"We were very pleased and pleased to meet interesting people from different countries in the world who share everything. It's music. It was indeed a successful festival and we hope to see you at other festivals."
9th Canta al mar – Festival Coral Internacional
Sing and Fun at the Mediterranean Sea
Set the stage for one of INTERKULTUR's most popular events: Also in 2020 the annual festival "Canta al mar – Festival Coral International" in Calella will be once again a must-see attraction for many choirs from around the world.
Sunny weather, long sandy beaches, short walking-distances as well as sightseeing and performance opportunities in Barcelona or nearby surroundings, make this festival a unique experience for all participants.
Events like "Calella Sings" in the historic city center and numerous open-air concerts will create extensive opportunities to meet the locals and to socialize with fellow singers from around the world.
Enjoy a happy and relaxed choir event on the Spanish Mediterranean Coast in a festival that beautifully combines holiday feeling and love for music in a perfect manner!
We are happy to celebrate our festival "Canta al Mar" in Calella and Barcelona already for the 9th time. Join us and enjoy a meeting of choirs from all over the world, where the joint singing in
squares and in the streets of the city as well as experiencing the Catalan “joie de vivre” will compose the core of the festival.
Welcome to Calella!
- 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 the music piece in advance
- number of singers: unlimited
- rehearsal time: 45 minutes
- accompaniment: possible
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 artistic committee. The concert should be preferably a cappella or with own instruments. Piano or E-Piano can be provided upon request.
The city centre of Calella offers several possibilities for performing in international friendship concerts. 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.
"THANK YOU for such nice days at Calella with the other choirs! We had a great time with our children and we learned a lot from others."
"I enjoyed it very much: the friendship, the new contacts, the adjudication, the choirs, the hospitality and of course the perfect organization and hosting of INTERKULTUR."
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 Calella 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 or requested using our contact form.
To participate in the event the following registration fees have to be paid per choir/ensemble in addition to the costs for the event package:
- Festival participation
- Educational activities*
Friendship Concert performance included
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 Calella 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:
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(710 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.
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(410 KB)
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25, 2020
- Concerts and performances on open-air stages in Calella
- Educational activities
- Sightseeing & excursions*
Monday, October 26, 2020
depending on the choir's event schedule
Subject to change!
If you are interested in individual excursions please send an email to travel(at)interkultur.com.
Born in Igualada (Barcelona), Daniel Mestre is one of the leading young Catalan conductors who works regulary with some of the most important choirs and orchestras of his country. He studied at the prestigious Escolania de Montserrat, the Barcelona Conservatory and he got his Degree on Conducting with distinction at the Vienna Conservatory.
He has been Chorus Master at Cape Town Opera (South Africa), Assistant Conductor at the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, conductor of the Coro de la Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and the Coral Càrmina and he teaches at the Liceu Conservatory and Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), where he conducts their Opera Atelier, Chamber Choir and Orchestra. He has been invited at international festivals like the Europa Cantat Festival in Pécs (H) and Torino (I) or in Argentina and China. He has recorded several CDs and for the Austrian, South African, Spanish and Catalan Broadcasting.
Daniel Mestre offers various educational activities within the festival Canta al mar 2020.
in cooperation with
Ajuntament de Calella
Viajes Tauro S.L.
Günter Titsch (Germany)
Artistic Directors of Canta al mar 2020
Òscar Boada (Spain)
Artistic Committee INTERKULTUR
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß (Germany), Senior Artistic Director
Johan Rooze (Netherlands), Artistic Director
Fred Sjöberg (Sweden), Artistic Director
Assoc. Prof. Romāns Vanags (Latvia), Artistic Director
Montserrat Candini i Puig, Mayor Calella
Marcos Moreno Wolter, Project Coordinator Spain – Viajes Tauro
INTERKULTUR Executive Committee
Günter Titsch (Germany)
Qin Wang (China)
Stefan Bohländer (Germany)
Dr. Christoph Wirtz (Germany), Secretary General
What is music for you?
3,5 kilometers of sandy beach, its location directly at the Mediterranean Sea and its proximity to Barcelona make Calella a popular European destination. During the choral festival singers can wonderfully make music, stroll and relax in the contemplative old town with its Catalan and Mediterranean charm.
Since its 650 years of history Calella has developed from a small fishing village into a favoured resort of all nations and age groups. This mixture of modernity, hospitality and Catalan traditions add a special touch to Calella and thus make it an appealing travel destination.