Director: Mrs. Alexandra Borisova May 1st is the holiday of Spring and Labor in Russia! On this festive day, the IX International Folklore Festival "Keeping Traditions" will be held in the historical palace of the House of Officers in St. Petersburg. Festival days will last from April 29 to May 2, 2023. Program: April 28 - Publishing of videos of online participants April 28 - May 1 Online voting for the People's Choice Award and evaluation by Jury May 3 - Publishing the results May 3-10 - Sending diplomas and thankful letters Terms of participation: Children, youth and adult dance ensembles, choral groups, vocal ensembles and soloists, instrumental groups, as well as performers of other creative genres are invited to participate in the festival. The age of the participants is 5 years and older. Applicants are admitted to the festival after paying the festival fee. Each participant along with the application has to submit: 1 good quality photo 1 video (soloists up to 4 minutes, groups up to 6 minutes) Information about the team Nominations: Vocal: (academic, folk, pop, jazz) Choirs: (academic, folk) Theatrical creativity: (art word, author's poem, musical performance, dramatic performance, puppet theatre) Instrumental creativity: (classical music, folk music, pop music, jazz music) Folklore: (song folklore, theatrical folklore performance) Fashion Theater: (national costume, pret-a-porte, evening collection, historical costume, modern suit, fantasy collections) Choreography: (folk, folk-stylized, modern, variety, children's story-game dance, contemporary, dance theater, dance show) Performance program: Groups prepare one performance up to 6 minutes. The duration of the soloist's performance - max 4 minutes. Folk dances and rituals, songs and music based on the folk material of any region or any country, both in authentic performance and in modern processing are most welcomed. Jury: Participants will be judged by a highly qualified jury consisting of cultural and art figures, famous artists, art-directors, teachers, representatives of creative, public and government organizations. Performances are evaluated on a 10-point system. The jury's decision is final and not subject to review. Awarding: The Grand Prix is awarded to the Best Children's Performer and the Best Adult Performer with the most votes from the Jury members. Grand Prix winners will receive a Certificate to participate in the III International Prize in the field of performing arts "Folk-Star" (online) without paying a festival fee. In each nomination and age category, the titles of laureates of I, II, III degrees, as well as the titles of diplomats of I, II, III degrees are awarded. Participation fee: Soloist - 35 euro Duets, trios, quarters - 45 euro Ensemble (groups) more than 4 people - 70 euro * Personal diplomas for each participant (upon request by e-mail) - 4 euro Participation fee includes: Participation in the competition Participation in the online voting for the People's Choice Award Evaluation by Jury members An international diploma (by e-mail) Thanks letters to the leader and a teacher Notes: If the festival participation fee is paid by an organization, you must provide details of the legal entity. In case of refusal to participate in the festival 14 days before the start the deposit is not refundable. Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.