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Terms & conditions 2017

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1. ORGANIZERS

Fundacja Morze Kultury / The Sea of Culture Foundation
Chór Kameralny Zachodniopomorskiego Uniwersytetu Technologicznego w Szczecinie / Chamber Choir of West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin
Parafia p.w. Miłosierdzia Bożego w Szczecinie / Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in Szczecin

2. HONORARY PATRONAGE

President of the City of Szczecin – Piotr Krzystek

Archbishop Metropolitan – Andrzej Dzięga

3. BOARD

Artistic Director of the Festival – dr hab. Iwona Wiśniewska-Salamon

4. FESTIVAL GOALS

– promotion and dissemination of sacred choral music;

– consolidation of choral environment;

– sharing of musical experiences;

– raising the level of musical culture;

– promotion of the City of Szczecin.

5. FESTIVAL IS IN THE FORM OF A COMPETITION

It will take place on 7-9.04.2017 in Szczecin.

6. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL:

Amateur choirs  (not applicable to choir conductors) from Poland and abroad.

7. VENUE

Auditions will be held at the Church of Divine Mercy, Przyjaciół Żołnierza St. 45  in Szczecin.
The announcements of results and the Final Concert will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle, Wyszyńskiego St. 19, and the festival concerts will be held at the churches in Szczecin.

8. CHOIRS PERFORM IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

a) Mixed Choirs (more than 24 members)
b) Chamber Choirs (less than 24 members)
c) Equal Voice Choirs (male, female)
d) Children’s Choirs (children up to 15 years old)
e) Youth Choirs (adolescents between the ages of 16 and 21)
f) Adult Choirs (members age 55 and over)
g) Church Choirs

9. IT IS ACCEPTABLE THAT ONE CHOIR PERFORMS IN 3 CATEGORIES MAXIMUM.

10. CHOIR’S PERFORMANCE.

(the performance should last up to 15 minutes together with the entrance to the stage and leaving the stage).

 11. EACH CHOIR PREPARES A PROGRAMME CONSISTING OF:

a) mandatory 2 songs with passion theme

b) song by a Polish composer (not necessarily with Polish language)

c) any song

12. JURY

a) choir performances will be judged by an international jury composed of experienced choirmasters
b) voice emission will be subject to a detailed assessment (intonation, diction, consistency of timbre), as well as song interpretation and artistic expression
c) provision of the Jury are final and indisputable

13. AWARDS

a) In each category there will be :
1st  place – 90 to 99 points
2nd place – 80 to 89 points
3rd place – 70 to 79 points

b) The GRAND PRIX will be awarded to the best musical band that has been selected from all the categories.
Grand Prix is a financial award and its amount is dependent on funds raised by the organizer.

c) 1st place in each category is awarded with the Statuette

d) Other places will be awarded with Diplomas

e) Special awards will be given out for:
– the best passion theme song
– the best song by a Polish composer
– the best foreign choir
– award of the Curator of the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
– special award founded by Head of the Church Department of the Faculty od Conducting, Jazz and Music Education – Music Academy in Bydgoszcz
– the best conductor of festival

14. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN AND PERFORM IN THE FINAL CONCERT. 

15. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 

a) the basis of participation of your musical band in the Festival is filling in the on-line application form or sending a scan or photo of a completed application form to fundacja@morzekultury.pl or  fax  to 0048 91 484 70 91 together with a copy of the entry fee payment confirmation in the amount of 400 PLN (or the equivalent of  100 EUR for the choirs from abroad) for each category of competition (one chorus of up to 3 categories)

Deposits are accepted on a bank account held in PLN (Polish: polski złoty)

Data for a transfer from a Polish bank:
Recipient name: Fundacja Morze Kultury
Bank name: Bank Zachodni WBK SA (II oddział w Szczecinie)
Account number: 64 1090 2806 0000 0001 2959 8890
Transfer title: Entry fee for the participation in the Festival and the name of choir

Data for a transfer from a foreign bank (not Polish):
Recipient name: Fundacja Morze Kultury
Recipient address: al. Bohaterów Warszawy 22/10, 70-372 Szczecin
IBAN account number: PL64109028060000000129598890
Sort code: 10902806
SWIFT Bank code: WBKPPLPP
Bank name: Bank Zachodni WBK SA (II oddział w Szczecinie)
Bank address: ul. Jagiellońska 37 A, Szczecin
Transfer title: Entry fee Passion Festival Szczecin 2017 and the name of choir

b) Along  with the application the following materials should be sent to fundacja@morzekultury.pl:

– copy/scan of notes to songs submitted to the competition

– information note about the choir

– copy of the entry fee payment confirmation (400 PLN x number of the competition categories chosen)

c) the choirs performing in several categories are obliged to pay the entry fee for each category

d) application forms are to be submitted until 28 of February 2017.

e) organizers of the Festival do not provide the possibility for reimbursement of the entry fee to the choirs qualified to participate in the Festival which decided no to take part in it.

f) the choir is responsible for the costs of transport, accommodation and catering, but the organizer mediates in the organization and booking of hotels, airline tickets, as well as transfers from and to the airport. For further information please contact: Travel Agency 1000 MIAST, tel. number 0048 91 434 1000, biuro@1000miast.pl