Director: Victoria Mikhailova The international festival and competition "Fountain of Inspiration" will take place in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland. All the streets of Krakow lead to the main square, where some of the city's most important landmarks are located, such as the Town Hall, St. Mary's Basilica, and the Cloth Hall. It is the center of urban life, always bustling and full of tourists. The square is also home to many restaurants and pubs, and in the evenings, street musicians perform here. The International "Fountain of Inspiration" festival and competition has been taking place in Poland since 2018. Its main goal is to support, promote, and build an international platform for cultural exchange among amateur and professional groups and participants. Traditionally, the organizers of the festival are the "Inspiracja+" Foundation from Poland and the NGO "Art Center "Antre" from Ukraine, in cooperation with the Old Town Youth Culture Center. The main message of the festival is the search for new talents and stars among children and youth ensembles and soloists, establishing international friendly and creative connections, enriching multiculturalism based on mutual respect for cultures and traditions, popularizing children and youth creativity, exchanging experiences and creative achievements of participants from different countries, and enhancing the professional skills and qualifications of educators and leaders. Participants: Soloists, small groups, ensembles / chamber formations, choirs, orchestras, and ensembles are invited. Genres: Choreography: folk dance or folk-stylized dance, classical, contemporary/modern, jazz, artistic, street dance, ballroom dance, show dance, children's dance, show-bellydance. Instrumental genre. Folk ensembles, ritual theaters, folk art ensembles. Theatrical arts, acting skills. Fashion theaters / fashion shows. Other genres, according to accepted applications. The festival is of a competitive nature. Technical Requirements: Competitive program within the time limit (1-2 performances): Soloists, duets, trios - 4 minutes. Small groups (4-10 individuals) - 6 minutes. Ensembles and groups (11 or more individuals) - 9 minutes. Participants have the right to participate in multiple genre categories with separate applications and separate fees for each application. Age Groups: Mini kids: 7-9 years old Children: 10-13 years old Junior: 14-17 years old Adults: 18 years old and above Senior: 50 years old and above MIXED GROUPS To participate in the festival, it is necessary to submit an application along with a QUALITY backing track to the Organizer's email. In case the performance exceeds the allotted time in the application, the Organizer reserves the right to stop the performance. Awards: Laureates of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes receive individual diplomas, festival medals, and a cup for the group. The winner of the Small Grand Prix receives a cup, festival medals, and a diploma. The winner of the Grand Prix receives the Great Grand Prix cup, festival medals, and the Grand Prix diploma. Letters of gratitude are awarded to teachers and leaders for their preparation and participation. Upon the recommendation of the Jury, participants receive certificates for FREE participation. All participants receive commemorative festival merchandise, participant badges, a festival folder for leaders, individual diplomas, and festival medals. Participation fee: 4 days / 3 nights accommodation with half-board, 20+1 for free. Hostel: 4-6-8 bed rooms - 115 euro per person (аdditional night: 24 euros with breakfast) 1*-2* Hotel: 3-4 bed rooms - 129 euro per person (additional night: 30 euros with breakfast) 3* Hotel: 2-3-4 bed rooms - 149 euro per person (additional night: 35 euros with breakfast) Accommodation is arranged with the leaders prior to the arrival of the participants. Leaders will be accommodated in 2-3 bed rooms. Participation fee includes: Accommodation in the chosen option for 4 days/3 nights. Meals: breakfast and dinner, starting with dinner on the day of arrival and ending with breakfast on the day of departure. City tour of Krakow (for formed groups of 25 people or more. without a bus). Participation in festival performances with commemorative awards for participants. Medical insurance. Special offer for groups of 21 people: 20 participants + 1 leader free of charge. Participation fee does not include: Festival participation fee. Optional excursions, museum tickets. Personal expenses. Transportation services. Upon request, the organization of additional paid services related to transportation from the airport to the hotel and vice versa, from the hotel to the concert hall and vice versa, airport meet and greet by festival staff, and upgrading the proposed hotel to a higher class is possible. For inquiries regarding additional services, please contact and send an official request to the Organizing Committee. Groups (11 or more participants) - 15 euros per