"Thanks for a wonderful well organized festival and competition, congratulations!"
4th Voices for Peace
Singing for peace
Italy, the beautiful country in the south of Europe inspires ensembles from all over the world to go on very special concert tours. In addition to its long musical tradition, its fascinating architecture and its unsurpassed gastronomy, there are this remarkable vitality and joy of living that make this country a perfect place for the realization of unforgettable musical projects.
Along the lines of St. Francis, namely that "the Lord may give you peace", we are pleased to welcome choirs from all over the world to Assisi and Perugia. Unlike in previous years, our festival takes place under the sun of the Italian late summer in 2021.
Perugia, founded in the 6th century by the Etruscans, is the largest city in Umbria and with its fascinating Piazza Grande one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.
Assisi – birthplace of Saint Francis – Assisi is a truly magical place that draws its particular character from the reminiscence of Saint Francis, the charming countryside that surrounds the town, and the important witnesses of its thousand-year-old culture. With its two-story basilica, Assisi is one of those rare places that can enable the mind of man to fly high.
Join us on VOICES FOR PEACE, an inspiration for mind, soul and peace among mankind.
This INTERKULTUR event provides you the opportunity to choose from the following options of participation:
|Non-competitive participation||Competitive participation|
|Festival participation**||Competition categories*|
friendship concert performance included
*two performances included
- Category A – Difficulty Level I a capella
- A1 – Mixed Choirs
- A2 – Equal Voices (Male and Female Choirs)
- Category B – Difficulty Level II
- B1 – Mixed Choirs
- B2 – Equal Voices (Male and Female Choirs)
- Category C – Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
- C1 – Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles of mixed voices
- C2 – Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles of equal voices
- Category G – Children's and Youth Choirs
- G1 – Children's Choirs
- G2 – Youth Choirs of equal voices
- G3 – Youth Choirs of mixed voices
- Category S1 – Sacred Choral Music Difficulty Level I
- Category S2 – Sacred Choral Music Difficulty Level II
- Category F – Folklore
A detailed description of the competition categories can also be found in the booklet available for download:
Participant Information(1.3 MB)
Participating choirs may register to perform together with other international choirs. Choirs must prepare approximately 15 minutes of their own music pre-approved by the INTERKULTUR artistic committee. The concert should be preferably a cappella or with own instruments (a piano is not always available).
Please be aware that several friendship concerts are planned open air. In the event that weather conditions do not allow this, some concerts may be cancelled due to the weather. The organizers will try to manage alternatives but choirs do not have any legal claim to this.
Choirs can also take part in Friendship Concerts ONLY (Non-competitive Festival Participation).
"I again had wonderful time in my Riga week with INTERKULTUR Choir Games. I think second time of my life I saw so nice changes of my Riga to well side. I admired your team work very precise and friendly and got again wonderful emotions and friends from this event."
"It was an unforgettable experience for all of us!"
Registration deadline: May 17, 2021
For the participation in this event the payment of the Registration Fee (per choir) as well as the Event Package (per person) is required. Choirs that come from a radius of up to 150 km around Perugia/Assisi and therefore do not need an overnight stay, pay a Participant Fee (per person) instead of the Event Package. The prices of the Event Packages and the Participant Fee can be downloaded below (if available) or requested using our contact form.
To participate in the event the following registration fees have to be paid per choir/ensemble and category in addition to the costs for the event package:
- For Early Bird registration the fee for the first activity* amounts to EUR 100. Any additional activity amounts to EUR 200.
- For registration until the regular deadline the fee for each activity* is EUR 200.
Activities refer to competition participation (1 category = 1 activity) and Festival Participation (only concerts). For choirs participating in the competitions the performance in a concert is free of charge.
With the event package INTERKULTUR offers participants of its events a special service
We take care of all the details and through authorized agencies of the INTERKULTUR event series we offer an event package that includes, amongst others, accommodation in different hotel categories as well as other local services.
- Choirs that come from a radius of up to 150 km around Perugia/Assisi and therefore do not need an overnight stay, pay a participant fee per person instead of the event package.
- The booking of the event packages which includes already the participant fee is required for all non-regional choirs.
