Christmas Suprise

5th International Contest – Festival of show programs «Christmas Surprise»
11 – 14 January 2019 year
SemaraH Hotel Lielupe SPA & Conferences
Jurmala, Latvia

Winter is a beautiful time!

Prolong the magic New Year holidays at the International competition – Festival of show programs Christmas Surprise together with Santa Claus and fairy-tale characters in one of the most beautiful places in the Baltic, In the resort city of Jurmala!

The festival is held on New Year’s days and school holidays.

On January 12 in the concert hall SemaraH Hotel Lielupe SPA & Conferences you will see an enchanting show. Participants will be able to perform in different genres, nominations and age groups.

“Christmas surprise” allows participants to show imagination, creative imagination, using fabulous, carnival costumes and accessories.

The festival is filmed by a professional television group and participants can get a record of their performance.

The main goal of the competition is to surprise the audience with your performance!
Participants are waiting for the New Year tree, gifts, many surprises and a disco!

Prolong the winter fairy tale in Jurmala!

View of wishes, flexibility, develop individual programs!

5th International Contest – Festival of show programs «Christmas Surprise »
11 – 14 of January 2019 year
Jurmala, Latvia

REGULATION

DATE OF EVENT
January 12, 2019 year

PLACEOF EVENT
Jurmala, Riga

ABOUT FESTIVAL-CONTEST

Festival-contest «Christmas Surprise» held on New Year’s celebration days and school holidays. This enchanting show-competition in different genres and nominations. Participants expected a Christmas tree with Santa Claus, fairy-tale characters, gifts, disco and many surprises.

“Christmas surprise” give a chance for participants to show imagination, creative imagination, using fabulous, carnival costumes and accessories. The main goal of the contest is to surprise the audience with your performance!

Contests for genres and nominations will be held on January 12, at the same time in different halls of the SemaraH Hotel Lielupe SPA & Conferences. Santa Claus and fairy-tale characters will delight and entertain the participants and guests of the festival throughout the day. Near the Christmas tree, participants will be able to show their out-of-competition program.

The hotel is located in one of the most beautiful places in Jurmala – surrounded by centuries-old pine trees, just a few hundred meters from Bulduri beach, with a magnificent high-quality panorama. The hotel special offer is Wellness Center with a 25m swimming pool, a Finnish sauna, a Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and SPA area, a large and modernly equipped kids club and a restaurant.

There is an opportunity for excursion in Jurmala and Old Riga city. Festive atmosphere of cities, decorated streets and squares, cozy cafes and Christmas markets with unique coloring will leave unforgettable impressions for participants of the festival.

Famous teachers will hold master classes. (vocal, choreography).

There is an opportunity to get a record of your performance.

Those ho wish prolong a holidays, provides a special program.

INTENTION AND OBJECTIVES:

• activation of creative activity of children and youth, introduction them to art;
• exchange of creativity attainments and acquaintance with teams from different cities and countries
• popularization of creativity of talented children and youth;
• development of the outlook and intellectual level of children and youth;
• Strengthening of international cooperation in the field of art.

CONTEST NOMINATION

  • Vocal
  • Instrumental performance
  • Choreography
  • Original genre
  • Fashion Theater
  • Oratory
  • Theater

1. VOCAL

Participants: soloists, duets, trios, collectives, family ensembles.

Nominations: pop, folk, classical, bard song, jazz, pop – rock, (participants can apply one or more nominations).

Age categories for soloists: up to 6 years, 7-9 years; 10-13 years; 14-17 years; 18 years and over
Age categories for vocal groups: up to 6 years, 7-9 years; 10-13 years; 14-17 years; 18-35 years old
All vocalists sing a “live” with a sound background “-1” or a musical instrument (synthesizer or other), and a cappella.

Duration: up to 3:30 minutes.

Evaluation criteria: purity of intonation and quality of sound, performing skills, correspondence of repertoire to performing abilities and age category of performer, stage culture.

2. CONTEST OF CHOIR

Participants: academic and amateur choirs of children’s music schools, children’s art schools, specialized secondary music schools, creative centers, university students and amateur groups age from 5 to 30 can take part in the competition.
In children’s groups, adult musicians are allowed to participate in up to 20% of the total number of participants.

The number of participants is from 10 to 50 people.
Nominations: Folk, classical, pop choir, gospel.