participant. Groups (4-10 participants) - 18 euros per participant. Duets and trios - 25 euros per participant. Soloists - 30 euros per participant. For participation in additional categories: Groups (11 or more participants): additional fee of 5 euros per participant for each additional application. Groups (4-10 participants): additional fee of 10 euros per participant for each additional application. Soloists, duets, and trios: additional fee of 15 euros per participant for each additional application. Jury: The jury panel is formed by the Organizers and consists of representatives from the fields of culture, arts, public organizations, media, and other prominent personalities from participating countries. The permanent jury panel consists of 5 members. Evaluation is conducted on a 10-point scale. The jury has the right to: Provide recommendations to the competition participants. Recognize individual performers and award them with special prizes. By agreement with the organizing committee, make decisions regarding changes to the festival regulations or not award participants with prizes in specific categories. The jury has the right to withhold the Grand Prix if there is an insufficient number of points. The jury's decision is final and not subject to review. Information: Groups interested in participating must submit an application along with a backing track. The organizing committee provides accommodation and a cultural program (excursions) in agreement with the participants. The group delegation can include artists and their accompanying group. There is no limit to the number of artists and accompanying members. During the festival, the participating groups may be invited by the organizers to take part in joint events such as the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, parade, accompanying concerts, cocktails, workshops, and others. The presence of invited teams at various events is mandatory. The application for participation must be submitted no later than November 1, 2023. The payment should be made after the confirmation of participation but no later than November 1, 2023. The application should include a participant's abstract and promotional materials, such as photographs. The photos should be at least 1MB in size. The submitted materials will not be returned. Program: 01 December, 2023 - Arrival at hotels/hostels in Krakow (according to the selected offer below). Dinner. 02 December, 2023 - Breakfast. City tour of Krakow's royal history will be offered, where step by step, you will see a city that was the capital of Poland for over 500 years: Royal Palace, Wawel Hill, Old Town, Cloth Hall, the "heart" of the city - Rynek Square, and much more. (Individual participants and small groups will be formed into groups of 25 people.) Excursion included in the festival fees. Optional excursion. Bus excursion to the salt mines in Wieliczka (approximately 4 - 5 hours) - a fairy-tale journey through a labyrinth of salt corridors and rooms that amaze with their scale (children from 30 euros, adults from 35 euros, to be confirmed). Dinner. 03 December, 2023 - Breakfast. Festival day - stage rehearsal, sound check, rehearsals. Opening Ceremony at Old Town Youth Culture Center (stage 9x11), city center. Competition performances. In the evening, there will be a festive Closing Ceremony and awarding of participants. Dinner. 04 December, 2023 - Breakfast. Check-out according to hotel/hostel rules. Free day in Krakow. Departure. Optional excursions on free days: Bus excursion to the salt mines in Wieliczka (approximately 5 hours) - a fairy-tale journey through a labyrinth of salt corridors and rooms that amaze with their scale (children from 35 euros, adults from 40 euros, to be confirmed). Bus excursion to the resort town of Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains (full day), located in the southern part of Poland, just a few kilometers from the border with Slovakia. Walk along the main street, Krupówki, enjoy delicious regional food, take a funicular ride to Gubałówka Mountain or relax in the "Termy Bukowina" thermal baths - the choice is yours! (Price to be confirmed depending on the program). Visiting the Krakow Water Park "Park Wodny" (starting from 10 euros per ticket). For groups with free time from performances, there is an optional visit to the ENERGYLANDIA AMUSEMENT PARK (50 km from Krakow), the largest and best amusement park in Poland. ONE ticket grants you access to ALL attractions, including the water complex, various shows, and a 7D cinema (ticket starting from 52 euros, including a train ticket to the Park). Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. Approved groups pay in advance 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment. Second step:A prepayment of 30% is required by November 1, 2023, and will be deducted from the final payment. All banking expenses are the responsibility of the sender. The remaining 60% is due by November 10, 2023, or upon arrival with the permission of the organizers.