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Russia, Kostroma

XII International festival of music and arts “Soul of Russia - Kostroma”


The Snow Maiden invites you to Kostroma, a city with unique traditions and own fairy tales. She will be a guest of our festival, will give awards to the contestants and, of course, invite to visit her special residence. You will visit the house where miracles live, will know the friends of Snow Maiden - characters from fairy tales that you know from childhood, make a photo for memory, take part in an interactive program and receive a New Year's gift! Traveling to the winter wonderland is an unforgettable adventure in the life of a young artist. Become a part of the big New Year's event, believe in your own magic - talent and be a winner of "The Soul of Russia - Kostroma"!


The international festival will be held with the support of "St. Petersburg Academy of Postgraduate Education" and the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music. 

Preservation and development of the Russian Federation and foreign countries multinational culture traditions; The identification and full support of the most talented and promising children and young people in the field of the arts; Attracting Orphanages, children with disabilities to the creativity of pupils; Experience exchange between collectives, mentors and teachers, support of permanent creative contacts between them, their unification in the framework of the festival movement; Increase of professional skills of heads of collectives and teachers (holding seminars, round tables and master classes); Attracting attention from state, international, commercial and public organizations to the problems of creative teams and performers; Coverage of the creativity of children and youth in the media. Implementation of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation "On approval of the foundations of the state cultural policy" No. 808 of December 24, 2014.

 (solo, duets, small forms (3-7 persons), ensembles): classical dance (including excerpts from ballets), ballroom dance and sports ballroom dance, folk dance (ethnic, folk, characteristic), folk dance in modern processing, world nations dances, children's dance, variety dance (including step, disco, show group), dance theater, dance show, free plastic, modern (jazz, jazz-modern, contemporary, neoclassic), club dance (salsa, bachata, merengue, rueda, hustle, Argentine tango, etc.), street dance (break dance, hip-hop, house, popping, jazz funk, electric boogie, etc.), oriental belly dance (tribal, belly dance).
II. VOCAL CREATIVITY (solo, duets, trios, ensembles, choirs): academic, folk, pop, jazz, choral, show groups.
III. INSTRUMENTAL CREATIVITY (solo and duets on various instruments, ensembles, orchestras): classical, variety, folk, jazz, accompaniment, teacher-soloist.
IV. COMPETITION OF YOUNG COMPOSERS AND BARDS. Purpose: to get acquainted with new trends and ways in art, to identify new talented composers, poets, and to promote their creativity.
V. THEATRICAL CREATIVITY: miniature, an excerpt from a play, a musical, artistic reading, a conference, an actor's song, a puppet theater, a music theater, a fashion theater.
VI. CIRCUS ART. ORIGINAL GENRE: acrobatic etude, air-sports equilibration, cheerleading, majorettes and drummers, eccentric, etc.
VII. FINE ARTS: painting, graphics, photography.
VIII. EXHIBITION OF APPLIED ART: sculpture of small forms in the interior, academic sculpture, jewelry art, sculptural and jewelry techniques (metal-plastic, cut-through metal, diffusion, hand-forging, casting, chasing, bone carving), costume design, graphic design, cold and hot batik, free painting, heel and print, tapestry, remix creativity, collage, quilt, art felt, textile doll, hand-made paper, linocut, lithography, woodcut, etching, incisal engraving, etc.
IX. COMPETITION IN COSTUME: historical costume, national costume, theatrical costume, stage costume, model.
X. DEBUT. The first performance on the stage. A creative performance for any of the above categories is presented. Children are allowed to participate for 4-8 years.

Up to 8 years; From 9 to 10 years; From 11 to 12 years; From 13 to 15 years; From 16 to 18; Over 18; Mixed group.

In the team of each age category, no more than 30% of participants younger or older than the specified age range are allowed. For example, in a team declared in the age category of 9-10 years, up to 30% of the composition may be less than 9 years old or over 10 years old.

