Regulations and categories

Regulations:

The competition is aimed at all types of singing groups and choirs – children, youth, folkloristic, ‘klapas’ and classical choirs.

  • Choirs are categorized according to size into:
    • Small choir – 4 to 12 singers (mixed, male or female singers at least 15 years old)
    • Big choir – more than 12 singers (mixed, male or female singers at least 15 years old)
  • Choirs may compete in two categories:
    • Category A: choirs perform pieces from their country of origin
    • Category B: choirs perform pieces not from their country of origin, but from foreign countries
  • The competition program needs to consist of:
    • Arrangements of songs from the choir’s country of origin (national) or foreign folkloristic songs
    • Compositions based on folkloristic / traditional musical idioms of any kind
  • All songs are to be sung in their original language
  • Two songs may be sung backed by original acoustic instruments, others need to be sung a cappella
  • Songs may be either secular or sacred
  • All pieces must be sung in at least three parts
  • Every choirs can compete in two categories

Categories:

Category A – National folkloristic music

  • 8 to 10 minutes program
  • 3 to 4 compositions / arrangements
  • The program shall consist of compositions / arrangements of different characters
  • Songs must be from the choir’s country of origin

Category B – Foreign folkloristic music

  • 8 to 10 minutes program
  • 3 to 4 compositions / arrangements
  • The program shall consist of compositions / arrangements of different characters
  • Songs must be from foreign countries

Category C – Mixed folkloristic music

  • 8 to 10 minutes program
  • 3 to 4 compositions / arrangements
  • The program shall consist of compositions / arrangements from the choir’s country of origin and from foreign countries
  • One song must be sung a cappella