1 November 2020 Online
 Prague     Czech Republic

Director:  Julia Tomachkova

Application Form

  until 20 October 2020

OPENING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 20 SEPTEMBER, 2020
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 20 OCTOBER 2020
PLACE: ONLINE STAGE (PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC)
PUBLISHING OF ONLINE RESULTS BY DISCIPLINES: 30 & 31 OCTOBER 2020
BROADCASTING OF FESTIVAL CONCERT: 1 NOVEMBER 2020
ABOUT FESTIVAL in NEW ONLINE EDITION with DISTANCING PARTICIPATION:       
 
The first stars of "PRAGUE STARS" began to shine on the Prague’s cultural sky in the year 2005. Since that time the Festival is an important event in the cultural life of Prague with high  recognition and wide geography of the participating countries. "PRAGUE STARS" is a prestigious international Art competition and festival, which is being held in Prague twice a year: in late March and early November. Since this year 2020 International Competition and Festival “PRAGUE STARS” is arriving as well in digital form as NEW ONLINE EDITION.
 
At this time of the global health crisis connected with the pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19 and in accordance with the governmental measures taken to restrict travel abroad, the NEW conception and form of Festival “PRAGUE STARS” is being launched as well as ONLINE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL with possibility of DISTANCING PARTICIPATION.
 
The previous form and standards of the International Competition and Festival “PRAGUE STARS” are adapted and moved to online platform providing the chance to participate online without travelling abroad by sharing performances, by creating NEW alternative space and opportunities for participants to challenge their creativity, show their skills to professional international Jury, to international dialogue, to come together on the NEW online platform, to establish NEW

international friendly and creative contacts, to enrich the multinational culture on the basis of mutual respect for the cultural traditions of all the countries and nations of the world.
 
In the current difficult and unstable situation for travelling abroad, we realize how important is to show that we are still united and we are still believing in the power of Arts, Music, Dancing and Singing, with our longstanding desire to make our contribution, whenever possible, to peace and arts, to promotion of different cultures, sharing experiences and creative achievements between the participants from different countries in any possible and available way.
 
We create a new way to bring all of our participants together - we create ONLINE FESTIVAL BRIDGES to re-connect all countries and nations.
 
LET'S BE RE-CONNECTED!

Aims & goals:

  • The main purpose of the NEW online International Competition and Festival "PRAGUE STARS" is to bring interesting young talents from all around the world together on the  NEW digital platform without travelling abroad to present their skills and cultural traditions, to build collaboration among participating performers, to continue engaging with International festivals
  • Possibility to get evaluation from the recognized International Jury members and to win DIPLOMAS (in digital form), gold, silver or bronze MEDALS AWARD CERTIFICATES (in digital form) and LETTERS OF APPRECIATION
  • Opportunity to be selected to GRAND ONLINE EUROFEST in December 2020 with free participation for selected performers
  • Popularization of performing arts and cultural traditions of all the countries and nations of the world
  • Presentation of art groups with an innovative and interactive way on the online platform
  • Sharing experiences and creative achievements of participants from different countries
  • Opportunity to bring together participants from all around the world,
  • Improvement of professional skills and qualifications for art leaders

Members of the jury:

Famous Czech and foreign cultural and performing arts professionals are invited to the International Jury Committee.
Improvement of professional skills and qualifications for art leaders
International Charitable Foundation THE FESTIVAL BRIDGES with the assistance of the Centre of festival and art programs for children and young people TAYLIS (Prague, Czech Republic)

General rules and regulations:

International Competition and Festival of Folklore, Dance and Music “PRAGUE STARS / ONLINE EDITION 2020” is determined for soloists, ensembles and art groups of young performers from different countries of the world.

Procedure of participation:

  1. The competition and festival is held in the form of online competition and festival with distancing participation.
  2. Applications start being received from the Opening Date for Applications and will close at the Deadline Date for accepting application.
  3. Creative art groups, ensembles, teams, music and art schools, cultural centres and institutions, as well as soloists and small forms (duets, trios and groups up to 7 persons) who have timely and properly applied and paid the registration fee are allowed to participate in the online competition and festival.
  4. The competitive program of the participants is approved by the Organizing Committee on the basis of applications received and paid before the official deadline date.
  5. Applications should be applied with filling in all compulsory details of performer(s) and being used for issuing the official Diplomas and Medals Award Certificates. Art leaders, art directors, conductors, teachers, accompanists will be granted also by the Letters of Appreciation.
  6. For distancing participation it is compulsory to send the link to the short-video to Organizing Committee (see more information in TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS).
  7. All short-listed selected for competitive and festival program video performances are evaluated by the International Jury Committee, represented by internationally acknowledged cultural and art workers, according to the 10-points evaluation system.
  8. The members of International Jury Committee review and evaluate the competitive performances in online form. The Jury evaluates proficiency and skills, mastery of technique, artistry, originality of interpretation and costumes, difficulty and choice of the repertoire and its compliance with the age and capabilities of the performer, stage presence and audience impact. No appeals may be lodged against the decisions of the jury.
  9. The Results of the online competition and festival “PRAGUE STARS / ONLINE EDITION 2020” with Jury valuations are being announced 10 working days after the Deadline Date for Applications. The Jury members have no right to disclose the results of the online competition and festival before their official announcement.
  10. All participants should prepare and send the link to their short-video recording of their competitive and festival program with Repertoire of free choice within the time limits specified below:
SOLOISTS / DUETS – 1 short-video performance up to 5 minutes long
SMALL FORMATIONS (up to 7 persons) – 1 short-video performance up to 5 minutes long ENSEMBLES AND ART GROUPS (up to 14 persons) – 1 short-video performance up to 8 minutes long
ENSEMBLES AND ART GROUPS (15 and more persons) – 1 short-video performance up to 10 minutes long
FINE ARTS & CRAFTS – 1-2 works (photos or scans / see more details in in TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS)
  1. Official Closing Ceremony includes the publishing of the whole online concert on the official YouTube channel of organizers as well as the GALA CONCERT of the winners (best chosen performers).

