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 2016-2017 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 2017 in Saint-Petersburg. The 1st 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 Super Final.

Nominations:

1. Instrumental art: Folk; Classical; Pop; Jazz
2. Vocal art: Folk; Academic; Pop; Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble
3. Choreography: Folk dance; Folk Stylization; Classical dance; Pop dance (including folk stylization); Modern dance (Street way); Modern dance (jazz, modern, contemporary ), Modern dance (experimental), Ballroom dancing , Children’s dance
4. Theatre: Art of declamation; Drama theatre; Musical; Mimics and Gesture theatre; Fashion performance; Puppet-show
5. Fine art: Painting and graphics; Photo; Craftworks
6. The original genre

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.
 
The Festival-Contest in Batumi 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”.

Program:

Day 1 – 25 June 2018. Arrival to Batumi
Meeting in Batumi airport**.
Recommended time of arrival: from 8:00 to 12:00.
Transfer from the airport to hotel. Check-in after 14:00.
Free time, rest on the beach.
Night in the hotel.
 
Day 2 – 26 June 2018. City tour
Breakfast
Free time, rest on the beach.
  • Evening sightseeing tour around Batumi. Batumi is the capital of Adjara, the main Black Sea resort and the symbol of modern Georgia. During the evening city tour you will meet with the main sights, the history of the city, architecture and you will feel the whole color of Adjara. You will walk along the old part of the city, where the spirit of the past reigns, the traditions of the most ancient Georgia are saved. You will also visit Primorsky Boulevard, and Piazza - the European highlight of the city, somewhat reminiscent of St. Mark's Square in Venice. Look at the famous square of Europe in the center of the city and the statue of Medea with the Golden Fleece, which symbolizes the wealth, prosperity and connection of Georgia with the European world. When it will get dark, we'll go to look at the famous sculptural composition "Ali and Nino," and we'll be able to observe the 10-minute action of meeting and parting of two characters. In the end of the program you will see a colorful show of fountains that dance to classical and modern music.
Night in the hotel.
Day 3 – 27 June 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 4  – 28 June. Free time and or additional tours
Breakfast
Free time, rest on the beach or additional tours:
•          Excursion to Kutaisi * - You will visit the second largest city of Georgia, during which you will visit at once two monuments of the UNSCO World Heritage Site - Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral. Also you will visit the amazing cave of Prometheus.
•          Excursion "Mountain Adjara" *. You will see the natural beauty of the mountain Adzharia in all its glory - steep mountain slopes covered with evergreen forests, turbulent rivers, hidden in the clouds peaks and deep gorges. Visit the waterfall in Mahuntseti, see the ancient arched bridge "Queen Tamar", visit the wine factory in the village of Keda and get to the high mountain village of Hulo, ride on the cable car from Hulo to the village of Tago and on the amazing mountain road back to Batumi.
Night in the hotel
 
Day 5  – 29 June. Free time and departure
Breakfast
Check out before 12:00
Free time
Transfer to Batumi airport*** The transfer to Tbilisi or Kutaisi airport is possible for additional payment.

Participation fee:

  • 189 Euro - Sunrise Hotel Kobuleti - Comfortable rooms for 3-5 people, breakfasts
  • 229 Euro - Sunrise Hotel Kobuleti - Comfortable rooms for 3-5 people, breakfasts, lunches, dinners
Participation fee for one nomination:
20 EUR for one ensemble participant (but no more than 300 EUR for 1 ensemble), 30 EUR for a soloist
(Not included into the price of the trip)

Participation fee includes:

  • 4 nights at the chosen hotel
  • 3 breakfasts
  • City Tour in Paris
  • Transfer according to the program:
    • Airport –hotel
    • Hotel – concert hall – hotel
    • Evening city tour in Batumi
    • Hotel – airport

Participation fee doesn't include:

  • Air tickets to Batumi
  • Medical insurance
  • Any museum’s admissions and ticketing
  • Additional tours
* – 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)
! 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, the price will be recalculated.
! 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.
! The price can change in connection with change of currency rate.
 
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.

Application Form     until 25 May 2018