International Choral Festivals & Competitions

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2018  
   
25 - 29 January 

Sing'n'Pray Kobe, Japan INTERKULTUR is happy to invite choirs from all over the world in a joyful celebration of peace through singing in a brand new destination, Kobe, Japan. Considered one of Japan’s most fascinating cities, Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of the Hyōgo Prefecture. More than 600 singers will be gathering in Kobe and international choirs are also invited to sing for peace in the world in the beautiful Kobe Bunka Hall.

Registration deadline: September 11, 2017

Contact: INTERKULTUR Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 mail@interkultur.com www.interkultur.com

31 January - 4 February

3rd Misatango «Misa a Buenos Aires» in Vienna The choir festival Misatango brings latin american “joie de vivre” to eminent concert halls! Live your passion and participate in the Misatango Choir Festival in Vienna. Unfold your talent, sing and perform together with other choirs from all over the world.

Visit our website for further information: www.misatango.com

22 - 25 February The International Festival of Contemporary Choir Music (with Zdenek Lukás Award), Prague Many excellent choirs participated in the International Festival of Contemporary Choir Music, Canti veris Praga, that was held in February 2016. This festival entirely focuses on contemporary chorus production and work of Zdeněk Lukáš, proved to be very benefical and vital. If you don’t want to take part in the competition appearance but are interested in the atmosphere of the festival and meeting other choirs at international level, apply for a non-competition appearance as part of the concerts accompanying the festival. We trust that you will find the International Festival of Contemporary Chorus Music with Zdeněk Lukáš Award, Canti veris Praga, interesting in 2018 as well and we are looking forward to seeing you there. More details available from http://www.agencymta-stadler.com/festival/canti-veris-praga  

1 - 4 March

24th International Choir Festival of Paris – Ile de France is happy to welcome choirs from various countries throughout Europe and across the globe. There is no need to prove the reputation and the attraction of the French capital. You will have ample time to discover or to rediscover Paris but of course also the opportunity to sing there.

Friendship concerts will be organised on Friday in and around Paris featuring several other choirs from different countries and a local choir. This will be the first occasion to create friendships and exchange with the other choirs. But the highlight of your trip will most probably be the final concert at La Madeleine Church in the company of all attending choirs. Each one of the choirs will first present a song from their repertoire and at the end, they will come together to perform the final song of the festival.

 

This rare opportunity to sing in this significant place of Parisian cultural life, in front of a big public, will definitely be a fantastic experience for all your singers. Of course, we can help you also to extend your trip to other parts of France if you wish so. During the last edition, we welcomed choirs from Italy, Vietnam, Switzerland, France, Madagascar, China, Turkey and Great Britain and now we would be very happy to help your choir to be part of this big event and to give your singers the opportunity to experience the emotions felt by previous participants.  

To register or to receive more information about the festival, please contact Music&Friends :  Contact : Catherine CORDIER / +352/ 35 65 75 381 

musicandfriends@vew.lu : www.music-and-friends.com (new website, to be translated in English very soon)  

http://www.choirfestivalparis.net/4/

7 - 11 March

Roma ​Music Festival​ 7th International choir and orchestra festival in Rome (Italy) ROME – a multifaced myth. Names such as "Eternal City" or "Centre of the World" are not too modest. However, the Italian metropolis boasts them, and emphasizes its significance in the world history. During a short stay it is simply impossible to visit all attractions of the town whose history dates 3000 years back. Among the most important ones there are: the Vatican with St. Peter´s Basilica and St. Peter´s Square, the Spanish Steps, the Catacombs, the Collosseum, the Roman Forum or Trastevere – the commercial district of Rome. You may enrich the cultural variety of this exceptional city by participating in concerts held in churches and concert halls during the Roma Music Festival. ​https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-choir-orchestra-festival-in-rome-italy.phtml

9 - 11 March

7th Internation Gdansk Choir Festival

We invite you to 1000 years old city of Gdansk (Poland) already for 7th edition International Gdansk Choir Festival 9-11th March 2018.

It's festival for competitive and non-competitive choirs. This year the jury will consist of  Javier Busto (Spain), Ambroz Copi (Slovenia) Rihards Dubra (Latvia), Grzegorz Rubin (Poland), Jan Rybarski (Poland).


Besides the competition part choirs will take part in concerts in Gdansk. Please see the rules and application form

More information at: WEB PAGE If you had any questions please contact us. www.gdanskfestival.pl

Deadline for applications is 15.10.2017

15 - 18 March

ON STAGE in Israel in Tel Aviv, Israel
As one of the cradles of civilization, Israel offers a very high and unparalleled diversity and intensity of experience. Regarded as the biblical Holy Land by Jews, Christians and Muslims, Israel is a true crossroad of civilizations and its biggest cities are also the world’s top destinations. Jerusalem, the "City of Gold" and the country´s largest city is one of the oldest in the world. Tel Aviv, on the other hand, is a cosmopolitan, cultural and financial global city with a UNESCO world heritage area of Bauhaus architecture.

