IX. International Festival of Advent and Christmas MusicBRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA, December 4th – 7th, 2014
SLOVAKIA CANTAT 2014
24 - 27 April 2014
MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NAMESTOVO
May 16 - 18, 2014
MUSICA SACRA BRATISLAVA
June 12th - 15th 2014
YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 10th - 13th, 27th- 30th 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia
SLOVAKIA FOLK 2014
July 3rd - 6th 2014
BRATISLAVA CANTAT I.
21st - 24th August 2014
BRATISLAVA CANTAT II.
2nd -5th october 2014
The 5th INTERNATIONAL GREGORIAN CHANT FESTIVAL
October 23rd – 26th 2014
IX. International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA, December 4th – 7th, 2014
BRATISLAVA MUSIC AGENCY
841 06 Bratislava 4
tel. : 00421 908 693 395 (English)
tel.: 00421 905 657 131 (Russian)
fax: 00421 2 65957054
International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music
4th - 7th December 2014 Info Advent 2014
Dear lover of choral music,
We would like to invite you to participate in the IX. International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music to be held in Bratislava on December 4th – 7th 2014. The Slovak capital, Bratislava, opens its gates and invites choirs to its charming centre decorated for Christmas. We are inviting choirs from all over the world; your songs and performances will contribute to a truly heartwarming atmosphere for Christmas.
The festival will be managed by the Bratislava Music Agency, under the patronage of the City of Bratislava.
Choirs are eligible to join the festival either as non-competitive choirs participating in all the performances of the festival, or as competitive choirs.
Deadline for sending in applications for the festival is October 1st, 2014
» Categories for Competing Choirs:
A1/ Children’s choirs up to 6 years
A2/ Children’s choirs up to 8 years
A3/ Children’s choirs up to 12 years
A4/ Children´s choirs up to 16 years
B/ Youth Choirs (up to 21years)
C/ Adult Choirs (min. 25 singers)
D/Chamber Adult choirs (12 - 24 singers)
E/ Vocal ensembles (4 - 11 singers, no microphone)
F Choirs of Seniors
X/ Non-competing choirs
The time limit on performances is 15 minutes. The program can consist of advent or spiritual music either a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment (a piano will be available).
An international jury comprising distinguished professionals
will judge the competition on the following criteria:
A/ choise of works and proframme arrangement
B/ technique and interpretation
C/ artistic impression
Maximum of 100 points, the medals will be awarded as follows:
|Diploma for participation||up to 59,99 points|
|Bronze certificate||60,00 - 74,99 points|
|Silver certificate||75,00 - 89,99 points|
|Gold certificate||90,00 - 100 points|
|Grand Prix||according to jury´s decision, min. 97 points
Each choir will receive a diploma with the certification of the results. Upon proposal of the jury, other prizes of the festival will be awarded; for the best performances from the point of view dramaturgy, voice culture, or conducting. The jury decisions are final, no appeals may be made.
ACCOMMODATION AND BOARD:
Each choir including the conductor, accompanying people and bus drivers shall pay its own travel expenses, expenses on accommodation and food.
Price per person:
The package price includes:
• 3x night and breakfast in hotel
• guidance during the whole stay
• Bratislava sightseeing tour
• opening concert for participants
• public concert performance for participating choirs
• final ceremony with cultural programme
• information material
Package 4 Hotel *** in Bratislava city centre
3x night/breakfast in twin bed rooms in a *** hotel /additional fee of 101 EUR for a single room/
Package 3 Hotel ***
3x night/breakfast in twin bed rooms in a *** hotel (additional fee of 60 EUR for a single room)
Package 2 Hotel **
3x night/breakfast in two star hotels - 2 rooms with a shared bathroom, WC, 2-3 beds/ (additional fee for a single room)
Package 1 - Hostel
3x night/breakfast, 4-bed rooms, common bathrooms, Hostel. (additional fee of 35 EUR for a single room)
The organizers reserve the right to arrange accommodation and catering of the participating choirs.
» Registration Fee
Registration deadline: October 1, 2014.
Registration fee per competition category is EUR 200/choir to be paid before October 1, 2014. In case of cancellation of an application, the fee is not refundable.
For participation in the festival without participation in the competition 100 EUR.
Application deadline: 1 October 2014
Applications can be sent from 1st January 2014 to 1st October 2014. The application must be filled in electronically - here: Application Form
After receiving the application form, each accepted participating group will be contacted by email and receive an official confirmation of participation.
The application shall be enclosed with the following:
- Complete application form
- Competition program (name of the composition, composer full name, length of the compositions)
- Sound record of the choir not older than 3 years (mp3, a link)
- Choir's and conductor's curricula (10 lines)
- Choir and conductor photo
- Copies of score for competition worksin PDF format
- A copy of money order or bank transfer confirming payment for the festival fee.
» Important dates
- October 15th, 2014 - Deadline for the first payment for room and board - 50%
- November 20th, 2014 - Deadline for the final payment for room and board.
» Bank transfer
Holder of account: Bratislava Music Agency
Záhumenská 3, 84106, Bratislava IV, Slovak rep.
Bank: Slovenská sporitelna, a.s., Bratislava- Suche Myto 6,
Account Nr.: 0631809658/0900
Swift code: GIBASKBX
» Festival Framework Program
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2014
7 pm Opening concent for the participating choirs
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 2014
Choir concerts and performances in the Christmas market stage
7 pm Advent concert of the participating choirs, Jesuit Church
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2014
9 am - 6 pm Competition in the individual categories
6 pm Gala concert given by the choirs selected by the jury, announcement of results, awarding of prizes and diplomas
7 pm dinner reception for choir leaders
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 2014
In the morning: performance of choirs during the Holy Mass in Bratislava
Choir Apollo, Bratislava
Artistic director of the festival
||00421 905 111 827