Dear Friends, as promised, as of January 1, 2022 we are accepting applications for the “Vistula Sounds” International Vocal Festival and Competition in Ciechocinek. Per the Festival Regulation, we will close accepting applications on June 1, 2022. All details concerning the Festival have been published in the “Vistula Sounds” tab of the SSCE Agency at www.ce.sarsargsyan.com; you will find the application form there, too. All relevant information is available in Polish and English, with a Russian version being developed to help any Russian-speaking applicants – please contact us directly to receive details.
We request that you thoroughly fill in your Festival application forms and prepare well for the event, bearing in mind any remarks we have included in the Regulation and other Festival documents available from our website. When in doubt, please write or call us directly. Please be reminded that due to the character of the Festival you will be required to stay in Ciechocinek on all Festival days and attend all accompanying events.
We would like to extend a special request to our foreign applicants: even though you are not required to apply for both competitions, we would encourage you to apply for the Polish Song Competition. If needed, we will be happy to assist with the selection of the repertoire, lyrics, etc.
We are looking forward to welcoming you all at our special event in Ciechocinek.
Dear Friends, all of us here at SAR SARGSYAN CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We hope the holiday season will be a time when you get away from your daily grind and relax among family and friends. In addition, we wish you that the New Year brings frequent moments of joy and continued success in your undertakings. We want to take this opportunity and thank everyone we have worked with over 2021, hoping we can reconnect for new projects in 2022.
And here we round up two international online festivals: the “Sakura Blossom” and the “New Stream II”, organized by our partner, the European Festival Project, “STARS WAY” (Prague, Czech Republic). The events were held in collaboration with the “World Union of Culture”, and the media partner was the “Mozaika TV”, the European Internet Television. A total of 15 Polish contestants took part in both events, who represented our country in various genres and age groups, with one person nominated in the instrumental music category. Our contestants were hugely successful.
For the “New Stream II” competition held in Croatia the results are as follows: Kinga Lorenc, Zuzanna Ozimińska and Aneta Dąbska were awarded 1st prizes, Paweł Szymański won the 1st prize and the GOLD STAR, and Marcelina Albrycht came home with the GRAND PRIX.
The “Sakura Blossom” festival held in Japan brought about the following results: 7 persons were awarded the 1st prize, including Julia Kmiecik, Emilia Szcześniak, Marcelina Albrycht, Zuzanna Ozimińska, Kinga Lorenc, as well as Julia Walaszczyk and Michal Makowski (duo), with Kornelia Wodka also awarded a prize for her instrumental piece. Weronika Dębska was awarded the 1st place and the GOLD STAR. In addition, two Grand Prix prizes were awarded to Paweł Szymański (pop vocal) and Mateusz Ługowski (classic vocal).
Congratulations to all our Polish contestants, wishing you all continued successes! Thank you for a great cooperation and looking forward to upcoming events co-organized with the SSCE Agency.
For the “Sakura Blossom” festival, SSCE’s artistic director, Saribek Sargsyan, was asked to be one of the judges in the international panel.
We are delighted to share with you the latest update on our International Festival and Vocal Competition – Vistula Sounds – which is now scheduled to take place on 15-19 August 2022 in Ciechocinek. Due to the global pandemic the original dates planned for 2020 and 2021 could not be made. We realize you all have been waiting 3 years for the Festival to take place, and we have been forced to move the times twice already. This, however, gives us more time to prepare for the event in 2022.
We will start accepting entries on January 1, 2022. All details will be shared as they become available on the official Festival website: Vistula Sounds. Do follow us also on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates: https://www.facebook.com/VistulaSounds;
We are looking forward to greeting you in Ciechocinek when we launch our special Vistula Sounds Festival next year.
The beautiful city of Nafplio located in the Peloponnese in Greece hosted a hybrid edition of “GREECE'S HOPE”, International Children’s and Young People’s Creative Festival on 22- 26 September 2021. As part of the online format the contestants presented by our Agency included not only singers from Poland, but also from Armenia:
Poland: Laura Cisak, 2nd place, Karolina Zajdel & Julia Książkiewicz (duo), Grand Prix;
Armenia: Garnik Yeghiazaryan, 1st place, Vanessa Babayan, 1st place, Vanessa Babayan, Aleksandra Mkhitaryan and Yana Baghdasaryan (trio), 2nd place. In the regular format, Poland was represented by Eliza Xerxa-EliX who won the Festival’s Grand Prix for her amazing performance. Congratulations to all contestants! Wishing you all continued success with our Agency, and beyond.
