5th Canta al mar – Festival Coral Internacional

October 19 - 23, 2016 Calella/Barcelona, Spain

Spanish way of life at the „Festival Coral Internacional“

The festival „Canta al mar“ has become an essential activity in INTERKULTUR’s event calendar. Since 2012 choirs from all over the world meet in the city of Calella in Catalonia/Spain and celebrate the international choral festival with plenty of singing and traditional Paella.

Each year Calella attracts new choirs through its Catalan charm. Long sandy beaches, sunny weather, the Mediterranean Sea and the proximity to the Spanish metropolis of Barcelona are included in the participation. According to the choirs’ wishes Barcelona can be included in their individual schedule in the context of the competition, as a venue for Friendship Concerts or simply as a destination for excursions.

All concert and competition venues in Calella are within walking distance and can therefore be combined ideally with a placid stroll through the historic center. That way choirs meet, sing together in Friendship Concerts and get to know other nations and their individual traditions. Enjoy with your choir a happy and relaxed choir event at the Spanish Mediterranean Coast – this festival joins holiday and passion!

Participation Opportunities

This INTERKULTUR event provides you the opportunity to choose from the following options of participation:

Non-competitive participationCompetitive Participation
Participation in the festival* Competition categories*
Evaluation Performance*Evaluation Performance*

At least one Friendship Concert Performance included

Evaluation Performances
Friendship Concerts

"Canta al mar 2014 surely was one of the best experiences in my choral life."

César Freitas, Coro de Câmara da AMCP, Portugal

"On behalf of my comrade-in-arms and fellow travellers of the Theaterkoor Vinger in je Oor I want to thank you for the organization of such a FANTASTIC festival! We had a great time and some experiences will remain in our memories forever. Everything had been organized perfectly, kudos to all of you! […] We will meet again in the future, as this was not the last time that we took part in an INTERKULTUR festival!"

Wim van der Zanden, Theaterkoor Vinger in je Oor, Netherlands

"I do not exaggerate claiming that these days have been a massage for my soul and a source of inspiration. Congratulations for that work and its efficiency!"

Oscar Boada, Juror, Spain

Registration Information

This event lies in the past!

You are interested in participating in this event series? Then have a look right now at our overview, which provides information about when the event will be held the next time. There you can also find further dates and destinations of our events taking place worldwide.

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Event Details

Schedule of the Event
Official Events
Friendship Concerts
Artistic Committee

Participating Groups

We are happy to welcome 49 choirs from 24 nations to the 5th Canta al mar!

Austria, Bolivia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia
Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Latvia
Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland

What is music for you? - Canta al mar 2012

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3,5 kilometers of sandy beach, its location directly at the Mediterranean Sea and its proximity to Barcelona make Calella a popular European destination. During the choral festival singers can wonderfully make music, stroll and relax in the contemplative old town with its Catalan and Mediterranean charm.

Since its 650 years of history Calella has developed from a small fishing village into a favoured resort of all nations and age groups. This mixture of modernity, hospitality and Catalan traditions add a special touch to Calella and thus make it an appealing travel destination.

Competition Results

We congratulate all singers to their great results! All in all 35 golden, 37 silver and 3 bronze diplomas were awarded. Many thanks to all choirs and ensembles for participating!

Results(327 KB)

How was the last time?

Are you interested in previous events of this series? Check out the last edition of Canta al mar!