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 grous 
  • Profi (professionals)

Competitive and festival disciplines:

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (classical music, chamber music, folk, jazz, contemporary, modern, pop, etc.)
VOCAL ART / SINGING (classical, choral, folk, jazz, pop, rock, show groups, etc.)
DANCE / CHOREOGRAPHY (ballet, folk, ethno, modern, jazz, pop, contemporary, free plastic, break dance, street dance, hip hop, children's dance, sport dance, ballroom dance, etc.)
THEATRE / DRAMATIC ART (drama, musicals, puppetry, theatrical miniatures, fragments from plays, recitation, etc.)
FOLKLORE (folk and ethnographic groups and soloists).
FASHION AND DESIGN (fashion designers, fashion houses, theatres of fashion)
ORIGINAL GENRE (circus)
FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS (painting, graphics, drawing, etc.)

Participation fee:

  • Soloists – 15 Euro / for 1 short-video performance in one discipline
  • Duets – 20 Euro / for 1 short-video performance in one discipline
  • Trio / quartets – 25 Euro / for 1 short-video performance in one discipline
  • Small formations (up to 7 persons) – 30 Euro / for 1 short-video performance in one discipline
  • Ensembles and art groups (8 persons and more) – 35 Euro / for 1 short-video performance in one discipline
*Every video performance will be awarded by 1 DIPLOMA and by 1 MEDAL AWARD CERTIFICATE.
PERSONAL DIPLOMA for every member of art group or collective – extra 5 EURO / participant
PERSONAL MEDAL AWARD CERTIFICATE for every member of art group or collective – extra 5 EURO / participant.

Awards:

According to the Jury, the Organizing Committee awards digital DIPLOMAS OF PARTICIPATION with DIPLOMANT degree, DIPLOMAS OF LAUREATE of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes, DIPLOMA OF GRAND PRIX as well as gold, silver and bronze MEDAL AWARD CERTIFICATES.
The Jury Committee has the right to award SPECIAL JURY PRIZE.
Winners of GOLD MEDAL AWARD CERTIFICATES, holders of SPECIAL JURY PRIZE and CRAND-PRIX
Winners are selected for distance participation in the GRAND ONLINE EUROFEST with free participation.

Main technical requirements:

  • All short-videos should be recorded as live performance in one space (at home, on stage, in class, auditorium or other proper place).
  • Video recordings from other festivals or competitions dated for years 2019/2020 are permitted only on condition if video is uploaded exclusively by the performer(s) and on condition that the creative property of the video remains on the performer(s).
  • Participants are responsible for compliance with the copyrights and related rights as well as for the settlement of ownership on all sound tracks / phonograms they use in their video for the competitive program. By submitting their video performances at the online competition and festival PRAGUE STARS / ONLINE EDITIONS 2020, participants agree to their free publication, public display, broadcast or other transmission, unless otherwise agreed with the organizers on an individual basis at the time of application.
  • All short-videos recordings must be of high quality, with high resolution of at least 720 pixels, without any acoustic interference.
  • All short-videos are recommended be taken on a static camera using tripod. Videos taken on mobile phone are allowed only in high quality.
  • All short-videos must have homogenous background if possible and sufficient lighting.
  • All short-videos must be without signs of editing and stitching of frames.
  • Each video must contain only one separate competitive performance.
  • The short-videos registered for competitive program of online competition and festival “PRAGUE STARS / ONLINE EDITION 2020” must be published on any of the file hosting sites (YouTube, Google Drive, etc.), must have open access without viewing restrictions and with storage period of at least 30 days from the Deadline date for accepting applications.

Special requirements for competitive disciplines:

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC:
During the video performance face and hands of performer as well as instrument must be clearly seen. Formal black-white dress code or concert costume is obligatory.
Performance must be recorded “live” or if necessary, the accompaniment could be launched on some sound device (for example, on portable speaker, laptop, etc).
The use of sound amplifiers is allowed on condition of performing competitive program on electronic instruments.
VOCAL:
The participants in the competitive discipline "VOCAL ART" must perform “live” or use only the "minus" soundtrack. It is forbidden to use the "plus" soundtrack.
The use of microphones is allowed only without using of mixers and amplifiers.
DANCE / CHOREOGRAPHY:
Video performance must catch general plan with visible entire choreographic layout.
FINE ARTS & CRAFTS:
The participants must submit photographs or scans of one-two pieces in JPEG format. The total file size should not exceed 10 MB. Competitive materials in this discipline must be placed in any file or cloud storage or could be sent by email to Organizing Committee after submitting the Application. Photos of both competitive works must be located at the same link or must be sent to email in one file with indicated NAME of participant.

Important conditions and obligations:

All materials (audio, video and printed materials) created in the frames of online competition, the Organizers consider their property, have the right to use and distribute information at their discretion without paying fees to the participants.
The responsibility for settling copyright issues for the sound tracks / music used for performances rests with the participants of the competition.
Please note that the music used must be allowed for free use in all countries of the world (or the participant must be transferred the rights to use it).
In the case of performing technically complex elements, working with electrical appliances, etc. responsibility for life and health, safety assurance rests with the parents of the minor participant.
The safety of adult participants is ensured by them independently.
Applying to online COMPETITION and FESTIVAL, the participants automatically accept the GENERAL REGULATIONS and CONDITIONS.
 
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.