5th World Choir Games Graz/Austria 2008
July 9 - 19, 2008
A total of 20,000 singers and numerous adjudicators from 93 nations came to the World Choir Games 2008. In 28 categories 441 choirs sang in 600 competition performances for 102 golden, 131 silver and 19 bronze diplomas in the Qualification of the World Choir Games and for 130 gold, 191 silver and 27 bronze medals in the Competition of the World Choir Games. The most successful countries were South Africa, China, Indonesia, Austria, and Hungary. 71 choral experts from a total of 34 nations belonged to the international jury. Patron was Dr. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria.
The Council of the World Choir Games, consisting of 73 nations by then, met on two following days fort he Assembly of the World Choir Games. Apart from the passing of the Resolution, a further focus was on the advancements of the World Choir Games and further INTERKULTUR major events.
Media coverage and exposure are of crucial importance for international awareness of the world's biggest choir competition and its organisers. "We are the world", the gala TV show recorded on 12 July, was broadcasted on Saturday, 26 July at 8.15 p.m. on ORF 2. The show, developed in close co-operation with INTERKULTUR, "A Midsummer Night of Choirs" presented the entire range of genres and styles on the international choral scene in an unprecedented format. Further crowd-pullers were "The Night of Dragons", where Shaoxing/China, the next host city of the World Choir Games presented itself as well as many other gala concerts and the "Choral Fireworks".