Registration deadline: October 23, 2017

Contact:
INTERKULTUR
Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25
mail@interkultur.com
www.interkultur.com

18 - 22 March International choir contest "GOLDEN VOICES OF MONTSERRAT" It is one of the biggest international choir competitive festivals in the world for professional and amateur nonprofit choirs. Annually this festival gathers a lot of choirs turning the Costa Brava – one of the Spanish coasts – into the center of the singing world. An impressive opening of the contest and a bright memorizable final concert will become an emotional framing of this grand event in lives of all the choirs and singers.
Apart from the professional competitive program among choirs from different countries and you get a possibility to sing in the basilica of a monastic complex Montserrat together with a choir of boys Escalonia which is known all over the world. This competitive choir festival "Golden voices of Montserrat" is full of friendly meetings, master classes given by the conductors of the best world’s choirs, round tables, specialized trainings which have no analogs in festival motions, final rehearsals, revelation of leaders, memorizable flash mob on one of the most beautiful Mediterranean coasts near the town Hall of Lloret de Mar. For more details visit https://fiestalonia.net/fest/golden-voices-montserrat/
22 - 25 March

ON STAGE in Mallorca in Mallorca, Spain
Imagine tourquoise blue seas, golden sands, green foliage, rugged mountains and honey-stone villages – all this together has one name, Mallorca. As the biggest island of Spain´s autonomous Balearic Islands, this paradise on earth really does have it all – over 500km of coastline and more than 200 glorious beaches, beautiful mountains, a wealth of historical buildings, cultural experiences and a lively cosmopolitan city.

What is more, the stunning scenery throughout Mallorca is ideal for enjoying outdoor pursuits. Whether it’s walking, hiking, cycling or playing golf, Mallorca has got them all perfectly established in all details. Plus, the island’s location makes it reachable by a three-hour flight at the most from northern Europe, making it easily accessible for those in search of a little piece of paradise.

Be there! It may be days in time, but it will feel weeks in relaxation and peace of mind!

Registration deadline: October 30, 2017

Contact:
INTERKULTUR
Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25
mail@interkultur.com
www.interkultur.com

27 - 30 March

Russian Choral Championship - Saint-Petersburg, Russia

  
Choral Open Cups are held within the framework of the festivals-contests of the project «Salute to Talents». It is a large-scale competition among Russian choirs for amateur singers, school and church choirs of all ages. The final stage of the last time took place in Saint-Petersburg when combined choir performed in Kazan Cathedral. This time we are planning to organize the performance of the combined choir in Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery.   Each Russian amateur, educational and church choir may take part in the Cup. We are pleased to invite foreign choirs to take non-competitive participation.   Out-of-competition participation: Out-of-competition participation is allowed in all the festivals-contests of the Salute to Talents project. To the participants acting out of competition all the same rules and requirements are applied as to the rest of the participants. Out-of-competition performances are watched and evaluated by a jury without scoring. Participants acting out of the competition get a Diploma of Participant of the Festival as well as a Memorable Cup.    
Open to All kinds of choirs
Deadline for applications 09 March 2018
Contact for the event j.tishenko(at)saluttalantov.ru Website of the event saluttalantov.ru/festival/finalnyy-etap-khorovogo-chempionata-rossii/
31 March

The International Choral Festival Wales is held over Easter Weekend 2018 (31 March – 2 April) to welcome the best of the international choral community to Wales and a desire to push the boundaries of musical excellence.
Our inaugural Festival will be held at Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. We are looking for approximately 16 choirs to compete across four categories: Mixed Choirs; Single Voice Choirs (SSAA/ TTBB); Open Category; Young Voices (under 25’s). The overall winners will be titled Choir of Choirs and receive The Sir Karl Jenkins Trophy.
Completed application forms can be found on our website: www.internationalchoralfestival.wales

Each choir is required to submit the following by 21 October 2017:

  • Application form, which can be completed via the link below
  • A recent recording (within 6 months). Accepted formats include: MP3, MP4, Youtube link, or video format.
  • A short history of the choir and conductor. This must be in English or Welsh Text and comprise of no more than 300 words.
  • Entry fee of £175 per choir, per category*
  • A recent photograph in jpeg format
  • List of proposed programme for each category

For more information contact the festival’s Artistic Director Eilir Owen Griffiths artistic-director@internationalchoralfestival.wales
*Choirs who are not selected for participation will receive a full refund of their entry fee minus any bank charges incurred by the Festival.

