2nd Choir Olympics Busan/Republic of Korea 2002

October 19 - 27, 2002

Around 8,000 singers from 48 nations came to Busan to celebrate the second edition of the Choir Olympics and helped to establish this event as a constant in the worldwide choral calendars. In 25 categories 288 choirs sang in 324 competition appearances for 52 golden, 67 silver and 11 bronze diplomas in the Choir Olympic Qualification Round and for 54 gold, 102 silver, and 38 bronze medals in the Choir Olympic Competition. The most successful countries were China, Hungary, Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. 51 choir experts belonged to the international jury. Also in Korea a resolution was discussed and passed and handed over to Eskil Hemberg, Past President of the International Music Council (IMC) of UNESCO. Patron of the Event was Ahn Sang-Yong, Mayor of the City of Busan.

The Hall of the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO) was filled to capacity with more than 7,000 visitors of the Opening Ceremony. The festival with about 300 friendship concerts in various locations in Busan was a real crowd puller. On the 20 October, a concert with 10,000 visitors took place which was broadcasted by KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) on TV. 12 seminars on several topics concerning choral music were offered during the nine days of the event, some with a high number of participants.