HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival
Main festival in the countries of the former USSR (outside of Moscow)

1 – 10 October 2016 / Yerevan, Armenia
(Thirteen Edition)
Application deadline – March 31st , 2016

We are pleased to inform, that the HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival welcomes performing arts companies and artists to present their productions in all genres of performing arts including theatre (drama, comedy, mime, movement, circus, street performances, puppet/marionette, fingers theatre, visual), dance (modern, folk, classic etc.), music (opera, classical, musical, contemporary, jazz, folk etc) and other forms of performing arts. Here are our Programmes, which will be held in the framework of the Festival:

*Main program
*Fringe Program

*International Programme of Puppet and Children Performances;
*ARMS FEST - Armenian International Student and Youth Programme;
*Memorial Program

This year it is the 100 year commemoration of the Armenian Genocide during the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and we will open a new program. No matter from which country we are, the genocide is a disaster. Art helps us reveal and speak about it to a larger audience. With this program we would like to speak about humans and violence. We aim to open to the audience the sorrow of other humans. The performances can be in any genre: drama, or music or verbatim or puppetry or contemporary dance etc.

If you have a performance about genocide or human violence, please apply to the Memorial Program.

Together let's realize the Memorial program. Let's spread the information about this to all our colleagues and do a small step for you but it will be a huge step for the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Note !!! If your work is out of the format of the festival or the deadline has already passed we can offer you to participate at the Fringe Program which means you take care all of your expenses. The Organizing Committee provides marketing and publicity costs, as well as free access to all performances and connected events.

If you are interested in participating at the HIGH FEST 2016, please read carefully the information below and send the application form and the info pack till March 31st 2016 to the following address:

HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival
Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema
Amiryan 26
Yerevan 0002

Application form (in English)

  1. Full name of the theatre / company’s history (up to 500 words)
  2. Choose the festival program you are applying to
    • Main Programme
    • Fringe Programme
    • Puppet and Children Performances
    • Student/Youth Performances (ARMS FEST)
    • Memorial Programme
  3. City / Country
  4. Performance title, short description (up to 500 words)
  5. Genre, number of acts
  6. Director, actors
  7. List of previous festivals theatre participated at
  8. Number and names of arriving people (actors and others)
Nr. Function within the group Name Last Name Gender M/F Citizenship
  1. Duration of the play
  2. Weight of decorations, dimensions, need in transport
  3. Technical conditions necessary for the show: stage size, time required for stage set up and break down, light equipment and etc.
  4. Preferable Dates to perform at the festival
  5. Information (address, fax, telephone, Email). Contact person

For selection process we need information pack, photos (good resolution / quality if digital) and full length video, DVD, VCD. A first selection will be established and the selected companies will be asked to send more information and confirm their availability.

Application process

  • The application deadline is the 31th of March
  • You will receive a confirmation from us as soon as we receive your application and info pack. If you do not receive a confirmation, please inform us
  • From the 31st of March till the 15th of May, you will be informed about the Advisory Board’s decision
  • You need to confirm your participation till 30th of June. As soon as we receive your confirmation, we will send you the official invitation

Conditions of participation

The selection for HIGH FEST 2015 is mainly based on the following criteria:

  • Shows of the high quality and professionalism
  • Shows and performances of all genres of performing arts; preferable not exceeded 5-7 person
  • Companies ready to take part in workshops, meetings and discussions
  • Companies ready to work together with the festival organizers to make things possible

The season

  • Each company will actively participate in workshops, master classes and meetings with famous theatre practitioners
  • Each Company will perform once or two times
  • Each Company will be able to see the work of other invited artists and to make new contacts

The conditions

The Organizing Committee provides the following:

  • Accommodation (max 4 nights) and 2 meals
  • Free access to all Festival events / performances etc
  • There is possibility of giving a modest fee to some companies chosen by Organizing Committee
  • Local transportation from and to airport
  • Technical and administrative costs
  • Press, marketing and publicity costs
  • Diplomas

The companies are responsible for their expenses of travel, visa (if necessary) aprox. 6- 8 Euros (at the Yerevan airport upon-arrival)

Contact us at:

Address: Amiryan 26, Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema, Yerevan 0002, Armenia
Tel/Fax: +374-10-53-62-33
Contact person: Ms. Shoghakat Galstyan (Chief Coordinator) 'mob.+ 374-99-882-110')
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