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Festival of instrumental groups and orchestras
“Metamorphosis of Castles”

Festival locations:

🇨🇿 Czech Republic, 🇮🇹 Italy, 🇦🇹Austria

Dates: July 20 - July 30. 2020/2021

The international festival of competition of instrumental groups and orchestras is a unique and exclusive competition – the festival of Europe.

“Metamorphosis of Castles” invites children, youth and adult instrumental groups from around the world to take part. It is possible to participate in the competition or only in gala concerts. The highlight of the festival is the possibility of SOLO and FRIENDLY CONCERT.

This competition is aimed at shaping youth and children’s musical culture at the international level.

The competition is held in the concert hall České Budějovice.

You have the opportunity to order workshops with overseas conductors.

The award-winning gala concert takes place on the largest square of the Middle Ages – place Przemysl Otakar in Czech Budejovice, which is a UNESCO monument and ceremonial halls of castles of the South of the Czech Republic and concert halls.

The natural acoustics of the area surrounded by an ensemble of houses – decorations of the 16th century give a special, unique atmosphere.

The square is always crowded, the audience hears and sees the participants, both in front of the stage, and in the many coffee shops that are located around the perimeter of the square in the ancient arches.

Of great interest is the master class, which takes place in the unique theater of the 13th century castle of Cesky Krumlov with the only rotating hall in Europe.

Participants of the festival can choose to participate in one of these countries or enjoy a performance in 2 countries.

The competition is being held under the protection of: UNESCO, the South – Czech region, the city hall of the city of Ceske Budejovice, the Mayor’s office of the resort of Trebon, the Mayor’s office of Prague

All groups receive diplomas with the sign of UNESCO, valuable gifts from Bohemian glass with a golden angel – the symbol of the festival.

Prizes of the competition

Winners receive grants:

Grand Prix: 2500 Eur
1st place: 1500 Eur
2nd place: 700 Eur
3rd place: 500 Eur
To participate in festivals:

Festival position:

This event gives you the opportunity to choose one of the following participation options:

Participation out of competition:

  • Participation in the festival
  • Discussion presentation
  • Rehearsal with a foreign conductor

More details:

For non-contest choirs

  • A performance for an international jury that will discuss the program with the choir in an open and relaxed atmosphere and give its recommendations for improving the performance level
  • The choir will receive a certificate of participation and, if desired, an assessment of the performance and a recommendation for participation in subsequent competitions.

Number of performers: unlimited
Running time: maximum 15 minutes
Instrumental accompaniment: possible

Participation in the competition:

  • Competitive categories
  • Discussion presentation
  • Rehearsal with a foreign conductor

More details:

For the choirs participating in the competition:

  • Presentation of its competitive program the day before the start of the competition
  • Performance before the international jury, which will discuss with the choir the program in an open and relaxed atmosphere and give its recommendations for improving the performance level
  • Discussion of the program does not affect the result of the choir performance in the competition.

Number of performers: in accordance with the rules of the category
Duration of performance: in accordance with the rules of the category
Instrumental accompaniment: in accordance with the rules of the category
Duration: 45 minutes

Competition categories:

Solo, groups, ensembles and orchestras:

  • Piano (solo only)
  • Folk instruments
  • String and plucked instruments
  • Wind instruments
  • Jazz
  • Percussion instruments
  • Mixed
  • Vocal and instrumental

Age categories:

  1. age category 6-9 years
  2. age category 10-12 years
  3. age category 13-15 years
  4. age category 16-19 years
  1. age category 20-25 years
  2. age category over 25
  3. mixed age category (average age of all participants)

Friendly Concerts

The teams have the opportunity to apply for general performances with other groups, ensembles from different countries. Please prepare a program for about 15 minutes, which must be pre-approved by the artistic committee.

Grand prize competition

The teams that have won in their category have the opportunity to take part in the struggle for the main prize. The jury reserves the right to also invite other teams for this competition. The winners will receive grants from the International Youth Forum – to participate in grant festivals 2020/2021 “World of Youth” on Costa cruise ships or MSC or the festival in Disneyland:

  • Grand Prix: 2500 Eur
  • 1st place: 1500 Eur
  • 2nd place: 700 Eur
  • 3rd place: 500 Eur

Program: two numbers for free choice, which were not presented in the competition program. The numbers must be approved in advance by the art committee.

