"Chernomorski zvutsi" - Choir Festival - Balchik - JUNE- BULGARY

Balchik, Balchik

"Chernomorski zvutsi" - Choir Festival - Balchik - BULGARY

6-10 JUNE 2018

Balchik is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Bulgaria, an international resort with rich history, incredible architecture and wonderful nature. It is located in North-Eastern Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast, 40 km away from Varna.
In Balchik you can see the famous Palace of the Romanian Queen Maria, the biggest Botanical garden on the Balkan Peninsula and the temple of the Mother Goddess Cybele.

During the summer Balchik becomes the cultural capital of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast welcoming artist from around the world. The necklace of festivals held in the town combines with the rich history stratified by the heritage of seven civilizations.
The International choir festival “Chernomorski zvutsi” is a true celebration of the song, sea, harmony, beauty and friendship.

Programme

06.06.2018 /Wednesday/ - First festival day
Arriving in Balchik - The Festival center - 21st September square - Paisii Hilendarski-1870 Community Centre /Chitalishte/

Transferring to the hotel and check-in /after 2 pm/; Free time

19:00 Official Opening Ceremony and First Festival Concert - Rosarium stage - The Palace, The Botanical Garden or Paisii Hilendarski-1870 Community Centre /in case of adverse weather conditions/
20:30 Coctail party for conductors, jury members and guest. (For choirs - dinner at the hotels)

07.06.2018 /Thursday/ - Second festival day
Breakfast at the hotels
10:30 Beginning of the workshops, on schedule
11:30 A meeting of conductors with the Mayor of Balchik Municipality
12:40 Visiting of the Museum of History, the Ethnographic Museum and the Art Gallery /on schedule/
13:30 Lunchtime break
12:30 Acoustic rehearsals, on schedule - The concert hall of Tourist Information center /TIC/ "Melnitsata" - VI floor

14:30 Second Festival Concert - Competition programme, on schedule - The concert hall of Tourist Information Center /TIC/ "Melnitsata" -VI floor
18:00 Dinner at the hotels
19:30 Third Festival Concert - A concert of specially invited choir - Paisii Hilendarski-1870 Community Centre /Chitalishte/
21:00 Free time

08.06.2018 /Friday/ - Third festival day
Breakfast at the hotels
10:30 Workshops - on schedule
12:40
Visiting to the Museum of History, the Ethnographic Museum and the Art Gallery /on schedule/
Lunchtime break
12:30 Acoustic rehearsals - The concert hall of Tourist Information Center "Melnitsata" - VI floor, on schedule
14:30 Fourth Festival Concert - Competition programme - The concert hall of Tourist Information Center "Melnitsata" - VI floor
18:00 Fifth Festival Concert - Festival programme - The concert hall of Tourist Information Center "Melnitsata" - VI floor
Time for dinner
19:30 Sixth Festival concert - Festival programme - A concert of vocal groups - Mistral stage - On the Promenade or The concert hall of Tourist Information Center "Melnitsata" - VI floor /in case of advers weather conditions/
21:00 Free time

09.06.2018 /Saturday/- Fourth festival day
Breakfast at the hotels and free time
10:30 Round table discussion - Conference hall in the Mistral hotel /For juri members, conductors, guests and journalists/ - Theme: 90th Anniversary of the Birth of the Famous Bulgarian Composer Alexander Tanev
13:00 Seveth Festival concert - Additional concert event - "Friends through a song" - Mistral stage - on the Promenade /one acappela song/, on shedule
Lunchtime break
16:00 General rehearsals of the songs of workshops, on shedule - Stage of 21st September Square or Paisii Hilendarski-1870 Community Centre /in case of advers weather conditions/
18:00 Eight festival concert - Award Ceremony and Closing Gala Concert - The chors of Competition category performs one song /by their choice/; Joint performance of the songs of workshops - 21st September Square or Paisii Hilendarski-1870 Community Centre /in case of advers weather conditions/
20.30 Dinner party and entertainment programme for all participants

10.06.2018 /Sunday/- Fifth festival day 

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out of the hotel /untill 12 pm/, Free time - sunbathing, walks, yacht trip or a trip to Cape Kaliakra, Varna, Dobrich etc... – by your choice
Departure
The organizers reserve their right, in case of need, to change the Programme.

TERMS

1. Bulgarian and foreign non-professional choirs and vocal groups of all types and categories /including folk choirs/ can participate in the Festival – mixed, chamber, male, female, youth and children’s choirs. 2500 EURO - PRIZE FUND!

2. There is no age limit.

3. Participants' requirements:
a) Taking part in the Festival's workshops;
b) Preparing a 15-20 minutes concert programme, by each choir's choice, that includes a piece of music of the national music culture of the choir, as well as a piece of music by a Bulgarian composer;
c) Performing one or two a capella songs at the additional concerts and one piece of music at the gala concert - they may be the same or different as the ones presented in the concert programme.

4. The organizers can provide the scores of Bulgarian songs in case a foreign choirs wants.

5. The participants can choose between the festival category (non-competitive) and the competition category. The competitive category will be judged by a jury that will determine the winner of the Festival's Grand Prix: Gold-plated statuette "Chernomorski zvutsi" and cash premium. If there are more than three choirs from each category /uniform, mixed, children/, the jury will nominate a winner from each category. 

