Countdown Event

The Countdown to the next World Choir Games has started

Host city celebrates huge Countdown Event with international guests from politics and the arts and music community

World Choir Games 2023

The World Choir Games 2023 host city Gangneung in South Korea and INTERKULTUR, the founding organization of the event have launched the 1-Year Countdown to the event on July 4, 2022 with a festive Celebration at the Lakai Sandpine Resort and the Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung and international Celebration Activities for choral music lovers.

As part of the Celebration Ceremony, the flag of the World Choir Games was officially handed over to Hong-gyu Kim, Mayor of Gangneung by Mr. François Bontemps, Ambassador to Belgium in the Republic of Korea, as representative of the previous host country Belgium, together with INTERKULTUR Vice President Stefan Bohländer.

Further, the Choral Olympic Flame was lit, and the World Choir Games Countdown Clock, which will now be installed at a main tourist spot in the city, where it will be counting down the days until the official Opening Ceremony of the 12th World Choir Games on July 3, 2023.

During the ceremony, Günter Titsch, President of INTERKULTUR, the World Choir Games and World Choir Council expressed his warm thanks to the partners for the good collaboration and encouraged choirs from all over the world to join the event in Gangneung to send a sign for peace and mutual understanding to the rest of the world:

“The region of Gangwon and the city of Gangneung are – also because of their experience in hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics – an ideal place to bring people from all over the world together and to make the unifying power of choral music a strong international symbol of peace.”

The President of the World Choir Games 2023 National Organizing Committee, Mr Yongsoo Huh is looking forward to the event with much confidence:

“The World Choir Games, the largest choral competition in the world, will enhance Korea’s global image as a cultural powerhouse and promote the further development of worldwide choral culture and music.”

For the countdown event period from July 3-13, there are numerous activities being published to increase anticipation for the event globally, and to celebrate international choral music as a wonderful gift to all lovers of choral music in the world: from a, global Peace Concert to a cordial Friendship Concert with Gangneung’s Partner City and warm greetings from the whole world to Gangneung, looking forward to a great celebration in the summer of 2023. You can find the detailed schedule of activities here

Also, as a special countdown offer, interested choirs from all over the world will further get a special 10% discount, if they register for the event within July 3-13, 2022. This offer is meant as a special gift to choirs from all over the world in order to support them and their World Choir Games preparation, hoping to welcome many of them at the 12th World Choir Games in Gangneung in summer 2023.

The official registration period for the World Choir Games ends on December 7, 2022, while the regular Early Bird discount will be available for registrations by September 14, 2022.

All details about participation and registration for the 12th World Choir Games Gangneung 2023 is available on the official event website:

Official website