The Faces of Friends International Music Festival

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Country and Region MoldovaCahul
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Cahul, Cahul, Moldova
Festival Contact Information

The Faces of Friends International Music Festival
Creative Association “Festival”
Serghei Orlov
Bd. Victoriei 18, Cahul
MD-3909, Republic of Moldova
Phone/fax: +373 299 33382

Festival Description

The “Faces Of Friends” International Music Festival has existed since 1996. It was initially conceived of as a symposium and concert of music artists from Cahul, Moldova, but it eventually grew to be a major cultural event in Moldova. The Festival featured performances by renowned artists from many countries—including Zdob si Zdub, O-Zone, Trigon, Cuibul, Graieste Moldoveneste, Dublu Sens, In Quadro, Nelly Ciobanu, Ion Suruceanu, Dan Balan, Constantin Moscovici (Moldova), Tatiana Boeva, Productions (Ukraine), Albert Asadulin, Sergey Izbash, Olga Zabuga, Module (Russia), Torstein Sodal (Norway), Valery Gaina (ex-Kruiz), Ian Raiburg (USA), Ruslan Tsar (France) etc.

The first festivals took place every two years, then in 2004 the festival became an annual event and began featuring a contest for young performers of pop music. During the last years, young performers from eight countries have participated in the contest with performances evaluated by an international jury consisting of renowned artists, producers and musicians. The organizers are happy to announce that Festival will celebrate the 12th anniversary in 2008.

Festival Dates July 16 - 18, 2010
Festival Links

Practical Info:

Participant selection process:
  • Applicants should send a recording of one of the contest songs, in the MP3 format, via email to the address and complete an application that can be downloaded on the webpage
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is May 1, 2007. The songs will be performed live based on the recorded musical arrangement. The recording must be in Audio CD or MD (Minidisk) format. The recording can contain extra vocals, but these vocals cannot double the main melody line.
  • Participants’ arrival date: June 29
  • Participants’ departure date: July 3
  • Participant selection criteria: 15 to 25 years of age
  • Repertoire: two contest songs, one of which must be performed in the official language of the country represented by the participant; the other song can be in any language
  • Awards and prizes:
    • Grand Prix - 1000 EURO
    • I award - €700
    • II award - €500
    • III award - €300
    • All participants will receive diplomas and memorabilia from festival organizers and sponsors
  • The organizers provide the participants with transportation on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. All travel cost TO Moldova will be covered by participants.
Participation Fees:
  • All contestants pay a contest participation fee of €50
  • The participants also provide a partial coverage of room and board in the amount of €25 a day
  • These fees are paid upon arrival to the festival.


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