The rates of the event packages vary according to 3 country groups. They based on the United Nations' Human Development Index (HDI) and adopted to the requirements of the national choral scenes.
Please select your country to see the event package and - for regional choirs - the participant fee for your participation:
Information about participation and competition rules
Participant Information(1.3 MB)
Please send the completed registration form via email to mail(at)interkultur.com. Additionally please print it, sign it and send it via post with the other registration documents to our office.
Registration Form(500 KB)
IMPORTANT: To open the form the current version of Adobe Reader is required. You can download it at www.adobe.com.
Dear friends of choral music,
the issue of visas generally takes a long time. Therefore please make sure to apply for your visa as soon as possible. It is in your own interest. In case you apply too late, you risk a rejection of your visa registration!
Please contact the embassy of the host country in your country to get detailed information what restrictions and regulations apply to you!
Please keep also in mind that you might need transit visas, depending on your itinerary to the competition country.
If you do not have a valid passport yet, please apply for this immediately!
Participants of some countries need an invitation letter as well as a stamped list of participants to apply for a visa. INTERKULTUR can issue these documents.
Information on travel and health regulations of the destination country can be found on the website of the tourism partner agency M&C Music Contact GmbH.
INTERKULTUR can issue the invitation letter for the duration of the event and can stamp your list of participants to apply for visas only if you have fulfilled all the following conditions:
- you have successfully applied for the event and paid the registration fee to INTERKULTUR
- you have paid the down payment for the event package to our partner agency M&C Music Contact GmbH
- you have sent us the completed list of participants (no handwriting!)
Please send the list only once and try to avoid changes of participants, as changes may delay the issue of your visa. We recommend adding 3 or 4 alternative names as a reserve for participants who may cancel the travel.
As soon as you have complied with those three conditions we will send the invitation letter including the confirmed list of participants by email and the original documents by airmail directly to the responsible person of the choir. This person shall bring the documents to the embassy personally.
Please keep in mind that if you comply with the conditions too late so that we have to send the original invitation letter per international express delivery, you have to take over the additional costs (approx. 100 – 300 EUR).
List of Participants
Please download the document, fill it in completely and send it to us as soon as possible.
To open the file the current version of Adobe Reader is required. You can download it at www.adobe.com.
You can send the file
- by sending an email, the list of participants attached, to visa(at)interkultur.com
- by printing it (after filling it in at your computer – no handwriting!) and sending it to us by fax (+49 6404 69749 29)
We assume no liability regarding the application and granting for visas. We do not offer this service but we gladly assist you when you apply for visa at the respective embassy in your country.
List of Participants(390 KB)
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ASSIOMI – Associazione Italiana Musica d'Insieme, Perugia
City of Perugia
ARCUM - Associazione Regionale Cori dell'Umbria
Artistic Director of Voices for Peace 2021
Prof. Giovanni Acciai
INTERKULTUR Artistic Committee
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß, Honorary Artistic President
Fred Sjöberg, Senior Artistic Director
Johan Rooze, Artistic Director
Assoc. Prof. Romāns Vanags, Artistic Director
INTERKULTUR Executive Committee
Dr. Christoph Wirtz, Secretary General
Organizer is the Förderverein INTERKULTUR e.V.
Perugia, capital of the region of Umbria and archdiocese, is located on a hill from which one can overlook the Tiber valley. With its grand and medieval appearance the city is famous for its comprehensive collection of the works of Perugino. The historic city centre features many churches and buildings of highest art historical value and interest. The old town mainly consists of a centre which dates back to the times of the Etruscans and a well preserved city wall. Perugia is the domicile of oldest summer university for foreign students. The so called "Università per stranieri" was founded in 1925 and focuses on communicating Italian art and making it well-known and widespread abroad.
Assisi is a small Umbrian town in central Italy, located 19 kilometres east of Perugia at an elevation of 400 meters. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi — patron saint of Italy, founder of the Franciscan order, and one of the most popular Catholic saints in history. Assisi's main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, which contains the sacred relics of Francis and beautiful frescoes of his life. The town of Assisi, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines, has been a major Catholic pilgrimage destination for centuries and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Although Assisi has only about 3,000 inhabitants (26,000 in the larger comune of Assisi), 4 to 5 million visitors throng the small town each year.