INTERKULTUR President Günter Titsch with Choral Flame at Opening Ceremony of the WCG 2018 © Nolte Photography

Lighting the choral flame on Jan 24

Prelude to the World Choir Games 2020

World Choir Games 2020

The choral flame, symbolizing the prelude to the World Choir Games, will be officially lit on Friday, January 24 by Zuhal Demir, Flemish Minister of Justice and Enforcement, Environment, Energy and Tourism. The event takes place on the Martelarenplein in Brussels from 12:00 to 12:30 h this Friday with a choral contribution by the choir of the school of the Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Antwerp, which will participate in the Choral Flame concert series with an own concert on June 26.

The choral flame crosses Flanders and ignites 50 choir flame events from January 24 through July 4 before it ignites the great Choral Flame on July 5, 2020 during the Opening Ceremony of the World Choir Games (WCG) in the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.

Participation and inclusion are at the heart of the 50 choral flame events. They are about connecting associations, generations and communities, trying to bring people out of their isolation or create a social handhold for physically, socially or mentally vulnerable people.

The full program for the Choral Flame concert series is available at

This summer, more than 21,000 singers from 70 countries and 5 continents will perform at the 11th edition of the WCG. This Olympic Games of harmony singing will take place in Flanders from 5 to 15 July, with Antwerp and Ghent as host cities. The World Choir Games aim to bring nations and cultures together. Music is the common language that connects all participants and creates harmony. Through the interaction between participants of all ages, styles and talents, the Games express a powerful voice of connectedness, positivity and happiness.

The World Choir Games 2020 is organized in Flanders on the initiative of EventFlanders - a partnership of Tourism Flanders, the Department of Culture, Youth and Media and the Department of Foreign Affairs - the cities of Antwerp and Ghent, and Koor&Stem vzw in collaboration with INTERKULTUR.

More information about the event is available at Follow the World Choir Games on Facebook for regular updates!