The 12th World Choir Games 2022 go to…KOREA
Former host of Winter Olympics will welcome thousands of singers from July 4-14, 2022
The World Choir Games are coming back to the Republic of Korea: The city of Gangneung, located in the Province of Gangwon, is the second Korean city after Busan in 2002 to host the world's largest international choir competition. From July 4-14, 2022 Gangneung becomes the meeting place for choir singers from all over the world to celebrate 11 days of competitions, singing together, international friendship, and cultural exchange.
Gangwon-do was the venue of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, which went down in history as the "Peace Games" due to the joint appearance of North and South Korean athletes, and is thus a perfect place for the unifying power of choral music to become an even more significant international symbol of peace.
INTERKULTUR President Günter Titsch: „I’m very proud that the World Choir Games will become a part of the province’s Olympic history – this will have a significant value for the Choral Olympic movement in the world and will be a unique experience for the singers from all over the world.”
Han-Geun Kim, Mayor of Gangneung City: “It is so meaningful and honorable to be the host of “12th World Choir Games, 2022” in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. Our citizens are eagerly waiting for the most splendid choral festival in the world with those who love singing a song.”
The host city of the 2022 World Choir Games in Korea, Gangneung, is known for its breathtaking location by the sea in front of fantastic mountain scenery. The Olympic Park and the Ice Arena were venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics and will also host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2024. A unique opportunity for World Choir Games participants to breathe Olympic air during the World Choir Games 2022!
After the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak there will be two World Choir Games for two consecutive years. The 11th World Choir Games in Flanders have been postponed to 2021, and the 12th World Choir Games Gangneung will regularly take place in 2022. “This is a new challenge that we never had before, but which we will definitely master,” says INTERKULTUR President Günter Titsch. "I am sure that choirs from all over the world will take the opportunity to participate in the 11th and 12th World Choir Games and finally share the stages of the world again!"
More information about the 12th World Choir Games Gangneung 2022 is available here.