FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL
Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
9th-12th of April 2020
Organizers: Stara Zagora Municipal Authority; Rodina-1860 Cultural Community Centre and Rodina Mixed Choir
Venue: Stara Zagora State Opera House; Regional History Museum; Stara Zagora Art Gallery
‐ To promote cultural exchange and cooperation between choir singers and managers from Bulgaria and abroad;
‐ To stimulate promotion and adoption of Bulgarian and European values of the art of choral singing;
‐ To popularize Stara Zagora as a centre of choral singing and musical traditions;
‐ To provide opportunities for repertoire and expertise exchange;
‐ To create opportunity for artistic potential demonstration, as well as diversification of the town’s cultural calendar;
‐ To promote introduction to Bulgarian cultural and historic heritage.
Stara Zagora is situated in the centre of Bulgaria. It has an outstanding cultural and historical heritage of 8 000 years of life. The town is beautiful, dynamic, with a nice climate and has a rich cultural and social life. It offers a full time program for its guests.
1. Participation requirements:
• Youth choirs
• Male/female-voice choruses
• Mixed-voice choruses
• Vocal groups
• Tempered folklore choirs
• Choruses (20 or more singers)
• Chamber choirs (13 to 19 singers)
• Vocal groups (2 to 12 singers)
3. Performance requirements
The length of performance of youth choirs, male/female –voice choruses, mixed-voice choruses and chamber choirs should not exceed 15 minutes.
4. Types of performances:
Participants present by-choice performances of baroque, classical, folklore, church, popular or contemporary music.
9th of April 2020 /Thursday/
Arrival of the groups. Hotel accomodation.
10th of April 2020 /Friday/
18.30 p.m. – Cantata and oratorio evening concert /in the Art Gallery/
10th of April 2020 /Saturday/
11.00 a.m. - Workshop with assistant professor Yana Deliradeva, a graduate of Choral conducting, Westminster Choir College, Prinston, Unated States; at present Secretary of Music Pedagogy and conducting Department, Plovdiv Academy of music, dance and fine arts /for the first concert participants/
12.30 p.m. – First concert of the festival participants /in State Opera House/
15.00 p.m. - Workshop with assistant professor Yana Deliradeva, a graduate of Choral conducting, Westminster Choir College, Prinston, Unated States; at present Secretary of Music Pedagogy and conducting Department, Plovdiv Academy of music, dance and fine arts /for the second concert participants/
16.30 p.m. – Second concert of the festival participants /in State Opera House/
20.30 p.m. – Dinner party for all the participants in the festival /in a restaurant in the centre of the town/
11th of April 2020 /Sunday/
11.00 a.m. – Meeting of the choir conductors and group leaders
12.00 a.m. - Sightseeing
Departure of the groups
*Some changes may occur in the schedule of the festival.
The workshops will allow the choirs all together to learn a piece of music and perform it together.
The choirs are expected to participate in one of the festival concerts on Saturday.
The groups decide how to spend their free time and the organizers can offer help for excursions with a professional guide.
The Cantata and oratorio evening concert is open for the choirs to join if desired. It is held by the host Rodina mixed choir with the participation of the guest choirs. They can perform a whole cantata or oratorio or part of them. It is necessary to state it in the application form.
* Dinner party for all the participants in the festival on 11th of April is paid by the participants.
5. The festival has no participation fee.
6. Application forms and hotel offers must be submitted no later than 01.03.2020.
For City hotel offers /because they are made especially for Avgusta Trayana festival/, the choirs, after a confirmation for participation from the organizers, have to pay in advance 10 % of the whole sum /depending on how many nights and dinners the group desire/ via a bank transfer to the hotel account. The rest of the sum shall be paid after the arrival of the group. The group contacts directly with the hotel.
* In case the group pays the 10 % sum and doesn`t arrive, the hotel shall not return the money.
Attached with the application form should be:
- a photograph of the choir and a separate picture of the conductor
- recording of a rendition of the chorus or a link to a website where such can be found
7. Upon receipt of applications, the organizers will send back an Official Invitation.
8. Participants are expected to bring an identification plate, carrying the name of the choir and the national flag of the country they represent.
The prices listed here refer to per person accommodation in 3* hotels and hostel.
CITY HOTEL 3***, 23 Patriarh Evtimiy str., Stara Zagora, Bulgaria Tel: +359 42 230 051, Cell: +359 889 524 760
3 nights HB /breakfast and dinner/ in a single room – 93 euro
4 nights HB /breakfast and dinner/ in a single room – 124 euro
3 nights HB /breakfast and dinner/ in a double room – 83 euro
4 nights HB /breakfast and dinner/ in a double room – 104 euro
3 nights HB /breakfast and dinner/ in a triple room – 66 euro
4 nights HB /breakfast and dinner/ in a triple room – 88 euro
VEREYA HOTEL 3*** , 100 Tzar Simeon Veliki str., Stara Zagora, Bulgaria Теl: +359 42 919 373, Tеl/fax: +359 42 919 375, Cell: +359 887 309 060
1 night including breakfast in a double room – 17.50 euro
1 night HB /breakfast and dinner/ in adouble room – 30 euro
PENEV HOSTEL, 51 Anton Marchin Str., Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Cell: +359 878 889 725, +359 878 889 735
e-mail: office@hostel,enev.com, www.hostelpenev.com
Double room – 39 lv. / price for 2 people/
Triple room - 54 lv. /price for 3 people/
*Accommodation, food and transport expenses during the festival shall be covered by the participants. The organizers can facilitate contacts with transporting companies to provide transportation from airport to Stara Zagora, as well as for different trips around Bulgaria.
10. All participants shall receive a parade helmet-mask of a tracian nobleman on a high position in the roman army from the town of Augusta Trayana /nowaday Stara Zagora/ from I century B.C.
Tel: +359 42 62 69 00
Cell: +359 886 363 014
Name of chorus/choir
Contact person/ phone
Total Number of delegates _________________________
Number of participants _________________________________
Number of managers _____________________________________
Number of other members of delegation _________________________
Date of arrival ________________________
Date of departure _________________________
Adults _____________ Minors _____________
TYPES OF TRANSPORT
Plane Coach Train
Short presentation of the choir
Short CV of the conductor
Participation in the Cantata and oratorio evening: