A grand performance parade both in size and its humanitarian impact was held during the three days to bring together musicians, actors and actresses, dancers, poets, artists, media artists, photographers, cooks, drivers, street cleaners and other creative people and show the power of contemporary art.
Prior to the Festival the following 5 contests were organized with the winners having a unique opportunity to be involved in the preparations of the Festival.
VIDEO NIGHT 2007 open project
In the fall of 2007 a Festival Video Night will feature short digital videos covering unique events in the life of Karelia, videos on cultural heritage, tourism, ecology, human rights and health including national projects themes, as well as advertising and PR products. Humor- and satire-driven videos including parodies on advertisements and PR are especially welcome.
CIVIC POERTY contest
Young poets residing in the Republic of Karelia are welcome to participate in this contest. An independent jury will select the best poems which will be published both in paper and electronic format. The winner will get all editions of Arion magazine, the only poetry magazine in Russia. Unlike last year, this time there will be only one nomination in the contest, namely civic poetry.
MY FIRST CREATIVE contest for advertising and PR scripts
It’s a new contest for young prose writers and playwrights who are willing to try their hand in the field of advertisement. Theme requirements for the VIDEO NIGHT project are also applicable for this contest. Authors of the best scripts will be invited to participate in the Festival Creative Laboratory in the fall of 2007. Based on their scripts the participants of the VIDEO NIGHT project will produce reels that will be shown during the III Festival of contemporary art in late November 2007 and the SOCIAL OUTBREAK Festival of social advertisement.
COMPOSITION XXI contest of new music of Karelia
It’s a composers’ contest. The winners will participate in the gala concert of the III Festival of contemporary art and their pieces will compose a DVD which will be produced based on the contest results. The best composers and performers will be offered cooperation in writing soundtrack music for the videos created during the III Festival of contemporary art.
KOMART PHOTOGRAPHERS non-stop contest
It’s an open contest for photographers covering activities of the KOMART-club especially the festivals of contemporary art. The best works will comprise a group exhibition that will be featured in the Vyhod Media Center in February 2008. A special album with the best photographs will also be created.