13 - 16 April 2018
  Ekaterinburg      Russia

Adults Childrens's Competitive nature Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras Habits Authentic Processed Styled Pop, Jazz, Modern, Hip-hop

Director:  Mrs. Ludmila Pritulchik

Ekaterinburg is the fourth largest Russian city in terms of population and the country’s second most important city. Ekaterinburg is regarded as a key to a vast and rich Siberia and Window to Asia. Also, it is the first Russian President’s, Boris Yeltsin, birth place. Being a modern megapolis with excellent infrastructure the city hosts regularly different political, economic, sport and art events at higher level.
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.


  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.

Participation fee:

105 Euro per person - Ibis Ekaterinburg Tsentralny 3* - Rooms for 2-3 persons, facilities
85 Euro per person - AVS Hotel 2* - Shared rooms (2-8 persons), shared facilities
(15 persons + 1 for free)
Arrangement fee:
15€ per 1 person (but no more than 500 € per 1 team)
25 € per soloist (at extra cost).
* 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 and 2 lunches
  • Transfer according to the program***
Participation fee doesn't include:
  • Two-way tickets
  • Extra excursion
  • Any museum’s admissions and ticketing


Ekaterinburg (4 days)
1st day. 13th April 2018. Check-in.
Arrival time recommended is from 8:00 to 12:00***. Receiving the group with the guide at a railway station (after 8.00 am).
Sightseeing trip around Ekaterinburg. You will see the dam of the city pond on the Iset River, monument to city-founders Tatishchev and Genin, the chapel of Saint Catherine, the first stone building of Ekaterinburg - Mining Office, Mint, an ancient water tower, merchant's Mansions of XIX century, central city squares - 1905 Square and October Square with the building of city Duma and Region Government, Rastorguev-Kharitonov Estate and the Church on Blood.
Transfer to the hotel. Check-in after 2 p.m.
Free time.
Night at the hotel.
2nd day. 14th April 2018. The festival.
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 within the framework of module advanced training program.
  • 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 advanced training grant for educators.
Lunch during the festival day at extra cost*
Transfer to the hotel.
Night in the hotel.
3rd day. 15th April 2018. Free day, extra excursions.
Free day or additional excursions at extra cost:
  • Excursion to Ganina Yama*. Ganina Yama is a place not far away from Ekaterinburg where the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion Bearers was founded with the blessing of Patriarch Alexy II in 2000. The rest of Monastery complex is made of wood in the style of ancient Russian architecture. The mine where the bodies of killed innocents were thrown to is the most important shrine in the Monastery. A number of the holiest relics are kept there.
  • Excursion to Beryozovsky*. For the first time gold was discovered in Russia by peasant Yerofey Markov from the Urals. Later gold mine was laid down for gold extraction and gold-washing factory was founded. This settlement started the city Beryozovsky. During the excursion you will visit the place of the first gold discovery.
Night at the hotel.
4th Day.16th April. Check-out.
Breakfast. Check-out before 12:00***. Transfer to the railway station. Departure time recommended is from 10:00 to 14:00***. Free time before the train departure.
* 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.
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.