"The World Choir Games offer unique musical and cultural experiences and in the evaluation of competitions, workshops and other educational activities a professional international expertise at the highest level."
10th World Choir Games
Tshwane 2018: First-ever World Choir Games in Africa!
30 years of INTERKULTUR and the 10th edition of the World Choir Games – this is what we celebrate in 2018!
The anniversary event of the world’s largest international choir competition comes up with a premiere: For the first time ever an INTERKULTUR event will happen on the African continent.
Welcome to Tshwane, welcome to South Africa!
All amateur choirs of the world are invited for 11 days to meet singers from all over the world in competitions, at Friendship Concerts and major singing projects.
They experience at first hand the atmosphere, the very special spirit and character of South African choral music, share their common passion for singing and get inspired by each other.
The World Choir Games in Tshwane invite all non-professional choirs of the world to participate. The Games offer fair and realistic competition to experienced competitive choirs as well as choirs with relatively little international experience and participation opportunities in 27 different categories.
The World Choir Games offer The Champions Competition and The Open Competition. These two competitions allow choirs to participate at the appropriate level.
Choirs that do not want to participate in the competitions have the chance to perform with choirs from around the world in Friendship Concerts, in an international festival stage choir, to be evaluated and learn from respected international conductors, or to attend the workshops and seminars that will be offered during the Games.
"The Champions Competition" is for choirs that have corresponding international competitive experience and have already proven their ability in concerts and international choral competitions. Choirs competing in The Champions Competition are by the decision of the artistic committee.
In the spirit of the World Choir Games, "Participation is the highest honor", "The Open Competition" gives all choirs the chance to get valuable experiences in an international competition regardless of their present artistic level of achievement.
Both competitions are held in 27 different categories the participating choirs can choose their most suitable from:
|The Champions Competition||The Open Competition|
|C1 Young Children’s Choirs||O1 Young Children’s Choirs|
|C2 Children’s Choirs||O2 Children’s Choirs|
|C3 Youth Choirs of Equal Voices||O3 Youth Choirs of Equal Voices|
|C4 Young Male Choirs||O4 Young Male Choirs|
|C5 Mixed Youth Choirs||O5 Mixed Youth Choirs|
|C6 University- and College Choirs||O6 University- and College Choirs|
|C7 Vocal Ensembles (all line-ups)||O7 Vocal Ensembles (all line-ups)|
|C8 Mixed Chamber Choirs||O8 Mixed Chamber Choirs|
|C9 Mixed Choirs||O9 Mixed Choirs|
|C10 Female Chamber Choirs||O10 Female Chamber Choirs|
|C11 Female Choirs||O11 Female Choirs|
|C12 Male Chamber Choirs||O12 Male Chamber Choirs|
|C13 Male Choirs||O13 Male Choirs|
|C14 Senior Choirs||O14 Senior Choirs|
|C15 Musica Sacra a cappella||O15 Musica Sacra a cappella|
|C16 Musica Sacra with accompaniment||O16 Musica Sacra with accompaniment|
|C17 Music of Spirit and Faith||O17 Music of Spirit and Faith|
|C18 Musica Contemporanea (contemporary music)||O18 Musica Contemporanea (contemporary music)|
|C19 Jazz||O19 Jazz|
|C20 Gospel||O20 Gospel|
|C21 Spiritual||O21 Spiritual|
|C22 Pop Ensembles||O22 Pop Ensembles|
|C23 Pop Choirs||O23 Pop Choirs|
|C24 Scenic Pop / Show Choirs||O24 Scenic Pop / Show Choirs|
|C25 Folklore a cappella||O25 Folklore a cappella|
|C26 Folklore with accompaniment||O26 Folklore with accompaniment|
|C27 Scenic Folklore||O27 Scenic Folklore|
"I am so happy about this! Many brilliant choirs in South Africa who could NEVER afford to travel internationally will now get a chance to compete, take part, share, exchange ideas and be involved in the biggest choral spectacle on Earth. Well done, INTERKULTUR!"
"Yes, Riga was amazing! Quite an experience like no other. I was very impressed with the quality of the organization and the attention to detail - good German preciseness!"
"What a wonderful event and what a wonderful time we had! My students are still talking about it and I know they will continue to do so for years to come!"
"Long live the World Choir Games! Tygerberg Children's Choir is very proud to be associated with it and hopes to host this excellent competition in South Africa soon!"
"As an African and musician, It is an honor to me to be a member of your wonderful organization. It is time for me and we African people, to do our best to work together in order to promote in all African countries your beautiful and great idea."
"I feel very grateful and honored for being member of this incredible working team. I'm sure that the next two years, in the way of the 10th World Choir Games and 30th INTERKULTUR anniversary, will be full of successfully events."
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Tshwane in Sochi - World Choir Games 2016
The city of Tshwane is a metropolitan municipalty of the South African Province of Gauteng with nearly 3 Million residents. It was established in 2000 and made up of 13 former city and town councils. Well-known cities like Pretoria, Centurion and Akasia as well as countryside regions like Crocodile River and the city of Cullinan (named after the same-named diamond) are part of the City of Tshwane. Its 6 368km² spread makes it the third-largest city in the world after New York and Tokyo.
Many sights like the Pretoria Zoo, the Botanical Garden, countless parks and public green spaces as well as numerous museums offer every-day cultural experiences as well as relaxing opportunities.
Just like in terms of the World Choir Games, the city of Tshwane promotes the slogan “Re a Tshwana”, we are the same. A perfect host to warmly welcome choirs from all around the world!
Learn more about Tshwane’s touristic options here.