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Participation is the highest honor: Online competitions at the World Choir Games

Flanders 2021 offers virtual participation opportunities for the first time

World Choir Games 2021

"Participation is the highest honor" is the motto of the World Choir Games. But due to the pandemic, there are still restrictions on travel worldwide. This also affects choirs that want to participate in the World Choir Games in Flanders this fall. For this reason, INTERKULTUR is pleased to open a new chapter at the World Choir Games 2021: The additional competition part "Virtual Competitions" will enable all choirs worldwide also to participate in the event online and to make the dream of singing without borders come true.

Singers can present themselves on their very own virtual stage in various categories: The Virtual Competition Performances option offers categories for Children's and Youth Choirs, Adult Choirs, Pop/Jazz/Gospel/Spiritual and Folklore. Choirs are requested to film their performance as if it were a real competition performance. This means that all competition pieces must be sung one after the other, without interruption, and recorded simultaneously.

Alternatively, choirs have the opportunity to compete in the Video Clip (Virtual Choir) section. Here, a so-called "Virtual Choir" video is required, which means that the singers record their voices individually and film themselves doing so. In post-production, all the voices are combined to form a large choir. The Virtual Choir competition is offered in the categories "A Cappella" and "With Accompaniment".

As usual, the evaluation for all categories of the competition will be based on the established Musica Mundi evaluation system. Further details about the participation possibilities and requirements can be found here.

During the World Choir Games 2021 from October 30 to November 7, a Virtual Village will be set up where singers will have the opportunity to follow the event in Flanders online. In addition to the Virtual Competition Categories, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for instance will also be streamed here.

Sharing feelings, meeting old friends and making new ones - the Virtual Village of the World Choir Games 2021 is the place to meet like-minded people from all over the world finally again and share a common passion: choral music!

Learn more about the World Choir Games 2021 at!