquility. The main message of the 5th International multi-genre Competition and Festival of Arts "MONTENEGRO STARS 2023" is the search and discovery of new talents among children's, youth and amateur art teams and soloists, the establishment of international friendships, the exchange of experience and creative achievements of participants from around the world, the improvement of professional skills and qualifications of art leaders. Competitive and festival performances will be held on open stages. Participation in the International multi-genre Competition and Festival of Arts "MONTENEGRO STARS 2023" gives you the opportunity to perform at festival venues in front of an authoritative JURY and demonstrate your creative results to the public! There is a lot of possibilities for free time activities in Montenegro such as sightseeing tours to the amazing cities of Budva, Pertovac and Sveti Stefan, to Kotor, as well as to visit many other amazing places that can be reached in one day. General information: International Competition and Festival of Arts “MONTENEGRO STARS” is determined for soloists, ensembles and groups of young performers from different countries of the world. The competitive program of the participants is approved by the Organizing Committee on the basis of applications received. The schedule of the competitive programme for all participants is determined in advance and depends on the age of the participants. All participants should prepare a competitive program within the time limits specified for each competitive discipline: 4 minutes for soloists, duets and small formations and 8 minutes for ensembles and groups. Participants of International Competition and Festival of Arts “MONTENEGRO STARS” are divided in the following age categories: MINI KIDS - from 6 to 8 years, CHILDREN - from 9 to 12 years, JUNIORS 1 - from 13 to 15 years, JUNIORS 2 - from 16 to 18 years, ADULTS 1 - from 19 years to 25 years, ADULTS 2 - from 26 years and older, SENIORS - from 50 years and older, MIXED GROUPS. The jury evaluates the skills of the participants during the competitive performance in each competitive discipline and in each age category in accordance with the 10-points evaluation systems. Results of the art competition and festival are being summed up by the end of all competitive performances. Awards: The Organizing Committee awards diplomas of participation, diplomas of Laureate of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades, Winner of the Grand Prix and festival medals to all participants. Ensembles and groups of 3 or more persons receive one big cup or trophy of the festival and Diploma, soloists and duets receive one small cup or trophy of the festival and Diploma. The absolute Winner of the festival receives the Grand Prix of the festival and Diploma Grand Prix. All teachers, choreographers, group and ensemble leaders also receive the Diplomas of Festival. Main technical requirements: All audio sound records for the competitive program must be recorded only in the usual audio format. All audio sound records must be of high quality, with clean editing and cuts. All audio sound records for the competitive program must be sent to the Organizing Committee by email. The participants must inform the Organizer if the music stops and starts again after pause or contains silence within the musical composition. THE DETAILED REGULATIONS OF ART FESTIVAL PLEASE ASK IN THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE. Program: 1st day, AUGUST 23, 202 Arrival to Montenegro. After 15:00 – check-in and accommodation in the hotel. Free time and relax on the beach. Dinner in the hotel. 2nd day, AUGUST 24, 2023 Breakfast in the hotel. Free time and relax on the beach. Dinner in the hotel. 3rd day, AUGUST 25, 2023 Breakfast in the hotel. FESTIVAL DAY PROGRAM Dinner in the hotel. 4th day, AUGUST 26, 2023 Breakfast in the hotel. FESTIVAL DAY PROGRAM Dinner in the hotel. 5th day, AUGUST 27, 2023 Breakfast in the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Departure from Montenegro. Participation fee: 115 Euro per person - Hotel 3*** 145 Euro per person - Hotel 4**** every 25th person in the group is free of charge (24 paying participants + 1 free) MEMBERS OF ART GROUPS – 25 EURO per participant / main discipline TRIOS and QUARTETS – 40 EURO per person / main discipline SOLOISTS and DUETS – 50 EURO per person / main discipline PARTICIPATION IN ADDITIONAL DISCIPLINES: - ART GROUPS pay extra 5 EURO per participant / 1 additional discipline - SOLOISTS and DUETS pay extra 10 EURO per participant / 1 additional discipline Participation fee includes: 4 overnights in hotel cat. 3* or 4*on basis HB (breakfast and dinner). Accommodation for participants is offered in MULTI-BEDDED (QDRPL, TRPL) rooms and few DBL/TWIN (max. 2 rooms per group 42 persons) for group leaders and drivers OFFICIAL INVITATIONS REGISTRATION FOR PERFORMANCES IN COMPETITIVE AND FESTIVAL PROGRAMS DIPLOMAS PRIZES MEDALS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS Participation fee does not include: EXTRA PAYMENT FOR TOURIST TAX MONTENEGRO: 1,50 EURO per person a night EXTRA PAYMENT FOR ADDITIONAL NIGHTS: HOTEL 3*: from 30 EURO / person a night on HB HOTEL 4*: from 40 EURO / person a night on HB EXTRA PAYMENT for DBL/TWIN accommodation: +40 EURO per person to Festival price EXTRA PAYMENT for SNGL accommodation: +70 EUR per person to Festival price Travel expenses (transportation of participants, travel insurance and COVID tests), transfers, lunches and other meals, entrance tickets to sightseeing objects, tickets to public traffic, optional excursions 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.