24 - 28 Март 2022
 Saint-Petersburg     Россия

Директор:  Г-жа Александра Борисова

Aim and objectives:

The VIII International Folklore Festival “Keeping traditions” (hereinafter referred to as the Festival) is held with the aim of popularizing the folk art, preserving the multinational cultural heritage of Russia. The idea of ​​the festival is the development of public diplomacy and the establishment of friendship and peace on earth through music and dance.
The festival contributes to the strengthening of civil peace and interethnic harmony and is aimed at developing and strengthening friendly cultural ties between creative teams from different countries.
The objectives of the festival:
  • Identification and promotion of the best folk artists
  • Improving the professional skills of group directors and teachers
  • Development of friendship, mutual understanding and cultural cooperation between the creative teams of the Russian Federation and foreign countries
  • Education of the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and the formation of mutual respect for the cultural traditions and customs of other ethnic groups


  • Children, youth and adult dance ensembles, choral groups, vocal ensembles and soloists, instrumental groups, as well as performers of other creative genres are invited to participate in the festival.
  • The age of the participants is 5 years and older.
  • Applicants are admitted to the festival after paying the registration fee. The festival-competition is held both off-line (in person) or online.
  • Regardless of the form of participation, all participants, together with the application, are requested to send a link to their video performance on You Tube to participate in the online Voting for the Audience Choice Award. According to the results of online Voting the Winner is announced on March 26 at the Awarding Ceremony.
  • Each participant performs 1 competition piece.
  • The duration of the performance is no more than 4 minutes. For theaters and folklore rituals - the duration of the performance is up to 10 minutes.
  • Folk dances and rituals, songs and music based on the folk material of any region or any country, both in authentic performance and in modern processing are most welcomed.
  • The Jury does not take into account the age, material capabilities, social affiliation, nationality and place of residence of the contestants - only creativity on absolutely equal conditions in accordance with this regulation.
  • All participants are accommodated in the festival hotel provided by the Organizing Committee.
  • The competition program is sent to the e-mail of the participants 5 days before the start of the festival.
  • Technical equipment of the hall and accommodation of participants in the dressing rooms will be arranged according to the possibility of the venue.
  • The Organizing committee of the festival is not responsible for the personal belongings of the participants. Please do not leave personal belongings unattended!
Special conditions due to COVID-19:
  • The festival is held in compliance with all recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare).
  • All participants and accompanying persons must wear masks during the festival (except performing on stage).
  • The organizers of the festival have the right to amend the restrictive measures, as well as cancel the festival or reschedule the dates of the festival, depending on the epidemiological situation

Genres and nominations of the competition:

  • Academic vocals
  • Folk vocals
  • Pop vocals
  • Jazz vocals
  • Academic
  • Folklore
  • Pop
  • Jazz
Theatrical creativity
  • Artistic word
  • Author's poem
  • Musical performance (musical, ballet, opera)
  • Dramatic performance
  • Puppet Theatre
Instrumental creativity
  • Classical music
  • Folk music
  • Pop music
  • Jazz music
  • Folk songs
  • Choreographic folklore
  • Instrumental folklore
  • Theatrical folklore performance
Fashion theatre
  • The National costume
  • Folk
  • Folk-stylized
  • Contemporary
  • Variety
  • Children's plot-play
  • Sports dance
  • Hip-hop
  • Breakdance
  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Dance theater
  • Dance show

Age category: 

5-7 years; 8-9 years.; 10-12 years;
13-16 years; 17-25 years;
Over 25 years; Mixed
In each age group, performers of a different age are allowed, but not more than 30% of the total number of performers.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Complexity and technique of execution
  • Artistic impression (image creation, content disclosure, emotionality, artistry)
  • Presentation (costume, props, direction, musical accompaniment, selection of repertoire, stage design)


