Rainbow International Festival and Competition St.Petersburg

Date: 2022 - TBA

Join Choirs from all over the world in St.Petersburg 

 "Rainbow" International Festival and Choir Competition is a prestigious modern choral competition, which is held in one of the best concert halls in the world - in the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella. This remarkable event is an integral part of the cultural life of the northern capital.
The Festival-Competition annually brings together about 50 choirs from Russia and Europe. The international Rainbow jury of 2020 will include famous choral conductors from Russia, Belarus, Estonia, and Poland.
For all participants it will be not only a choral competition, but also the opportunity to meet, exchange experiences with collectives from different countries, participate in evening festival concerts, get acquainted with the sights of St. Petersburg.
The Festival and Choir Competition is held for the 23rd time. Children, Youth choirs and non-professional adult choirs with concert programs corresponding to the following regulations are welcome to participate in the competition. Each choir gets an opportunity to take part in competitive and festival concerts, to establish contacts with other collectives, to participate in the seminar and attend workshops held by jury members and leading specialists in choral arts.

Distinctive features of the Rainbow Festival- Competition:

the opportunity to participate teams of different age categories
a wide range of genres (classical, jazz, folklore, etc.)
performances at the best venues of the city and a gala concert in the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg.

About Warsaw

Warsaw is notable among Europe’s capital cities not for its size, its age, or its beauty but for its indestructibility. It is a phoenix that has risen repeatedly from the ashes of war. Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. Located in the east-central part of the country. The landscape changes from the north to the south, like a kaleidoscope showing its great variety and beauty. In the north is the Baltic Sea with sandy beaches and vast forests. Go further south and you’ll find the famous land of a thousand lakes, Masuria, an area with many opportunities for activities in the summer months. The central part of Poland is rather flat, covered with light birch forests and agricultural lands (not counting Warsaw, our capital city). South of the country, where the city of Krakow is situated, is hilly and mountainous.


● March 27, Friday. 11-13.00 Opening
● 15:00 – 21:00 competition singing
● 18.00-21.00 additional concerts
● March 28, Saturday. 16:00 – 21:00 competition singing
● The concerts of participants, 14:00 – 21:00
● March 29, Sunday. Grand Prix, Awards and Gala, 11:00 – 13:00
Seminar and workshops by jury members
March 28, Saturday. Chamber hall of Capella, 10:00 – 14:00
Competition categories
А1: Children choirs up to 12 years, min. 20 participants.
А2: Children choirs up to 15 years, min. 20 participants.
A3: Children choirs up to 18 years, min. 20 participants.
A4: Boys’ choirs up to 10 years, min. 16 participants.
A5: Boys’ choirs up to 17 years, min. 16 participants
B1: Equal Voices Youth choirs up to 25 years, 16 participants min.
B2: Youth mixed choirs up to 25 years, 16 participants min.
C1: Equal Voices choirs (no age limits), 16 participants min.
C2: Mixed choirs (no age limits), 16 participants min.
D: Children and adult Chamber choirs and vocal/choral ensembles, children and adult, max. 16 participants.
E1: Pop, jazz, rock, sacred ensembles and vocal groups (no age limits), 3 to 11 participants
E2: Pop, jazz, rock, sacred choirs, ensembles and vocal groups (no age limits), 12 or more participants
If there are less than 3 choirs in the category the organizers may decide to join some categories together.


International jury consists of leading choral masters and evaluates performances on a 100-point system based on the following criteria:
-           intonation
-           level of vocal skills
-           persuasive power of compositions interpretation
-           general impression
The decisions of the jury cannot be contested and changed.


Participants scored from 90 to 100 points are announced “Winner of the Festival” and awarded 1st grade prize and Golden diploma.
Participants scored from 75 to 89 points are awarded 2nd grade prize and Silver diploma.
Participants scored from 60 to 74 points are awarded 3rd  grade prize and Bronze diploma.
 Participants scored less than 60 points get the Certificate of Participation.
The jury may award special prizes.

Grand Prix competition

The participants scored from 90 to 100 points regardless of category take part in Grand Prix competition.
The participant must perform one composition, not included in main program of the competition, and no more than 5 minutes. Participant involved in several categories should present only one composition in Grand Prix section.
The Grand Prix competition is held in the Capella on March 29 at 11:00.
In case of one participant in Grand Prix competition, the Grand Prix is awarded automatically. In case of no participants scored from 90 to 100 points, the Grand Prix is not awarded.

Registration fee

If paid before December 1
If paid after December 1
10 000 rubles /  150 euro
15 000  rubles /  210 euro
Choirs second category
6 000 rubles  /   90 euro
8 000 rubles  /  115 euro
Ensembles 10-16 persons
8 000 rubles  /  115 euro
10 000 rubles /  150 euro
Ensembles 10-16 persons – second category
5 000 rubles  /   75 euro
6 000 rubles  /   90 euro
Ensembles 3-9 persons
4 000 rubles  /   58 euro
6 000 rubles  /   90 euro
Ensembles 3-9 persons
2 000 rubbles /  29 euro
3 000 rubles  /   45 euro
The registration fee from Choirs of Leningrad is 3000 rubles.
Russian residents make a payment in rubles. The participants pay a fee of Intermediary Banks located in the payer’s country. All other fees of Intermediary Banks are paid by payee.
Payment confirmation should be enclosed to the registration form.
The full document package necessary for participating in XXIII ‘Rainbow’ International choir competition should be sent: rainbow@choirlab.ru  (apart of choirs from point B. Registration).


Your festival ground arrangements include the following:

• Three-nights in a 3* or 4* Hotel with breakfast
• Dinner each evening (optional extra)
• Festival participation fee
• Concert performances
• Return airport transfers from airport with guide assistance on arrival
• One free place for choir conductor on the ground

Transportation while in Warsaw

Choirs usually make their way around the city with the local guide via public transport. However, we can arrange coach transportation for your group as

Flight Options

Once you enquire with CCI you will be given your own dedicated festival planner, and this planner will also assist you with the booking of flights for your group. Choir Contact experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking. We use the most up-to-date modern technology for searching best fares including low cost carriers, allowing us to book you the best flights at the best fares for a fully co-ordinated service. We use both low-cost internet fares and our long-standing relationships with other carries to ensure that we can secure the best travel option for your choir. We will advise you on luggage allowance and all details relating to your flight booking. Travel Insurance CCI recommend that all travellers take out travel insurance at the time of booking.

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