"I think singing is the most beautiful way of travelling to the heart. Our goal should not be to lose ourselves in a potential world."
3rd Asia Pacific Choir Games
The 1st Asian Choir Games, Jakarta 2007 were the largest international event for amateur choirs in Asia and the start of a new event series of INTERKULTUR on a continental basis. After the 2nd Asian Choir Games 2009 have been hosted in Gyeongnam Province of South Korea, the 3rd edition of the event was back to Indonesia in 2013! This time INTERKULTUR cooperated with the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi, kindly supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia.
The province with its capital of Manado City, the cities of Tomohon, Bitung and others is holding one of the strongest choral communities all over the globe with thousands of mostly church based choirs. North Sulawesi, one of 33 Indonesian provinces, is the one with the highest Christian population in the world’s largest Muslim country; therefore it has a unique concentration of choirs which might be only comparable with the Baltic Republics in Europe. So North Sulawesi was the perfect place to host Asia’s largest choir competition in 2013.
INTERKULTUR events provide the opportunity to customize your event experience by mixing and matching competitive and non-competitiv categories of participation.
Choirs may choose from the following:
|Non-competitive participation||Competitive Participation|
|Festival Participation||Competition categories*|
|Evaluation Performance*||Evaluation Performance*|
|Individual Coaching*||Individual Coaching*|
Friendship Concert Performance included
The Asia Pacific Choir Games invites all non-professional choirs of the world to participate. The Games offer fair and realistic competition to experienced competitive choirs as well as choirs with relatively little international experience.
The Asia Pacific Choir Games offer Champions Competition and Indonesian Open Competition. These two competitions allow choirs to participate at the appropriate level.
BI – Evaluation Performance for non-competing choirs
Choirs will sing a program of three pieces for a maximum performance time of 15 minutes before a panel of international experts.
At the conclusion of the program there will be a brief internal consultation of the panel of choral experts. Finally, the program is discussed with the choir in an open and amicable atmosphere. Performance coaching and recommendations will be given for future participation in international competitions. The choirs will receive an official World Choir Games certificate of participation.
BII – Evaluation Performance for competing choirs:
Prior to the competitions, choirs may register to present their competition program before a highly qualified, experienced international jury.
This is an INTERKULTUR tradition which provides a rich source of inspiration through the sharing of diverse opinions and approaches. Choirs who take advantage of this opportunity will receive comments and advice on such elements as interpretation, sound quality and presentation. The experience will have no effect on subsequent competition evaluation.
BIII - Individual Coaching
All participants, whether taking part in the competitions or not - choirs are given the opportunity to participate with their choir in a session with a noted international choir director.
Choirs interested in making use of this opportunity are required to prepare one piece of choral music. An internationally respected choral music expert will then rehearse the piece with the choir to provide new artistic ideas and impetus. Choirs not participating in the competition are presented a certificate and a recommendation for their future participation in international choral competition.
North Sulawesi Sings Friendship Concerts
Participating choirs may register to perform in local concert settings of North Sulawesi together with other choirs, such as churches, open air markets, parks, museums, etc. These free public concerts provide the opportunity for each choir to present musical traditions and costumes of their native land.
Choirs must prepare approximately 20 minutes of their own music.
Choirs, instrumental groups and dance companies not participating in any other category may register to participate solely in multiple Friendship Concerts.
"Dear friends, in these days you will celebrate one of the most beautiful human abilities, and that is singing."
"At the end of the announcement you can read the weighty sentence: “Music is the language shared by the world.” According to Hermann Hesse there is “nothing more desirable” in life “than the sensation of music, the sensation of swinging along, of the rhythmic life and of the harmonic right to exist. We have to remain at that place where we find something that resembles music.” This harmonic right of existence is nowhere felt stronger and more binding as in choirs all over the world: in children’s choirs, mixed youth choirs and mixed choirs as well as in female and male choirs. These communities stick together, aim at each other and strive for utmost musical laurels in many different ways to make themselves and other people happy not only but also because they feel to be indescribably rich because “you own something that goes beyond the material substance” (Ingeborg Bachmann)."
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.
Friday, October 11, 2013 - Opening Day
- Opening Concert
Official Opening Concert – North Sulawesi welcomes all participating choirs with a colorful presentation.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Friday, October 18, 2013
- Competition performances
Throughout these days, choirs from the entire Asia Pacific area and from around the world will compete in Champions and Indonesian Open Competition – in 15 categories for a golden diploma, a medal and for the North Sulawesi Prize. The best churches and halls of North Sulawesi will host the competitions.
- Friendship Concerts: North Sulawesi Sings
During the week a great number of concerts will take place all over North Sulawesi in churches, halls and squares. Choirs from around the world will sing to the hearts of the people while getting acquainted with the beauty of North Sulawesi.
Monday, October 14, 2013
- Award Ceremony I.
This is the event all the choirs are waiting for with utmost excitement, this Award Ceremony is where the diplomas and medals of the first part are handed over.
Friday, October 18, 2013
- North Sulawesi Prize
The special Grand Prize competition will take place this morning. The best choirs of the Indonesian Open Competition will sing for the North Sulawesi Prize.
- Award Ceremony II.
The Award Ceremony of the second part will follow right after the Grand Prize Competition, where choirs will receive their gold, silver, bronze diploma or medal.
- Closing Concert
In the closing Concert the most successful choirs will perform.
in cooperation with the
Government of the Province of North Sulawesi
Günter Titsch (Germany)
National Competition Direction
Dr. Simyo Harry Sarundajang, Governor of North Sulawesi
Dr. Djouhari Kansil, Vice-Governor of North Sulawesi
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiss (Germany), Artistic Director
Aida Swenson (Indonesia), Artistic Director
Head National Organizing Committee
Ir. Siswa Rachmat Mokodongan, Provincial Secretary of North Sulawesi
Ir. Royke O. Roring, Government of North Sulawesi
Head International Organizing Committee
Jürgen Lahmeyer (Germany), Chairman
Thomas Schüle (Germany/Philippines), Director International Relations
Günter Titsch (Germany)
Wang Qin (China)
Stefan Bohländer (Germany)
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiss (Germany)
We congratulate all singers to their great results! Many thanks to all choirs and ensembles for participating!
Results Local Open Competition(501 KB)
Results Indonesian Open Competition Part 1(637 KB)
Results Indonesian Open Competition Part 2(566 KB)
Results Champions Competition Part 1(488 KB)
Results Champions Competition Part 2(428 KB)