Rules of participation

10th International Contest of Young Performers ‘Amberstar 2019’

16–20 August 2019

Riga—Stockholm—Riga

Cruise ferry ‘Romantika’

REGULATION

INTENTION OF FESTIVAL

Find new talents, create the opportunity for creative communication, get acquainted with the national culture, art and traditions of different countries.

OBJECTIVES OF THE FESTIVAL

Unite all people regardless of their nation, religion or race for joint creativity and self-expression.

Give an additional incentive for the development of creativity.

About festival-contest

Festival consist of a contest and an out-of-competition program.

Anniversary 10th International Competition of Young Performers Amberstar 2018 is a bright event in the MUSIC WORLD, Art and dance. Which gathers young and talented artists from different countries.

Participants are given a wonderful opportunity to express themselves on the stage, to win sympathy of the audience, to get an assessment of specialists, to make creative contacts and to find a lot of new friends.

This is a unique opportunity to go on an exciting journey through the Baltic Sea, visit 2 European capitals – Riga and Stockholm, get acquainted with the culture, sights of cities, rest together with parents and friends!

CONTEST NOMINATION

  • Vocal
  • Instrumental performance
  • Choreography
  • Original genre
  • Fashion Theater
  • Oratory
  • Theater
  1. CONTEST OF YOUNG PERFORMERS OF CONTEMPORARY SONG

For participation in the competition, we invite young talent performers from different countries.

18 – 35 years old, who had performing experience on the professional stage.

The song can be written in any genre and performed in any languages.

Participants from all over the world are invited to the contest.

Quantitative composition of the performers of the contest song: Soloist, duet, trio, group (collective).

On the stage at the same time aloud to be up to 6 people, includes (musicians, backing vocal and dancers). Participants sing ‘live’ accompanied by a phonogram ‘- 1’.

Backing vocals are allowed, which does not duplicate the main voice.

The duration of the song is up to 3 minutes.

Evaluation criteria: skill of performance (intonation, range of voice, complexity of the work and its correspondence to the performer’s capabilities), choice of repertoire, original arrangement, entertainment (stage image, acting).

  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.

All vocalists sing in 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: intonation and sound quality, performing skills, correspondence of repertoire to performing abilities and age category of performer, stage culture.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. Instrumental contest

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.

  1. 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)

  1. 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)

  1. 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.

  1. 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”

JURY

The jury’s decision are final, no appeals may be made.

The international jury of the festival includes producers, teachers of specialized educational institutions, team leaders of creative collectives and organizations, cultural workers and artists.

Participants’ performance is evaluated on a ten-point system.

A jury member does not evaluate the participant, in case he is the leader or teacher of this participant. The jury has the rights to not award prizes if there are less than three participants in one nomination.

REWARDING OF PARTICIPANTS

1st, 2nd, 3rd places will receive winners in each nomination and all age groups by a Contests results.

Duplication of prize-winning places (two first places, two second, etc.) by results of competition.

Grand prix of the festival is awarded irrespective of a genre and a nomination for the brightest and most interesting performance of the soloist or collective by a jury decision.

All participants will receive diplomas.

Prize fund and special prizes

Prize fund of forum 1000 euro:

  • Money certificates for participation in one of the contests of the producer center Impresa for 2019– 2020 year (5 certificates for the amount 100 euro)
  • Video clip
  • Professional photo shooting
  • Gifts from sponsors and festival organizers
  • Audience Choise Award
  • Prize for high quality of performance art
  • Prize for artistic and the spectacle
  • Prize fund  is distributed based on decision of the jury.

COMPETITION CONDITIONS

Up to 30% of participants from another age category are allowed.

Provide in organizing committee the following documents:

  • Application for participants
  • Application for cruise
  • Photo (1 unit) in JPG format
  • Creative biography
  • Accompaniment ‘-1’
  • Send link for a video, where we can see your performance.

Change the number later than 10 days – you can not! Replacement of the declared number in less than 10 days costs 10 euro!

The order of the performances and rehearsals of the participants approved by the organizing committee is not subject to change.

Technical requirements must be agreed with the organizer when submitting an application.

Deadline for submitting an application is August 6, 2019  (inclusive).

COPYRIGHTS

Applying a form and participating in a competition, performers agree to photos, videos and audio records their performances on scene and others competition events and pass all rights to the organizer of the festival.

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

Issues that are not taken up by the present regulation of the forum are resolved by organization committee in an individual order. In case there are any questions, remarks and offers, related with competition organization, heads (pedagogues) have right to write a letter to e-mail.

Produce center IMPRESA Riga, Latvia

Telephone number: +371 29140545

Festival web-site: www.impresa.lv

We invite everyone to take part in a bright event of music and dance world!

Participate and win, travel with us!