Participants of all nominations can perform competitive works with live music or have audio tracks on a USB flash or CD in the audio format (WAV / WAVE or MP3), signed as follows: track title, collective or soloist's name (for example: " Russian Dance ", ensemble "Kalinka"). On the USB or CD-ROM there should be no other files, except the competitive program. The organizing committee has the right to place festival photo and video materials of collectives in the Internet and use them in advertising products without coordination with the collective or individual performer.

Each team-participant of the festival presents a program of performances consisting of one or two diverse works with a total duration of up to 8 minutes. In the nomination "Theater Creativity" the collectives represent an excerpt from the play with a total duration of up to 10 minutes. The time of the performance can be extended to 15 minutes (with preliminary coordination with the organizing committee of the festival and the availability of a time reserve on the competition site). Soloists and duets of nominations "Variety Vocal", "Dance Creativity" and "Artistic Word" represent one work with a total duration of up to 5 minutes. The competitive performance of participants of the nomination "Conference" consists of two outputs (all necessary information for preparation will be sent by the organizing committee of the festival). Soloists and duets of the nomination "Instrumental Creativity", "Academic Vocal", "Folk Vocal", "Competition of Young Composers and Bards" represent one or two diverse works with a total duration of up to 7 minutes. The duration of the show in the nomination "Costume Competition" is 2 minutes. Participants in the "Debut" nomination must show one creative performance with a total duration of up to 3 minutes. In the nomination "Fine Art" and "Exhibition of Applied Arts", participation is organized in the format of an exhibition that takes place during the festival. Within the framework of one participation, two to four works of a size of 50x70 cm (for arts and crafts - grounds) or less can be submitted.

In case of non-observance of these requirements and timing, the jury has the right to remove the team (soloist) from participating in the festival.

The jury headed by the chairman is formed and approved by the organizing committee of the competition-festival of famous artists, teachers of creative universities, directors, leaders of creative teams, cultural figures and artists. The jury is not disclosed until the start of the competition-festival. At the end of the contest-festival participants and teachers have the opportunity to discuss with the jury the contest performances and exchange opinions.

Competitive performances of participants are evaluated according to generally accepted criteria: technical mastery (according to nomination and age), artistry, complexity of repertoire, creation of artistic image, etc. 

All collectives, participants in the festival competition, and soloists are awarded memorable cups and diplomas. In each nomination and age category, the titles of Laureate I, II, III degrees, as well as the titles of Diplomant I, II III degrees are conferred. Soloists, holders of the Grand Prix, are awarded a free trip to one of the contest-festivals in Europe or Russia; Collectives, owners of the Grand Prix, receive a certificate approved by the certificate, which can be used to travel to one of the festival-competitions in Europe or in Russia. The amount of the grant is used at a time, solely for payment not more than 50% of the cost of the trip. Special diplomas and titles were also established: "Best choreographer", "Best accompanist", "Diploma for Artistry", "Diploma for the youngest participant", "Best teacher", "For the preservation of national cultural traditions".


In process.

Master classes

IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND ARTSparticipants can take part and improve their skills at master classes from professional teachers in various creative disciplines, gain theoretical knowledge and practical advice from experienced art masters. 


- participation in master classes for contestants is free,
- the visit is strictly by appointment,
- at the end of the master class you will get a certificate,
- all information received in the master class can be used in further creative activity. 

Master class in folk dance

During the master class, the contestants will get acquainted with the rich heritage of their native country, learn the peculiarities of the ethnic warehouse of the Russian culture. Participants will immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Russian folk dance, learn the professional "tricks", which will be a significant contribution to the knowledge base of young dancers.

Master class on variety vocal

On the master class on vocal, young artists will learn the subtleties of the variety manner of sound production and the peculiarities of variety stylistics. Within the framework of the lesson, the basic principles of the pop production will be discussed. In a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, under the guidance of a professional performer, singers will be able to better understand themselves, their voice and find original vocal solutions for the development of their musical career. 

