The Asia Pacific Choir Games
INTERKULTUR has regularly invited the world to the Asia Pacific Choir Games, the continental version of the World Choir Games, which are also known as the Olympics of Choral Music. This event invites not only choirs from the Asia-Pacific region, but also ensembles from all around the world to participate on different levels of competitions and to join the festival activities. In October 2013 the power of song brought 140 choirs together in Manado (Indonesia) and the participants celebrated the diversity of choral music in numerous concerts and competitions. In October 2017 more than 3.000 participants, over 70 choirs, took part in the Grand Prix of Nations Colombo 2017 and the 4th Asia Pacific Choir Games in Sri Lanka.
WORLD CHOIR GAMES
Linz, Austria (2000)
Busan, Republic of Korea (2002)
Bremen, Germany (2004)
Xiamen, Peoples Republic of China (2006)
Graz, Austria (2008)
Shaoxing, Peoples Republic of China (2010)
Cincinnati, USA (2012)
Riga, Latvia (2014)
Sochi, Russia (2016)
Tshwane, South Africa (2018)
EUROPEAN CHOIR GAMES &
GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS
Graz, Austria (2013)
Magdeburg, Germany (2015)
Riga, Latvia (2017)
Gothenburg, Sweden (2019)
ASIA PACIFIC CHOIR GAMES &
GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS
Jakarta, Indonesia (2007)
Gyeongnam, Republic of Korea (2009)
Manado, Indonesia (2013)
Colombo, Sri Lanka (2017)
THE OPENING CEREMONY
The Opening Ceremony and Concert of the Asia Pacific Choir Games marks the traditional opening of the event: The procession of the flags of participating countries and the ceremonial hoisting of the Games’ flag honoring of the Asia Pacific Choir Games’ international competition jury, augmented by the official music of the event. In the second part of the official Opening Ceremony not only the host country presents itself to the international audience through cultural showcase, dance and music performances but also participating choirs from around the world will be presented.
THE PARADE OF NATIONS
A lively, colorful Parade of Nations through the streets of the host city welcomes all participants, choirs sing and dance their way through the streets of the host City and turning it into an international, peaceful stage.
In Friendship and Celebration Concert multiple choirs from different countries and/or categories are united for 60-90 minute shows. Friendship Concerts are free performances in city squares, public venues, parks, streets or malls whereas Celebration Concerts are ticketed events with top-class international choirs in special concert venues.
Choirs may earn Bronze, Silver or Gold Diplomas or Medals. The gold medal winning choir in the Champions Competition with the highest point total from an international panel of judges will be named Champion of the Asia Pacific Choir Games in its specific category. In the Grand Prix of Nations choirs may earn Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals and the winner of the Grand Prix of Nations will receive a valuable trophy. The Champions as well as the Grand Prix winners will come to the stage, their country’s flag will be raised and they will sing their national anthem.
The Asia Pacific Choir Games
Hosting the Grand Prix of Nations & the Asia Pacific Choir Games will bring the music of the whole world to your city. Citizens and visitors will experience exceptional moments of music excellence and encounters with people from all over the world.
In October 2017 more than 3.000 participants and over 70 choirs took part in the Grand Prix of Nations Colombo 2017 and the 4th Asia Pacific Choir Games in Sri Lanka.
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POSITIVE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC EFFECTS FOR THE HOST REGION
Due to the number of approx. 2,000 – 4,000 participants, the Asia Pacific Choir Games gain the significance of a lasting promotion for the local and regional economic development of the respective host city and/or region, especially for the hotels, catering services and the retail trade. There will also be a lasting positive effect on the organizations of non-professional music of the host country. Local, regional and national choir associations will be involved in the planning of the Asia Pacific Choir Games and can make use of the various opportunities this international event offers them.
There will be intensive advertising and promotion for the Asia Pacific Choir Games before the event. Mailings to more than 120,000 choirs, choir associations, ministries and institutions worldwide will ensure that the presence of the Asia Pacific Choir Games is felt by all potential participants. In doing so, the cooperation with the respective National Organizing Committee as well as with the marketing departments of the cities will be part of this campaign.
“It was a memorable experience at the Choir Games. A big thank you for being a great help over the past few months. We were very impressed by the way how every small detail was taken care of, as well as the overall organization of the Games.”
– The Salvation Singers, India (APCG 2017) –
“We enjoyed the good times in Colombo. We enjoyed music and made friends with the world. Thank you for providing us with this platform!”
– Chu Cultural China, China (APCG 2017) –
With this brochure we provide you all the necessary details to plan the activities centered round this project. You will also find detailed information regarding the immense publicity your town would benefit as well as information on the marketing activities.
Want to learn more? Ask for information material on the Asia Pacific Choir Games now or call us! In our organization office near Frankfurt, our team are available Monday through Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm (CET/CEST).