Duration: maximum 5 minutes.

Gala Concert

  • For the gala concert selected the best works of each team.
  • The number of selected works determines the jury.
  • Mandatory rehearsal of joint finals.
  • All interested groups are cordially invited to participate in this event.
  • The program is an organizing committee, solely at its discretion.

Additional workshops

The team orders additional workshops at their discretion for an extra charge.

We offer you one of the best professionals in our region:

Chairman of the vocal and instrumental jury
Jan Maria Dobrodinsky – Professor of the Choral Conducting Department, composer, conductor of the Bratislava Academy. Honored Conductor of the Bratislava Philharmonic. Winner of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Winner of the Bedrich Smetana Prize. Board Member of the International Youth Forum.



Yarmila Gadrabova – during her creative career she collaborated with various musical groups: the orchestra Puellarum Pragensis, Musica Bohemica, the Prague Royal Orchestra. With the Dvorak Symphony Orchestra in 2001–2008, she played opera performances at the summer festival in Bad Gersfeld and baroque music concerts. She successfully taught at music schools in Bystritsa near Hostinam, Hlomm nad Zidlina and Prague Gostevarya, and also developed special methods for adults. In 2018, Yarmila Gadrabova accepted an offer to teach at the International Conservatory in Prague.



Adolf Melihar – acted as a correspondent for the Karlin Musical Theater and choirmaster of the State Opera. She currently works as a choirmaster and assistant conductor at the Prague State Opera. The artistic director of the Prague-Břevnova church building often collaborates with the Prague Chamber Choir, especially in the study of classical operas.



Damir Basyrov – graduated with honors from the Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory. In 2006 he was awarded the state medal for his outstanding contribution to the culture of the Russian Federation. Laureate of international vocal competitions: Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), Riga (Latvia), Caltanisetta (Italy).



David Lukash – musician, composer, conductor. The leader of the chamber orchestra is Talic. In 2011 he became the conductor of the Litomyšl Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, he worked with the Czech Symphony Orchestra in Prague.


Registration Information:

The application deadline is May 15

Each participant pays a festival fee:

team up to 21 members

40 Eur

team of 21 members

35 Eur

a team of 42 participants

30 Eur

Soloists and Duets

100 Eur per nomination

Trios and Quartets

140 Eur for nomination

Completion of registration:

Visa Invitations:

The festival organizers can prepare an invitation for the time of the event and assure your list of participants only after you fulfill the following conditions:

  • You have successfully registered for the event and transferred the registration fee to the International Youth Forum (IYF) account
  • You have booked a package of services and received confirmation
  • You have sent us a full list of participants (in electronic form)

Please send the list only once and try not to make any further changes in it, because this may delay visa processing. As a reserve, we recommend adding 3-4 participants to the list in case someone from the participants of the main list refuses to travel.
Once you fulfill all the conditions, we will send you an invitation along with a certified list of participants by e-mail, if necessary, send the original documents – by air mail directly to the name of your representative. He must personally apply to the embassy.

Please note that if you fulfill these conditions too late, we will have to send the original invitation by express mail, which would entail additional costs (approximately 100 – 300 euros).

The list of participants, you can send us this document by e-mail to the address:

info@praha-cz.net and festival@praha-cz.net


Dear friends, since visa processing usually lasts a long time, we ask you to do this as early as possible. After all, it is in your interest! In case of late submission of documents for registration, you risk getting a visa refusal!
Please contact the embassy of the country conducting the competition in order to obtain more detailed information on the restrictions and rules for submitting documents that apply to you!
Please also remember that you may need transit visas, depending on the country where the event is held.
If you still do not have a valid passport, please issue it as soon as possible!
Participants in certain countries may need an invitation as well as a certified list of participants for obtaining visas. The International Youth Forum (IYF) can provide you with these documents.

We can not take responsibility for processing and issuing visas. Despite this, we will be happy to support you.

Package of services and accommodation is purchased separately. You can see the packages at the bottom of the page.

