17 - 20 December 2017
  Velikiy Ustyug      Russia

Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed

Director:  Mr. Ruslan Lukichev

Veliky Ustyug has a great historical significance and was one of the major cities of the Russian North. It preserved some of the past urban structure and many of the architectural monuments. It has lost its former leading role and is nowadays mostly known for tourism. Veliky Ustyug preserves much of its architectural heritage and has one of the best preserved architectural ensembles in Russia. The town contains 152 objects classified as cultural and historical heritage by the Russian Federal law and 25 objects classified as cultural and historical heritage of local importance. It is classified as a historical town by the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, which implies certain restrictions on construction in the historical center.
Most of the architectural monuments are on the left bank of the Sukhona, and many of these are the living houses. Since the 1990s, Veliky Ustyug was marketed as the residence of Ded Moroz, a fictional character somewhat similar to Santa Claus. The residence, which is a resort promoted as the Votchina of Ded Moroz, is a major tourist attraction. It is 16 km from the town, on the premises of Velikoustyugsky District. There is a dedicated post office there that answers children's mail to Ded Moroz and has answered more than 1.2 million letters.

Program of the festival:

17 December 2017. Day 1. Sightseeing (transfer is provided)
Arrival of the group to the station, meeting with guide. Recommended arrival time: from 9:00 to 12:00. Meeting with the guide: no earlier than 7:00.
Boarding the bus. Sightseeing tour of Velikiy Ustyug (you will see: monuments of history and culture, buildings, structures, churches and temples of Veliky Ustyug. Also, the excursion includes excursions, telling about archaeological finds, items of armament of the XII-XVI centuries. The sightseeing tour gives a general idea of Veliky Ustyug, the life of Ustyug in the 12th-20th centuries).
Transfer to the hotel. Check-in time after 14.00. Early check-in in the hotel is possible only if there are free rooms available.
Organizational meeting with the leaders of the groups.
Completion of the first day. Free time. Optional - additional excursions *.
18 December 2017. Day 2. Festival (transfer is provided)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Boarding the bus. Transfer to the festival. Registration of contestants.
Rehearsal of the concert program according to the schedule.
Opening ceremony. Welcoming words of the jury and the Organizing Committee.
Performances. Round-tables.
Round table for teachers and group leaders devoted to topical problems of education in the field of culture and arts. Discussion of performances of contestants, discussions with the members of the jury.
Gala concert. Disco.
Awarding Ceremony. Presenting diplomas, cups and souvenirs. Presenting letters of thanks and certificates of participation to the teachers and group leaders (during the round table).
The closing ceremony of the festival. Informal communication of the contestants, exchange of contacts.
Transfer to the hotel. Completion of the second day. Free time.
19 December 2017. Day 3. Free time.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Free time. Optional - additional excursions.* Completion of the third day. Free time.
20 December  2017. Day 4. (transfer is provided)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel no later than 12.00. Boarding the bus.
Bus trip to Votchina of Ded Moroz.
Interactive program "Fairy Carousel":
- entrance to the territory of Votchina;
- excursion around the house of Ded Moroz;
- meeting with Ded Moroz;
- seeing a winter garden;
- visiting the post office;
- 1 attraction.
Transfer to the train station / airport. Free time before the departure. Completion of the festival program.
 * - Not included in the registration fee

Participation fee:

(according to the preferred category of accommodation)
  • 159 EURO (per person) - Category "Comfort" – hotel "Velikiy Ustyug", Standard Single, Double, Triple and Quadruple Rooms with Shared Bathroom, FB (full board).
 The comfortable, modern hotel "Veliky Ustyug" is located in the center of a picturesque old town, within walking distance from the historically significant objects of the architecture of Velikiy Ustyug - Prokopy the Righteous Cathedral, the Ascension Church, St. Michael's Archangel Monastery and other sights. From the hotel Veliky Ustyug it's easy to reach the Embankment - the most beautiful street of the city, along which a chain of ancient temples and churches stretches and a beautiful panorama of the temples of Dymkovskaya Sloboda on the opposite bank of the Sukhona River opens. Hotel "Veliky Ustyug" is a whole hotel complex with a restaurant, conference hall, hairdresser, sauna, swimming pool, gym, billiards.
** WARNING! Number of hotel rooms is limited! We book the rooms only after receiving prepayment. 3-bed rooms are available upon request.

Participation fee includes:

  • accommodation in Velikiy Ustyug (3 nights);
  • meals (FB);
  • sightseeing tour of Velikiy Ustyug;
  • entrance to the territory of Votchina, excursion around the house of Ded Moroz, meeting with Ded Moroz, seeing a winter garden and visiting the post office, 1 attraction in Votchina of Ded Moroz.
  • meeting the group at the railway station (for groups of 10 people or more);
  • transfers according to the festival program;
  • diplomas, certificates, cups, invitation & thank-you letters and souvenirs for contestants.
  • each 16th participant is free of charge (15 paying participants + 1 free)

Participation fee does not include:

  • entrance fees to museums and tourist sites;
  • additional sightseeing tours and transfers;
  • transfer "station-hotel-station" for small groups (less than 10 people) - on request;
  • visas & transport charges;
  • additional night of stay at the hotel.
Organizational fee for one nomination (not included into the participation fee):
  • 12 EUR for one ensemble participant (no more than 180 EUR for an ensemble)
  • 25 EUR for a soloist
** WARNING! If a sightseeing tour or transfer is rescheduled by the applicant's request to the date or time differing from the standard festival program all expenses shall be covered by the contestant according to the issued invoice.
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