Categories:

• Children’s choirs (the average age is 16 years old)
• Mixed youth choirs (average age 16 to 25 years)
• Male choirs (average age over 16 years old to 30 years)
• Female choirs (the average age is over 16 years old to 30 years old)
• Folk choirs (up to 30 years)
Duration of the room is up to 5 minutes.
During performances it is allowed to use “live” accompaniment. Use of any kind of phonograms, as well as sound reinforcement equipment (microphones and speakers) is not allowed.

Evaluation criteria: intonation, sound quality, match score or interpretation quality (depending on the nomination), overall impression of the performance

3. CHOREOGRAPHY

Participants: soloists, duets, trios, collectives, family ensembles.

Nominations: variety choreography (disco, classical jazz, etc.), folk dance, stylization of folk dance, ballroom dance (European program, Latin American program), classical choreography, non classic choreography, sports choreography, dance show, street dance (Hip-Hop , Break – Dance, House, etc.), modern dance (jazz – modern, modern, neo-folk, etc.)

(participants apply one or more nominations)

Age categories: up to 6 years, 7-9 years; 10-13 years; 14-17 years; 18 years and over
Duration: up to 3:30 minutes.

Evaluation criteria: plasticity, synchronism of movements, artistry, correspondence of the repertoire to performing abilities and age category of the performer.

4. INSTRUMENTAL COMPETITION

Participants: orchestras, ensembles, soloists
Nominations: strings, plucked, wind, percussion and folk instruments.

(participants can apply one or more nominations)

Age categories: up to 10 years, 11 – 13 years, 14 – 17 years, from 18 years and older.

The age group of the ensembles is determined by the average age of the participants.

The performance of teachers in the orchestra is allowed, but no more than 15% of the total number of participants.

Duration: up to 5 minutes.

Evaluation criteria: degree of possession of the instrument, purity of intonation, possession of a dynamic palette of sound, artistry, artistic interpretation of a musical work

5. CIRCUS ART / ORIGINAL GENRE

Nominations: acrobatics, clownery, gymnastics (sports number), rubber, balancing, juggling, show with an object, illusion.

Age categories: up to 6 years, 7-9 years; 10-13 years; 14-17 years; 18 years and over.

Duration: up to 3:30 minutes.

Evaluation criteria: the level of performing skills, artistry, scenic (plastic, costume, performance culture), creative approach to the selection of repertoire, artistic design of the program (props)

6. THEATRE

Participants: school theaters, children’s and youth theaters, theatrical collectives, studios and associations can take part in the competition.
Nominations: musical theater (musical, ballet, opera), drama theater, puppet theater, plastic and pantomime theater, street theater, parody theater

(participants can apply one or more nominations)

Age categories: up to 10 years, 11 – 13 years, 14 – 17 years, from 18 years and older
Duration: up to 15 minutes
Evaluation criteria: the level of performing skills, artistry, scenic, creative approach to the selection of the repertoire, the design of the program (props)

7. FASHION THEATER
Participants: fashion theaters, schools and fashion studios, educational institutions, modeling agencies, as well as other associations for modeling and designing clothes, can take part in the competition.
Participants show author’s collection on a free topic
(Participants can apply one or more nominations)
Age categories: up to 10 years, 11-13 years, 14-17 years, from 18 years and older
Duration: up to 5 minutes
Evaluation criteria: the idea, the integrity of the composition, the originality of the director’s decision, the imagery of the disclosure of the collection theme, entertainment, artistic performance, plastic, choreography, musical design

8. CONTEST OF READERS
Age categories: up to 5-9 years, 10-13 years, 14-17 years, from 18 years and older.
Performance of works of small format (a poem, a fairy tale, a fable, a story, excerpts from works in prose).
Duration: up to 3 minutes.
Evaluation criteria: expressiveness of reading, report of an image.

OUT-OF-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Participants: Age is unlimited
Duration of performances up to 3:30 minutes (choirs and orchestras – up to 5 minutes).
Nominations: Any of the nominations
When submitting an application to an out-of-competition program, in the questionnaire in the section “nomination” designate “participation out-of-competition”

SUBJECTS OF SPEECH
Subjects of speech – leisure. The show for the Christmas and New Year theme is welcomed and will be marked especially.
FORM PARTICIPATION
Participation in the festival-contest is participation in one or several nominations optionally.
Repetition and performances are held according to the schedule provided by the organizers of the contest-festival. Changes to the repertoire are not accepted later than 10 days before the event.
Participants can perform composition with live music or phonogram “-1” with high quality sound, which must be sent in advance by e-mail. The technical rider must be agreed upon with the organizing committee when submitting an application.

