General Terms

1.1 Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 will be held from 30th November to 4th December 2016. Organizers of the event are “Art Close to Me” Association and Community Centre “LIK-1959”
1.2 The Festival includes five concert evenings; competition divided in 12 categories; masterclasses; showroom of music products; presentation of musical instruments and luthiers, as well as collateral events: summer music academy, seminar, concerts.

2. TERMS OF PARTICIPATION
2.1 The necessary documents for participation (application, photo and a copy of the fee payment receipt) will be admitted online no later than 10th October 2016. Every candidate, who applies after this date, is obliged to pay a 20% higher fee than the one given in 2.2.
2.2. Every candidate must pay a participation fee (as the regulations require) as it follows:
Classical guitar:
First age group: up to 12 years – 15 euro
Second age group: up to 15 years – 20 euro
Third age group: up to 19 years – 40 euro
Fourth age group: no age limits – 70 euro
Acoustic guitar:
First age group: up to 15 years – 10 euro
Second age group: up to 30 years – 30 euro
Guitar and voice: up to 25 years – 30 euro (per group)
Open stage: no age limits – 10 euro /per group or participant/
2.3. The fees are transferred to a bank account or via PayPal:
Bank account WITH First Investment Bank
IBAN: BG25FINV91501216145615
BIC: FINVBGSF
ACCOUNT HOLDER: Association “Art close to me”
PAYMENT PURPOSE: Payment of registration fee + name of the participant+ the category he competes in.
PayPal address: artclosetome@gmail.com
PAYMENT PURPOSE: Payment of registration fee + name of the participant+ the category he competes in.
2.4. Every participant can take part in more than one age category

REGULATIONS IN CATEGORY “CLASSICAL GUITAR” – FIRST AGE GROUP: UP TO 12 YEARS

REGULATIONS IN CATEGORY “CLASSICAL GUITAR” – SECOND AGE GROUP: UP TO 15 YEARS

REGULATIONS IN CATEGORY “CLASSICAL GUITAR” – THIRD AGE GROUP: UP TO 19 YEARS

REGULATIONS IN CATEGORY “CLASSICAL GUITAR” – FOURTH AGE GROUP: NO AGE LIMITS

REGULATIONS IN CATEGORY “ACOUSTIC GUITAR” – FIRST AGE GROUP: UP TO 15 YEARS

REGULATIONS IN CATEGORY “ACOUSTIC GUITAR” – SECOND AGE GROUP: UP TO 30 YEARS

REGULATIONS IN CATEGORY “GUITAR AND VOICE” – UP TO 25 YEARS

REGULATIONS IN CATEGORY “OPEN STAGE” – NO AGE LIMITS

3. PRIZE FUND
3.1 Every registered participant gets a diploma and material prizes.
3.2 The winners in each category receive prizes that have been announced on the Festival website in advance. They cannot be changed or replaced with their money equipollence.
3.3 The prize fund amounts to 20 276 leva, in the form of money prizes which will be divided in all categories and age groups.

4. TERMS OF ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE MASTERCLASSES:
4.1 The fee per school hour is 20 euro. Per two school hours (with one or two teachers) – 35 euro, and per three school hours – 55 euro.
4.2 The fee for active participation in the masterclasses is paid on the day of arrival.
4.3 The number of places in the masterclasses is limited to 72. Everyone who wishes to participate will be registered until the limit is reached.

5. PARTICIPANTS AND GUESTS ENSCONCING PACKAGE
The package amounts to 140 euro per participant and includes:
-5 nights (breakfast, lunch and dinner included and conformable to the schedule of the competition)
-Concert tickets for: “Acoustic Trio”; Gerhard Reichenbach; Georgi Vasilev, Stela Dinkova and Boyan Doychev Trio and the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra; Concert-Opening; Gala Concert
-Access to all events during the Festival – contests, masterclasses, showroom
-Organized transport to and from the concert evenings/halls in town
-Opportunity to take part in a Pleven Historical City Tour
These packages are also limited amount (until the hotel capacity is reached).
5.1 There are other hotels and restaurants available (also partners of the event)

6. CONCERT TICKETS PRICE:
– free access when using an ensconcing package
– promotional package for all 5 concerts – 10 euro (only for guests on the festival)

7. Do not hesitate to ask for information about all kinds of questions on: artclosetome@gmail.com

8. The organizers have the right to change the terms of participation when needed.

“CLASSICAL GUITAR” FIRST AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1.Youths born after 2004/included/ can take part in this category.

