21st INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FESTIVAL OF ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS MUSIC
10-12. 12. 2020
Dear ladies and gentlemen,
let us invite you to our festival.’
Our Golden City looks especially romantic and particularly friendly during the time of Advent and Christmas. Maintaining our rich advent tradition is very popular in Prague.
Our festival is taking place under the auspices of the City of Prague and of the Union of Czech Choirs.
All amateur choirs can take part in this competition.
Competition performance is not obligatory. Your ensemble is welcome to perform without actual participation in the competition too.
We will be delighted to organize for your ensemble prolonged stay with additional concerts in Prague as well in other most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic or you can visit neighbouring countries such as Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia or Hungary.
I. CHILDREN´S CHOIRS (up to 16 years, 24 singers and more)
II. YOUTH CHOIRS (up to 27 years, 20 singers and more)
III. ADULT CHOIRS (16 singers and more)
IV. VOCAL GROUPS (6 singers and more, no microphone)
V. MUSICA SACRA
VI. GOSPEL, SPIRITUALS
VII. FOLK SONGS
VIII. FOLKLORE ENSEMBLES
A/ Dance ensembles
B/ Vocal ensembles
IX. INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES
Duration of the competition programme is maximum 12 min. for the category I., IV., V. – VII. and 15 minutes for the category II., III., VIII. and IX.
At least 1/3 of your programme must be Advent or Christmas music from your region or country.
The Jury will consist of international recognized professional artists. The decision of the Jury is final. Ensembles will be awarded marks from 1 to 100 (gold, silver and bronze zone).
Every choir will receive a Certificate of Participation and the winners of all categories will receive valuable Bohemian crystal cups. The Jury will also award further special prizes.
The Festival Laureate is obliged to participate at the final ceremony with its short performance.
The criterions for cat. I. – VI. on which the marking will be based are:
1) Technical merit: difficulty, perfection, intonation, articulation, rhythm, phrasing
2) Artistic interpretation: sound of ensemble, stylistic fidelity, interpretation, dynamics and suggestivity.
3) Programme choice
Applications must be made in writing and received by October 15, 2020 to the Festival Secretariat, CTA Prague together with the following:
– a short biography of the ensemble (max. 10 lines)
– a good photograph of the ensemble
– competition programme incl. durata
(incl. programme book) authorizes entry to all competition events, to the closing festival programme and to all festival concerts, except “Prague by Night” boat trip . Price: € 6.00 (Festival badge is already included in our accommodation and stay package – see application).
is € 150.00 per category, each next one competition category makes 120 EUR.
The given registration fee is not paid back in the case of cancellation of the application. For participation in the festival without participation in the competition 90 EUR.
This fee must be received by the current account of the Festival secretariat by October 15, 2020.
Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of participants. Our office is at your entire disposal to make and assist with all your travel arrangements (please, see the application form). Participants can pre-order meals at the restaurant in the city-centre and hotels.
€ 30.00 per person will be required from ensembles which do not book the programme and accommodation through the festival organizer.
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