For participation in festival you should send:
• application for participation on e-mail impresa1@impresa.lv till December 30, 2018 year;
• musical accompaniment of the number, for vocalists – phonogram format “-1”;
• creative biography;
• photo in JPG format;
• send a video clip or a link with collective performance;
• pay the participation fee (30% of the total amount) immediately upon receipt confirmation from organizers.

JURY
The composition of the jury make organizing committee of the festival from famous artists, directors and teachers of creative disciplines, directors, cultural and art figures, public figures. At the end of the festival, team leaders have the opportunity to discuss with jury members the contest performance and exchange of views

REWARDING OF PARTICIPANTS
Performances are evaluated on a 10-point – mark system. Places and awards are awarded to the participants based on the results of the points collected by the five jury members, according to the following point scale:
Grand-Prix 50 points
1 place 45-49 points
2 place 44-40 points
3 place 39-35 points
Special prize 34-30 points
Diploma for participants 29 and less points

COPYRIGHTS
By submitting an application for participating for the contest, the performers agree to take photos, video filming and audio recordings of their performances on the stage and other events of the contest to pass the copyrights to the organizer of the contest.

FINANCIAL CONDITIONS
Costs associated with travel, health insurance and stay in Latvia participants are carried out at their own expense or at the expense of the organization sending the participant to the contest. The Organizing Committee for foreign participants draws up an invitation for free visas to Latvia, hotel booking, transfers and tours around Riga.

ORGANIZER
Producer Center IMPRESA, Riga, Latvia.
The main projects since 1996: the festival “Morning Star – Jurmala” in jointly with Yuri Nikolayev (broadcast on ORT channel), the contest of young performers “Moscow – Jurmala”, reality show “Hello, Jurmala!” TV5, international festivals ART-TURNIR, DEBUT, EUROJURMALA, AMBERSTAR, BALTIC VOYAGE, TALENT SHOW.
Since 2002, the producer center Impresa has been cooperating with producer centers and festivals of different countries: “Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk” (Belarus), “Eastern Bazaar” (Ukraine), Canzoni dal Mondo (Italy) and others, is a member of the largest international festival organization FIDOF (USA).


Tel. Number in Latvia +371 27009998
Tel. Number in Russia +7 (499) 404-03-18
E-mail: impresa1@impresa.lv
WEB page: www.impresa.lv

Program
(by Latvian time)

10 January:

15:00 – Arrival in Jurmala, accommodation in hotel SemaraH Hotel Lielupe SPA & Conferences 4* (in 2-х – 3-х room) (1st package from 10 till 14 January)
15:00 – 16:00 lunch (optional)
16:00 – 18:00 free time
18:00 – 20:00 meeting with organizers of festival and team leaders, dinner
20:00 – free time

11 January:

08:00 – 10:00 breakfast
10:00 – free time
15:00 – Arrival in Jurmala, accommodation in hotel SemaraH Hotel Lielupe SPA & Conferences 4* (2nd package from 11 till 14 January),(3rd package from 11 till 13 January)
15:00 – 16:00 lunch (optional)
16:00 – 17:00 walking tour of Jurmala (optional)
18:00 – 20: Festival opening(meeting with organizers of the festival, photo and video competitions of different years), dinner (presentation of your city / country / team, prepare a short number / chanting)
20:00 – 21:00 disco for participants
21:00 free time

12 January: (Contest day – Concert Hall «Dzintari» в SemaraH Hotel Lielupe SPA & Conferences 4*)
Address: Bulduru prospekts 64/68, Jūrmala

08:00 – 10:00 breakfast
10:00 – ……… Participant registration
11:00 – 19:00 contest „Christmas Surprise”
14:00 – 15:00 обед (по желанию)
20:00 – 21:00 dinner
21:00 free time

13 January:

08:00 – 10:00 breakfast
10:00 – 11:00 MasterClass (optional)
08:00 – 12:00 check-out (3rd package from 11 till 13 January)
19:00 – 20:00 dinner
20:00 free time

14 January:

08:00 – 10:00 breakfast
08:00 – 12:00 check-out (1st package from 10 till 14 January),
(2nd package from 11 till 14 January)