Every year in August, in the City of Struga, Republic of Macedonija the International Art Festival - Competition “Lake Pearls” is held.The Festival is supported by The Ministry of Culture of Republic of Macedonia and the Gala Concert is directly broadcasted by the 24TV Station.
1. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPANCE

1.1. Choreography groups, ballet groups, singers and instrumentalists are introduced.

1.2. In order to participate in the competition, one must send an application as an attached form and DVD or media file on the address or e-mail of the organizer, with a video recording of the applied choreographic performances, no later than the 30th of April. The delivered materials аre not reviewed and are non-returnable.

1.3. Along with the application, a photo of each participant of the group with a size of 2,5 x 3,5 cm is to be sent, with a written name and surname on the back side of each photo.

1.4. After the review of the video material, the organizer sends the official invitations, no later than the 10th of May.
2. ACCREDITATION

2.1. Accrediting on the festival requires an official invitation,  as well and a complete funding of the agreed amount of money for each participant of the group, no later than the day of the arrival.

2.2. The amount includes participation, accommodation in a hotel, full board and free master classes. Everyone attending the festival is considered participant and should follow the rules of the festival (One is free-of-charge out of 20 people).

2.3. The official invitation for the festival is sent after the done payment, 50 euros per person in advance, on the festival’s account. The advance is non-returnable in case the participation is cancelled.

2.4. Travel expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

2.5. The accredited participants have the right for visiting all of the festival’s events.
3. TERMS OF COMPETITION

3.1. The introduced performances are evaluated in detail.

3.2. Four disciplines are performed in the competition:

-          Choreography (ensembles, solo) - folk dance, contemporary dance, classic dance, pop dance, show, dance theatre

-          Vocal - performance of folk song (ensembles, solo), performance of pop song (ensembles, solo)

-          Classicalmusic –soloists, chamber orchestras and choirs

-          Orchestras, folk instrument ensembles, instrumental music

-          Theatre genre – amateur groups of all trends and fashion theaters

-          Fine arts, ornamental and applied creative work and design

3.3. The theme, timing and genre of the performances are a choice of the participants themselves.

3.4. Performance plan of the festival:

The first performance is to be performed on the first day of the competition.
The second performance is to be performed on the second day of the competition.

3.5. One rehearsal on-stage, in the hall, is provided to each group.

3.6. The order of the participants is decided by the organizer.

3.7. For determination of the participants’ category it will be considered their age on the date of 04.08.

3.8. The phonograms of the choreographic performances are to be delivered on a CD. The name of the participant and the title of the performance are to be written on the package.
4. CHOREOGRAPHY

4.1.  Adult groups for Classical Ballet:

-          I      14 – 18 years old (solo, small group, formation)

-          II    18 – 24 years old   (solo, small group, formation)

-          III   24 – 26years oldfor women, and 28 years oldfor men (solo, small group, formation)

4.2. The program must be of two (2) variations or a pas de deux.

4.3. In according with the jury, concessions are possible in the choice of the program.

4.4. Adult groups for Modern Dance, folk dance, contemporary dance, pop dance, show, dance theatre:

-          I      6 – 10 years old    (solo, small group, formation)

-          II    11 – 15 years old   (solo, small group, formation)

-          III   16 – 20 years old  (solo, small group, formation)

-          IV   21 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

-          V    mixed age

4.5. Two parts are to be performed in one discipline and in one adult category. Each of the performances must not last more than 5 minutes.
5. VOCAL

5.1. Adult groups:

-          I      6 – 10 years old    (solo, small group, formation)

-          II    11 – 14 years old   (solo, small group, formation)

-          III   15 – 18years old  (solo, small group, formation)

-          IV   19 – 24 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

-          V     25 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

5.2. Two parts are to be performed in one discipline and in one adult category. Each of the performances must not last more than 4 minutes.

