Official start of the Grand Prix of Nations Riga 2017 and the 3rd European Choir Games
Signing of the contract in Riga seals the cooperation
One of the biggest events for the choral community was sealed yesterday during a ceremony between the Latvian capital Riga and INTERKULTUR: The Grand Prix of Nations Riga 2017 and the 3rd European Choir Games will guide thousands of choir singers to the capital of Latvia from July 16-23, 2016!
With this step the city of Riga and INTERKULTUR tie up to the gigantic success story of the World Choir Games 2014 – the biggest choir Olympics ever with 460 international choirs and about 27.000 participants from 73 nations.
After the signing of the contract Andris Ameriks, vice mayor of Riga, explained that it would be a huge success and a strong symbol of the Latvian choir culture that once again numerous choirs and conductors from all over the world would gather in Riga in order to compare with others on music and to learn from each other „It is a great honour for us to welcome the Grand Prix of Nations and die 3rd European Choir Games in our city. I am convinced that we will cope with this task at its best and inspire the participants!“
INTERKULTUR president Günter Titsch emphasized that this event will have a significant share in promoting international understanding and the exchange of cultural experiences due to the large number of young participants that are being expected: „Especially in times of political uncertainty it is important to give especially young people the possibility to encounter each other by the means of culture – regardless of political, national, religious and economic borders. Being the European Capital of Culture and presenter of the 8th World Choir Games the city of Riga proved that it is a great host for the youth of the world!“
Vita Jermoloviča, board member of the Riga Tourism Development Bureau, stressed the positive charisma and the economic importance of the Grand Prix of Nations and the European Choir Games for the city: „Riga is proud of its culture, its hospitality and its special atmosphere. We are looking forward to presenting all this once again to the choral community.“
The project management of this major event will be carried out by the Latvian partners and – as before the very successful year of culture 2014 – is left in the capable hands of Diana Čivle. Romāns Vanags is looking forward to the challenge as an Artistic Director: „The choirs of the world rightly have high expectations of us – we will tie in with the success of the World Choir Games!“