4 - 8 April

Istra Music Festival 8th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Porec (Istria, Croatia) ISTRIA - the country by the sea. The largest peninsula of the Adriatic is Croatia´s most popular holiday destination. Despite the relatively small surface of Istria it offers an unbelievable multitude of impressive sceneries to be discovered. The combination of natural beauties, the healing powers of air, sun and the ocean, as well as the hospitality of the local inhabitants are like magic. Besides gorgeous parks, a picturesque stone coast and long beaches the Croatian Riveria provides many superb cultural events, such as the Istra Music Festival with performances from choirs and orchestras from all over the world.​ https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-festival-of-choirs-and-orchestras-in-istria-croatia.phtml

4 - 8 April

Voices for Peace in Assisi, Italy
Along the lines of St. Francis, namely that "the Lord may give you peace", we are pleased to welcome choirs from all over the world to our first VOICES FOR PEACE Choir Festival in Assisi. Assisi is a truly magical place that draws its particular character from the reminiscence of Saint Francis, the charming countryside that surrounds the town, and the important witnesses of its thousand-year-old culture. With its two-story basilica, Assisi is one of the most fascinating cities in Italy, one of those rare places that can enable the mind of man to fly high.

Early Bird deadline: September 4, 2017
Registration deadline: November 13, 2017

Contact:
INTERKULTUR
Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25
mail@interkultur.com
www.interkultur.com

5 - 8 April

ON STAGE in Verona, Italy
From the Roman amphitheatre and the Palazzo Barber to Juliet’s balcony, Verona is one of Italy´s most enchanting cities.  Also known as Piccola Roma (little Rome), Verona’s narrow streets are a rich collection of beautiful buildings and baroque facades. With its stunning historic monuments, wonderful gastronomic treats and wide variety of artistic activities, Verona has all the ingredients to a perfect escape from reality.

Registration deadline: November 13, 2017

Contact:
INTERKULTUR
Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25
mail@interkultur.com
www.interkultur.com

17 - 19 April 2nd Michelangelo International Music Festival Open to choirs and orchestras of all ages and typology offering 20 different competititive, and non competitive, categories, 10 dedicated to choirs and 10 dedicated to orchestras. The main aim of the Festival is to create a great opportunity for cultural exchange between the different geographical and artistic traditions of the participating countries – music is an excellent vehicle for sharing knowledge and friendship among peoples. Our motto is “Prima La Musica”, “Music First”: final concerts with all choirs and full orchestra, renowned guest Conductors, only internationally recognized Juries, avaiable for exciting workshops. And also: cash prizes, special prizes, perfectly tuned baby Grand Piano in all venues, professional video and audio recordings,stage rehearsals for all participants. For more information visit www.florencechoral.com
18 - 22 April

Cork International Choral Festival 2018. Founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland, the Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over five days. Cork welcomes choirs from across the world for a programme of Gala concerts, Schools Concerts, National and International Competitions, and world-class performances, as thousands of participants bring the city to life for a celebration of choral music in all its many forms.
One of Europe’s premier international choral festivals, Cork is noted for its high standards, eclectic and wide-ranging programme, and the friendliness of its welcome. Festival events and performances centre around Cork’s City Hall (capacity 1,000), one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland.


Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs also participate in a wide range of Festival events, which include Fringe concerts, taking part in our Church Interchange programme across Cork city and county, and informal Public Performances which see choirs popping up throughout Cork in new and unexpected locations throughout the duration of the Festival! The presence of these choirs from throughout the world gives audiences and Irish choirs alike the unique opportunity of hearing a diverse range of concerts and repertoire performed. Website: http://corkchoral.ie E-mail: info@corkchoral.ie Applications now open for 2018 Festival

2 - 6 May

7th Costa Barcelona Music Festival 2018, Spain
7th International choir and orchestra festival in Calella on the Costa Barcelona (Spain)
https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-choir-orchestra-festival-on-the-costa-barcelona-spain.phtml

2 - 6 May

14th International Choir Competition and Festival Bad Ischl – Bad Ischl, Austria: Already for the 14th time, the International Choir Competition and Festival will take place in Bad Ischl. International and renowned jurors and choral experts will evaluate the vocal performances and help the choirs with words and deeds during the Evaluation Performances. Apart from the competitions in the Kongresshaus, the event also includes Gala Concerts, international Friendship Concerts as well as performances during masses.

Early Bird deadline: September 25, 2017
Registration deadline: December 11, 2017

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

6 - 9 May ON STAGE in Stockholm, Sweden
As a city where choral traditions are rooted deeply, Stockholm makes an ideal choral destination. Sweden boasts 200 years of exceptional choral music history and Eric Ericson´s vision of the cooperation between amateur and professional singers has become reality in the Stockholm’s unique choral scene.
 

Registration deadline: December 11, 2017

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany, Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 mail@interkultur.com www.interkultur.com

9 - 13 May Helsingborgs  Körfestival in Helsingborg, Sweden
Sweden’s choirs rank among the world´s best ensembles and determine the level of international choir competitions in many years. A great music festival awaits you in Helsingborg, one of the most exciting places at the northern Baltic Sea. The city’s cultural life is thriving in recent years: Fans of classic, Jazz and modern music regularly find what they’re looking for. Helsingborg is further one of the few cities in Sweden that has long and beautiful beaches, located just a few minutes’ walk away from the centre.

Early Bird deadline: October 9, 2017
Registration deadline:
December 11, 2017

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany, Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 mail@interkultur.com
www.interkultur.com

10 - 13 May

13th Cantate Budweis . The Southern Bohemian region of Budweis (Ceské Budejovice) stands world-wide for the excellent quality of the beer, manufactured there since centuries. And where you find beer, there is singing too – today you can find numerous vocal ensembles in Budweis and surrounding, presenting the tradition of the music and the singing.

