About

We are excited to host our first national festival in South Africa. It will be the first of its kind in our country.

The SAFRA National Festival will be for all the people that play the concertina, bandoneon, diatonic accordion, button accordion and piano accordion. The people in this community have not had dedicated festivals just for these instruments.
We welcome all our South African musicians to participate whether you are a professional on the instrument or just play for fun and enjoyment there is a category for all.

We are collaborating with international professionals on these instruments to be our jury members.

We are bringing the international experience to our local South African musicians.

 

Go read our rules and regulations and go register today

 

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Rules and Regulations

Registrations for all categories must be made between
8 April 2022 – 24 June 2022

 

Videos for all categories to be submitted by 1 July 2022

 

Candidates may register multiple times but may only register once per instrument category, therefore only a maximum of 3 entries are allowed per candidate. Standard fees apply for each registration/application.

Each program must be recorded in one continuous video. No video interruption between the different pieces.

No audio or video editing will be accepted (except sound effects mentioned on the video format rules). This will be penalized by disqualification.

The videos must be recorded specifically for the SAFRA Free Reed Festival 2022 and should not be posted under any platform whatsoever (YouTube, Facebook, Instragram, etc.) before the end of the festival (15 July 2022).

Each video will be inspected once received. The SAFRA executive reserves the rights to refuse any video that does not meet the criteria defined above.

Registration

No registration can be validated if payment is not made and if the photograph of the candidates is not sent as indicated on the registration form.
Please respect the deadlines as well as the specific details for the recording of the videos (Videos uploaded on YouTube in link “Unlisted”, insertion of poster in “Thumbnail”, etc.). All of the video details are explained under the video headline. Do not hesitate to contact SAFRA if you have any doubts

Instrument Categories

  1. Concertina & Diatonic Accordion
  2. Bandoneon
  3. Piano & Button Accordion

Age Groups

  1. Pre-Junior
    • Age 13 and under
  2. Junior
    • Age 14 – 18
  3. Senior
    • Age 19 – 35
  4. Adults Amateur
    • Age 36 and up
  5. Adults Professional
    • Age 36 and up

Fees

R100 per registration

Categories and Fees

Fees

R100 per registration

Instrument Category

  1. Concertina & Diatonic Accordion
  2. Bandoneon
  3. Piano & Button Accordion

Age Groups

  1. Pre-Junior
    • Age 13 and Under
    • Max 4 min performance
  2. Junior
    • Age 14 – 18
    • Max 6 min performance
  3. Senior
    • Age 19 – 35
    • Max 8 min performance
    • Minimum 2 pieces of contrasting styles
  4. Adults Amateur
    • Age 36 and up
    • Max 8 min performance
    • Minimum 2 pieces of contrasting styles
  5. Adults Professional
    • Age 36 and up
    • Max 8 min performance
    • Minimum 2 pieces of contrasting styles

Video Format

Rules

  • Each program must be recorded in one continuous video. No video interruption between the different pieces.
  • No audio or video editing will be accepted (except sound effects mentioned on the video format rules). This will be penalized by disqualification.
  • The videos must be recorded specifically for the SAFRA Free Reed Festival 2022 and should not be posted under any platform whatsoever (YouTube, Facebook, Instragram, etc.) before the end of the festival (15 July 2022).

Each video will be inspected once received. The SAFRA executive reserves the rights to refuse any video that does not meet the criteria defined above.

Video Resolution

  • 720 p (1280 x 720 format 16/9) (+/- the video rendering of a smartphone located 3 meters from the accordionist)
  • The camera (or Smartphone) must be in a fixed shot and in Landscape format.

Video Format

  • .mpg .mp4
  • Distance to the camera: about 3 metres
  • Full image of Candidate: Head / Foot / bellows open
  • Neutral video background if possible
  • Possibility of recording in professional studio

Audio

  • volume: between -18 and 0 Db (+/- the audio rendering of a smartphone located 3 meters from the accordionist)

Sound Effects

  • Prefer a light natural reverb or a light digital reverb when recording in the studio.
  • Note that too much sound reverb will adversely affect the quality of the performance, as well as the judgment of the international jury.

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