The Festival was organized by “Effterman Production”. SSCE is the sole official representative of all “Effterman Production” competitions. Our deepest thanks go to the organizers for the high quality of the event and professional organization. We also thank you for the warm welcome.
SSCE’s artistic director, Saribek (Sar) Sargsyan, was one of the international judges invited to the Festival. In addition, Sar gave a special performance during the official closing concert.
Hadrut in Artsakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, is where Sar Sargsyan was born – it is his home town. This is where he obtained his initial education, both general and musical, starting his artistic career at 4. Hadrut is also where his parents were born, as well as all of his known predecessors.For the first time in the history of the region, as a result of Azerbaijani military aggression which started in September 2020, Hadrut’s residents were expelled from their homes, from their city. In one instant they lost everything – their own and their fathers’ entire lifetime possessions. They were brutally deprived of their cultural legacy, their history, their complete past. In one instant they became exiles – among others, Sar’s mother, further family members, and many close ones. Multiple Armenians, including children and older people, were killed. Armenian houses were burnt and demolished, while Armenian cemeteries and unique historic monuments relating to Christianity were defiled, devastated, and with time razed to the ground. Sar’s home no longer exists.
“My Hadrut” is a song which pays homage to the city. The lyrics used to develop the piece were created in the 1980s, by a well-known Armenian poet and writer Sokrat Khanyan. Given the dramatic recent events which took place in the city, the wording needed to be adapted by the singer and the composer, Armenuhi Karapetyan. The latter is a well-known Armenian composer, member of the Armenian Association of Composers, author of many classical and stage pieces. Karapetyan composed the music for “My Hadrut” upon the request of Sar and especially for him – the two artists have worked together before.
“My Hadrut” is more than a dedication. It is a scream and an explosion of emotions felt by the artist, his step on the way to de-occupy his homeland. Ultimately, it is a cry for help to the entire world so no one dares to take away someone else’s HOME, uproot them and impose a different FATE.
The piece has an underlying minor tonality, with the final phrase when the artist calls upon his city, changing to a major one, expressing hope.
Listen to the song – click here.
Soon, on the upcoming eve of Hadrut Day, Sar Sargsyan will release his new song, “My Hadrut” (Hadrut is Sar’s home town).
Lyrics by Sokrat Khanyan, music by Armenuhi Karapetyan, arrangements by Alexandra Maghakyan, mix and mastering by Stephan Berudzanyan; recording made at the “Spox music” studio in Warsaw; poster designed by Valeri Ayvazyan, photograph by Michał Ignar.
We are deeply grateful to the writers of the song and the others who have contributed to the development and recording of the piece. Our thanks also to all those who have been supportive of the creative process.
A new edition of the “Summer Talent League” International Music Festival and Competition was held on 27 June 3 July 2021 at the beautiful Spanish resort, Lloret de Mar. This new edition was held live, and our agency attended the event following an 18-month break. The Polish delegation to the competition was represented by SSCE’s artistic director, Saribek Sargsyan, who was additionally invited as one of the judges.
Poland was represented by 2 contestants, with their fantastic performances recognized by the judges: Alicja Kłosińska won the first prize, and Wiktoria Marciniak won the Grand Prix. Both contestants offered high-quality vocal and artistic performances, which was appreciated not only by the international panel of judges, but also the audience on site. Congratulations to the winners! Wishing you continued success!
The Festival was organized by ARS FESTA (led by Asta Bagdonaviciene), which, in addition to the “Summer Talent League”, organizes two other major festivals-competitions: “Music Talent League” and “Cristams Talent League” in Vilnius, Lithuania. All of these events are organized with quality in mind and working with the organizers is a pleasure. SSCE is the sole official representative of all ARS FESTA competitions – please join us for upcoming events.
Saribek Sargsyan, SSCE’s artistic director, gave performances as a Special Guest during the official opening and closing concerts.
Two other international festivals have been recently held online: “Stars Way New York” and “Pearls of Europe”. Both were organized by our partner from Prague, Czech Republic. A total of 24 contestants represented Poland in the two events, including both vocalists and instrumentalists, with excellent performances: 13 contestants won first prizes, 4 contestants won second prizes, and one contestant won the third prize. The major festival awards, Grand Prix, were also won by the following Polish contestants: Michał Jopek, Martyna Skuza, Wiktoria Ryznar, Dawid Wojnarowicz, and Anna Rozynek.
We are happy for all contestants – congratulations on great performances!
Saribek Sargsyan, SSCE’s artistic director, was invited to sit on the international panel of judges at the “Stars Way New York” festival and competition.