Metamorphosis of Castles 2018

 

Trebon castle 24.07.2016

 

Metamorphosis of Castles 2015

The gala concert with the award takes place on the largest square of the Middle Ages – put Przemysl Otakar in Ceske Budejovice, which is a UNESCO monument and on the square of the city of Třebo – – a UNESCO monument.

Performances in Rimini (Italy) take place in the evening when the temperature drops in the old castle of Castel Sismondo in the center of the resort or in open areas on the waterfront.

Czech

Lipno Lake – a stunning resort on the shores of the largest lake in the Czech Republic – Lipno. All sorts of infrastructure: a lot of restaurants for every taste, a boat ride on the lake, a two hundred meter observation tower, from which you get fabulous photos, a cable car, a summer bobsleigh track, various bicycles, electric kettles, segways, etc.


Cesky Krumlov (or Cesky Krumlov) in the Czech Republic is one of the most attractive tourist cities. It is interesting for its majestic castle complex, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, practically unchanged by buildings from the 13th – 17th centuries, numerous museums and fun festivals. But, most importantly, this small town attracts the old, romantic, almost fabulous atmosphere that prevails here, the opportunity to travel back a few centuries and feel like a resident of the Middle Ages.


Hluboká nad Vltavou. One of the most visited castles of the Czech Republic (300 thousand tourists a year), was founded in the XIII century. The first name of this gothic fortress is Frauenberg, from 1661 the castle belongs to the Schwarzenberg family, elements of the coat of arms of this famous family can be seen everywhere.


The capital of the Czech Republic Prague – one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Prague is located on the banks of the Vltava River. Its unique medieval appearance, unique museums, diverse opportunities for recreation, entertainment and shopping, excellent cuisine, a developed system of urban transport and hotels for every taste attract several million tourists every year! At every step they are met by architectural masterpieces, breathtaking panoramic views, cozy narrow streets lined with stone, gardens and parks. This is the whole of Prague!

Austria

Salzburg in Austria, surrounded by the fabulous scenery of the Alps, is a city-music. The great Mozart was born here, and international music festivals are held, the famous Hollywood film “Sounds of Music” was filmed here, and magic classic melodies are played not only in concert halls, but also in local cafes and houses, and the magnificent architecture of Salzburg appears frozen in music.


Vienna in Austria is larger than its capital and even federal state. Vienna is a special atmosphere filled with spirituality and music. You can characterize it with phrases that are inextricably linked with Vienna: the Vienna Opera and the Vienna Waltz, the Vienna Woods and the Vienna Ball, Viennese coffee or Viennese cake. Vienna is gorgeous in everything from architecture, parks and music to elegant cafes and shops.

Italy

Venice in Italy, the administrative center of the Veneto region, is one of the most unusual, charming and romantic cities on the planet. The water channels here serve as roads and streets, on which boats and gondolas float instead of cars. In everything the atmosphere of a holiday and a celebration is felt. Thousands of tourists, delightful palaces, reminiscent of theatrical scenery, narrow streets with a long history, carnival and film festival here, make Venice a special place, one of the most attractive in the world.


Rimini in Italy is the center of attraction for tourists. It is the largest city on the Adriatic coast in the Emilia-Romagna region and the country’s most popular resort. There is all the best for recreation and entertainment – 15 kilometers of the purest sandy beaches, where life is full of day and night, discos, restaurants, shopping and affordable prices – this is just a small list of what the city meets travelers today. A good location allows easy access to the most famous cities of Italy. From here excursions to Bologna, Florence and Venice, as well as to Rome, are held.


Verona in Italy is undoubtedly a city of love and romance, glorified by Shakespeare in his legendary “sad tale” about the tragic love of Romeo and Juliet. This charming old town is situated on the banks of the Adige River near Lake Garda. Verona surprisingly combines the spirit of the Middle Ages and modernity, fascinates with its beauty and originality, because its color is collected from completely different eras of the city. Here you can see ancient Roman monuments of architecture, medieval Romanesque and Gothic churches, and magnificent Renaissance palaces. In 2000, Verona was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Florence is one of the oldest cities in Italy, located in a picturesque valley on the banks of the Arno River. Its territory covers an area of about 100 square meters. km, where more than 360 thousand people live. Today it is the capital of the Tuscany region, its most populous city and the most important tourist center, which is visited annually by more than 20 million guests.


