Start of the International Choir Competition and Festival in Greece
Today the Greek metropolis welcomes 5 choirs from 14 nations to the 2nd edition of the popular Kalamata International Choir Competition and Festival, which takes place from October 11 until October 15.
Kudos to the Coral Brasilia from Brazil, who covered app. 9.600 kilometres in order to join the international choral community in Greece!
Before the traditional choir parade the Philharmonic Band of Chalandri will welcome the arriving choirs at the Central Square at 12:00. At 17:00 the choirs start the joyful parade from the Ypapanti Square through the city centre up to the Central Square, where the singers are being welcomed officially. The Opening concert at the Tenta Sports Hall at 21:00 finally marks the end of the first day of the festival.
Day 2 calls Folklore choirs on stage of the Kalamata Dance Megaron; this category starts at 15:00 and all those who want to see even more choral performances have the chance to enjoy international groups during the Friendship Concerts at B Kapi (17:00) and the Central Pier (18:00 and 20:00).
Friday, October 13, will turn out to be a lucky day for successful singers in the categories Children's Choirs, Youth Choirs of Equal Voices and Mixed Youth Choirs. All these performances take place at the Kalamata Dance Hall and start at 13:00 until 17:30. Another popular category, Sacred Choral Music a cappella, attracts curious listeners to the Holy Taxiarches Church at 13:00. Ten groups from Denmark, Israel, Brazil and other countries will compete here to become the winner of the category. The highlight of the day, the Gala Concert at the Kalamata Dance Megaron, will start at 21:30 and showcase top choirs from Norway, Romania, Italy and Sweden.
Day 4 also holds some special features ready: The Grand Prize Competition of the category winners and other outstanding choirs selected by the jury at the Kalamata Dance Megaron starting at 20.00 and the well-deserved Choir Party at the Government House Square, starting right after Friendship Concert at app. 21:00. Apart from that Mixed Choirs, Male Choirs and Female choirs will perform at the Kalamata Dance Megaron and the Amphitheatre throughout the day.
On October 15 the Kalamata International Choir Competition and Festival celebrates the performances of its participants one last time with the Closing & Award Ceremony at 10:30 at the Tenta Sports Hall.