The International Vocal Competition “Music Talent League 2021” took place in Vilnius on 4-6 June 2021, exclusively represented in Poland by the SSCE Agency. This year the organizers were forced to hold the entire event online too. Poland was represented by 10 contestants who performed in various age and genre categories, with 2 of them winning 3th place, 3 winning 2nd places, and 5 winning 1st place.
Congratulations go to all contestants, their tutors who contributed to their success, as well as parents.
We wish to thank the organizers of the “Music Talent League” for the professional preparation and delivery of a magnificent event.
SSCE’s artistic director, Saribek Sargsyan, is a recurring judge of the “Music Talent League” International Competition and Festival in Vilnius.
The “Victoria” International Competition and Festival was held as an online event on May 24–31, 2021 in Kiev (Ukraine). The Festival was organized by SSCE’s partner in Ukraine, VICTORIA FEST. Eight Polish soloists and four choirs participated in the event, and performed as follows: classical voice – Monika Nowak 1st place and Mateusz Ługowski Grand Prix; contemporary voice (pop) –- Julia Kmiecik 1st place, Ewelina Hanula 2nd place, Dawid Wojnarowicz 1st place, Kinga Lorenc 3rd place, Krzysztof Gdaniec 1st place, Wiktoria Kasprzyk Grand Prix; Choirs - "Canzona" (Dir. Adrianna Wtorowska-Kubińska) 3rd place, "Cantores graudentes" (Dir. Michał Rajewski) 3rd place, "Collegium Cantorum" (Dir. Michał Rajewski) 3. place, "Canzona - Absolwent " (Dir. Elżbieta Wtorowska) 2. place.
Congratulations, and wishing you all continued success!
SSCE’s artistic director, Saribek Sargsyan, is a recurring judge of the “Victoria” International Competition and Festival in Kiev.
Dear “Vistula Sounds” potential contestants/participants and enthusiasts, we are all aware of the epidemic situation which, unfortunately, prohibits us from holding the 1st edition of the Festival in Ciechocinek on 17-22 August 2021, per our earlier objectives and in line with the planned event character. We are moving the event once more without any changes or modifications to its programme or nature, this time to August 2022; we believe we will be able to share the specific dates in the summer or autumn of 2021. The international jury also remains unchanged, to be chaired by Ms Grażyna Brodzińska /link: Judging panel /.
We are hopeful you will understand that the event will not take place this year due to circumstances beyond our control – we have done our best, and more, to ensure the event could be held. The Festival has been well prepared and will be held once the external circumstances have ceased to prevent its organization.
We will be awaiting your entries as of January 1, 2022. All registration and organizational details will be shared within the official Festival website: Vistula Sounds and on the Facebook fanpage at https://www.facebook.com/VistulaSounds as soon as they become available.
Wishing you all health, we hope to see you in 2022.
The “Shining Stars of Italy 2021” International Festival-Competition was held on April 7, 2021 in Rome, Italy. The event was organized by our partner, the European Festival Project “STARS WAY” (Prague, Czech Republic). 19 contestants from Poland participated in the event, with 7 of them winning 2nd places, and 11 winning 1st Three of these, Aneta Dąbska, Krzysztof Gdaniec and Igor Gacek, were awarded the “Gold Star” special prizes. The most important prize of the Festival was also won by a Polish contestant, Marcelina Albrycht, who received the Grand Prix of the “Shining Stars of Italy 2021”. We are excited to see such wonderful performances and congratulate each and every one of the contestants on their great efforts.
Saribek Sargsyan, SSCE’s artistic director, was one of the judges on the international jury of the “Shining Stars of Italy” festival and competition.
The “Junior's Hope online” (season 5) international singing competition was held April 10, 2021 in Kishinev (Moldova). The event was organized by our partner, Effterman Production (Kisihinev, Moldova). Poland was represented by Dawid Wojnarowicz (Let's Rock music studio) who won the 1st prize. Dawid Wojnarowicz was also qualified to move to the Grand Finale which was held online on the following day, on April 11, 2021 at 1pm CET on the official Facebook fanpage of the “Junior's Hope online” festival /https://www.facebook.com/JUNIORs.HOPE.online/. The winners’ names were announced soon after the presentations and we are proud to share with you that Dawid Wojnarowicz won the Grand Prix of the “Junior's hope online”. Congratulations and wishing you continued success!