Situated in the land triangle between the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria, this region is still a personal tip. Multiplicity places of interest, a hospitality atmosphere in the historic districts of Budweis and Cesky Krumlov, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.


Don’t miss this unusual frame of a choir exchange! We would be pleased to welcome your choir at the Cantate Budweis, which is already organized since 2006. We are sure, that your choir will enjoy unforgettable days in Budweis with other choirs, many singing and new international contacts.

We are looking forward to meet you in Southern Bohemia! Visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/cantate-budweis.html 
12 - 14 May 2nd Lorenzo De´ Medici International Choral Festival, Florence, Italy Florence – cradle of the Renaissance, renowned throughout the world as a UNESCO World Heritage city, with its immeasurable heritage of history, architecture and art – forms the stunning backdrop to to these remarkable festivals.. For more details visit http://www.florencechoral.com/festivals/lorenzo-de-medici-choral-festival/
18 - 20 May

The London Sangerstevne - A Non-Competitive Festival for all Choirs, sacred or secular, large or small, singing a repertoire of their own choice - Each participating choir performs a programme of their own choosing lasting up to 12 minutes in one of the four festival concerts on the Saturday (unless they have chosen not to come on this day). A grand piano is available for accompaniment. All participating choirs have the opportunity to distribute their own promotional literature.

The festival is taking place in the church. Participating choirs will have an opportunity to use the church hall for warming up purposes during the period before their own concert. For example, choirs singing in Concert 2 will be able to use the hall whilst Concert 1 is in progress.
In keeping with the Sangerstevne tradition, a simple piece will be sung at the end of each Saturday concert by all singers who want to be involved in this. These pieces will be available from a few months before the Sangerstevne and can be sent by post or downloaded from the web site. The concerts on the Friday and Sunday will be organised in a more traditional manner.

A charge of £5 per singer is being made.  Entry for audience members will be free, but there will be an ongoing collection to contribute to the cost of organising the Sangerstevne. An entrance charge for audience members may be made at the Friday and Sunday concerts, depending on the wishes of the host churches. For singers, having paid the initial £5, there is no additional charge for singing at other concerts. More details from http://www.pnms.co.uk/sangerstevne/english/english_2018.html

23 - 27 May

9th Venezia Music Festival 2018, Italy
9th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Venice and Jesolo (Italy)
https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-festival-of-choirs-and-orchestras-in-venice-and-jesolo-italy.phtml

24 - 27 May

ON STAGE in Florence, Italy
Florence is not only the birthplace of Dante, Petrarch, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Giotto, Boccaccio, Galilei and Machiavelli, but also the birthplace of the Renaissance, Opera and the Neoclassical architecture, which revolutionized the way Rome, London, Paris and every other major city in Europe were built. And this is just a smidgen of everything the city has to offer. See for yourself and prepare to be amazed!

Registration deadline: January 8, 2018

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 mail@interkultur.com www.interkultur.com

25 - 28 May

Cantate Croatia: Pula, one of the oldest cities in Istria and known for its amphitheater and the harbour city of Rovinj: vibrant cities with diverse cultural activities, surrounded by islands, offer a millennium of history, culture and recreation. During Friendship Concerts in churches or concert halls meet choirs from several countries. Full of atmosphere are the old churches, simple looking from outside, and with a splendid interior. They are the place for church services and church concerts at Sunday morning. The musically highlight is the common concert of all participating choirs in the centre of Pula. The magnificent concert hall from the imperial-royal period is the right frame for such an event and brings impressions from the Croatian cultural history to the choirs. The social highlight is the Farewell-Dinner at the last evening in one of the hotels directly beside the sea. A large cold and warm buffet, included drinks (beer, wine and non-alco) and a music band bring within a short time a buoyant spirit to all choirs. This farewell dinner is the best place to communicate with many singers from other countries.

More information http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/cantate-croatia.html

30 May - 3 June

4th Sing'n'Joy Vienna and 31st International Franz Schubert Choir Competition - Vienna, Austria: Already for the 31st time, the Franz Schubert Choir Competition and Festival will take place in the European Capital of Music, Vienna. The Sing'n'Joy concept focuses on the traditional Schubert competition but also features intercultural meetings and performances in Friendship Concerts. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

1 - 3 June Sing Along Concert Paris – World Festival Singers - Paris, France The last years have proved, that the Sing Along Concert by the Berlin Radio Choir was not only a good idea, but with constantly 1.300 singers from all over the world a manifested grand in Berlins’ musical life. In year 2018 the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey and singers from all over the world are invited to perform Georg Friedrich Handel´s "Messiah" in the new Philharmonic of Paris.

