The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced the first results of an open International Contest of creative groups participating in the cultural program of the Games of 2014. The Contest is being held as part of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad and aims to find the very best groups and singers fr om across Russia and the countries participating in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
To enter the Contest, all you need to do is upload a video of yourself performing to any open video hosting site, and send the link to your video and details about yourself to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can send your video on a memory stick, along with a completed registration form, to: 105005, Moscow, PO box 154 for the attention of ООО "SKC".
To date, over 200 applications have been submitted from 37 Russian regions and 12 foreign countries - Austria, Belarus, Columbia, Estonia, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Serbia, Sweden, Spain, Ukraine and USA.
This unique project will showcase talented performers across a variety of genres including singing, dancing and acrobatics. Finalists will have the great opportunity to show the world their talent by performing at the 2014 Games in Sochi.
First finalists will be chosen online by users who will vote on the Contest’s official website: culture.sochi2014.com/en/year2013/competition/movie/id17401/
The 100 finalists will then be narrowed down to three by a judging panel – these can be groups or individual artists.
Winners and finalists will have the chance to be famous and make themselves known to the world by becoming a part of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad and perform their program on stages in Sochi in front of many guests of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014.
Applicants can submit videos in the following genres: acrobatics, gymnastics, tightrope walking, clowning, juggling, training, tricks, athletics, variety theater, spoken genre (skit, sketch, story, monologue), pop song (love song, ballad, folk song, rhyme in solo or group performance), jazz ("jazz band", "jazz ensemble", "jazz group"), variety dance (folk, ballroom dance, ballet, modern), puppets, pantomime and parody.
The Contest is open to creative ensembles or solo performers aged 14 or over, from Russia or one of the other countries taking part in the Olympic Games.
All submissions must be in strict accordance with the goals, objectives and main theme of the Contest to win the right to perform as part of the cultural program during the Games in Sochi. Applicants can send in an unlim ited number of videos, but each video can be no longer than 5 minutes.
The judging panel for the open International Contest for creative ensembles will include famous figures from the world of culture and sport and many Sochi 2014 Ambassadors. The panel will include: musicians Yuri Bashmet, Andrei Makarevich and Valery Syutkin, figure skaters Tatiana Navka, Irina Slutskaya and Evgeny Plyushchenko, TV presenter Yuri Vyazemsky and director of the Kuban Cossack Choir, Victor Zakharchenko.
Tatyana Navka, 2006 Olympic Champion, the Sochi 2014 Ambassador, and a member of the competition's judging panel said:
“Figure skating and ice dancing is a precise fusion of sport and art. As a member of the Contest's judging panel, I will particularly keep an eye on the dance groups who want to be a part of the Cultural Olympiad. I hope that talented dancers reach the finals and win the opportunity to participate in the cultural program for the Olympic Games, while also wishing great success to all talented artists and groups competing. I believe that the entrant’s competitive spirit and desire to win will help them perform at their best and enjoy a fair and open fight to be part of the great sports and cultural festival in Sochi”.
The last day on which video submissions can be entered and online votes cast will be August, 28, 2013. Winners of the open Contest will be officially announced on September, 10, 2013.
Notes to the editor
The open International Contest for creative ensembles began in Autumn 2012 and is one of the largest projects of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad.
The judging panel will include: Viktor Zakharchenko, Yana Rudkovskaya, Yuri Vyazemsky, Tatiana Navka, Irina Slutskaya, Andrei Makarevich, Valery Syutkin, Igor Butman, Evgeny Plyushchenko, Dima Bilan and Yuri Bashmet.
The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is a unique project from the organizers of the Games, which presents to the public top cultural events taking place throughout the country. In 2014, visitors to the Olympic host city will be able to enjoy Russia's cultural diversity, as presented at concert venues situated in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana. Since 2010, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, in conjunction with the country's regions, has been carefully selecting the very best that Russian culture has to offer.
Between 2010 and 2014, thousands of cultural events will take place across Russia. Each year of the Cultural Olympiad is devoted to a particular art form: 2010 was the Year of Cinema, 2011 was the Year of Theater, 2012 was the Year of Music, and 2013 is the Year of Museum.
The fourth year of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is devoted to museums. Like previous years, the organizers of the first ever winter Games in Russia's history will be presenting hundreds of top cultural events and museum projects to the public.
The national scale of the project will make it possible to get every resident of the country involved in this grand cultural celebration, whilst preserving and adding to the cultural riches of our country. Updates about all of the events taking place as part of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad can be found on the portal http://culture.sochi2014.com/en