Engagement in the fields of choral music and world peace
INTERKULTUR regularly appreciates important achievements within the choral world through special awards. The awardees are often suggested and supported by the World Choir Council.
Prizes and Awards
These honours are being awarded in recognition of extraordinary engagement in the fields of music and a peaceful living together.
The World Choir Peace Prize is given to a person or organization which has made an outstanding contribution to the world peace through choral music. Singing promotes peace, understanding and good will and builds bridges, which overcome political, racial, social and religious differences. The prize is awarded by INTERKULTUR in order to show examples of how choral music can influence love and peace in our world in a positive way.
The Prize was bestowed for the first time during the World Choir Games in Riga 2014. The three Baltic States Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania received the World Choir Peace Prize for their rich choral singing traditions, especially manifested in the long series of great Song Festivals, which have also been acknowledged by the UNESCO.
The candidates are nominated by the "World Choir Council".
The World Peace Award, an earlier edition of the World Choir Peace Prize, was granted 2006 in Stuttgart. The Committee of the World Choir Games, consisting of renowned international choral experts, nominated the choir conductor Gotthilf Fischer for the first World Peace Award of the World Choir Games.
For decades Gotthilf Fischer has been engaged in choral music with his Fischer Choirs on the "Road to Peace" in TV, radio and concerts, bringing people together and overcoming borders by the means of music. Gotthilf Fischer has already been appointed as an Ambassador of the World Choir Games in 2000.
This award is given to a city which features a vibrant choral life and a big number of choirs performing on an international level. Furthermore the city is supposed to support choral activities for children and youths above the ordinary, and have a pedagogical concept regarding the advancement of choral music. In addition the city is supposed to prove international contacts which mirrors in the willingness to organize international events. The award has been given to the cities of Guangzhou (China) and Graz (Austria) so far.