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1st European Choir Games
For more than 20 years, INTERKULTUR has been fostering understanding and friendship among people from different nations, religions or denominations through peaceful musical festivals, with its innovative concept of choral competitions. The INTERKULTUR concept gives all choirs the opportunity to take part in international competitions – regardless of their personal level of artistic achievement or musical genre – and to benefit from the experience of internationally renowned choral experts and get advice for their artistic development.
The European Choir Games is the continental version of the World Choir Games – formally known as “Choir Olympics” – in Europe. INTERKULTUR has already celebrated the idea of continental choral competition in Asia (Asian Choir Games). In 2013 the continental Games premiered in Europe.
The core of the European Choir Games is the Champions Competition, which has been designed for experienced choirs from Europe. But the Austrian Open Competition, as second part of the core, is open to every choir from all over the world! On top of this, there will be a Grand Prix Competition for the Styria-Prize for the winners of each category of the Austrian Open Competition and additional choirs determined by the artistic directorate.
The European Choir Games provide the possibility to participate in one or more competition categories of different levels of difficulty. The Champions Competition welcomes choirs from all over Europe, and The Austrian Open Competition is additionally open to groups from all over the world.
Apart from the competitions you can also attend official main events like Opening, Closing and Gala concerts as well as concerts taking place in the framework of the "Songs of Spirit" Festival.
AI – Austrian Open Competition
Recommended for all amateur choirs from all over the world, even with limited experience at national and international choral competitions or those taking their first step in this direction.
AII - Champions Competition
Participation in the "European Choir Games – Champions Competition" is by the decision of the Artistic Committee. Amateur choirs may apply for the competition provided that they can present a certificate of qualification or delegation. The competition is open for choirs with sufficient experience in international concerts and competitions.
|1 - Children's Choirs|
|2 - Youth Choirs of Equal Voices|
|3 - Mixed Youth Choirs|
|4 - Mixed Chamber Choirs|
|5 - Mixed Choirs|
|6 - Female Chamber Choirs|
|7 - Female Choirs|
|8 - Male Chamber Choirs|
|9 - Male Choirs|
|10 - Musica Sacra|
|11 - Musica Contemporanea|
|12 - Jazz / Pop|
|13 - Gospel & Spiritual|
|14 - Folklore|
BI - Evaluation Performance
- three (3) pieces of the choir’s own choice
- performed before a panel of qualified international jurors who provide immediate positive artistic and pedagogical advice for improvement
- certificates of participation will be awarded, as well as evaluation ratings and recommendation letters for future INTERKULTUR competitions upon request
Number of singers: unlimited
Singing time: maximum 15 minutes
Duration: 45 minutes
BII - Individual Coaching
- one piece of the choir’s own choice
- an international choral expert gives new input for stimulating artistic ideas and interpretive guidance
- for an effective rehearsal choirs must prepare one piece in advance
Number of singers: unlimited
Singing time: 45 minutes rehearsal session
In addition to their competitive or non-competitive participation, choirs may perform in a Friendship Concert with other choirs in public venues in and around the city of Graz. These free public concerts provide opportunity for each choir to present musical traditions and costumes of their native land. Choirs, instrumental groups, and dance companies not participating in any other category may also register to participate solely in multiple Friendship Concerts.
"We had the chance to meet some amazing people and listen to many fantastic singers. [...] For all of us, it was an experience of a lifetime."
"Your efficiency and kindness meant that we were able to enjoy all the Games had to offer in the beautiful city of Graz."
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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.
Sunday, July 14, 2013 Opening Day
- Opening Concert
The official Opening Concert takes place in the evening in the unique Stefaniensaal, one of the best concert halls in Austria
Monday, July 15, 2013 - Saturday, July 20, 2013
- Competition Performances
Throughout these six days choirs from the entire world will compete in 2 competition rounds – Champions and Austrian Open Competition – in 14 categories for a golden diploma, a medal and for the Styria Prize.