The “Magic Sounds” International Festival-Competition was held online in the Czech capital city of Prague on February 24, 2021. The organizer of the competition is our partner, “STARS WAY” European Festival Project (with its seat in Prague). The event was held under the auspices of the “World Union of Culture”, and the media partner was the Mozaika TV, European Internet Television.
12 Polish contestants competed in the event and, as always, delivered great performances. 10 contestants were awarded 1st prizes, and two were awarded 2nd prizes in various age and genre categories. In addition, Karolina Zajdel won the audience award. Congratulations to all contestants and wishing you continued success! We are grateful to the organizers for the continued collaboration with our Agency and a great organization of the Festival under the difficult pandemic circumstances.
The “Victoria” International Competition and Festival was held as an online event on Feb 15 – Mar 1, 2021 in Kiev (Ukraine). The Festival was organized by SSCE’s partner in Ukraine, VICTORIA FEST. Ten Polish soloists participated in the event, and performed as follows: classical voice – Daria Sawczuk 2nd place and Paweł Piotrowski 1st place; contemporary voice (pop) – Natan Gryga 2nd place, Martyna Styś 2nd place, Emilia Szcześniak 3rd place, Zuzanna Ozimińska 2nd place, Julia Sechman 3rd place, Dawid Wojnarowicz 1st place, Norbert Kuświk 3rd place, and Aneta Dąbska 2nd place. In addition, Daria Sawczuk won the “Victoria” International Competition and Festival Audience Award. Congratulations, and wishing you all continued success!
SSCE’s artistic director, Saribek Sargsyan, is a recurring judge of the “Victoria” International Competition and Festival in Kiev.
The “MTL Online” International Vocal Festival and Competition, organized in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, closed on February 28, 2021. The event was made up of 4 modules, including: “World Hit”, “Author Song”, “Video Clip”, and “Musical and Film Song”. All four parts of the competition were held between August and December 2020. The winners of each module were invited to participate in the Grand Finale held on February 28, 2021 and compete for the Grand Prix.
In all four of the categories SSCE from Poland presented 35 contestants, all of whom offered great performances, and the following singers were invited to sing during the Finale: Julia Walaszczyk (1st season), Vanessa Szanter and Aneta Dąbska (2nd season), Eliza Xerxa and Gabriela Borys (3rd season), Paweł Szymański and Zuzanna Bera (4th season). We are proud to share with you that Zuzanna Bera won the Grand Prix (in the “Musical and Film Song” category). Congratulations to all contestants!
The Festival was organized by ARS FESTA, SSCE’s partner in Lithuania.
SSCE’s artistic director, Saribek Sargsyan, was one of the judges in the first part of the Competition – the “World Hit”, as well as during the Grand Finale in the same category.
The international “Netherlandish Golden Tulip 2021” Online Festival and Contest was held on February 5, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The organizer behind the event is our Partner, the “STARS WAY” European Festival Projects with its seat in Prague. The event’s other partners included the “World Union of Culture” and the European Internet Television, “Mozaika TV”, providing the media coverage. The contest attracted many contestants from a host of countries, including Armenia, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and the Ukraine.
Poland was represented by 8 soloists and 1 duo. As expected, the Polish contestants fared extremely well, with Natan Gryga winning the 1st prize, Zosia Ściegienna the 2nd prize, Natalia Gal the 1st prize, Julia Markowska the 1st prize, Julia Sechman the 1st prize, Anna Rozynek the 2nd prize, Norbert Kuświk the 2nd prize, Aneta Dądska the 1st prize, and the duo of Zuzanna Pasiowiec & Dawid Wojnarowicz winning the 1st prize.
Congratulations to all contestants! Wishing you all continued success!
SSCE’s artistic director, Saribek Sargsyan, was one of the judges of the “Netherlandish Golden Tulip” contest.
“The Call of the Immortals” is an expression of gratitude to the heroic victims of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) war. The song is sung in their name and is an address to all the living. The piece will become a symbol of heroism.
The lyrics were written by Ashot Hunanyan, music by Armenuhi Karapetyan, mastering was provided by Karno Bagdasaryan, and the video clip was made by “Iammedia”․ The singers include Sar Sargsyan (baritone), Gevorg Karametelyan (tenor), and Armenuhi Karapetyan (piano). Listen to the song – click here.