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

6 - 10 June

8th International Robert Schumann Choir Competition and Festival - Zwickau, Germany: The International Robert Schumann Choir Competition and Festival, which in 2018 celebrates its 8thanniversary, revolves around Schumann’s compositional works and his contemporaries while focusing not only on the cultivation, but also on a new interpretation of these great 19th century works. The event is a very special one taking place at the same time with the celebration of Schumann’s 206th birthday on June 8.

Early Bird deadline: November 6, 2017
Registration deadline: January 22, 2018

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

7 - 10 June 9th International Krakow Choir Festival CRACOVIA CANTANS

We invite all choirs for 9th edition of our festival in Krakow (Poland 7-10.06.2018).

You may take part with your choir in festival concerts and gala or if you wish you may also compete in one of the 9 categories in front of the international Jury : Romuald Twardowski, Vytatutas Miskinis, Javier Busto, Rihards Dubra, Bernhard Gfrerer.

As almost 250 choirs from past editions we wish you to have wonderful performances and meet other choirs from around the world. See you in Krakow.

Please send applications before 15.11.2017

More information you can find on our website www.krakowchoirfestival.pl 

18 - 20 June

Associazione Musicale ROMAinCANTO – Rome (Italy) The enthusiastic praise of the large audience attending the music festival "Rassegna Musicale ROMAinCANTO", the concerts of "Musica e Meditazioni" and other special events organized by our association, spurs us to carry on our activity. Our wish is to support and divulge the wide variety of sacred choral literature with a special consideration for Rome´s music tradition. 

The Association is sponsoring the "ROMAinCANTO International Music Festival", which was joined choirs from all over the world for several years now makes his contribution in the music scene Roman, organizing concerts of sacred music, symphonic and cultural tours in Italy (Rome, Venice, Florence)

For more information please visit www.romaincanto.com/rassegna_musicale_en.asp

21 - 25 June International Choral Festival, Coast Rica Registration now open. For a brochure visit http://www.choralfestcostarica.org/CostaRicaInternationalChoralFestival/ChoralFestEngl2018.pdf
25 June - 2 July

Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival USA - Washington, DC

After the very successful 2017 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival: A JFK 100, co-presented with the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts and marking the centennial of President Kennedy’s birth, our 2018 edition will honor another major 20th century figure of Peace and Justice, Nelson Mandela right here in the US. Once again co-presented with the Kennedy Center, our 2018 edition will feature choirs from all over the world as they celebrate truth, reconciliation, justice, and equality.

Established in 2011 and hailed by the Washington Post as “true harmonic convergence,” Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival is an exuberant celebration of choral music from around the world. In 2018, the festival program will continue offering participating choirs multiple workshops led by international professional choirs, cultural exchanges and meaningful outreach projects opportunities. In addition, participating choirs will perform shared concerts in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, and will take part in a massed choir grand finale concert conducted by Scott Tucker, The Choral Arts Society of Washington Artistic Director. Brochure  |  Serenade! VIDEO

27 June - 1 July

4th Budapest Music Festival 2018, Hungary
4th International choir and orchestra festival in Budapest (Hungary)
https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-choir-orchestra-festival-in-budapest-hungary.phtml

30 June - 18 July

Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival South Africa-Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, Cape Town, Safari

Produced annually since 2009, this incredible, life-changing festival features diverse international touring choirs in extraordinary venues with enthusiastic audiences, making for what the Cape Times calls “the largest international choral gathering in South Africa.”

The 10th annual Ihlombe! has paired up with the biannual World Choir Games in Tshwane (Pretoria) to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of South African revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela. We have adjusted our festival dates so that those choirs interested in participating in both festivals may do so.  Click HERE To learn how to combine Ihlombe! into your World Choir Game experience. Brochure  |  Ihlombe! VIDEO

4 - 14 July

10th World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa

The World Choir Games invites all non-professional choirs of the world to participate. The Games offer fair and realistic competition to experienced competitive choirs as well as choirs with relatively little international experience. The World Choir Games offer The Champions Competition and The Open Competition. These two competitions allow choirs the opportunity to participate at the appropriate level.

Choirs who choose not to be placed in competition, but seek to be part of the international experience of the can participate in the non-competitive evaluation activities.

Early Bird deadline: September 15, 2017
Registration deadline: December 1, 2017

Contact mail@interkultur.com website www.interkultur.com

6 - 11 July

12th SCL Festival: The Summa Cum Laude Festival Vienna is Austria’s premier global youth music festival for choirs, bands and orchestras taking place every July in Vienna’s most important concert venues: The Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus and the MuTh Concert Hall of the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Visit our website for further information: www.sclfestival.org

10 - 13 July 2nd Leonardo Da Vinci International Choral Festival, Florence. Italy Florence – cradle of the Renaissance, renowned throughout the world as a UNESCO World Heritage city, with its immeasurable heritage of history, architecture and art – forms the stunning backdrop to to these remarkable festivals.. For more details visit http://www.florencechoral.com/festivals/leonardo-da-vinci-choral-festival/
12 - 15 July