Mirabilandia – one of the largest amusement parks in Europe, Mirabilandia, covers an area of ​​850,000 square meters. meters between the city of Ravenna and the popular resort of Rimini on the Adriatic coast. Splendid gardens, which surround three picturesque lakes, stretch around the park and directly on its territory.

To date, the park has more than 40 super-modern rides, 7 thematic regions. In addition, stunt shows, fireworks, laser shows and theater performances on ice and other live performances are constantly held.


Gardaland – Located on the southern shores of Lake Garda, the theme park Gardaland is a kind of Italian Disneyland. In the vast territory of more than 500 thousand square meters there are more than 40 ultramodern attractions for adults and children. In addition, the infrastructure of the park is represented by its own cafes and restaurants, as well as more than two dozen different shops.

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Accommodation options and service packages:

Festival participants can choose to participate in one of these countries or enjoy performances in 2 countries.

Festival program – Option 1

The minimum package of 5 nights in hotels:

  • 3 nights in the Czech Republic
  • 2 nights in Rimini

Festival events:

  • 20.07 Competition by categories and nominations
  • 21.07 Master classes and solo concerts (subject to the time of the submitted applications). Preparing for a joint presentation.
  • 22.07 Gala concert of vocalists and groups. Presentation of prizes and grants
  • 23.07 It is possible to order an extra day according to the table or night transfer to Italy
  • 24.07 Acquaintance with the culture of Venice. Arrival in Rimini and registration
  • 25.07 Acquaintance with the culture of the cities of the festival. Preparing for a joint presentation.
  • 26.07 Gala concert of vocalists and groups. Presentation of prizes and grants. Night departure or departure.
  • 27.07 It is possible to order an extra day according to the table or overnight transfer to the Czech Republic

Category High - 250 Eur

Accommodation in the Czech Republic:

Hotel 4 *: The hotel meets all the requirements of comfort. On request, rehearsal rooms are available. In this category, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In case of late filing it is possible to replace the hotel 3 * plus, in the vicinity of Budejovice or in the center. Accommodation in 2-3-bed rooms. For managers – 2-bed room.

Accommodation in Rimini:

Hotel 4 * or 3 * plus: 50-400 m. From the sea. On request, rehearsal rooms are available. In this category, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In case of late filing it is possible to replace the 3 * hotel, in the vicinity of Rimini.

Category Medium - 215 Eur

Accommodation in the Czech Republic:

Hotel 3 *: The hotel meets all the requirements of comfort. On request, rehearsal rooms are available. In this category, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In case of late filing it is possible to replace the hotel 3 * plus, in the vicinity of Budejovice or in the center. Accommodation in 3-4-bed rooms. For managers – 2-bed room.

Accommodation in Rimini:

Hotel 3 *: 50-400 meters from the sea. On request, rehearsal rooms are available. In this category, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In case of late filing it is possible to replace the 3 * hotel, in the vicinity of Rimini. 4-5 bed rooms with bunk beds. Managers are provided with a double room.

Category Economy - 175 Eur

Accommodation in the Czech Republic:

Meals – breakfasts. Accommodation in the Youth House in block rooms (2 + 2) with amenities and a fridge on the block. Cases with spacious elevators are located next to the restaurant and concert hall. Venue discos are designed only for participants of the festival. The building is surrounded by tennis courts, walking and cycling paths. 500 meters from the buildings there is a magnificent city park (one of the best in Europe) with ponds, centuries-old alleys, jogging and cycling paths. A swimming pool with fountains and slides, a grassy beach located 10-15 minutes walk from the House of Youth.

Accommodation in Rimini:

Meals – breakfasts. Accommodation in the Youth House in block rooms (2 + 2); (2 + 3) with amenities and on the block. The buildings are located near the bus stop, from where you can quickly get to the center of Rimini. The buildings are within walking distance from the sea (5-15 minutes). The rooms have 3-4-5 beds with 2 bunk beds. Managers are provided with a double room.