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 8 minutes. The participants must perform compositions in different music styles (Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, etc.)

The compositions should be performed by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 15 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different epochs and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, compliance of the musical text, interpretation, tone quality, stage presence.
The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

5. The results will be officially announced at the evening concerts (depending on the judgement of the jury and the organizers). The participants cannot require their results from the members of the jury before they are officially announced by the organizers.
First prize cannot be divided between two participants. Second and third prize may be divided between two participants with almost similar results.

6. Prize fund:
First prize: classical guitar “Kremona”(worth:300 euro), plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 50 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Third prize: 25 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Three material consolation prizes
The winner of the first prize takes part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

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“CLASSICAL GUITAR” SECOND AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1. Youths who have turned 15 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 2001).

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. The participants must perform compositions in different music styles (Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, etc.)
The plays should be performed by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 20 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different epochs and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, compliance of the musical text, interpretation, tone quality, stage presence.
The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

5. The results will be officially announced at the evening concerts (depending on the judgement of the jury and the organizers). The participants cannot require their results from the members of the jury before they are officially announced by the organizers.
First prize cannot be divided between two participants. Second and third prize may be divided between two participants with almost similar results.

6.Prize fund:
First prize: classical guitar “Kremona” (worth: 700 euro), 200 euro, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 125 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Third prize: 75 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Fourth, fifth and sixth consolation prizes are material.
The winner of the first prize takes part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

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“CLASSICAL GUITAR” THIRD AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1. Youths who have turned 19 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 1997).

2. The programme includes two rounds. The participants must perform plays in different music styles (Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, etc.)
First round: maximum duration of 10 minutes
Second round: maximum duration of 15 minutes
Participants, whose result is determined by the jury and the organizers, are allowed to the second round.
The participant is not allowed to play the same repertoire in the second round.
The repertoire should be performed by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 40 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different epochs and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, compliance of the musical text, interpretation, tone quality, stage presence.
The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

5. The results will be officially announced at the evening concerts (depending on the judgement of the jury and the organizers). The participants cannot require their results from the members of the jury before they are officially announced by the organizers.
First prize cannot be divided between two participants. Second and third prize may be divided between two participants with almost similar results.

6. Prize fund:
First prize: 400 euro, Invitation for taking part in a tour (six concerts,that will be held in Bulgaria) in 2017, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 200 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Third prize: 100 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Three material consolation prizes.
The winner of the first prize takes part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

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“CLASSICAL GUITAR” FOURTH AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1. The programme includes two rounds. The participants must perform compositions in different music styles (Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, etc.)
First round: maximum duration of 15 minutes
Second round: maximum duration of 30 minutes
Participants, whose result is determined by the jury and the organizers, are allowed to the second round.
The participant is not allowed to play the same repertoire in the second round.
The repertoire should be performed by heart!

2. The participation fee in this category is 70 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

3. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different epochs and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, compliance of the musical text, interpretation, tone quality, stage presence.
The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

4. The results will be officially announced at the evening concerts (depending on the judgement of the jury and the organizers). The participants cannot require their results from the members of the jury before they are officially announced by the organizers.
First prize cannot be divided between two participants. Second and third prize may be divided between two participants with almost similar results.

5. Prize fund:
First prize: Classical guitar (worth 4000 euro) made by Hristo Georgiev; 750 euro, Invitation for taking part in a tour (six concerts that will be held in Bulgaria) in 2017, plaquette, material prizes, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 350 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Third prize: 250 euro, plaquette, material prizes
Three material consolation prizes.
The winner of the first prize takes part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

6. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

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“ACOUSTIC GUITAR” – FIRST AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1. Youths, who have turned 15 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 2001).

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 10 minutes. It includes freely chosen pieces in one of the following music styles:
– classical music                                                                
– pop and jazz
– rock
– flamenco and others
Every participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or even both types depending on the personal judgement and the character of the presented pieces.
No amplification is allowed, neither other types of electric sound!
The repertoire should be played by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 10 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different genres and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, character of the plays, interpretation, stage presence. The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged.

