Traditional dancing, international choirs and a huge Singing Together
Asia Pacific Choir Games 2017 have started
On Saturday evening the 4th Asia Pacific Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations Colombo 2017 officially opened at Temple Trees in the Sri Lankan capital. Temple Trees is the official residence of the country’s Prime Minister, who also attended the ceremony and officially welcomed the international guests.
Traditional Sri Lankan dances and music welcomed the participants at the beginning of the ceremony. The audience, consisting of many international guests who got to know the Sri Lankan traditions for the very first time, was fascinated by the performance from another foreign culture.
When afterwards the flags of the participating countries entered the hall, there was no limit to their enthusiasm. The participants in the audience were sorted by countries, and whenever a country flag entered the hall the respective section went crazy. A fantastic and exciting atmosphere developed!
In his welcome speech INTERKULTUR’s Vice President Stefan Bohländer welcomed all participants, thanked the hosts and highlighted the special fact that an international INTERKULTUR event is being organized in Sri Lanka for the first time ever: „Sri Lanka is very new in our family of singers and choirs and we are sure that after this festival we will have many new friends in our big INTERKULTUR family.“
At the end oft he Closing ceremony this „big family“ was finally united in singing for the first time at this event: Conducted by INTERKULTUR’s Artistic Director Johan Rooze (Netherlands) and accompanied at the piano by the local Artistic Director Soundarie Davis all choirs – on stage and in the audience – sang together the theme song of the event, „Asia Aura“. They were perfectly prepared and thus the message of this Opening Ceremony sounded loudly through the hall concluding this first evening at the Asia Pacific Choir Games: „We bring the pride of nations along with our singing hearts…“
Today the first participating choirs will start in the competitions oft he 4th Asia Pacific Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations Colombo 2017 already. Stay tuned: For more news and updates from Sri Lanka, please follow the event’s official Facebook page.