5.3. The participants must bring the minus phonograms with minimal quantity of proper back vocals on flash.
6. CLASSICAL MUSIC

6.1.  Adult groups:

-          I      6 – 10 years old    (solo, small group, formation)

-          II    11 – 14 years old   (solo, small group, formation)

-          III   15 – 18years old  (solo, small group, formation)

-          IV   19 – 24 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

-          V     25 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

6.2. I category – A Programme composed of minimum two compositions that last up to 7 minutes

6.3. II category – A Programme composed of minimum two compositions of different style and character that last up to 10 minutes;

6.4. III category – A Programme composed of minimum two compositions of different style and character that last up to 15 minutes;

6.5. IV category – A Programme composed of minimum two compositions of different style and character that last up to 20 minutes;

6.6. V category – A Programme composed of minimum two compositions of different style and character that last up to 20 minutes;

6.7. If the competitor has no own accompanist then the official accompanist will be provided for him/her. The fee for two probe performances and the appearance with the official accompanist is 30 euro for I and II category, 40 euro for III category and 50 euro for IV and V category.
7. THEATRE GENRES

7.1.  Adult groups:

-          I      6 – 10 years old    (solo, small group, formation)

-          II    11 – 14 years old   (solo, small group, formation)

-          III   15 – 18years old  (solo, small group, formation)

-          IV   19 – 24 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

-          V     25 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

7.2. Two parts are to be performed in one discipline and in one adult category. Each of the performances must not last more than ? minutes.
 
8. ORCHESTRAS AND FOLK INSTRUMENTS

8.1.  Adult groups:

-          I      6 – 10 years old    (solo, small group, formation)

-          II    11 – 14 years old   (solo, small group, formation)

-          III   15 – 18years old  (solo, small group, formation)

-          IV   19 – 24 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

-          V     25 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

8.2. Two parts are to be performed in one discipline and in one adult category. Each of the performances must not last more than 4 minutes.
 
9. HANDICRAFTS, DECORATIVE AND PERFORMED ART  AND DESIGN

9.1.  Adult groups:

-          I      6 – 10 years old    (solo, small group, formation)

-          II    11 – 14 years old   (solo, small group, formation)

-          III   15 – 18years old  (solo, small group, formation)

-          IV   19 – 24 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

-          V     25 years old and above(solo, small group, formation)

9.2. Every participant is required to present himself/herself by minimum 5 creations.
10. WORK OF THE JURY

10.1. The organizer chooses the international jury members and decides the ways of work.

10.2. Grading of every performance is based on a 10 points system.

10.3. The score of the performance represents an arithmetic number of the given votes by the jury members. Votes nearing an arithmetic number of 3 and above (more or less) are not taken in consideration.

10.4. The international jury has the right not to give some of the introduced prizes, according to the rules of the festival.

10.5. The international jury’s decision is not a subject of complaints and re-consideration.
11. FESTIVAL PRIZES

11.1. The participants can achieve “Laureate” of I, II and III degree, “Diplomant” of I, II and III degree, “Participation Diploma”. The “Laureates” of I, II and III degree are awarded with a statuette of the festival.

11.2. The Rewards for the Competition: “Pearl” 100 USD in every discipline (the best of the winners by the categories that will achieve the highest mark)

11.3. Grand Prix and a cash prize of 1000 USD is awarded to the participant who has achieved not less than 90% of the maximum number of votes, regardless of the discipline.
12. ORGANIZATION QUESTIONS

12.1. Data about the arrival of the participants are reported to the organizer, no later than the 1st of July.

12.2. All participants must have insurance during the travel and stay abroad.

12.3. The collectives’ duty is to have proper amount of supporting people that will guarantee the safety of the children.

12.4. Failure to fulfill the festival’s requirements results in an expulsion from the competitive program of the festival.

12.5. All materials (audio, video and printed production) made on the festival are considered to be festival’s property and they have the right to use and distribute the information according to their means, without the payment of fees to the participants.