Master class on contemporary dance

Practical lesson on modern dance will be an excellent addition to the already existing choreographic base of the artist. In modern dance it is extremely important to be aware of the latest trends and actual dance practics. Visiting the master class on contemporary choreography, young dancers will be able not only to adopt the rich experience of a professional, but to bring fresh solutions to their own dance aesthetics.

Master class on arts and crafts

The variety of modern techniques of decorative and applied art allows the young creator to choose a direction appropriate to his creative interests. Cognition of contemporary arts and crafts expands the horizon of the child and creates solid basement for the development of creative abilities, imagination, the ability to think outside the box and generate ideas.

Master class on instrumental creativity

Take the opportunity to enrich your professional experience by interacting with brilliant instrumentalists of Russia and abroad. The master class will deal with the following topics: the development of musical abilities in different periods of study, the interpretation of musical works, musical training, as a way of developing common abilities and other topics relevant to instrumentalists. Within the framework of the master class, individual consultations on the repertoire and technique of execution are possible. *

* The master class will take place with a sufficient number of participants in the nomination "Instrumental creativity". 

Master class on acting

An artist in any genre must know how to properly present themselves on the stage. At the master class on acting skills, participants will receive valuable recommendations on the development of confidence during the performance. Contestants will be given modern material on theatrical plastic and speech, the technique of inclusion in the role and methods of interpreting the character.

Financial terms

Special offer 15 + 1 for free.
Participation in the second and subsequent nominations - at an additional cost *



3 days


4 days



Extra meals

Extra days (₽/person)


"Volga", "Central"


7 000


8 200




lunch - 450




"Volga", "Shelestoff", "Snegurochka"


 7 650


 9 150




lunch - 450




"Volga", "Moskovskaya Zastava"


7 950


9 700




 lunch- 450



The cost includes: participation in the festival and master classes, accommodation (according the program), breakfasts (accroding the program). Arrival of participants from 14.00, departure until 12.00, excursion program, transfer from the railway stations (on the festival dates), visit to the House of Snowmaiden with animation program.

Transfer hotel-concert hall-hotel is charged additionally: from 150 rubles per person.


The group transfer for participants is organized according to the schedule: in the morning, departure to the concert hall, in the evening - return to the hotel. Participants are personally liable for late / non-appearance at the time of transfer; money for the missed transfer will not be returned.

* Participation in two or more nominations is chargeable:
- for soloists and duets - 2900 rubles,
- for other participants - 1000 rubles per person, but not more than 9000 rubles from the team
- participation in the exhibition - 1000 rubles per person.
Cost is indicated for one additional nomination.

Hotel "Volga" 3 * is located in the city center and provides all the conditions for a comfortable stay of the participants of the festival. Central pedestrian streets and historical sights, such as the Resurrection Church in Debre, are within walking distance from the hotel. Rooms are equipped with everything necessary for a quality holiday.

Hotel "Moskovskaya zastava" - a modern complex on the banks of the Volga River. It offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV in all rooms. One of the key attractions of the city - Susaninskaya Square is within walking distance.

Hotel "Snow Maiden" is located 350 meters from the banks of the Volga River and is named after the main winter magician living in Kostroma. In addition, the interior of the rooms is decorated in the folk style and is dedicated to the Snow Maiden. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, mini-bar. Free Wi-Fi is available on site.

Art-hotel "Kommunalka" - a modern hostel located in the heart of Kostroma, in the center of the Old Town. Free Wi-Fi is available. Numerous cafes and restaurants are within walking distance from the building.

FINANCIAL CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS FROM KOSTROMA (excluding accommodation, meals, transfers and excursions). 
Organizational fee for participation: for soloists and duets 2900 rubles; for collectives 1000 rubles per person, but not more than 9000 rubles with the collective; participation in the exhibition 1000 rubles per person.

In case of exceeding the limit of applications, the registration can be closed anticipatorily


If a participant acts as a solo / in a duet, or as part of an ensemble, the main nomination is ensemble. Solo / duet performance in this case is an additional nomination.