12th International Choir Competition 2018 Miltenberg. The International Choir Competition of the district of Miltenberg is now one of the most traditional international choir competitions and, in addition to Marktoberdorf, the only one in Bavaria. We are once again expecting top-class participation from all over the world. In the past choir competitions it has been shown again and again that not only the excellent and high-quality choir singing inspires the people from near and far, but especially the close interpersonal contact of the guest choirs with the local population. We will also understand this choir competition, the foreign guests of Germany and of course especially of Bavaria to inspire. Information about rules and regulations are available online as is the application form: http://www.chorwettbewerb-miltenberg.de/AusschreibungundAnmeldung2018.aspx

18 - 22 July

Toscana Music Festival 2018 10th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Tuscany (Italy)

https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-festival-of-choirs-and-orchestras-in-tuscany-italy.phtml
5 - 8 August 2nd Andrea Del Verrocchio International Choral Festival, Florence. Italy Florence – cradle of the Renaissance, renowned throughout the world as a UNESCO World Heritage city, with its immeasurable heritage of history, architecture and art – forms the stunning backdrop to to these remarkable festivals., For more details visit http://www.florencechoral.com/festivals/andrea-del-verrocchio/
22 - 26 August

Paris Music Festival 2018 8th International choir and orchestra festival in Paris (France)

https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-choir-orchestra-festival-in-paris-france.phtml

24 - 27 August

Norwegian Church Music Festival - Places available for tenors only singing candlelight choral evensong each day, primarily early music. 

Full information available from JNMR84094@gmail.com
5 - 9 September

Praha Music Festival 2018 9th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Prague (Czech Republic)

https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/international-festival-of-choirs-and-orchestras-in-prague-czech-republic.phtml

12 - 16 September 2nd Corfu International Festival & Choir Competition in Corfu, Greece
Supported by the Corfu Choir Union, the "2nd Corfu International Festival & Choir Competition" will bring choral singers from all over the world to the capital of the Ionian Islands in 2018 again. A very special highlight will be offered to participating choirs that would like to extend their stay for another day in Athens: The world famous Athens Concert Hall "Mégaron Mousikis" will open its doors and gives interested choirs a stage in the Greece capital.

Early Bird deadline: February 12, 2018
Registration deadline: May 14, 2018

Contact:
INTERKULTUR
Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25
mail@interkultur.com
www.interkultur.com

13 - 16 September ON STAGE in Lisbon, Portugal
No other European capital has such an intriguing mix of the old and the new, or so many contrasting faces, making this a city for unhurried exploration and a place to get lost in and discover its many distinctive sights and characteristic images. The World Heritage Belem Tower is to Lisbon what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, and along with the marvellous Jeronimos Monastery, Vasco De Gama´s resting place are a must-see in one of Europe´s most soulful capitals, with sunsets on the sea.

Registration deadline: April 23, 2018

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 mail@interkultur.com www.interkultur.com

22 - 26 September ISTRAMUSICA in Porec, Croatia
Over the course of one month, between 9 September and 8 October 2017, we will arrange all your concerts – however impressive or intimate in scale. We organize workshops and arrange opportunities to meet with other choirs from around the world. We provide support for your rehearsals from distinguished world-class guest conductors and provide a stage for the talented people from your own ranks. And let's not forget the spectacle and popular international choir competition, which will be the event´s spectacular grand finale.

Contact:
INTERKULTUR
Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25
mail@interkultur.com
www.interkultur.com

26 - 30 September 9th Isola del Sole in Grado, Italy
The sunny island of Grado and its numerous venues, short walking distances and a historic city centre as well as manifold touristic sights within the region of Trieste and Venice represent the perfect place for a meeting of international choirs. Apart from participating in the competitions all choirs can dare to take part in the exciting experiment to swap conductors for a Friendship Concert and perform under the direction of another international conductor.

Early Bird deadline: February 26, 2018
Registration deadline: May 15, 2018

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 mail@interkultur.com www.interkultur.com

5 October

INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL BERLIN 2018

Choral events organizes the 6th INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL BERLIN 2018. The Festival will take place at the beautiful concert hall of the Universität der Künste Berlinon Friday, the 5th of October 2018.
All choirs are welcome. We offer complete arrangements with choice between hotel or youth hostel. It is a festival, no contest.
Nevertheless there will be awards for: best conductor / best repertoire / best presentation / best soloist singer. Extra Open Door Concert at the St. Matthias Church in Berlin on Saturday, the 6th of October 2018.
An extra open air concert is possible.


End date of registration is the 1st of May 2018. 

More info: http://www.icfberlin.com Contact: choralevents@outlook.com

16 - 17 October

CHORAL CONTEST & FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2018

CHORALEVENTS will organize the Choral Contest & Festival NEW YORK. The Concerts will take place at the amazing "Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at the SYMPHONY SPACE NEW YORK".

Festival date: Tuesday, the 16th of October 2018
Contest date: Wesnesday, the 17th of October 2018

Regarding the Contest: 2 self chosen music works will be adjudicated by an international jury. Regarding the Festival: Awards for best conductor / best repertoire / best presentation / best soloist singer

WE OFFER COMPLETE ARRANGEMENTS ! Changing the length of your stay is possible. ONLY PARTICIPATION IS ALSO POSSIBLE !

