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The European Choir Games
Since 2013 INTERKULTUR has been inviting the world to the European Choir Games and the Grand Prix of Nations, the continental version of the World Choir Games, also known as the Olympics of Choral Music.
This event is not only aimed at European choirs, but also at ensembles from all over the world, inviting them to participate in competitions with different levels of difficulty and to be part of the festival events. In July 2015 the energy of music brought together more than 100 choirs from 30 different countries.
In Magdeburg more than 3.000 participants celebrated the diversity of choral music with numerous concerts and competitions. In July 2017 more than 5.000 participants and over 150 choirs took part in the Grand Prix of Nations and the 3rd European Choir Games in Riga (Latvia). And in 2019 in Gothenburg (Sweden) 6.300 singers and 171 choirs celebrated this unique event.
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The European Choir Games
Hosting the European Choir Games & the Grand Prix of Nations will bring the music of the whole world to your city. Citizens and visitors will experience exceptional moments of musical excellence and encounter with people from all over the world.
In July 2015 the power of music brought together more than 100 choirs from over 30 nations. In Magdeburg more than 3.000 participants celebrated the diversity of choral music in numerous concerts and competitions. In July 2017 more than 5.000 participants with over 150 choirs took part in the Grand Prix of Nations & the 3rd European Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. And in 2019 in Gothenburg (Sweden) 6.300 singers and 171 choirs celebrated this unique event.
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POSITIVE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC EFFECTS FOR THE HOST REGION
Due to the number of approx. 3.000 – 6.000 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 worldwide 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’s new competition format is inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest and the World Choir Games – bringing together Europe’s most popular singing competition and the largest international choir competition in the world to celebrate choral singing. Organized every two years by the EBU and INTERKULTUR, the show is a new addition to the family of Eurovision events, of which the Eurovision Song Contest is the most famous representative. INTERKULTUR has helped to develop the concept of the show with artistic expertise and on the basis of many years of experience with international choral competitions. Therefore, the show traditionally takes place within the framework of the internationally leading INTERKULTUR competitions Grand Prix of Nations and European Choir Games.
In this spirit, EBU and INTERKULTUR have created a strong partnership to emphasize the power of the human voice and singing together.
The philosophy of the European Choir Games is based on the Olympic ideal “participation is the highest honour”. Amateur choirs from all over the world are invited to participate in a peaceful competition, to learn from each other and to celebrate the joy of singing and the treasures of choral music together. EUROVISION CHOIR presents choral singing as the most natural form of making music together and shows the possibilities offered by the interaction of human voices. Top-class amateur choirs will present their outstanding vocal skills to a Europe-wide audience. The participating EBU member countries will send choirs to represent their country and compete for the title of “Eurovision Choir of the Year” and will broadcast the show live in their respective countries.
“Funky Voices had a wonderful time at the Grand Prix of Nations in Riga and the 3rd European Choir Games. The organization was unsurpassed. Friendly office staff, and our volunteers were outstanding. We turned the tent at the Congress Center into a party during the friendship concert. No matter where we went, there were only positive reactions. We made new friends in new countries.”
– Funky Voices, Great Britain (Riga 2017) –
“We would like to thank you and the INTERKULTUR team for the great prepared event in Riga. We have spent unforgettable days at the Grand Prix of Nations Riga 2017 and the 3rd European Choir Games.”
– Boca Que Usa, Brazil (Riga 2017) –
“It was a great honor 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 energy and dedication to choral singing before; you created a great atmosphere that proved how wonderful it is.”
– Erik Westberg, Sweden, Juror (Riga 2017) –
“The Grand Prix of Nations in Magdeburg was an inspiring musical journey. INTERKULTUR can be proud of the high level.”
– André van der Merve, South Africa, Juror (Magdeburg 2015) –
Want to learn more? Ask for information material on the European Choir Games now or call us! In our organization office near Frankfurt, Germany, our team are available Monday through Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm (CET/CEST).