Director: Mr. Constantin Serban We have the pleasure to invite you to attend the 21st edition of“Cătălina” International Folklore Contest-Festival for Children and Youth, held in Iaşi, Romaniafrom 24th to 28th of August 2015. "Cătălina" contest-festival addresses folklore ensembles (orchestras, dancers, instrument players and vocalists) in Romania and abroad.Purpose of the festival:The organisers of “Cătălina” contest-festival wish to cultivate children’s love for folklore and reinforce their status of preservers of the local traditions.Discovering and nurturing young talents willing to carry on the folklore legacy.Make the folklore in the participants’ original areas known internationallyCultivate the love for songs and dances in children and not onlyShape and develop the capacity of perceiving authenticity in the art of performing folk dances and songsMake young people sensitive to the necessity of preserving and capitalizing on traditionStimulate children’s competitive spiritProgram:The contest-festival addresses folklore ensembles; each of them must have a name and a number of maximum 30-35 members, including the group co-ordinator.Each group will present a compact artistic program that must not exceed 20-25 minutes. Any time overrun will be penalized!Each instrumentalist / vocalist will perform one single song and dancers two suites at most.Conditions for participation:Participants will perform elements of locally or regionally specific repertoire.The festival addresses school students exclusively.The folk costume parade will take place on August 24th, at 3 p.m. and the Awards Night on the 28th at 5 p.m. The participation to both is mandatory.Participants’ accommodation and meals during the contest days are provided by the organiser. The participants’ arrival will be on the 24th by 12 a.m, the departure on the 29th, at 9 a.m.Evaluation criteria:authenticity and artistic value of the performance;authenticity and ethnographic value of folk costumes;quality of interpretation;stage presence.Jury and awards:The jury is made up of personalities of the Romanian folklore who will assess the performance of the groups granting the following awards:The Great Prize of “Cătălina” contest-festival; 1st , 2nd , 3rd prizes, titles and special awards.The final rating made by the jury will consider all the three categories in the competition: orchestra and dancers, vocalists, instrumentalists. Conditions for participation at the festival are valid for collectives - members of EAFF.If the Organizing Committee approve your group to participate and you are not a member EAFF, it is necessary to complete an application for membership.If you are a member, please provide the number of the group and paid membership for 2015.For new collectives EAFF members fill in an Application form for Membership - http://eaff.eu/en/membership/groupsThe organizers reserve the right to choose between the submitted applications for admission to participation.