Festival program – Option 1

Full cultural package with relax – 8 nights in hotels:

  • 3 nights in the Czech Republic
  • 5 nights in Rimini

When ordering this package discounts from 5% to 15%

depending on the number of participants and the date of application.

Prices are available on request.

July 20

  • Rehearsals for the concert
  • Discussion performances for groups and orchestras participating in the competition
  • Competition in nominations
  • Opening ceremony on the central historical square České Budějovice.

July 21

  • Rehearsal
  • Discussion performances for teams and orchestras not participating in the competition
  • Rehearsals with a foreign conductor with a pre-submitted application
  • Master class or solo concerts in advance of the application
  • Sightseeing and excursions *

July 22

  • Rehearsal
  • Gala concert of soloists, bands and orchestras. Presentation of prizes in the historic center of the resort of Trgeboni on Masarykova Square.
  • Sightseeing and excursion in Treboni.

July 23

  • Sightseeing and excursions *
  • Departure to Italy

July 24

  • Arrival
  • Possible excursion to Venice for extra charge.

July 25

  • Rehearsals with a foreign conductor with a pre-submitted application
  • Relax on the beaches of Rimini, sightseeing and excursions *
  • The opening ceremony of the festival in the central historical square of Rimini

July 26 – End of the minimum festival program

  • Rehearsal with a foreign conductor with a pre-submitted application
  • Gala concert of vocalists and groups. Presentation of prizes and grants in the historic center of the resort
  • Sightseeing and excursions *
  • Night departure to the border or to the airport
  • It is possible to order additional days (see the table of the full program Option 1)
  • Acquaintance with the city of Shakespeare – Verona, where the oldest scene of Europe – the Colosseum – is located.
  • Excursion to San Marino – stunning scenery and shopping.
  • Excursion to Verona, Florence
  • Visit to Mirabilandia or Gardaland amusement park

* – Optional excursions for an additional fee.

Festival program – Option 2
Minimum 4 night hotel package:
4 nights in the Czech Republic

Festival events:

  • 19.07 Arrival and registration. Acquaintance with the culture of the cities of the festival.
  • 20.07 Competition by categories and nominations.
  • 21.07 Master-classes and solo concerts (subject to the time of filed applications). Preparing for joint
    performance of soloists and groups.
  • 22.07 Gala concert of vocalists, bands and orchestras. Presentation of prizes and grants.
  • 23.07 It is possible to order an extra day according to the table.

Category High - 193 Eur

Accommodation in the Czech Republic:

Hotel 4 *: The hotel meets all the requirements of comfort. On request, rehearsal rooms are available. In this category, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In case of late filing it is possible to replace the hotel 3 * plus, in the vicinity of Budejovice or in the center. Accommodation in 2-3-bed rooms. For managers – 2-bed room.

Category Medium - 180 Eur

Accommodation in the Czech Republic:

Hotel 3 *: The hotel meets all the requirements of comfort. On request, rehearsal rooms are available. In this category, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In case of late filing it is possible to replace the hotel 3 * plus, in the vicinity of Budejovice or in the center. Accommodation in 3-4-bed rooms. For managers – 2-bed room.

Category Economy - 140 Eur

Accommodation in the Czech Republic:

Meals – 2 per day (breakfast and dinner). Accommodation in the Youth House in block rooms (2 + 2) with amenities and a fridge on the block. Cases with spacious elevators are located next to the restaurant and concert hall. Venue discos are designed only for participants of the festival. The building is surrounded by tennis courts, walking and cycling paths. 500 meters from the buildings there is a magnificent city park (one of the best in Europe) with ponds, centuries-old alleys, jogging and cycling paths. A swimming pool with fountains and slides, a grassy beach located 10-15 minutes walk from the House of Youth.

Festival program – Option 2

Full cultural package with relax – 9 nights in hotels:

  • 9 nights in the Czech Republic

When ordering this package discounts from 5% to 20%

depending on the number of participants and the date of application.

Prices are on request.

July 19

  • Arrival in the Czech Republic
  • Check in.
  • Discussion performances for soloists, bands and orchestras participating in the competition
  • Sightseeing and excursions *

July 20

  • Rehearsals for the concert
  • Discussion performances for soloists, bands and orchestras participating in the competition
  • Competition in nominations
  • Opening ceremony on the central historical square Č.Budeyovits.

