The conditions for
in the IX International
Festival of Orthodox Chants from the 15-th till the 22-d of
1. The main goals of the
Festival are: religious education, popularization of religious
legacy (traditions) and of modern activity in the sphere of
Orthodox culture, the development of cultural contacts between
different nationalities and countries at the basement of
fundamental(main) religious values.
2. The 9-th Festival of
Orthodox Chants is to take place in Minsk from the 15-th till
the 22-d of April 2007. The address of the managing center of
the Festival: 220004 Minsk, str.Osvobozdenija, 10.
3. Church and secular
choruses (collectives) from Belarus and also the ones from
abroad take part in the Festival according to the following
categories in two age groups:
children choruses of Sunday
children choruses of
secondary and musical schools;
adult: church choruses and
choruses of arrivals from villages and small towns; authentic
collectives, that follow the traditions of ancient Orthodox
adult: the choruses of
churches and of the arrivals from cities;
adult secular amateur
choruses and the choruses of special educational establishments;
A chorus consists from not
more than 30 people, singing collective-16 people. (The number
of accompanying people, including drivers-not more than 5
4. The participation in the
Festival is based on the contest. The performing time of the
repertoire at the contest is not longer than 20 minutes. The
contest is judged by the jury.
4.1. Singing collectives
perform the chants based on the canonical texts of the Orthodox
Church. It is compulsory for the collectives taking part in the
contest to perform such chants as (optionally) : znamenny,
putevoy, demestvenny, Kievski, Bulgarian, Greek (not in
harmonization) and of usual chant; more over, for secular
collectives it is compulsory to perform a chant of a modern
4.1.1. A usual chant is
performed "according to the text", that means to resemble Voice
or a usual melody.
4.2. The performance of
chants Heruvimskaia pesn' and Milost' mira is forbidden.
4.3.One of the criterions
while estimating the contest program ( including general musical
requirements) is the quality of performing of the church style
- organization of the way
the chant is performed ( including the accents, the dynamics,
- the limitations of
excessive effectiveness and passionate emotions while
- in the meaning and manner
of singing it should be seen the understanding to which voice
this chant belongs to ( if you have the definite voice);
- if you choose a chant of
a modern author, it should be based on the traditions of church
singing and on the general atmosphere of church singing.
4.3.1. It is desirable to
perform a chant in honor of Byelorussian saints.
4.4. In the end the jury
chooses a diplomant and laureate of the contest in each
Special diplomas and
nominations can be added.
5. The Festival also
- the evenings (soirees)
of religious poetry and songs;
- the art exhibitions,
that are not limited by the time of the Festival;
- the conference
Obretenije obraza: restoration";
- the contest for the
best performance of an Orthodox chant of a modern author;
- the contest for the
best performance of a monodial chant.
6.If you would like to take
part in the Festival send your request at the address of the
managing center of the Festival till the 20-th of January 2007
6.1. You should mention in
your request: the whole title of the collective, the number of
participants (including men and women separately and the people
who accompany you), the repertoire, the performing time of every
chant, the information about the collective and the conductor,
the desire to take part in the Festival and also the score of
the chants performed, the photo of the collective, the record on
audio/video tapes or CD disks of the chants performed.
7. The official invitation
is sent at the address of the collective after it was listened
beforehand on audio or video by the jury.
8. The members of the
Festival take part in the additional concerts the location of
which is chosen by the managing center. The winners of the
Festival take part in the final concert of the Festival and as
the members of collective chorus.
8.1.It is compulsory for
the members of the Festival to take part in all activities of
the Festival, to perform at the stages chosen by the organizers.
If the activity of the Festival fails to be held because of the
collective, it should pay for it.
8.2.The lasting time of the
contest performances is chosen by the directing-producing group
of the Festival.
9. The organizers have
unlimited rights for recording and reproduction of the
performance of the choruses with different types of recording.
We don't pay for taking part in the concerts, recording on radio
and TV, contribution of the recordings made at the festival.
There is no payment for the conductors and choruses.
10. The participants pay
transport expenses. The organizers of the Festival perform the
nutrition (dinner, supper) and lodging in a hostel, excursions.
Better living conditions can be performed for additional
11. For taking part in the
Festival you should pay fees: for participants from Belarus and
from the countries of SNG -5 euro for each person; for
participants from abroad-10 euro for each person according to
the course of the National Bank of Belarus for the day of
12. If you don't perform
the conditions for taking part in the Festival pay all the
13. You can send you
requests at the following address:
str. Osvobozdenija, 10, ap.
220004 Minsk Belarus
Minsk diocese: + 375 (0) 17
203-73-48, tel./fax 220-11-19
The Ministry of Culture: +
375 (0) 17 203-73-63
The bank account of the
Festival: 301500342009 in CAS BelSwithBank" , ap.175, Minsk,
str.Kupali, 25-202. MOO The society of support of Christian
culture Dobrolybije". YNN 102294683