When submitting an application for the festival, each team, as well as each age group, must submit a surname list of the composition of the team / age group, indicating the exact age of each participant at the time of the performance.


FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND ARTS it is necessary to send an application about the team (soloist) till January, 31, 2020 (You can see the sample application on the website or receive by fax) and pay the registration fee.

In the application it is necessary to specify: the full name of the collective (soloist); nomination; the institution in which the collective is based, its postal address (with the index), tel./fax; date of creation of the collective, honorary title, awards; number of participants and their age; Competition program: title, author, timekeeping, phonogram carrier, technical means; Full name of the head of the team, contact phone numbers. For visitors: the need for additional meals or excursions and information about the time of arrival.

IMPORTANT! According to the Russian Government Resolution No. 1177 of December 17, 2013 "On the Approval of the Rules for the Organized Transport of a Group of Children by Bus" (as amended by RF Government Decrees No. 579 of June 23, 2014, No. 652 of June 30, 2015, No. 569 of 22.06.2016), the time limits for submitting information for the organization of transfers and a sightseeing tour are limited.

Applications for the transfer and sightseeing tour are accepted no later than 3 weeks before the start of the festival. Groups that did not have time to apply before this deadline will be refunded money for organizing transfers and a sightseeing tour.

For the organization of the transfer and sightseeing tour it is necessary to send to the transport and excursion department to the address the exact data of arrival and departure for the festival, a filled table with the data of visitors and an indication of who will sit on the bus with whom.

Later, than 3 weeks before the start of the festivals, changes in the arrival-departure data, lists for transfers and excursions, transport layout of the participants is impossible. Responsibility for the reliability and timeliness of the provision of these data rests with the persons who provided these data on behalf of the participants. These data is accepted only in electronic form.

Preliminary program

Day 1
Meeting at the railway station of Kostroma participants arriving on the program for 4 days. Sightseeing bus walking tour of Kostroma according to the schedule. Hotel accommodation (rooms are available from 14.00). Dinner*. Free time for additional excursions *. Dinner. Organizational meeting for teachers. Disco for children. Participants show non-competitive performances. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Breakfast. Meeting at the railway station of Kostroma participants arriving at the program for 3 days. Hotel accommodation (rooms are available from 14.00). COMPETITIVE DAY. Sample scene and sound. Rehearsal of the grand opening of the festival. The grand opening of the festival. Competitive auditions. Round tables with members of the jury for teachers. Dinner*. Master classes. For groups not participating in auditions, free day for additional excursions *. Dinner. Disco. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Breakfast. COMPETITIVE DAY. Continuing competitive auditions. Round tables with members of the jury for  teachers. Dinner*. Master classes. Gala concert and award ceremony. Dinner. Festive disco. Special dinner for teachers. Overnight at the hotel.

4 day. February 17
Breakfast. Sightseeing bus and walking tour of Kostroma for participants coming to the program for 3 days. Transfer to the railway station.

* at extra charge.
Please note that the program can be changed!

Excursional program

Sightseeing tour of the city of Kostroma (3-3.5 hours)

Kostroma has the status of a "historic" settlement and is one of the beautiful cities of the Golden Ring of Russia. During the sightseeing tour, the participants of the festival will get acquainted with the main sights of the city of the Snow Maiden: Kostroma Kremlin, the Susaninskaya Square ensemble and the Rows. Also included in the program the Ipatiev Monastery, which played a prominent role in the history of state , as well as the existing Bogovlensko-Anastasiin monastery, which has the family icon of the Romanov dynasty - the Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God "Fedorovskaya".

Walking excursion to the Snow Maiden's Tower

If Father Frost lives in Veliky Ustyug, then his granddaughter's home is Kostroma. During a visit to Terem (Tower), participants of the festival will have an interactive program, acquaintance with fairy-tale characters, funny games and riddles.

