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Guangzhou 2015

Guangzhou sings with the world

World Choral Forum in the World Choir Capital City

2015 China International Performing Arts Fair had its grand opening on the 8th in Guangzhou. As the supporting activity "Guangzhou sings with the world"-World Choral Forum-in the World Choir Capital City Guangzhou took place on November 10th in Guangzhou Opera House.

3 years ago, the 2012 China (Guangzhou) Xinghai Prize International Choir Championships was a huge success. The event was devoted and had demonstrative significance in exchange and communication of choral culture, which enhanced the understanding, built new friendship and developed partnership among music lovers from all over the world; improved the perfection level of organizing international choir games; innovated in forms and means of international choral art. Therefore with the recommendation of INTERKULTUR and World Choir Council, Guangzhou (China) has been given the honored title "World Choir Capital of 2012". It was also the first city in the world that has been honored the title. This current forum is based on the concept and take one step further on the discussion about the choral culture of Guangzhou, as well as the relations between cities and choirs.

The forum was carried out through with 3 themes. In the first theme Wang Qin, Chief Representative and General Director of the organizer of Choir Olympics- World Choir Games-INTERKULTUR China, Fred Sjoberg, Director of World Choir Forum and Xu Bin, deputy director of Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Press and Publisher of Guangzhou reaffirmed the concept and aim of "Guangzhou sings with the world"-the relations between choral culture communication and global cities.  The "World Choir Events" series has always uphold to "peace, friendship, partnership, development" and "Let the world sing together".

Lu Zhiqiang, director of Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Press and Publisher of Guangzhou made a speech on "the choral phenomenon in Guangzhou and the character Chinese choirs play in global culture exchange and communication", on top of that, choral experts Ren Baoping, Chen Guanghui, Miao Xiangyang expressed further details.

During the third part "what choral conductors can achieve after opening the global vision" - international choral experts including artistic director of INTERKULTUR Christian Ljunggren, Johan Rooze, former lead singer of world renowned group the Kings' Singer Paul Phoenix had a further discussion with HK representative of World Choir Council Fu Rundi, along with vice chairman of Chorus Association of Guangdong Province and conductor of Guangdong experimental high school choir Xie Mingjing and vice president of Guizhou Musicians’ Association and choral association Fang Ling.

The brand new promotion video of "2012 World Choir Capital-Guangzhou Sings with the World" premiered during the forum and also on the INTERKUTUR Newsroom. The Forum was accompanied by performances of the VIVACE choir from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies Art School and the South China Normal University Female Choir.

The founder of World Choir Games-the Choir Olympic, also president of INTERKULTUR and World Choir Council Günter Titsch sent his best wishes to the forum as well as the Choral Alliance of Chinese Musicians’ Association. Famous Chinese musicians Zheng Xiaoying, Yang Hongnian, Wu Lingfen, Meng Dapeng wrote inscription for the forum, all wishing the choirs in Guangzhou can develop faster and better.

The "Guangzhou sings with the world"-World Choir Capital Forum was hosted by the Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Press and Publisher of Guangzhou; co-hosted by China Guangzhou Opera House, China Guangzhou Theater, China Beijing Music Mundi Cultural Development Co., Ltd, INTERKULTUR China and etc.

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