The best concert halls of the Styrian capital will host the competitions like Stefaniensaal, Steiermarksaal, Minoritensaal, the Orpheum and the Mariahilf Church.
Monday, July 15, 2013 - Sunday, July 21, 2013
- Friendship Concerts & "Singing together"
Choirs from various nations and religions will sing together for an entire week at the Landhaushof and all over Graz. During these highly popular Friendship Concerts choirs can show what they know to the public of Graz. Beside these concerts famous international choral conductors are awaiting the choirs as well as the people of Graz to "Singing together".
- Styria Sings
During the week a great number of concerts will take place all over Styria in churches, concert halls and squares. Choirs from around the world will sing to the hearts of the people while getting acquainted with the beauty of Styria.
Monday, July 15, 2013 - Thursday, July 18, 2013
- Gala Concerts
Gala Concerts will take place every evening in the most outstanding concert venues of Graz, like the Minoritensaal, Stefaniensaal and the Orpheum.
Wednesday, July 17, 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.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - Saturday, July 20, 2013
- "Songs of Spirit" Festival
The meeting of religions at the "International Interreligious Conference 2013" will be accompanied by the music of choirs from different denominations. The opening ceremony of the festival will take place on July 17th in the Minoritensaal.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
- "The Long Night of the Choirs"
from 5:00-12:00 PM in the Landhaushof, Stefaniensaal, Hauptplatz and at other squares and churches in Graz
Friday, July 19, 2013
- Festival Choir Concert: Guiseppe Verdi - Messa da Requiem
Festival participants from different nations and denominations will sing together in the big international festival choir conducted by Gábor Hollerung to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. The concert with internationally renowned soloists and the brilliant Dohnányi Orchestra from Budapest will be a great experience for all its participants.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
- Grand Prize Competition of the Austrian Open Competion for the "Styria Prize"
The special Grand Prize Competition will take place this morning in the Stefaniensaal where the best choirs of the Austrian Open Competition will sing for the Styria 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
Closing Concert with the most successful choirs in the Stefaniensaal.
- Parade of Choirs
Participating choirs will march and sing through the centre of Graz in a colourful parade to take farewell from the hosting city.
After the parade all choirs meet at the Schlossberg for the closing of the "Songs of Spirit" Festival.
Festival participants from different nations and denominations will sing together in the big international festival choir conducted by Gábor Hollerung to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. The concert with internationally renowned soloists and the brilliant Dohnányi Orchestra from Budapest will be a highlight of the choral week in Graz. The concert is on July 19 at 7:30 pm in the Stefaniensaal of Graz Congress.
International Festival Choir:
Budapest Academic Choral Society (Hungary)
World Festival Choir (Norway)
Inner Mongolia Youth Choir (China)
Indonesian Youth Cordana Choir (Indonesia)
Stimmen Bahás - Bahái-Chor Deutschland (Germany)
Cantamus Girls Choir (Great Britain)
and further singers from Austria,
Germany and Switzerland
Adrienn Miksch – Soprano
Judith Németh – Mezzosoprano
Boldizsár László – Tenor
István Kovács – Bass
Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok
with the support of
the Provincial State of Styria
the City of Graz
Graz Tourismus und Stadtmarketing GmbH
Tourismusverband der Stadt Graz
in co-operation with
Internationale Interreligiöse Konferenz Graz 2013
Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of the Federal Republic of Austria
Günter Titsch (Germany)
Honorary Artistic Presidency
Walter Scheel (Germany), Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Prof. Eric Ericson (Sweden) ✝, Honorary Artistic President
Mikis Theodorakis (Greece), Honorary Artistic President
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß (Germany)
Franz M. Herzog (Austria)
Christian Ljunggren (Sweden)
We congratulate all singers to their great results! All in all 17 golden, 15 silver and 3 bronze diplomas were awarded in the Open Competition such as 22 gold, 19 silver and 3 bronze medals in the Champins Competition. Many thanks to all choirs and ensembles for participating!