The European Choir Games
Every two years since 2013 INTERKULTUR has invited the world to the Grand Prix of Nations as well as to the European Choir Games, the continental version of the World Choir Games, which are also known as the Olympics of Choral Music. The Grand Prix of Nations invites not only European choirs, but also ensembles from all around the world to participate on different levels of competitions and to join the festival activities. In July 2015 the power of song brought 100 choirs from more than 30 nations together. In Magdeburg , Germany more than 3,000 participants celebrated the diversity of choral music in numerous concerts and competitions. In July 2017 more than 5,000 participants, more than 150 choirs, took part at the Grand Prix of Nations and the 3rd European Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.
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 European 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 European 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 European 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 European Choir Games
Hosting the Grand Prix of Nations & the European 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 July 2015 the power of song brought 100 choirs from more than 30 nations together. In Magdeburg , Germany more than 3,000 participants celebrated the diversity of choral music in numerous concerts and competitions. In July 2017 more than 5,000 participants, more than 150 choirs, took part at the Grand Prix of Nations and the 3rd European Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.
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POSITIVE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC EFFECTS FOR THE HOST REGION
Due to the number of approx. 3,000 – 5,000 participants, the European 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 European Choir Games and can make use of the various opportunities this international event offers them.
There will be intensive advertising and promotion for the European Choir Games before the event. Mailings to more than 120,000 choirs, choir associations, ministries and institutions world-wide will ensure that the presence of the European 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.
Eurovision Choir of the Year
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in cooperation with INTERKULTUR launched a new TV talent competition format for amateur choirs, Eurovision Choir of The Year, as an addition to the Eurovision Family of Events led by the well-known Eurovision Song Contest. The first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year was produced by host broadcaster Latvian Television (LTV) and Riga Tourism Development Bureau (LIVE RIGA) during the 3rd European Choir Games on 22 July, 2017 at the Riga Arena in the Latvian capital. Choirs from 9 EBU member countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary and Wales) competed for the title, with prizes included a recording deal for the winning choir. Each choir performed a six minute unaccompanied set in any genre and was judged by a high-profile jury including British composer John Rutter and Latvian mezzo soprano Elīna Garanča. The show was hosted by Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and LTV culture presenter Eva Ikstena. The EBU and INTERKULTUR expressed their hope to continue the partnership with a future edition of the European Choir Games and World Choir Games, creating a new annual format.
“Funky Voices had a wonderful time at the Grand Prix of Nations Riga and 3rd European Choir Games. The organization was second to none. Friendly office staff, our volunteer helpers were excellent. We turned the Congress center tent into a party at the friendship concert. Just excellent response everywhere we went. We have found new friends in new countries.”
– Funky Voices, Great Britain (Riga 2017) –
“We’d like to thank you and the INTERKULTUR team for the great event you have marvelously prepared in Riga. We have spent memorable days at the Grand Prix of Nations Riga 2017 and 3rd European Choir Games.”
– Boca Que Usa, Brazil (Riga 2017) –
“It was a great honour for me to be part of this fantastic event. It was very well organized and I think I have never seen a choir festival with such an energy and love to choral singing; you’ve created a great atmosphere which really manifest how wonderful it is.”
– Erik Westberg, Sweden, Juror (Riga 2017) –
“The Grand Prix of Nations in Magdeburg was an inspirational musical journey. INTERKULTUR can be so proud of the incredibly high standard.”
– André van der Merve, South Africa, Juror –
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 European 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).