World Choir Games
The World Choir Games (formerly named the Choir Olympics) is the largest choir competition in the world. Organized for amateur choirs from all over the world, regardless of their country of origin, race, genre of music or artistic ambitions, its motto is "Singing together brings nations together". The idea of the World Choir Games originated from the effort to bring people together through singing in peaceful competition, showing that unity of nations through the arts can be effectively and illustratively demonstrated and challenged.
Organized by the Interkultur Foundation, the focus of the World Choir Games is on participation above winning. The Games aim to inspire people to "experience the strength of interaction, challenging personality and community equally by singing together".
World Choir Games competitions
|2000||1st Choir Olympics||Linz, Austria||7 – 16 July |
|2002||2nd Choir Olympics||Busan, South Korea||19 – 27 October |
|2004||3rd Choir Olympics||Bremen, Germany||8 – 18 July |
|2006||4th World Choir Games||Xiamen, China||15 – 26 July |
|2008||5th World Choir Games||Graz, Austria||9 – 19 July |
|2010||6th World Choir Games||Shaoxing, China||15 – 26 July |
|2012||7th World Choir Games||Cincinnati, United States||4 – 14 July |
|2014||8th World Choir Games||Riga, Latvia||9 – 19 July |
|2016||9th World Choir Games||Sochi, Russia||6 - 16 July |
The World Choir Games are hosted biennially (every even year) in a select city across the globe. Choirs compete in select categories; the 2012 games had 23, such as "Music of Religions". The World Choir Games consist mostly of competition in two categories, award ceremonies, and opening and closing ceremonies held at the beginning and end of the games, respectively. Choirs compete in two classes (Champions and Open) for Gold, Silver, Bronze, or "Successful Participation" awards. Also, choirs may choose to participate in workshops featuring renowned choral instructors and friendship concerts, free public concerts where choirs share music with choristers from different parts of the world.
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