Director: Mrs. Julia Tomachkova
International Competition and Festival of Folklore, Dance and Music "ISTRIA STARS" welcomes participants from all over the world in Istria – region in the northwest corner of Croatia known by its own gastronomy, world-class olive oils, wines and beaches. We invite you to Poreč - a town full of history, called as ISTRIAN JEWEL of the Adriatic coast. When staying in Zelena Resort, you'll enjoy the seaside promenade, but if you don't feel like walking, take the tourist train all the way to Trg Slobode (Freedom Square) and back. Rocky beaches around Zelena Resort are the most beautiful and by stroke of luck used mostly by the hotel guests, with plenty of spots for sunbathing and other recreating activities.
Famous Croatian cultural and art workers are invited as members of the international jury. The main purpose of the International Competition and Festival of Folklore, Dance and Music "ISTRIA STARS" is to search for new talented performers, to present their skills and multicultural traditions to the audience, to make new friends with the same interests, to enrich of the multinational culture on the basis of mutual respect for the cultural traditions of all the countries and nations of the world, to popularize the children’s and youth creative work, to improve professional skills and qualifications of teachers and art leaders.
Participation in the International Competition and Festival of Folklore, Music and Dance "ISTRIA STARS" will give the opportunity not only to perform on the stages in front of the international jury and the Croatian public, but also to tan and swim in the gentle Adriatic Sea, to see the unique historical and cultural monuments, such as the remains of ancient old stone paved thoroughfare of Decumanus, the Marafor square and the ruins of the temples of Neptune and Mars. In the harbor you find evidence of the Venetian dominance dating back to the 18th century, when Poreč was ruled by Napoleon and the Habsburgs. From Poreč you can take excursions to Venice, Pula and a plenty of amazing locations you can reach within a day.
Program of the festival:
Relax on the beach or at the swimming pool of the hotel.
At 20:00 p.m. – dinner in the hotel.
At 21:00 p.m. – Meeting with the Organizing Committee. Overnight in Poreč.
FESTIVAL DAY PROGRAMME: stage testing, sound check, general rehearsal.
OPENING CEREMONY, performances of the participants.
At 20:00 p.m. – dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Poreč.
FESTIVAL DAY PROGRAMME: stage testing, sound check, general rehearsal, performances of the participants.
GALA CONCERT of WINNERS and AWARDING CEREMONY.
PARADE OF PARTICPANTS. Discotheque.
At 20:00 p.m. – dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Poreč.
It takes two hours to get there and you get to spend 4 hours in Venice to admire the city.
**Optional excursion to ISTRIAN ISLANDS (by boat including FISH-PICNIC)
At 20:00 – dinner in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Departure from Rimini.
- 169 Euro per person
Participation fee includes:
4 overnights in POREČ in hotel DELFIN on basis HB (buffet breakfast and dinner).
Accommodation in QDRPL for participants and DBL/TWIN for group leaders, drivers and teachers without extra payment
Registration fee for participating in competition and festival
Performance in competitive and festival programme
Diplomas, prizes and medals
- SOLOISTS and DUETS pay extra for SOLO / DUET participation - 15 EURO per person
- Extra overnight in hotel – 38 EURO per person a night with HB
- Extra payment for accommodation in SNGL – 25 EURO per person plus to Festival price
- Extra payment for OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
- Travel expenses (transportation of participants to / from Poreč, travel insurance, entrance visa to ICroatia for participants from non-Schengen countries), transfers, lunches, entrance tickets to sightseeing objects, tickets to public traffic, optional excursions
HOTEL DELFIN occupies a superb location in Zelena Resort, just outside Poreč, on its own verdant peninsula just near the beach. The full capacity of hotel is 794 rooms equipped with its own Shower / Bath and WC, direct-dial phone, balcony with sea-side or park side view. Rooms are spacious, well kept, with comfortable beds. Most rooms offer nice views of the surrounding area and the islands in the distance. There are three restaurants within the hotel, as well as several bars. If you like night swimming, hotel DELFIN is the right choice, because it offers this kind of evening entertainment.
- 2 outdoor swimming pools
- entertainment programs
- air conditioning in restaurants
- exchange office
- safe (additional charge)
- aperitif bar, pool bar
- dance terrace
- TV room
- free WiFi internet access in the lobby of the hotel
- souvenir shop / newspapers
- 400-seat conference hall
- bicycle storeroom
- massage studio
- children's playground
- restaurants, bars, shops
- sport centers and sport hall
- breakfast buffet 7:00-10:00 h
- lunch buffet/menu 12:00-14:00 h
- dinner buffet 18:30-21:00 h
- suitable for vegetarians
- lunch packet (to be ordered the day before)
DISCOUNTS: every 31st person in the group is free of charge (30 paying participants + 1 free)
General information, performance time limits and technical requirements:
International Competition and Festival of Folklore, Dance and Music “ISTRIA STARS” is determined for soloists, ensembles and groups of young performers from different countries of the world. The competitive program of the participants is approved by the Organizing Committee on the basis of applications received. The schedule of the competitive programme for all participants is determined in advance and depends on the age of the participants. All participants should prepare a competitive program within the time limits specified for each competitive discipline: 5 minutes for soloists, duets and small formations and 10 minutes for ensembles and groups.
Participants are divided in the following age categories:
- MINI KIDS - from 6 to 8 years,
- CHILDREN - from 9 to 12 years,
- JUNIORS 1 - from 13 to 15 years,
- JUNIORS 2 - from 16 to 18 years,
- ADULTS 1 - from 19 years to 25 years,
- ADULTS 2 - from 26 years and older,
- SENIORS - from 50 years and older,
- MIXED GROUPS.
The jury evaluates the skills of the participants during the competitive performance in each competitive discipline and in each age category in accordance with the 10-points evaluation systems. Results of the art competition and festival are being summed up by the end of all competitive performances.
AWARDS: The Organizing Committee awards diplomas of participation, diplomas of Laureate of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades, Winner of the Grand Prix and festival medals to all participants. Ensembles and groups of 3 or more persons receive one big cup or trophy of the festival and Diploma, soloists and duets receive one small cup or trophy of the festival and Diploma. The absolute Winner of the festival receives the Grand Prix of the festival and Diploma Grand Prix. All teachers, choreographers, group and ensemble leaders also receive the Diplomas of Festival.
THE MAIN TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: all audio sound records for the competitive program must be recorded only in the usual audio format on CD discs or on USB. All audio sound records must be of high quality, with clean editing and cuts. All audio sound records for the competitive program must be sent to the Organizing Committee by email before the beginning of the festival. The participants must inform the Organizer if the music stops and starts again after pause or contains silence within the musical composition.
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.