XXV DOBRI VOINIKOV
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
CHORAL GALA DAYS
– 7APRIL 2019
Voinikov International Children and Youth Choral Gala Days /DVICYCGD/ have been held every other year
since 1971. This festival was known by the name of Dobri Voinikov National
Student Choral Gala Days until its XX edition. However, in 2011 Dobri Voinikov
National Student Choral Gala Days were renamed as Dobri Voinikov International
Children and Youth Choral Gala Days.
The best Bulgarian and foreign children and youth choirs have
participated in the festival throughout its 45-year history. The most
distinguished Bulgarian choirs have performed in Shumen together with choirs
from Japan, Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Romania,
Russia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Norway etc.
The festival is organized by The
Municipality of Shumen, The Municipal Children Complex and is managed by an
The DVICYCGD is supported by leading institutions in the field of
culture, education, choral art and the
public of Shumen, including: The Ministry of Education and Science, The
Ministry of Culture, The National Children Palace, The Bulgarian Choral Union, The Balkan Choral
Days are held under the patronage of the Mayor of the town of Shumen – Mr.
This edition of the choral festival dedicated to Voinikov`s 185 th
anniversary of Voinikov and 160 years since the creation of the first polyphonic
student choir in Bulgaria by D. Voinikov.
This edition of Dobri
Voinikov International Children and Youth Choral Gala Days is 25 edition of
І. Any Bulgarian
and international children and youth choirs with singers
up to 19 years old can participate in the festival. The guest choirs
should not exceed the number of 40 members (incl. managers and accompanying
personnel). The festival is non-competitive.
Requirements for the choirs.
1. The choirs present a repertoire of their own choice. The performance
time limit for choirs is 25 minutes.
2. It is recommended that the Bulgarian choirs’ repertoire should
include a new song by a Bulgarian composer
that should be performed for the first time on Shumen stage.
All the choirs should prepare the anthem of the festifal “TO DOBRI
VOINIKOV” by Alexander Tanev (the score is available on the website of the
festival). The choirs take part in the rehearsals of the common songs that will
be performed during the festival and at the Gala concert.
3. DVICYCGD are included in the list of the representative festivals of
the Balkan Choral Forum. So, it is recommended that the choirs’ repertoire should
include a song composed by a composer from a Balkan country.
Each choir will have the opportunity to participate in two concerts in Shumen. On
April 7, at 10.30, a church concert will be held for the first time in the
Church of the Holy Ascension with a religious repertoire accapella.
It is recommended that all the choirs should be present throughout the whole
A special emphasis will be laid on the creative atmosphere of the festival in
2019 as there will be a Creative Lab, working and presenting for the first time
The work for Choir and Orchestra Missa pro Juventute from slovenian composer Tine Bec. The lab will
be guided and conducted by Slavil
Dimitrov – conductor of the Svetoslav Obretenov National Philharmonic Choir. The first performance will be
on the 6th April at the Gala concert.
During the GALA DAYS, there will be a round
table discussion with the conductors and
the guests of the festival, devoted to topical creative and organization
issues focusing on children and youth choral art and its current development
The participants in the festival will receive a diploma for participation, a statuette,
audio/video recording of their performance and advertising materials. The
organizers hold the copyright of the audio and video recordings done during the
festival. The Bulgarian Choir Union will award the participants with diplomas
The foundation “Prof. VENETA VICHEVA”
established “A Prize for Conductor`s Mastery - prof. V. Vicheva”. The winner of
the prize (diplo Organizing Committee as guests and leaders of creative
and statuette) will be selected by a board of conductors, invited by the
choirs should announce their participation in ХХV
DVICYCGD by filling a form by 31 Dec 2018 at the latest, sent by e-mail or by post. With
this application the choirs declare that they agree with the conditions of the
festival. The application should be accompanied by:
a recent audio or video recording or web-links where the performances of the
choir in 2017 or 2018
could be heard;
a colour photo of the conductor and the choir in jpg format;
an annotation about the choir and the conductor.
After receiving the applications and the enclosed materials the Organizing
Committee carries out a selection and responds to the applicants by 15 Jan 2019 at the latest. After a selection the approved
choirs will receive the scores of the songs for collective performance.
organizers bear the cost of one night (excluding breakfast) of a choir of 40
people. (including conductor, pianist, and accompanying personnel). The costs
of the rest nights, travel and meals are to be covered by the participants.
The organizers will assist the choirs with organizing
their settling and meals
at The Shumen hotel at preferential prices within three
- BB (bed and breakfast) – accommodation and breakfast
- HB (half board) – accommodation, breakfast, dinner
- FB (full board) – accommodation, breakfast, lunch and
* Price details will be uploaded to the festival site.
2. On the 6th of April a Gala Dinner with a disco party will be organized
for all participants at the price of 10.00 Euro per person at the participants` expense.
The organizers provide rooms for accoustical rehearsals on the day
of the concert.
The guest choirs are offered a cultural program, including a visit
to cultural and historical monuments and sights in Shumen and the region. Each
choir will be accompanied by a guide.
Detailed information about the programme of the festival,
information and news can be downloaded from the website of the festival.
4.04 Thursday –
16.30h - Leaders meeting with the
Mayor of Shumen
17:30h - Opening of the festival
18:00 - First festival
10.30 - 12.30 Workshop
16:30-17:30 - individual
10.30 - 12.30 Workshop
16:30-17:30 - individual rehearsals
10:30 – 11:30 Chirch concert
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