Director: Julia Tomachkova The first stars of the "PRAGUE STARS" began to shine on the Prague’s cultural sky in 2005. "PRAGUE STARS" is a prestigious international art festival and competition, which is held in Prague – the capital of Czech Republic, “golden” city of hundred spires. The competition & festival is an important event in the cultural life of Prague with high recognition and wide geography of the participating countries. Famous Czech and foreign cultural and art workers are invited as honored members of the international jury. The main message of the 42nd International Folklore, Dance and Music Festival and Competition "PRAGUE STARS" is the search for new talents, "Prague's stars" among children and youth ensembles and soloists, establishment of international friendly and creative contacts, enrichment of the multinational culture on the basis of mutual respect for the cultural traditions of all the countries and nations of the world, popularization the children’s and youth creative work, sharing experiences and creative achievements of participants from different countries, improvement of professional skills and qualifications of teachers and leaders. Participation in the art competition & festival "PRAGUE STARS" gives an opportunity to perform in the best concert halls of Prague and to demonstrate creative results to the audience in Prague! The brightest stars of Prague take part in the GALA CONCERT OF THE PRAGUE STARS WINNERS!!! General information: 42nd International Folklore, Dance and Music Festival and Competition “PRAGUE 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: FOLKLORE GROUPS – up to 10 minutes for 1 performance in main competitive discipline DANCE GROUPS – up to 9 minutes / max. 3 dances VOCAL GROUPS / CHORAL FORMATION / CHOIRS – up to 9 minutes ORCHESTRAS / MUSIC BANDS – up to 9 minutes THEATERS – up to 10 minutes for 1 performance in main competitive discipline FASHION THEATERS & MODELS SCHOOLS – up to 10 minutes SMALL FORMS (up to 7 performers) – up to 7 minutes TRIOS & QUARTETS – up to 5 minutes in main competitive discipline SOLOISTS & DUETS – up to 5 minutes in main competitive discipline Participants of the International Folklore, Dance and Music Festival and Competitions “PRAGUE 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 AGE 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. Technical requirements: ALL AUDIO SOUND RECORDS FOR COMPETITIVE AND FESTIVAL PROGRAM MUST BE SENT TO THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE BY EMAIL AT LEAST 14 DAYS BEFORE PARTICIPATION. 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. The participants must inform the Organizer if the music stops and starts again after pause or contains silence within the musical composition. Program: 1st day, 31.10.2024 Arrival to Prague, self-transportation to the hotel, check-in at the hotel (after 15:00 p.m.) and accommodation. Organizing meeting for art directors, group leaders, teachers and choreographers with the members of organizing Committee. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Prague. 2nd day, 01.11.2024 Breakfast in the hotel. Free day in Prague. Optional: Boat Cruise on the Vltava river (20 EURO per person) Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Prague. 3rd day, 02.11.2024 Breakfast in the hotel. FESTIVAL DAY PROGRAMME according competitive disciplines: stage testing, sound check, general rehearsal. OPENING CEREMONY, performances of the participants. GALA CONCERT of WINNERS and AWARD CEREMONY. Return to the hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Prague. Transportation services from hotel to CONCERT HALL and back are not included to the price! **On demand it is possible to organize transportation from Hotel to Concert Hall and back by contacting and sending official request to the Organizing Committee. 4th day, 03.11.2024 Breakfast in the hotel. Check out from the hotel (till 10:00 am). Departure of the participants from Prague. *** The organizer reserves the right to alter the festival day within the set festival program. The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program*** If necessary, changes may be made to its content, method and organization before or during the event, insofar as these changes do not substantially diminish the described benefits of the event for the participant(s). Participation and accommodation fee: 135 Euro per person - 3 HB in 3*** hotel DISCOUNT: every 25th person in the group is free of charge (24 paying participants + 1 free) MEMBERS OF ART GROUPS – 15 EURO per participant / main discipline SMALL FORMS (up to 7 performers) – 20 EURO per participant / main discipline TRIOS and QUARTETS – 30 EURO per participant / main discipline SOLOISTS and DUETS – 50 EURO per person / main discipline VISUAL ARTS participants – 10 EURO per participant FOR PARTICIPATION IN ADDITIONAL DISCIPLINES: ART GROUPS pay extra 5 EURO per participant / 1 additional discipline SOLOISTS and DUETS pay extra 20 EURO per participant / 1 additional discipline Participation fee includes: 3 overnights in PRAGUE in hotel cat. 3* Meals: HALF BOARD (3x buffet breakfast and 3x dinner Accommodation in MULTI-BEDDED ROOMS (TRPL or QDRPL). We give 1 DBL/TWIN for group leaders (groups less than 40 persons) and 2 DBL (group more than 40 persons) More Double rooms are possible for Extra SUPPLEMENT / See Additional Payment OFFICIAL LETTER OF INVITATION and other documents PERFORMACE IN COMPETITIVE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME DIPLOMAS, PRIZES and MEDALS Extra payments: TOURIST TAX: 2,00 EURO per person a night EXTRA OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL: 45 EURO per person a night with HB (additional nights could be confirmed only on request and depending on availability of the hotel) Extra payment for DBL or TWIN accommodation: +36 EURO per person to Festival price Extra payment for SNGL accommodation: +90 EUR per person to Festival price LUNCHES in PRAGUE: 15-18 EURO per person / 1 lunch TRANSFERS IN PRAGUE: from hotel to Concert Hall and back, from Airport to hotel and back TRAVEL EXPENSES (COVID PASS, PCR tests, transportation of participants to / from Prague, transfers in Prague, travel insurance, entrance visa to Czech Republic for participants from non-Schengen countries), lunches, entrance tickets to sightseeing objects, tickets to public traffic, optional excursions On demand it is possible to organize Extra Payment Services connected to transportation from Airport to the hotel and back, from Hotel to Concert Hall and back, Meeting at the airport by the Festival Stuff, Changing the offered hotel to higher class or booking additional services by contacting and sending official request to the Organizing Committee 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.