International Festival “ISMA Invites Talents 2020”

Competition for young, creative and ambitious.

For the past 12 years the annual competition for young vocalists has been held in Riga. Participation in the competition is a great opportunity to try your vocal skills on the real stage, make yourself known throughout Latvia and establish the necessary contacts in show business.

Our festival has given a good start to such performers as:

Stas Shurins – the winner of 2009 festival. Afterwards he became the winner of “Фабрика звёзд 2010” (Star Factory 2010), Ukraine, “Танцы со звёздами 2011” (Dancing with the Stars 2011), Ukraine, and participated in contest “Новая волна 2014” (New Wave 2014), where he obtained a special Alla Pugacheva Prize.
Aminata won the contest in 2010. In 2015 she participated in Eurovision finals and took the 6th place.
Diana Pirags - the participant of the 2010 festival, reached the finals of Eurovision 2012 selection in Italy.
David Kalandia - the participant of 2010 festival - the finalist of the TV contest “Минута славы 2011” (A Minute of Glory 2011), Moscow.
Vladimir Kozhevnikov - the nominee of 2011 festival – the winner of “Украина слезам не верит 2011” (Ukraine Does Not Believe in Tears 2011) vocal contest.
Stacey - the nominee of 2010 festival – the finalist of “Новая Волна - 2011” (New Wave 2011) contest.
Dana Sokolova - the winner of 2011 festival – the winner of “Шанс молодым 2011” (Chance to the Young 2011) contest, the winner of reality show “Молодая кровь” (Young Blood), 2015, Moscow, where she received the main prize – the contract with Black Star Inc. label.

Terms of participation in the competition:

  • Fill in the online application until 18.03.2020
  • Participation fee – 10 EUR
  • After paying the participation fee, you will receive the information about the place and time of the qualifying rounds

Selection criteria:

A contestant performs one song for 2 to 5 minutes. The jury of the competition has the right to stop the performance if, in their opinion, the duration and the level of the contestant's performance do not meet the selection criteria.

Assessment criteria:

  Category Maximum points
1 Vocal skills 35
2 Performance 35
3 Stage image 15
4 Artistry 15
  TOTAL 100

Terms of participation for foreign contestants:
You send a video of 1 song in mpeg4 format or a free access link. The information about the selection results is sent to you by e-mail until April 10.

First qualifying round is on March 21.

Age categories:

  • A (grades 1 – 4)
  • B (grades 5 – 9)
  • C (grades 10 – 12)

One winner in each category will be determined according to the results of the qualifying rounds.

The winners are given the opportunity to perform on the same stage or even sing in a duet with famous Latvian performers at ISMA Festival concert on April 24 at the Splendid Palace.

Additional awards: 

  • One year of studies at ISMA
  • One year of studies at LKK
  • A trip to Spain from the tourist agency Coral Travel
  • Spa weekend at the Pullman Hotel, Riga
  • Brunch at the Mercury Hotel, Riga
  • and many others.

Participants Ralfs Eilands, Dinara Rudane, Patrisha, Oskars Millers, Elena Matule, Deniss Melniks, Liera Šteina, Eduard Rediko and others.

Nataļja Vorobjova
– the main organiser of the competition “ISMA INVIRES TALENTS” since 2008, Dr.hist., ISMA Vice-president
Deniss Meļņiks - singer, composer, producer (MĀRA,TRENDKILL METHOD). Semi-finalist of X Factor Ukraine, Head of the Department of Culture and Art at ISMA, MBA, Co-owner of the production centre Novalight Agency.
Deniss Djakons – Bass guitarist with over 20 years of experience in various music genres (pop, jazz/funk, rock, metal, experimental/free-improvisation). Associate professor of ISMA Department of Arts, Dr.oec. Currently playing with Ralfs Eilands, Dinara Rudane & ROCK5, Trendkill Method. Music education: Riga Dome Choir School, Modern Rhythmical Music Department.
Dinara Rudan – ROCK5 Band leader, Professional Rock and Opera singer, Master Grade at Academy of Music in Riga , Latvia. Hobbies - boxing, hockey, motorcycles.