Concerts:
Festival/Contest concert in the Symphony Space New York (20 minutes). Rehearsal in the Symphony Space New York. Extra Concert in Church / Music College / Community Hall in New York (Optional concerts)

Website for more info: http://www.choralfestivalnewyork.com

If you will have any further questions, please let us know:  choralevents@outlook.com

END OF REGISTRATION: 1 MAY 2018

18 - 21 October

Cantate Catalunya Barcelona: Enjoy culture, singing and sun! Performances in the famous Sagrada Familia, a matinee concert and  friendship concerts in the center of Barcelona. Individual extensions possible with accommodation on the beach to enjoy the last summer days. Performances of the choirs are a matinee concert over the rooftops of Barcelona, a very special experience. Friendship concerts take place in the lively centre of the city in various concert halls or churches. A special experience is the common concert of all participating choirs: Each choir presents himself with a song of their choice in the Crypt of the Sagrada Familia, the landmark of the city and next to the tomb of the brilliant Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. In memory of Gaudi, the choir directors put down put flowers at his tomb before the common final song. This is followed by a dinner with music and singing with Catalan gastronomy and hospitality.

Sightseeing in Barcelona round off your stay within late-summer temperatures. Optionally, the accommodation takes place in the centre of Barcelona or in cost-favourable hotel on the Costa Barcelona; all hotels are classified in the 4-star category. For more information visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/cantate-catalunya.html

24 - 28 October

7th Canta al mar – Festival Coral Internacional - Calella/ Barcelona, Spain: The festival "Canta al mar" has become an essential activity in INTERKULTUR´s event calendar. All concert and competition venues in Calella are within walking distance and can therefore be combined ideally with a pleasant stroll through the historic center - a great way for choirs to meet, sing together in Friendship Concerts and get to know other nations and their individual traditions.

Early bird deadline: March 19, 2018
Registration deadline: May 28, 2018

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

26 October

International Choral Festival Barcelona 2018

The City of Barcelona together with Choral Events organizes the 4th International Choral Festival Barcelona. The festival will take place in the concert hall PETIT PALAU of the famous Palau de la Musica on Friday, the 26th of October 2018.
We offer complete arrangements with the choice between hotel or hostel in Barcelona or hotel in Malgrat de Mar. Travel dates: 24/25 – 28/29 October 2018. Changing the length of your stay is possible. Possible Open Door Concert (Basilica) and/or Open Air concert (Poble Espanyol). All kinds of choirs are welcome.


End date of registration is the 1st of May 2018.

More info: http://www.choralfestivalbarcelona.com Contact: choralevents@outlook.com

1 - 4 November

Cantate Dresden: With a short performances in the famous Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), friendship concerts and a common concert in the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) with more than 800 years musically tradition - an exceptional setting for this choir meeting under the patron is of the President of the Saxon State Parliament. Choirs from different nations meet at friendship concerts in and around Dresden on Friday and at a common concert with all participants, which is the musically highlight of these days. At the end of the common concert, all choirs sing a special composition with the name “Cantate Dresden” which has been composed especially for this choir festival. The evening is planned with a Saxonian dinner with all choirs. For more information visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/cantate-dresden.html

8 - 11 November ON STAGE in Prague, Czech Republic
Prague has been described as a diamond among pearls and as the Paris of the 90s. The Gothic jewel of the kingdom of Bohemia, capital of today’s Czech Republic, Prague has been called the most picturesque city in the world. The ancient splendour and beauty of Prague is sure to leave an everlasting impression on your imagination.

Registration deadline: June 18, 2018

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 mail@interkultur.com www.interkultur.com

15 - 18 November Advent Sing Bratistlava The city offers many attractions and cozy pubs. In the environment of Bratislava there is the town Modrá, which is one of the wine producing areas in Slovakia. At the main square in Bratislava there is a Christmas Market from mid-November with a stage on which a wide cultural program is offered. Advent concerts in concert halls or the magnificent baroque churches in Bratislava with several choirs will be a highlight of the stay together with a folklore evening which shows the musical temperament of the Slovaks. For more information visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/advent-bratislava.html
23 - 26 November Advent Sing Prague Since 1999, the Prague Advent Sing is organized by music&friends without interruption with more than 40 Czech and foreign choirs every year. The organization of concerts at the central Christmas Market at the Old Town Square during the weekends is done by music&friends including the planning, presentation and assistance. One of the most beautiful squares in Europe is the Old Town Square, home of the central Christmas Market with a nice open-air stage. Many people come here to listen to Christmas carols from choirs from different countries. Available are locked containers, a multilingual presenter and a sound system. Extraordinary concert halls for the Advent concerts are the Music Academy HAMU in the Liechtenstein-Palace and the art deco-style hall of Hlahol, one of the oldest choirs in Prague, where Smetana has been one of the first choir directors. At the end of each concert all choirs sing a common song. Concerts in churches in Prague: The Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square (built 1732-1737) is every year the main place for church concerts. Church services can be planned at the weekends - in the famous St Vitus Cathedral and other churches. For more information visit http://www.musicandfriends.com/html/advent-prague.html
4 - 9 December

4th Misatango «Misa a Buenos Aires» in La Habana The choir festival Misatango brings latin american “joie de vivre” to eminent concert halls! Live your passion and participate in the Misatango Choir Festival in Havana. Unfold your talent, sing and perform together with other choirs from all over the world.

