6 - 8 January 2018
  Helsinki, Finland      Finland

Adults Childrens's Competitive nature Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed Styled Pop, Jazz, Modern, Hip-hop

Director:  Ludmila Pritulchik

Contact person:  Daria Zelyanina

Salute to Talents International Project was established in 2008. Salute to Talents is the system of prestigious international festivals-contests for children and youth combined with extensive excursion programme. During 2016-2017 academic year (festival season) a range of festivals-contests is held in various cities all around the world. The Superfinal of the festival season will be held in October 2017 in Saint-Petersburg. The Ist degree Laureates at any of the festivals-contests, held during the festival season 2016-2017 in the framework of the Salute to Talents project, are allowed to take part in Superfinal.


  1. Instrumental art: Folk; Classical; Pop; Jazz
  2. Vocal art: Folk; Academic; Pop;  Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble
  3. Choreography: Folk dance; Classical dance; Pop dance (including folk stylisation);  Modern dance; Ballroom dancing
  4. Theatre: Art of declamation; Drama theatre; Musical; Mimics and Gesture theatre; Fashion performance; Puppet-show
  5. The original genre
  6. Fine art: Painting and graphics; Photo; Craftworks

Group categories of participants:

  • Soloists
  • Small Groups (2-3 participants)
  • Ensembles
  • Choirs (vocal groups over 12 people)
  • Orchestras (instrumental ensembles of more than 8 people)

Age categories of members:

  • Pre-School age group – up 7 years
  • Junior age group – 7-10 years
  • Middle age group – 11-13 years
  • Senior age group – 14 -18 years
  • Mixed junior age group – average age of 12 years or less
  • Mixed senior age group – average age of over 13 years
  • Adult age group – over 18 years

Rules of participation:

Participation in the festival-contest means participation in one nomination, one age category, and one group category. In the frames of one participation ensembles, choirs and orchestras present a program of two different items (acts), lasting not more than 4 minutes each. In the nominations “Theatre” and “Instrumental art” (ensembles and orchestras) it is allowed to present only one item lasting not more than 10 minutes. Soloists and small groups present a program of one item lasting not more than 5 minutes. In the nomination “Instrumental art” soloists and small groups may present two items lasting not more than 5 minutes together. If the participants exceed the time limit, jury is entitled to stop the performance and disqualify the participants.
Rehearsals and performances are held strictly in accordance with the schedule provided by the art-manager of the festival-contest. Changes to the concert program are accepted by written notification of the art-manager of the festival not later than 21 day before the beginning of the festival tour.
Participation in the “Fine art” nomination is held in the form of exhibition, which takes place during the festival-contest. In the frames of one participation it is possible to present 1 or 2 works (all works should be signed), the size of the works (the base area of craftwork) should be 50x70 sm or less.
In case of using the sound recordings the participants should send them to the art-manager of the festival by e-mail and also bring it on a flash drive or CD (each track on separate CD). All the technical and musical equipment which is necessary (technical rider) should be indicated in the Request.

Jury of the Festival:

The jury of the festival-contest is composed of well-known actors, teachers of art disciplines, directors, leaders of art groups, culture and art figures, public figures. The list of jury members is not announced before the day of the festival. At the end of the festival teachers have the opportunity to discuss with the jury members all the performances and exchange their opinions. All the performances are estimated by generally accepted criteria: technical skills (according to nomination), artistry, the complexity of the repertoire (programme), the creation of artistic character etc., according to the subjective jury’s opinions.

Prizes and awards:

All the participants receive souvenirs. In each nomination, age and group category the participants get the titles of I, II, III degree Laureates, as well as the title of Diplomant. Laureates are awarded with diplomas and cups. Diplomants are awarded with diplomas only. The jury also chooses the winner of Grand Prix from one of the I degree Laureates. Owner of the Grand Prix has an opportunity to participate in one of the festivals-contests of the Salute to Talents Project in the same nomination during the festival season without participation fee. Special diplomas which are issued if the jury decides that there are distinguished participants, are: “The best Choreographer”, “The best accompanist”, “The best choirmaster”, “The best Director”, “The best costume”, “The most artistic participant”, “The Youngest participant”, “Best fine art work”. Teachers, directors and accompanists will get official letters of gratefulness and certificates confirming that they attended a round table discussion.

Program (3 days)

Day 1, 06.01
Arrival in Helsinki. Meeting at the airport of at the railway station. Recommended arrival time from 8:00 to 12:00.
City tour: You will see the Senate square and the Cathedral, the Sibelius monument, peculiar Temppeliaukio Church which is built directly into solid rock. The Market Square will charm its guests with magic winter fairs and outdoor cafes.
Check-in at the hotel
Free time
Night at a hotel
Day 2, 07.01
Breakfast. Transfer to the concert hall.
Festival day.
  • Rehearsals.
  • Competitive performance.
  • Round table for jurors and teachers.
  • Gala concert.
  • Award ceremony, handing out of diplomas, Winners Cups and souvenirs to the participants as well as letters of thanks and round table participation certificates for teachers.
  • Disco.
Transfer to the hotel
Night at a hotel
Day 3, 08.01
Check-out from the hotel before 12:00
Transfer to the airport or to the railway station. Recommended departure time from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
* - not included into the price of the trip
** - if a group arrives on other dates, the transfer will be paid extra (the final cost is calculated individually).
NB (!!!):  The transfer schedule "airport-city tour-hotel"(arrival) and "hotel-airport" (departure) will be arranged by a tour-manager two weeks before the date of the festival (based on the arrival time of all participants and according to groups allocation for pre-planned bus schedule). Transfer and city tour on the first day will take place in the first half of the day, recommended arrival time – from 8.00 am to 12.00 am. Recommended departure time – from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Leaders and managers of groups will be informed on transfer schedules and approximate waiting time in advance. Individual transfer is available at extra cost (calculation by request).

Participation fee:

  • Hotel 3* double and triple rooms 190 Euro per person
  • 10 people + 1 for free
Organisation fee for one nomination (not included into the participation fee):
40 EUR for one ensemble participant (no more than 500 EUR for an ensemble)
60 EUR for a soloist
* The price is valid for a group of 40 and more people. This price includes group transfer during the program. In case if the group is less than 40 people, there will be recalculation of the price due to individual transfer and city tour.
** The price includes city tour in English or Russian languages. Extra payment for a guide will take place if the group has a need to have city tour in other languages.  

Participation fee includes:

  • 2 nights at the chosen hotel
  • 2 breakfasts
  • City Tour of Helsinki and professional guide
  • Transfer according to the programme:
    • Airport – city tour – hotel
    • Hotel – concert hall – hotel
    • Hotel – airport

Participation fee does not include:

  • Workshop
  • Any museum’s admissions and ticketing
  • Additional nights in Helsinki
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.
As a next step - payment of an advance reservation installment to the organizational committee of the festival.

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