New Year's program (paid separately):

1. "On a visit to the Frost-Master"
Excursion to Santa Claus Factory where you can take part in various interactive events and master classes! Not everyone knows about the small old town of Nerekhta, which is not far from Kostroma. But it is here that Santa Claus has a real Factory of wooden Christmas toys, where he and his assistants, craftsmen, prepare gifts for children and adults. You will become a participant in the interactive program by visiting the DIY Handmade Art Painting Masterclass.

Excursion cost (rubles / person)
Group up to 9 people - on request
A group of 10-20 people - a schoolboy - 2020 / adult - 2120
A group of 21-25 people - a schoolboy - 1440 / adult - 1540
A group of 26-30 people - a schoolboy - 1295 / adult - 1395
A group of 31-35 people - a schoolboy - 1250 / adult - 1350
A group of 36-40 people - a schoolboy - 1175 / adult - 1275
Group 41-48 people - schoolboy - 1115 / adult - 1215
Group 49+ people - student - 1034 / adult - 1134

Optional excursions (paid separately):

1. "Sumarokovo Elk Farm"
The tour will acquaint tourists with amazing animals, will give the joy of communication with these friendly elks. The program also provides an opportunity not only to see, but also feed the elks.

Excursion cost (rubles / person)
Group up to 9 people - on request
A group of 10-20 people - a schoolboy - 1400 / adult - 1450
A group of 21-25 people - a schoolboy - 950 / adult - 1000
A group of 26-30 people - a schoolboy - 850 / adult - 900
Group 31-35 people - schoolboy - 825 / adult - 875
A group of 36-40 people - a schoolboy - 760 / adult - 810
Group 41-48 people - student - 723 / adult - 770
Group 49+ people - schoolboy - 658 / adult - 858

2. Excursion to the museum of cheese with tasting it in an old merchant's mansion 
An extensive exhibition on the world history of cheesemaking will be presented to the guests of the excursion at the Reschikov’s house. Do you know the legend of the invention of cheese? And who brought the cheese to Russia or how is the famous battle painter Vereshchagin connected with cheese? You will learn about cheese traditions of different nations, and most importantly - try real Kostroma cheeses!

Excursion cost (rubles / person)
Group up to 9 people - on request
A group of 10-20 people - a schoolboy - 1200 / adult - 1320
A group of 21-25 people - a schoolboy - 760 / adult - 900
Group of 26-30 people - schoolboy - 700 / adult - 850
Group 31-35 people - schoolboy - 650 / adult - 800
A group of 36-40 people - a schoolboy - 600 / adult - 750
Group 41-48 people - schoolboy - 550 / adult - 700
Group 49+ people - schoolboy - 500 / adult - 620

3. Excursion to the Museum “Magic forest”
At Kostroma's Ostrovsky Street, there is an unusual “fairy-tale house”, which attracts the attention of residents and guests of the city with its magical view. At the entrance to the fabulous house guests are greeted by a friendly “bear”, offering to plunge into the country of magic and mysterious adventures of the museum “Magic forest”, where the fantastic world of Kostroma land will open for you. You will also take part in a master class in arts and crafts.

Excursion cost (rubles / person)
Group up to 9 people - on request
A group of 10-20 people - a schoolboy - 1350 / adult - 1400
A group of 21-25 people - a schoolboy - 910 / adult - 1000
A group of 26-30 people - a schoolboy - 850 / adult - 900
Group 31-35 people - student - 800 / adult - 850
A group of 36-40 people - a schoolboy - 750 / adult - 800
Group 41-48 people - schoolboy - 700 / adult - 750
Group 49+ people - schoolboy - 650 / adult - 700

1. At your request, any other additional excursion program can be organized for a fee.
2. Prices shown are subject to change. We recommend checking the current price of the additional excursion at the time of its booking.


Photoreports from past events
VIII  "Soul of Russia - Kostroma":
VII "Soul of Russia - Kostroma":


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