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XI International Music and Dance Festival ALBANICO

Application Form Price: 155 € Date: 4 - 6 April, 2025
Location: SOFIA, Bulgaria
Director: R.Y.B. & WOFA
Application Deadline: 15 July, 2024
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.



t the initiative of SMA " Artvoices " Sofia, under the auspices of the Department of Education of the Embassy of Spain in Sofia and the mayor of Sofia on 4-6 April /online/ and /live/2025 in Sofia will be held

XIII International Festival for music and dance "Abanico " .


1. The festival is organized by the Musical Agency "Artvoices" Sofia.

2. The main idea is to show all art as a powerful opportunity for communication and connections between people from all of the world

3. To build international contacts between European countries and all of the world.

Conditions of participation in the festival Festival will take place in a beautiful capital of Bulgaria Sofia, where singers and dancers, musicians – pianists, guitarists, violinist and ext. from European countries will participate in./ by their choice – online or live The contest will be by order from 5.04 Category Instrumental and Classic /6- 7.04 , for all age categories SINGING AND DANCE.

The Award Ceremony will be in Sofia at the afternoon of Sunday, 7 of April. The duration of the song and dance must be not more of 4 minutes for the live performance!No limit for the Online participation! All the songs are performed with backing tracks/instrumentals/.Possible to use live instruments/please, inform us earlier before the contest. / The sound engineer and the organizers of the festival would not be held responsible for any problems with backing tracks. All contestants will be given time to rehearse on stage. The rehearsal time allocated to each contestant will be only 1 minute.

The main directions of the contest:

Every participant will perform a song by their choice, by Spanish language, or in any romance language as French , portugués , Italian or romanian. Other languages could be accepted too. For guitarists, pianists, violinists and other musicians and dancers is obligatory to play/dance music from Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian and Portuguese or brazilian authors or with Spanish character and motives program until 8 minutes 5 different age categories:

First Category - under 9

Second Category - 9 years to 12

Third Category- 13 years to15 years

Fourth Category- 16 to18 years

Fifth Category - over 19 years - no limit/The age of the contestant on March 31th,  the day of the festival determines the age category of the competition. / I. Musicians - guitar, piano, violin, flute, cello, woodwinds, brass and more. II. Choirs, Vocal groups and soloists III. Dance ensembles and soloists - classic, modern ballet, Latin dance, folklore, acrobatic rock'n'roll /obligatory to dance by music with Spanish character or motives – for examp. Spanish dance by Tchaikovsky /

11 contests

The best performance of Spanish music ,song

The best performance of French song

The best performance of Italian song

The best performance of Romanian song

The best performance of Portuguese song

The best performance of Classic The best performance of Jazz

The best performance of Folklore

The best performance Teacher &student/My music family

The best performance Instrumental category

The best Dance performance

Festival jury

1.The organizational committee of the competition chooses the members of the international jury.

2. The jury rates the performances of the competition by voting secretly on a scale from 50 to 100.

3.The winner of the Grand Prix Abanico take a part in the concerts to the next competition next year like guest .

4. Judges will not be allowed to judge contestants from their country

Awards Grand Prix “ Abanico ” and Grand Prix “ Abanico “ Junior – one in the contest /singers and dancers, musicians/ Grand Prix “ Abanico the best performance of Spanish song and dance Grand Prix “ Abanico the best preformance of French song and dance Grand Prix “ Abanico the best performance of Italian song and dance Grand Prix “ Abanico the best performance of Romanian song and dance Grand Prix “ Abanico the best performance of Portugalian song and dance Grand Prix “ Abanico the best performance of Classic song and dance Grand Prix “ Abanico the best performance of Jazz & Folklore song and dance All participants will receive certificates ,cups and medals of the participation.

Prizes and awards of the festival are:

Originally designed trophies for the first, second and third place in each category.

One hour free studio recording in High quality studio in Sofia.

Winners of the competition are awarded with corresponding certificates, confirming the title.

Sponsors have the right to set up additional prizes and awards independently from the rewarding jury.

Participation package for accommodation/live participation/

Participants and accompanying persons have a choice from festival packages by the hotels list of our partners, offered accommodations is obligatory.

Groups of 20 persons:One group leader free of charge! Big groups: 41,42,43 free of charge

Participation package included /live participation/ :

1. For 4 days/3 overnights accommodation 155 euro per person in double/triple room from the 5-7 of April in :3***Hotel Rila /in the center,heart of the city/

BB –BED& breakfast Spa hotel 4**** Dragalevtsi/7km from National palace of culture /free spa in the hotel,free parking/220 euro per person N.B.: for a single room additional payment 15 euro by day Additional day /night – 50 euro by day /BB

2. Entrances to Gala Concert

3. Excursion and sightseeing in Sofia

4. Souvenirs and Gifts.

5. Transfers from the hotel to the stage

6. One free lesson of salsa or Bulgarian dance and Party

7. Support of our hostess during the festival

Additional payments

Participation fee/for online and live participation/ :

Soloists each category – 40 euro/ for additional category – 25 euro/,

Duet or small ensembles/3-5 persons/ – 40 euro

Vocal groups and dance groups /over 6 persons – 60 euro totally Visa, Medical insurance, Transport charges/Parking Transfer Sofia Airport – Sofia center / Sofia Airport.

We arrange a transfer by additional payment - From and to the airport – 15 euro per person .Participants arriving separately should pay separately.

The form should be filled out clearly and should contain the whole information.

To confirm your participation you should pay by bank 50% from all payment until 21 st of March 

The sent application form is a confirmation of the full agreement with the conditions of the Festival. Group leaders bear full responsibility for their collectives, costumes and personal belongins

Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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