24 - 27 March 2018
  Nizhniy Novgorod      Russia

Adults Childrens's Competitive nature Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Authentic Processed Styled Workshop

Director:  Mrs. Ludmila Pritulchik

Salute to Talents 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.


  • Instrumental art: Folk; Classical; Pop; Jazz
  • Vocal art: Folk; Academic; Pop; Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble
  • Choreography: Folk dance; Classical dance; Pop dance (including folk stylisation); Modern dance; Ballroom dancing
  • Theatre: Art of declamation; Drama theatre; Musical; Mimics and Gesture theatre; Fashion performance; Puppet-show
  • The original genre
  • 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 (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.
Nizhny Novgorod is a wonderful Russian city that rose up in the very heart of Russia at the confluence the Volga and the Oka rivers. In Nizhniy Novgorod there are over 600 unique historic and cultural monuments which gave rise to including the city by UNESKO into the list of 100 world’s cities of historical and culture value. Old Russia spirit and industrial center atmosphere merge into the city where we have been hosting festivals for 5 years!


1st day. 24th March 2018. Check-in.
Arriving to Nizhniy Novgorod. Arrival time recommended is from 8:00 to 12:00***. Receiving the group with the guide at a railway station (after 8.00 am). Boarding the bus.
Sightseeing trip around Nizhniy Novgorod. You will go to the city center and see the main sights: historic center (Minin and Pozharsky Square, Nizhniy Novgorod Kremlin’s walls) and the famous symbol of the city - Dmitrievskaya tower. You will walk around Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street and the Lower Volga embarkment, look over Chkalovskaya staircase with 560 treads, Nizhniy Novgorod Fair, Church of Nativity, Saint Michael’s Cathedral, and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Hotel accommodation after 14:00
Free time
Night at the hotel.
2nd day. 25th March 2018. The festival.
Breakfast Festival day
Transfer to the festival
  • Rehearsal
  • The opening of the Festival-Contest
  • Performances
  • Workshops
  • Gala-concert and Awards ceremony. Diploma and cup awarding
  • Panel discussion for jury members, directors and educators.
  • Disco
At the end of the day children and educators will get souvenirs, directors and educators will also get appreciation letters and panel discussion participation certificates that can be used to obtain advances training grant for educators.
Lunch during the festival day. Transfer to the hotel.
Night in the hotel.
3rd day. 26th March 2018. Free day, extra excursions.
Free day or additional excursions at extra cost:
  • Excursion to Gorodets* (duration – 9 h): Gorodets is truly considered to be a national crafts legacy. The city main treasure is fine painting and woodcarving. During sightseeing excursion you will go to the  historical town, including rampart and “Museum Quarter». A visit to Craftsmen's City, workshop and Russian tea party are also included. In Craftsmen's City you will also visit traditional crafts and applied arts workshops: gorodets painting, clay toys, pottery, woodcarving, and embroidery. You will see craftsmen’s works, and during workshops you will have a possibility to make, for example, a clay toy by your own.
  • Excursion to Semyonov* (duration – 8 h): Semyonov is a small old town in Nizhniy Novgorod region and located on the Sanahta river bank. It is known for artistic wood processing which allowed the town to join the line of the most important and visited touristic place in Nizhniy Novgorod region connected with national crafts. Upon arrival you will have an excursion to Folk Everyday Life Museum - Semen Lozhkar House which is a typical peasant home of the 2nd half of XIX century. You will know what are Russian «senny» and walk around the peasant yard. Then you will have a historical review of khokhloma painting.
Night in the hotel.
4th Day. 27th March. Check-out.
Breakfast. Check-out before 12:00***. Transfer to the railway station. Free time before the train departure.

Participation fee:

4 days - March 24-27, 2018 (3 nights):
  • 130 Euro per person - Ibis Nizhniy Novgorod 3* - Rooms for 2-3 persons, facilities, buffet breakfast 
  • 126 Euro per person - AZIMUT Nizhniy Novgorod 3* - Rooms for 2-3 persons, facilities, buffet breakfast
3 days - March 24-26, 2018(2 nights):
  • 103 Euro per person - Ibis Nizhniy Novgorod 3* - Rooms for 2-3 persons, facilities, buffet breakfast 
  • 100 Euro per person - AZIMUT Nizhniy Novgorod 3* - Rooms for 2-3 persons, facilities, buffet breakfast
15 people + 1 free of charge
Participation tax for one nomination:
15 EURO for one ensemble participant (no more than 210 EURO for an ensemble);
25 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:

  • 2 or 3 nights at the chosen hotel
  • 2 or 3 breakfasts and 2 or 3 lunches
  • City Tour of Nizhniy Novgorod
  • Transfer according to the program***

Participation fee doesn't include:

  • Extra excursion
  • Receiving the group earlier than 8:00 a.m.
  • Any museum’s admissions and ticketing
  • Additional days at the hotel
*- not included into the price of the trip
**- Hotel accommodations are limited. A hotel chosen is booked after the registration of application (prepayment).
***- Please note that on the first day the city tour is joined with the transfer to the hotel. If the date or the time of excursion are changed, the transfer is at extra cost.


Folk and scenic dance
Originally folk and scenic dance was initiated as a merge of classical dance, folk-character dance and unique folk background. It has its own distinguishing features such as jumps and tricks requiring a physical training, and dynamics. Colorful traditional costume is a must for such kind of dance. During the workshop the presenter will show you the dance features of different peoples and basic movements and share rich experience with festival participants.
Modern dance
Modern dance is a unique merge od different dance style and technics based on
European and American dance. Modern dancing style followed Contemporary Dance and other numerous dancing trends classified as so-called Street Style. As a multilateral and flexible art movement Modern dance offers a possibility to become bright and open personality and to express personal opportunities via music and movements as well as allows a dancer to develop body, rhythm feeling and endurance. Moreover, it is a mixture of dancing styles and technics which means that choreographers and dancers are always interested in learning something new. During workshop the presenter will show a wide range of new dancing elements that dancers will be able to use.
Stage art for performer of any genre
The stage is quite a test for anyone no matter if this is the first performance or not. A skill to convey feelings and emotions and to make the viewer empathize with everything that is taking place on the stage are the key to any successful performance. During our workshop you will know how to use correctly your speech, body, movement, facial expressions in order to keep the audience's attention and to entice the viewer. Stage art is a useful skill which can serve to any persons wishing to develop their communication skills and to feel at ease as well as to performers.
Pop vocal
Modern pop vocal is substantially different from classical singing. It puts together a wide range of vocal art absorbing different vocal technics and approaches. Pop vocal has an open and natural sound and soft music. Its distinguishing features lies in creating a unique voice. The presenters of our vocal workshop are outstanding vocal coaches.
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.