On the procedure for holding
World Festival - Contest of National Cultures and Arts “World Folk Vision”
in 2020 in connection with the COVID-19 virus pandemic


The COVID-19 virus pandemic has made significant changes to the daily activities of all countries and peoples of the world. The Olympic Games in Japan were postponed. The European Football Championship, cultural festivals and competitions were canceled. Exhibitions, theaters, concert halls, museums were closed.

The world final of the 2020 Festival-Contest was to be held on November 20-30, 2020 in the capital of the State of Qatar, Doha. The COVID-19 virus pandemic created an emergency for the entire world community and made major changes to the plans for holding the finals of the World Festival-Contest “World Folk Vision”. It has been canceled.

According to the organizers' plans about 16,000 participants and guests from more than 100 countries of the world were planning to take part in the festival events.

The International Organizing Committee, together with national committees, carried out a huge preparatory work and competitive selection of semi-finalists in more than 60 countries of the world.

The semi-final of the World Festival-Contest was held In the Olympic city of Sochi (Russian Federation) in January 2020,

The COVID-19 virus pandemic halted the preparation and conduct of a significant  international cultural event on a global scale.

Aware of all the responsibility to society, future generations, the participants and organizers of the Festival-Contest stated that they regret  but support the closure of all cultural and spectacular events in the world. They consider it a difficult but important and effective step   to close theaters, concert halls, cinemas , to postpone sporting events, cultural festivals and competitions.

Considering the huge preparatory work  which has been carried out earlier in more than 100 countries of the world, the International Organizing Committee of the Festival — Contest  made an unprecedented unique decision - to hold the first world final cultural competitions of the Festival – Contest 2020 in the Global Virtual Space of the information  communication network “Internet”  using the remote electronic voting and special software.

For the first time in modern history from May 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020 a cultural international festival-contest of such level will be held in the Global Virtual Space and voting on the selection of winners will be carried out online.

The Festival-Contest “World Folk Vision 2020” organized in the Global Virtual Space will be attended by the best creative teams and individual performers from various countries and regions of the world without restrictions on the grounds of citizenship, gender, race, nationality, language, origin, religion, belonging to any social group.

Contestants and participants from around the world will present to the public and an authoritative, professional international jury, prepared and specially recorded videos with their competitive performances. Video materials for public viewing will be presented and posted on a single international platform (site) of the Global Cultural Initiative www.worldfolk.vision. All stages of the event will be widely covered in the world press.

The International Organizing Committee established and approved the directions of competitive competitions in 2020:

  • "Dances of the peoples of the world" –  The creative team or individual performer presents one dance in a competitive video. The applicant independently, at his discretion, chooses: music, direction and style of dance (ballroom dance, ballet, folk dance, historical dance, acrobatic dance, swing, pop dance, modern dance, street dance, ritual dance and other free-style dances).
  • "Songs of the peoples of the world" - The musical creative team or individual performer, presents in a competitive video, one any song at its discretion. Poetic text, style and form of performance, music, language of performance, choice of genre is left to the performer.

The certain age requirements are established to participate in the Festival-Contest. The contestants must be over 16 years old (no the age limit).

On the established date of the beginning of the popular voting procedure, each interested citizen from any country in the world can cast his vote only once from one personal device and put only one rating to every artist he likes.

Further all the points obtained as a result of the National Vote and the voting of the International Professional Jury are summarized. The winner is the one who scored the most points.

To monitor the procedure of the public vote and cyber security, a special group has been formed to prevent cyber attacks, cyber threats, detect fraud and protect intellectual property.

The international humanitarian initiative World Folk Vision / Global Cultural Initiative / Stop COVID-19, in addition to the cultural component, will be aimed at disseminating information on the steps recommended by the World Health Organization to protect public health.

As part of the international voting procedure, all Internet viewers, voting participants from around the world will be able to receive on the single portal of the Festival-Competition www.worldfolk.vision special recommendations and explanations on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic developed by the World Health Organization.

The largest international news agencies of the world and more than five thousand media from 193 countries have already supported the international initiative “World Folk Vision / Global Cultural Initiative / Stop COVID-19” and will cover all stages of its preparation and implementation in international, national, local media which is a unique opportunity for partners and sponsors  once again to express themselves in the international information space.

Because of the cancellation of mass, cultural and sports events, the holding of the International Festival-Contest in the virtual space of the global Internet network gives a unique, unparalleled chance to advertisers and sponsors of the Festival-Contest to express themselves to a huge global audience of potential consumers being at home in temporary isolation.

According to preliminary estimates, given the international scale of the event, the potential audience of information, news reports in the media can be more than 1 billion users in six languages ( English, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, French, Spanish)

Dates of the Festival-Competition in the Global Virtual Space:

  • May 1, 2020-May 30, 2020 - the beginning of accepting applications from candidates for creative teams and individual performers for preliminary competitive selection.
  • May 31, 2020 - announcement of the names of the winners admitted to the semifinals.
  • June 1, 2020 - June 15, 2020 popular vote on the selection of finalists.
  • June 15, 2020 - announcement of the names of the finalists.
  • June 15, 2020 - July 1, 2020 public vote on the selection of the winner from among the finalists.
  • July 1, 2020 - announcement of the name of the winners​.

November-December 2020 - in the event of the cancellation of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, an international solemn ceremony of awarding the finalists and the winner, demonstration performances of the finalists and invited participants will be organized and held  at the final gala concert. Venue: Doha City, Qatar.

In the case of continued anti-virus events, demonstrations of the winners may be postponed or held at other times.

With the help of new forms of international cultural cooperation and ownership, using the unique possibilities of creating entertainment and competitiveness of the World Festival-Contest of National Cultures and Arts as a world-wide cultural event, a new unusual form of holding an international cultural event in the Global Virtual Space will attract the attention of the world community to the need to unite the efforts of all citizens on earth to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and create additional conditions for organizing cultural leisure and cultural education of citizens in conditions of forced self-isolation.

Worldwide Festival - Contest on the Internet will demonstrate the unity of all people infected with COVID-19 and will also allow you to pay tribute and support brave medical professionals working to save lives at the forefront of the fight.

The World Folk Vision / Global Cultural Initiative / Stop COVID-19 is designed to be an act of unity and support as part of the global fight against the proliferation of COVID-19. Participating in this impressive music and entertainment competition, world-famous performers and novice artists from different countries and regions of the world, performing on the Internet, will honor those who risk their health in order to preserve the health of everyone else.

There is no greater case for collective action than our joint response to COVID-19 – we are in this together and we will get through this together. We may have to be apart physically for a while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music.

From taking care to wash our hands, to staying at home, to calling on governments, big business and billionaires to step up, it’s on all of us to take action. Join us and we’ll follow up with actions you can take to increase your impact.

We want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented, and cultural movement.

«Stop COVID-19» - I’m staying home!