International Dance and Vocal Festival Contest is intended for groups and soloists of different ages and dance/vocal categories. It’s a celebration of dance art for children and adults in a unique atmosphere of ancient Georgia, combining a holiday in wonderful country with participation in a prestigious event. The biggest award will be 1 Grand Prize in the amount of 1000 euro for the best performance (from all categories) carefully selected by competent jury. Our richest experience makes Art-Folk leader in the realization of international festivals and contests in Georgia and is synonyms for quality and excellence.
Note: Participation in the Contest is optional. Groups, performers can participate in all of the Festival events without being part of Contest, as laureates. Please indicate in the filled in application your intention of participation – Festival laureate or Contest participant.
Goal of the Festival:
Development of arts; popularization of the world culture; sharing of experience between participants; empowerment of mutual respect and tolerance; deepening of creative contacts; popularization of Georgian and world arts.
Participants present two shows (3-5 minutes each). In the final conclusive concert participating artists will present only one show. Music can be live or phonogram. With the application Festival participants submit their program (audio, video files of their previous shows, materials necessary to be published in the newspaper and Festival Magazine). Festival participants will be awarded with the Festival Laureate Diplomas and different presents.
GROUPS - Nominations in 2 categories:
- Folklore dance groups (authentic and stylized);
- Classical dance groups;
- Contemporary dance (jazz modern, neoclassic);
- Street dance (hip hop, disco, techno, street, break dance, and other street styles).
- Academic singing;
- Jazz/rock/rap singing;
- Folk singing;
- Pop singing;
SOLOISTS - Nominations in 3 categories:
- I category: academic singing;
- II category: jazz singing;
- III category: folk singing;
- IV category: pop singing;
- Variety dance
- Folk-stage and Folk-stylized dance
- Modern dance
- Classical dance
- Street dance
- Folk instruments (accordion, accordion, balalaika, etc.)
- Wind instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, etc.)
- Classical instruments (guitar, piano, violin, cello, etc.),
- Variety instruments (electric guitar, synthesizer, percussion, etc.)
Cash Grand Prix for all participants is 1000 euro for the Dance and Vocal categories (including groups and soloists) together; Winners in other categories will receive special prizes (not cash prize). The jury has the right not to award, but also to duplicate certain places at its own discretion.
The composition of the jury is formed and approved by the Organizing Committee of the competition;
The jury of the competition is formed of specialists of culture and art, famous artists: composers, singers, choreographers, variety artists, and teachers;
When there are situations of no worthy candidates for the Grand Prix and prizes, the Grand prix and prizes are not awarded;
The jury does not take into account national and social features, material possibilities;
Participants are evaluated in each nomination;
The jury evaluates the performance by closed voting;
The jury can share the title of laureate and diploma between several participants;
Decisions of the jury are not subject to appeal;
The Organizing Committee is not responsible for the decision of the jury and the awarding of seats to the participants;
Festival and Contest requirements, specified in the score sheet of the jury:
• Purity of intonation;
• Range of voice;
• Artistry and scenic culture;
• Choosing a repertoire;
• Theme and selection of the repertoire;
• Performing skills;
• Dance composition;
• Costumes and props;
• Acting skills.
August 20- Arrival and accommodation of the international groups;
August 21 – Free day in Kobuleti;
August 22 – Optional excursion to Kutaisi and Prometheus Cave – 15 EURO per person + entrance fees as indicated below.
Groups which will not choose the Prometheus Cave excursion will have free day in Kobuleti.
Ticket price includes guide service.
Guide service is in Georgian, English, Russian and German languages.
If not chosen – free day in Kobuleti;
August 23 – Excursion to evening and night Batumi; first half of the day, free day in Kobuleti;
August 24 – Concert at the Musical Center of Batumi.
August 25 –Trip to Ureki (day at the beach with magnetic black sand);
August 26 – Concert at the State Academic Dance and Song Ensemble Arsiani;
August 27 – Free day in Kobuleti, or trip to Ureki beach;
August 28 – Kobuleti Open Theatre – Second Festival Concert;
August 29 – Departure of the groups.
According to self-funding principle each foreign participating group pay the following fee:
200 Euro per person – 10 days – hotel accommodation (3, 4 and 5-bed rooms), meals 3 times a day; all in-country transportation;
250 Euro per person – 10 days – 2-star hotel accommodation (3 and 4-bed rooms), meals 3 times a day; all in-country transportation;
300 Euro per person – 10 days – 2-star hotel accommodation (2, 3, 4-bed rooms), meals 3 times a day; all in-country transportation;
350 Euro per person – 10 days – 3-star hotel accommodation (2, 3 bed rooms), meals 3 times a day; all in-country transportation;
every 16th member of a group is free (15+1)
Fee for participation in the Contest is EURO 300 for groups and EURO 50 for soloists.
Note: Accommodation will be located in the City of Kobuleti; hotels will be specified after the type and level of hotel will be chosen by each participating group.
Participation fee includes:
10 days accommodation in comfort rooms, TV, private bathroom with a shower and hot water;
10 days full board;
Full support of our staff during the festival.
Supplement for double room – 5 euro per day per person.
Supplement for single room – 10 euro per day per person.
Upon request organizers can arrange bus transfers from airports to the hotel for additional fee.
Participation fee does not include:
Additional day in the hotels: 20, 25, 30, 35 euro per person per day (depending on the category of service selected);
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.
Participating group transfers 50% advance payment of the whole fee to be paid.
Remaining 40% is to be transferred not later than a week ahead of the start of Festival.