6. All children's choirs are competing all together to win a special diploma "Future of Europe" and a cahs premium by the Association "Musical world-Balchik".

7. The folk choirs participate in self-competition program /a single competition programme/.

8. The application forms for participation in the Festival could be sent by electronic mail.

9. The choirs which would like to participate in the Festival must fill in an application form. It confirms that the candidates accept the terms and regulations of the Festival.

10. The following materials must be enclosed with the application form:
- A brief annotation of the choir and its conductor;
- An advertising photo of the choir and a personal photo of the conductor;
- Recordings of the choir’s performances or a link to a webpage where they can be heard;
- A tentative programme and scanned copies of the scores of the music works /only for choirs participated in a competition programme/, which will be performed at the festival. /All submitted materials will not be returned/.

11. The selection of the participants will be based on the documents presented. The choirs approved to take part in the festival will receive a letter of advice and scores for the workshop.

12. The participation fee for the Festival is 30 BGN (15 EUR) per person. The participation fee is not refunded. It shall be paid by all participants, whether they are choir singers, conductors, drivers or accompanying persons. 20 % lower participation fee for choirs submitted their application and paid the fee until 31 December of previous year.

 

13. Transport and stay (accommodation& meal) costs are borne by the choirs. The organizers pay for the dinner party in the last festival evening.

14. The costs for accommodation and breakfast is from 26 to 60 BGN /13 to 30 EUR/ per participant a night, and it depends on the hotel’s category. If choirs wish, they can be provided with food during the Festival, but the expenses shall be borne by them.

Rights and obligation:
1. The organizers have all rights to the performances during the Festival; advertising; various private, national or public media broadcasting of the concert programme; publishing of audio, video and other materials and their copy producing in Bulgaria and abroad, without any obligations to the participants.

2. The organizers are responsible for the overall conduct of the festival and concert programme – administration, accommodation, advertising, prize expenses, support activities and the costs related. A dinner will be provided for all participants on the day of the gala concert.

3. Recordings of the concert performances will be sent to all participants in the Festival.

ACCOMODATION

*A package for accommodation: 4 nights stay + 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners at:

4 stars hotels, a resort area - 110 EUR /per person/
3 stars hotels, on the Promenade - 100 EUR /per person/
3 stras hotels, on the coastal street - 85 EUR /per person/
3 stars hotels, a resort area - 80 EUR /per person/
2 stars hotels, on the coastal street - 77.50 EUR /per person/
2 stars hotels in the town centre or a resort area - 75 EUR /per person/
Supplement for a single room - 6 to 12 EUR /per night/ 

*A package for accommodation at All inclusive hotel /3 stars/ in a resort area

Price per person in double or triple room - 115 EUR
Supplement for a single room - 12 EUR /per night/

*A package for accommodation: 4 nights stay and 4 breakfasts at:

3 stars hotels on the Promenade - 105 EUR /per person/ - /The package does not include the dinners/
4 stars hotels on the Promenade -115 EUR /per person/ - /The package does not include the dinners/
Supplement for a single room - 12 to 14 EUR /per night/

On the request of the choirs, the organizers may additionally provide lunch at a price between 6 to 13 EUR, depending on the category of the restaurant.

The choirs can extend their stay in Balchik by paing for additional nights on the same price list.

Yacht trip in the bay of Balchik for an hour – 10 EUR /per person/

* The dinner in the last festival evening will be at the expense of the organizers.

* The organizers reserve the right to change the price list.

* The choirs or member of choirs who want to organize their accommodation independently have to pay a 4-times higher participation fee.

* All prices are in BGN. The choirs can transfer the money by bank and all bank charges shall be borne by them.


Application Form

ACCOMODATION

*A package for accommodation: 4 nights stay + 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners at:

4 stars hotels, a resort area - 110 EUR /per person/
3 stars hotels, on the Promenade - 100 EUR /per person/ 
3 stras hotels, on the coastal street - 85 EUR /per person/
3 stars hotels, a resort area - 80 EUR /per person/ 
2 stars hotels, on the coastal street - 77.50 EUR /per person/
2 stars hotels in the town centre or a resort area - 75 EUR /per person/ 
Supplement for a single room - 6 to 12 EUR /per night/ 

*A package for accommodation at All inclusive hotel /3 stars/ in a resort area

Price per person in double or triple room - 115 EUR 
Supplement for a single room - 12 EUR /per night/

*A package for accommodation: 4 nights stay and 4 breakfasts at:

3 stars hotels on the Promenade - 105 EUR /per person/ - /The package does not include the dinners/
4 stars hotels on the Promenade -115 EUR /per person/ - /The package does not include the dinners/
Supplement for a single room - 12 to 14 EUR /per night/

On the request of the choirs, the organizers may additionally provide lunch at a price between 6 to 13 EUR, depending on the category of the restaurant.

The choirs can extend their stay in Balchik by paing for additional nights on the same price list.

Yacht trip in the bay of Balchik for an hour – 10 EUR /per person/

* The dinner in the last festival evening will be at the expense of the organizers.

* The organizers reserve the right to change the price list.

* The choirs or member of choirs who want to organize their accommodation independently have to pay a 4-times higher participation fee.

* All prices are in BGN. The choirs can transfer the money by bank and all bank charges shall be borne by them.