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A Vision Comes True

Günter Titsch talks about his idea of an enormous movement


From 2000 onwards the biennial World Choir Games have united cultures and nations from all over the world by means of singing together – meanwhile the event has established as the world's largest international choir competition.

The biggest World Choir Games in the event's history took place in 2014 in the Latvian capital Riga. A total of 27.000 participants from 73 nations came together to sing and celebrate a peaceful festival of choral music together. The next World Choir Games 2016 are going to be held from July 6-16, 2016 in the Russian Olympic City of Sochi. In the Olympic Village the singers will not only experience original Olympic atmosphere but also meet new choral friends and cultures with the help of the universal language of music.

But it was a long way until singers had the chance to experience the Choir Games the way they take place nowadays – as a peaceful festival of international choral music. It required a high level of commitment and strength but due to the enthusiasm of the choirs the idea succeeded. "It was a vision which developed by itself and which expanded", said Günter Titsch, INTERKULTUR president and founder of the World Choir Games. In an interview he talks about the evolution of his idea to unite the world through joint singing.

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