Organization of the prize fund is entrusted to the organizing committee of the festival. Any organization or individual is allowed to make charitable contributions to the festival and establish their own prizes.
The Grand Prix is ​​awarded to the Best Children's Performer and the Best Adult Performer with the most votes from the Jury members.
In each nomination and age category, the titles of laureates of I, II, III degrees, as well as the titles of diplomats of I, II, III degrees are awarded.
The Grand Prix winner is ​​awarded a diploma, a cup along with the Certificate for participation in the final II International Award for Performing Arts “Folk-Star” (December 9-11, 2022, Moscow) without payment of the registration fee.
Laureates of I, II and III degrees (from 1 to 4 performers) are awarded a diploma and a festival medal for each participant.
Laureates of I, II and III degrees (from 5 performers) are awarded a diploma and a cup for the team, a festival medal for each participant.
Diploma winners of I, II and III degrees are awarded a diploma and a festival medal for each participant.
The number of laureates and diplomants is not limited, as there is a qualification system for evaluating contestants, and not comparing them with each other.
Laureates of the I degree are awarded personal invitations to the final 2nd International Award for Performing Arts “Folk-Star” (December 9-11, 2022, Moscow).
The European Association of Folklore Festivals rewards the best participants with Certificates from 200 to 500 euros for participation in the European or World Championships of Folklore in Bulgaria.
The best participants are invited to participate in tours or festivals in Russia and abroad on a free or preferential basis.
The Jury reserves the right not to award prizes and to change the number of prizes.
Special Prizes:
People's Choice Award
The best national costume
For the preservation of folk traditions
For the development of public diplomacy
Best team leader

Participation fee:

  • 190 Euro per person - 4 days/3 nights in St.Petersburg 
  • 220 Euro per person - 5 days/4 nights in St.Petersburg
    • 1 person is free for group over 15 pax (15+1)

Participation fee includes:

  • 3/4 nights at the “Moscow” hotel, 4 **** (The best location in St.Petersurg! Easy access to the city center and historical sights! Metro, supermarket, KFC, Mac’s, Burger King are at the same building with the hotel)
  • DBL/Twin standard accommodation
  • HB (3/4 buffet breakfasts + 3/4 dinners (set menu)
  • Registration fee
  • Participation in the international online voting for the Audience Choice Award
  • Evaluation by our Jury members
  • Competitive international diploma (originals)
  • Thanks Letters to teachers and leaders (originals)
  • Opportunity to win a special prize from the jury and the Organizing committee of the festival.
  • A cup for a team
  • Festival medal for all participants
  • Sightseeing bus tour of St. Petersburg
  • Round bus to the event venue
  • Meeting at the airport by our coordinator
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfer
  • 1 free leader for group over 15 pax
All travel expenses to St. Petersburg and back are borne by the participants of the festival or the delegating organizations.
The recommended date of arrival in St. Petersburg is March 24. Departure date is March 27 or 28.
Check-in 2:00PM, check-out: 12:00
Optional excursions or tailor-made tours available upon request at an additional fee


Arrival of the participants. Registration. Check-in
St. Petersburg city tour.
Opening of the 8th edition of the International folklore festival “Keeping traditions” and the 4th edition of the Folk Art Exhibition “Snow patterns of Yakutia” at the Saint-Petersburg House of Nationalities
Competition day. Performances on an individual schedule.
Rewarding Ceremony. Announcement of the winner of the online voting for the Audience Choice Award
Departure of participants (for the festival package 4 days/3 nights).
For participants of the festival package 5 days/4 nights:
Free day for excursions
Departure of participants

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: Prepayment of 50% is made to the Organizer's account within 3 days after receiving of the confirmation and invoice, which serves as the grounds to book the festival hotel.
Full payment for the festival accommodation package is due by March 5, 2022. In case of refusal to participate in the festival less than 14 days before the start, the registration fee and 50% prepayment for the festival package are not refundable.

In case of refusal to participate due to force majeure circumstances relating to the participant, the refund is made minus the actual expenses incurred and taking into account the penalties of the hotel, if there is a document (in case of illness - sick leave).

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