Folk Dance Competitions2019-01-26T00:17:53+00:00

Folk Dance Competitions

Festival of Discovery has teamed up with Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod to celebrate the talents of folk dancers across Wales. Groups are invited to apply to take part in these exciting new competitions designed to showcase the best of folk traditions. The winners of each of category will go forward to compete on the main stage at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod in July 2019. All entry requirements are in line with Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

There are four categories:

  • Traditional Folk-Dance Group (C1)
  • Choreographed/Stylized Folk-Dance Group (C2)
  • Children’s Traditional Folk-Dance Group (C3)
  • Cultural Showcase (C4)

 

Traditional Folk-Dance Group (C1)

A programme of maximum 8 minutes and no more than 30 dancers showcasing the folk-dance traditions of the group’s culture. Dancers must be aged 16 and over (as at the 6th July 2019). A total of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are also allowed. The presentation must focus on the dance tradition and not on instrumental numbers or dramatics. Groups may choose how many traditional dances to include, and costumes changes are allowed at the discretion of the group so long as the dancing on stage is continuous.  Staging and transitions must be carefully considered. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted.

Festival of Discovery Prizes:

  • 1st: £500,
  • 2nd: £250,
  • 3rd: £100 plus

Winners progress to compete for the International Trophy at Llangollen 2019 

Choreographed/Stylized Folk-Dance Group (C2)

A programme of maximum 8 minutes and no more than 30 dancers showcasing the folk dance of the group’s culture. Dancers must be aged 16 and over (as at the 6th July 2019). A total of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are also allowed. Groups are required to present creative, entertaining choreography based on their folk dance traditions. The presentation must focus on the dance and not on instrumental numbers or dramatics. Groups may choose how many dances to include, and costume changes are allowed at the discretion of the group so long as the dancing on stage is continuous. Originality and inventiveness are encouraged. Creative, innovative staging and transitions must be carefully considered. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted.

Festival of Discovery Prizes:

  • 1st: £500,
  • 2nd: £250,
  • 3rd: £100 plus

Winners progress to compete for the International Trophy at Llangollen 2019

Children’s Traditional Folk-Dance Group (C3)

A programme of maximum 8 minutes and no more than 30 dancers under the age of 16 (as at the 6th July 2019) showcasing the folk-dance traditions of the group’s culture. A total of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are also allowed. The presentation must focus on the dance tradition and not on instrumental numbers or dramatics. Groups may choose how many dances to include, and costume changes are allowed at the discretion of the group so long as the dancing on stage is continuous. Staging and transitions must be carefully considered. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted.

Festival of Discovery Prizes:

  • 1st: £500,
  • 2nd: £250,
  • 3rd: £100

plus Winners progress to compete for the International Trophy at Llangollen 2019

Cultural Showcase (C4)

A showcase performance of maximum 8 minutes and no more than 50 performers presenting the group’s culture in instrumental music, singing and dancing, balancing all three disciplines. One discipline (instrumental, singing and dancing) must not be more important than the other. Groups are encouraged to highlight the varied talents of every performer on stage and showcase the variety of instrumental music, song and dance to create a well-balanced cultural spectacle that celebrates all three disciplines. Creative staging, cultural costuming and audience engagement must be important considerations. The performance must be continuous, never leaving the stage empty and transitioning well from one selection to another. Instrumentalists are not expected to just accompany dancers and singers. Dancers can sing, singers can dance. Staging must differ from other choir or dance competitions.

Festival of Discovery Prizes:

  • 1st: £500,
  • 2nd: £250,
  • 3rd: £100 plus

Winners progress to compete for the International Trophy at Llangollen 2019