Visit our website for further information: www.misatango.com

13 - 16 December

ON STAGE in Birmingham, Great Britain
Britain’s second largest city and Europe’s 8th most populous metropolitan city, Birmingham has got a perfect location, right at the heart of Britain, with only one hour and a half by train from London and just one hour to Shakespeare’s home, Stratford-upon-Avon.

INTERKULTUR´s new project combines your wanderlust and your love of music. The ON STAGE event series is ready to check off your list of must-see cities and will do so while providing all the comforts of a non-competitive choral music event and the opportunities and delights of a tourist tour around local traditions, culture and history….and, yes, also around local fun. Worldwide landmark cities like Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Prague, Amsterdam and many other first-rate destinations will be your stage and heaven for the 4-day events which will revolve around friendship concerts, touristic tours, workshops and celebration.

The events are designed for all those who wish to combine their music with travelling, learning and experiencing of new destinations.

The schedule will include touristic activities (sight-seeing), short concerts in touristic places (churches, halls), a workshop with a local choir and a joint concert of all the participants.

Registration deadline: July 2, 2018

Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 mail@interkultur.com www.interkultur.com

2019  
7 - 11 February

International Choir Competition Maastricht 2019 - Maastricht, Netherlands: Amateur choirs from all over the world are invited to join the competition in various categories and experience the vibrant cultural life and open-minded, international atmosphere in the host city, located at the crossroads of Belgium and Germany. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

14 - 18 February

2nd Sing'n'Joy Princeton - Princeton (NJ), USA: According to the motto ”Sing'n'Joy” Princeton will feature both choral competitions and numerous concerts, varied meetings between participating choirs as well as master classes with international choral experts. One of the event’s highlights will be the ensembles of the Westminster Choir College, that will showcase their superior skills at a special concert. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

15 - 19 May 6th Vietnam International Choir Competition - Hội An, Vietnam: Since the outstanding success of the first event in 2011 INTERKULTUR organizes biannually the International Choir Competition Vietnam in the city of Hội An. From that time on the event has been increasing and has now become an inherent part of international choir tours. The setting of the competition is located directly at Hội An’s coast and provides a stunning panorama for the performances. In cooperation with the Vietnamese central government, the provincial government of Quang Nam and the city council of Hội An INTERKULTUR offers choirs from all parts of the world the possibility to discover the beauty of this country and to combine this exciting journey with a participation in an international choir competition. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com
19 - 23 June

7th International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival - Linz, Austria: The Upper Austrian city of Linz already proved to be a perfect host by presenting the 1st INTERKULTUR Choir Olympics in 2000. Since 2007 the city invites every two years choirs from all over the world in order to sing at the International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival. The festival offers choirs from all parts of the world the possibility to participate in the competitions as well as in friendship and gala concerts. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

3 - 7 July 2017

11th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition - Wernigerode, Germany: The colorful city in the Harz mountain range attracts visitors with its unique charm of medieval architecture and moreover with its musical characteristics. Furthermore this competition, named after Johannes Brahms, puts a musical focus on this German composer and the German romantics of the 19th century. Numerous advanced trainings offer interested choirs outstanding possibilities of mutual learning and professional training e.g. with evaluation performances and individual coaching. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com

5 - 10 July

13th SCL Festival: The Summa Cum Laude Festival Vienna is Austria’s premier global youth music festival for choirs, bands and orchestras taking place every July in Vienna’s most important concert venues: The Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus and the MuTh Concert Hall of the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Visit our website for further information: www.sclfestival.org

17 - 20 July Missoula International Choral Festival, Montana  The International Choral Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship, and goodwill through choral music. The International Choral Festival is a non-competitive event produced by volunteers in a beautiful mountain setting that connects musicians from diverse cultural traditions with regional audiences and local community hosts.

http://www.choralfestival.org/

3 -10 August

4th European Choir Games - Gothenburg, Sweden: In 2019 the 4th edition of the event will once again take place and explore a new destination: Sweden – nation of choristers! With approximately 600 000 singers, choir singing is one of Sweden’s most popular movements and the country is thus a perfect location for this international singing event. Gothenburg, the country’s second largest city, is a genuine music city where music is close to people’s hearts. It has a lively alternative music culture and big arena stages. Culture and the arts take center stage in Gothenburg. Contact: INTERKULTUR, Ruhberg 1, 35463 Fernwald, Germany - Tel: +49 (0)6404 69749-25 - mail@interkultur.com  - www.interkultur.com