Director: Mrs. Ludmila Pritulchik The Festival-Contest in Paris is the “trademark” of the “Salute to Talents” project. Paris is full of love, joy and creativity, as well as the participants of the festival-contest “Paris, je t’aime”. 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 program. During 2017-2018 academic year (festival season) a range of festivals-contests is held in various cities all around the world. The Super Final of the festival season will be held in October 2018 in Saint-Petersburg. The 1-st degree Laureates at any of the festivals-contests, held during the festival season 2017-2018 in the framework of the Salute to Talents project, are allowed to take part in Super Final. Nominations: 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 The 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 (program), 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 1st 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: Day 1 – 28 March 2018 Arrival in Paris Meeting at Charles de Gaulle airport**. Transfer from the airport to the center of Paris. City tour. Discover the world capital of culture, gastronomy, fashion, beauty and elegance, which annually attracts the world's largest amount of tourists. Cozy streets and districts of Paris are thoroughly imbued with the aroma of coffee and fresh bread, the atmosphere of art and creativity. The city is filled with amazing world-famous attractions, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Grand Opera, Les Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Pont Alexandre III, L'hôtel des Invalides, Fragonard Perfume Museum and more. Paris will leave you captivated by the awe-inspiring architecture, refreshing artistic charisma and fabulous atmosphere. Check-in at a hotel after 2.00 pm. Night in the hotel. Day 2 – 29 March 2018 - Festival Day Breakfast. Transfer to the concert hall. Rehearsals. Opening of the Festival-Contest. Competitive performance. Round table for jurors and teachers. Workshop*. Gala concert and award ceremony. Handing out of diplomas and Winners Cups to the participants. In the end of the festival day all kids and teachers will get souvenirs. All teachers will also get letters of thanks and round table participation certificates. Transfer to the hotel. Night in the hotel. Day 3 – 30 March 2013 - Free day or additional tours Breakfast. Tours for extra cost: Disneyland*. Disneyland is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town located 32 km east of the center of Paris. The resort covers 4,800 acres (19 km2). Cowboys, Indians and gold diggers, ghosts and phantoms, favorite cartoon characters and fairy-tale heroes will be next to you for the whole day while you are having fun at all kind of rides, taking part in the parade or simply having lunch in a fantastic restaurant. Extraordinary atmosphere and an unforgettable experience are guaranteed no matter where adventures will bring you! Versailles trip*: round-trip to Versailles and back to the hotel or to the center of the city. Palace and Park of Versailles — former residence of French kings. Visiting the Palace of Versailles. Cruise tour along the Seine * Trip to the Montmartre * — the highest point of Paris (130m). On top of the hill is situated the Catholic church of Sacre Coeur, one of the most popular attractions of Paris. You can get up to Montmartre via the famous stairs or using the funicular. Night in the hotel. Day 4 – 31 March - Free time and departure Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the Charles de Gaulle airport**. * – not included into the price of the trip. ** – if a group arrives at another airport or 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 9.00 am to 12.00 am. Recommended departure time – from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Leaders and managers of groups will be informed of transfer schedules and approximate waiting time in advance. Individual transfer is available at extra cost (calculation by request). Participation fee: 229 Euro per person - Kyriad - Creteil - Bonneuil-sur-Marne 3* hotel accommodation for 3 nights on base bed and breakfast 319 Euro per person - Ibis Styles Paris Bercy 3* (center of the city) hotel accommodation for 3 nights on base bed and breakfast Discounts: 10 persons + 1 for free. Organisation fee for one nomination for each participant is not included into the participation fee. Organization fee for one nomination: 40 Euro for one ensemble participant 60 Euro for a soloist (Not included into the price of the trip). * 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: 3 nights at the chosen hotel; 3 breakfasts; City Tour in Paris; Transfer according to the program: - Airport – city tour – hotel - Hotel – concert hall – hotel - Hotel – airport Participation fee does not include: Air tickets; Workshop; Medical insurance; Any museum’s admissions and ticketing; Additional tours; Lunch; Transfer from Orly airport. 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.