July 21

  • Rehearsal
  • Discussion performances for soloists, bands and orchestras who are not participating in the competition.
  • Rehearsals with a foreign conductor with a pre-submitted application
  • Master class or solo concerts in advance of the application
  • Sightseeing and excursions *

July 22

  • Rehearsal
  • Discussion performances for soloists, bands and orchestras who are not participating in the competition.
  • Rehearsals with a foreign conductor with a pre-submitted application
  • Gala concert of soloists, bands and orchestras. Presentation of prizes in the historic center of the resort of Trgeboni on
  • Masarykova Square
  • Sightseeing and excursions in Trgeboni

July 23

  • Sightseeing and excursions *
  • Departure
  • It is possible to order additional days (see the table of the full program Option 2)

* – Optional excursions for an additional fee.

Festival program – Varint 3

Minimum package for 4 nights in hotels:

  • 4 nights in Rimini

Festival events:

  • 21.07 Прибытие и регистрация. Знакомство с культурой городов проведения фестиваля. Подготовка к совместному выступлению коллективов и солистов.
  • 22.07 Гала-концерт коллективов и солистов. Вручение призов и грантов
  • 23.07 Мастер-классы. Возможно заказать сольный концерт.
  • 24.07 Мастер-классы. Возможно заказать сольный концерт.
  • 25.07 Возможно заказать дополнительный день по таблице.

Category High - 236 Eur

Accommodation in Rimini:

Hotel 4 * or 3 * plus: 50-400 m. From the sea. On request, rehearsal rooms are available. In this category, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In case of late filing it is possible to replace the 3 * hotel, in the vicinity of Rimini.

Category Medium - 180 Eur

Accommodation in Rimini:

Hotel 3 *: 50-400 meters from the sea. On request, rehearsal rooms are available. In this category, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In case of late filing it is possible to replace the 3 * hotel, in the vicinity of Rimini. 4-5 bed rooms with bunk beds. Managers are provided with a double room.

Category Economy - 140 Eur

Accommodation in Rimini:

Meals – breakfasts. Accommodation in the Youth House in block rooms (2 + 2); (2 + 3) with amenities and on the block. The buildings are located near the bus stop, from where you can quickly get to the center of Rimini. The buildings are within walking distance from the sea (5-15 minutes). The rooms have 3-4-5 beds with 2 bunk beds. Managers are provided with a double room.

Category Super-Economy - 108 Eur

Accommodation in Rimini:

Without meals. Accommodation in the Youth House in block rooms (2 + 2); (2 + 3) with amenities and on the block. The buildings are located near the bus stop, from where you can quickly get to the center of Rimini. The buildings are within walking distance from the sea (5-15 minutes). The rooms have 3-4-5 beds with 2 bunk beds. Managers are provided with a double room.

Festival program – Option 3

Full cultural package with relax – 8 nights in the hotel:

  • 8 nights in Rimini
    When ordering this package discounts from 5% to 15%

depending on the number of participants and the date of application.

Prices are available on request.

July 21

  • Additional day payment according to the table.
  • Arrival in Italy, Rimini
  • Possible excursion to Venice for extra charge.

July 22

  • check in
  • Rehearsals with a foreign conductor with a pre-submitted application
  • Discussion performances for soloists and groups participating in the competition
  • Opening Ceremony in the central historical square

July 23

  • Rehearsal with a foreign conductor with a pre-submitted application
  • Discussion performances for soloists and bands not participating in the competition
  • Gala concert of soloists and bands and orchestras
  • Presentation of prizes and grants in the historic center of the resort of Rimini
  • Sightseeing and excursions *

July 24

  • Master class or solo concerts by pre-submitted applications.
  • Sightseeing and excursion to San Marino.

July 25

  • Master class or recitals by advance requests
  • Sightseeing and excursions * (Florence, Verona, Amusement Park, Shopping Centers)

July 26 – End of the minimum festival program

  • Departure
  • It is possible to order additional days (see the table of the full program Option 3)

* – Optional excursions for an additional fee.

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