The International “Junior's Hope” Online Competition (season 4) was held today, on January 23, 2021, in Kishinev, Moldova. Poland was represented by Natalia Krawiec and Julia Sechman. Both contestants were awarded 1 st prizes and were nominated for the Finals, which will be held online tomorrow, January 24, 2021, at 12 noon CET on the official Facebook fanpage of the Festival ( https://www.facebook.com/
Hello everyone, despite the circumstances we are working hard to prepare the Festival, and hope to be able to welcome you all to Ciechocinek on 17-22 August 2021, when the pandemic will have become a bad memory only. While we understand the situation continues to be uncertain, we have decided to take the time and start accepting entries for the Festival on March 1, 2021. As such, it would be a good idea to start preparing for the competitions as there is less time than you might think. Entries will be accepted over a period of 3 months only, i.e. until May 31, 2021 – do check our website and social media profiles regularly (SSCE and “Vistula Sounds”) for any new updates. Alien contestants who are planning to participate in the Polish Song Contest are encouraged to approach us for assistance with song selection. As always, we will be available for all of you with any urgent and less pressing enquiries. We are gradually revealing our outstanding judges on the official “Vistula Sounds” website and the Facebook profile. The agency website will soon feature the “Vistula Sounds” sub-category which will be found under the “Festivals” tab, and will contain information on all judges we have asked to be part of the event. Accommodation information will be shared with you at a later time.
The “Crystal Star” International Festival and Competition (Prague, Czech Republic) was held online on 17 December 2020. The event was organized by our partner, the “STARS WAY” European Festival Project (Prague, Czech Republic). The patron of the event was the “World Union of Culture” and the media partner “Mozaika TV”, European Internet Television. Poland was represented by four soloists and one ensemble, and as always this time the participants from Poland also achieved good results: Natan Gryga - Super Grand Prix, Ewelina Matejko -1. place, Sandra Pytlarz -1. place, Suzanna Bochman - 2. place and dance group "Expression" - Grand Prix. Congratulations to all, wishing you continued successes!
Saribek Sargsyan, SSCE’s artistic director, was one of the international judges of the “Crystal Star” festival and competition.
Great news – we are working hard on organizing the “Vistula Sounds” International Vocal Competition. The first edition of the event has been planned to take place on 17-22 August 2021 in Ciechocinek. We will share all news as it becomes available. The latest is we now have the international panel of judges confirmed for both festival competitions. Per section 6.6 of the competition regulation, the judges are qualified experts in vocal performance, singers, vocalists, conductors, composers, directors of various vocal festivals, as well as musical agents from Poland and other countries. The presentation of the panel will begin with the presiding judge of both competitions – we are excited to let you know this is a Polish soprano, an operetta, opera and musical singer and actress, the First Lady of the Polish Music Scene and the Queen of Operetta, Ms. Grażyna Brodzińska. Ms Brodzińska will also be the Honorary Guest of the Festival and its Muse http://www.grazynabrodzinska.pl/.
Season 3 of the “Junior's Hope Online” international singing competition was held today, 24 October 2020, in Kishinev (Moldova). Poland was represented by five soloists and one ensemble. Here are the results: the “Fama” ensemble – 1st place, Aurelia Radecka – 1st place, Eliza Xerxa – 1st place, Sandra Pytlarz – 1st place, Jakub Duda – 2nd place, and Natan Gryga – 2nd In addition to these great achievements, a performance by the “Fame” ensemble and two other Polish contestants, Aurelia Radecka and Eliza Xerxa, were nominated for inclusion in the Final, to be held online tomorrow, 25 October 2020, at 12pm CET (streaming will be available on the official FB fanpage of the Festival at https://www.facebook.com/JUNIORs.HOPE.online/. Following the concert the organizers will announce the winners of the Festival’s Grand Prix. The performances will be commented by members of an international jury (tomorrow’s contestants are requested to be available on Skype should members of the jury wish to contact them!). Due to unforeseen circumstances, SSCE’s Artistic Director and member of the festival’s jury, Saribek Sargsyan, will not be present – we appreciate your understanding. Congratulations to all – we are happy for you!
The “Beautiful Blue Danube” International Festival and Competition was held in Budapest, Hungary, on 2 October 2020. The event was organized by the “STARS WAY” European Festival Project from Prague, supported by “World Union of Culture” and “Mozaika TV” European Internet Television as the media partner. Seven Polish contestants took part in the event, giving exceptional performances and securing high ranks among the winners. These included: Julia Markowska – 1st place, Martyna Plewa – 1st place, Gabriela Borys -1st place, Karolina Lorenz – 2nd place, Wiktoria Dołżonek – 2nd place, Sandra Pytlarz – 2nd place, and Natan Gryga – 2nd Congratulations to all and wishing you continued success in the future!
SSCE’s Artistic Director, Saribek Sargsyan, was a member of an jury.