5. The participants can supply themselves with a person to accompany their performance and who will only have a supporting role. These supporting musicians do not pay participation fees and their skills are not being assessed. They do not compete and do not get prizes.

6. Prize fund:
First prize: 100 euro, plaquette, material prizes.
Second prize: 50 euro, plaquette, material prizes.
Third prize: 25 euro, plaquette, material prizes.

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

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“ACOUSTIC GUITAR” – SECOND AGE GROUP CATEGORY

1.Youths, who have turned 30 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 1986).

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. The participants must perform plays in at least two of the following music styles:
– polyphonic jazz play depending on the candidate’s personal choice
– solo part of a jazz play depending on the candidate’s personal choice
– solo part of a play, written by a classical composer and depending on the candidate’s personal choice
– blues or rock play depending on the candidate’s personal choice
– others: traditional music – Bulgarian or foreign depending on the candidate’s personal choice
Every participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or even both types depending on the personal judgement and the character of the presented pieces.
No amplification is allowed, neither other types of electric sound!
It is advisable that the participants demonstrate good improvisational skills throughout the performance or in a concrete play chosen for this purpose. It is also recommended that every participant has a good artistic look as well as appropriate clothing that adds to it (again depending on the personal judgement). The winner is obliged to take part in the Gala Concert dressed formally.
The repertoire should be played by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 30 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different genres and styles), artistic and technical difficulty, interpretation, stage presence. The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged.

5. The participants can supply themselves with a person to accompany their performance and who will only have a supporting role. These supporting musicians do not pay participation fees and their skills are not being assessed. They do not compete and do not get prizes.

6. Prize fund:
First prize: 300 euro, acoustic guitar “Kremona” (worth 600 euro), invitation for taking part in a solo concert in 2017, video of taking part at the Gala Concert.
Second prize: 100 euro
Third prize: 50 euro

7. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

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“GUITAR AND VOICE” CATEGORY

1. Youths, who have turned 25 years by the time of the starting date of the contest, can take part in this category (born after 1991).

2.The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. The participants perform songs in the following music styles:
-classical music
-pop and jazz
-rock
-flamenco and others
In case that the project is from one performer, then the person should perform their vocal repertoire accompanied with a guitar. Every participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or even both types depending on the personal judgement and the character of the presented pieces. Other types of musical instruments are allowed as well. The maximum amount of participants in one group is 8. One participant can take part in more than one group.
No amplification is allowed, neither other types of electric sound!
Performances of instrumentals are not allowed!
The repertoire should be played by heart!

3. The participation fee in this category is 30 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. The assessment criteria of the jury are: choice of repertoire (different genres and styles) and difficulty, character of the songs, interpretation, stage presence. The jury can interrupt the participants when the time is prolonged. It also reserves the right not to give all the announced prizes. The decisions of the jury are definitive and not liable to discussion.

5. Prize fund:
First prize: 300 euro, invitation for taking part in a concert during International Guitar Festival Pleven 2017, video of taking part at the Gala Concert, plaquette, material prizes.
Second prize: 100 euro, plaquette, material prizes.
Third prize: 50 euro, plaquette, material prizes.
The winners of the first prize take part in the Gala Concert of the laureates.

6. Necessary documents for participation:
-fee payment receipt
-application for participation

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“OPEN STAGE” – NO AGE LIMITS CATEGORY

1. This category is for amateur performers.

2. The programme for the competition is with a maximum duration of 12 minutes. It can include instrumentals and/or songs. In this category there are no style restrictions or any other restrictions concerning the repertoire.
Soloists as well as ensembles (maximum of 8 people) are admitted to participate. One participant can take part in more than one ensemble or group.
Every participant can use an acoustic guitar – steel string guitar, classical guitar – nylon string guitar or even both types depending on the personal judgement and the character of the presented pieces. Other types of musical instruments are allowed as well.
No amplification is allowed, neither other types of electric sound!

3. The participation fee in this category is 10 euro. It should be paid no later than 10th October 2016 according to the general terms, which can be found on the Pleven Guitar Festival 2016 website.

4. Prize fund: In this category there is no first, second or third prize. The best and the most attractive performances get a plaquette as well as the opportunity to be presented at a concert during International Guitar Festival Pleven 2017.

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