Rules of participation:

1. XVI International Choir Festival  „Gaude Cantem” will be held on 15-17 October 2020.

1. Only amateur choirs which had submitted an application form can participate in the Festival.

2. The closing date for submitting the application form is 30 July 2020.

3. The application form must be submitted via e-mail:

The application form must be accompanied with a current recording and photo of the choir (the basic of the photo should not have less than 2000 pixels).

4. Choirs may participate in the workshops and/or in the competition and/or in the Senior's Review and they are obliged to participate in festival concerts.

5. Choirs may declare that they will participate only in festival concerts.

6. Choirs participating in the Festival are invited to prepare a short presentation (a sacred piece, about 1 minute) during the Inauguration Concert.

7. To participate in the Festival, the choirs will be selected by the Artistic Council on the basis of the application form and choir's recordings of at least two songs (recorded not earlier than within the last two years) sent by e-mail (link) or by post on CD/DVD.
 8.The list of choirs selected to participate in the Festival (Workshops, Competition, Senior's Review and Festival Concerts) will be published on the Festival's website not later than on 15  August 2020.

9. Choirs qualified to participate in the festival pay a registration fee of 500 PLN.

10. The choirs which belong to the Bielsko-Biała Department of the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras and participating in workshops and/or competition and /or review pay 50%  of accreditation fee, and taking part in festival concerts only are exempt from the accreditation fee.

11. The payment shall be transferred to the organizers' bank account IBAN: PL 79 1030 0019 0109 8530 0022 1704, BIC (SWIFT): CITIPLPX   not later than on 30 August 2020 (date of crediting the account). In the event of choir’s later resignation from participating in the competition, the fee will not be returned. The fee will be returned if the festival is canceled because of the coronavirus.

12. The bill for accreditation will be issued after receiving the payment.


The organizers provide:

1. Certificate of participation for each choir taking part in the Festival.

2. Meal for  choirs taking part in the Senior's Review on  16th  October 2020.

3. Dinner for groups participating in the competition on 17th  October 2020.

4. Treat after festival concerts.

5. CD with recorded competition performances.

6. Assistant for each group for the time of duration of the Festival.


In order to facilitate getting to concert locations, the choirs should use their own means of transport or the means of transport rented by the organizing committee at choir's expense.


The organizers do not take responsibility for illegal performing of the music (copyright) and law activities connected with it.


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