Registration for the World Choir Games 2020 closed on December 2, with a record 542 choirs from 69 countries and regions registering. This is more than ever before in the 20-year history of the event.
Every two years since 2000, INTERKULTUR has invited the world to the Olympic Games of choral music: the World Choir Games. Each time hosts like Austria, Korea, Germany, China, the USA, Latvia, Russia, and South Africa have brought a new and unique atmosphere to this largest international choir competition in the world. In 2020 Flanders in Belgium will be the next welcoming host for 21,000 singers from all over the world.
Expectations are high for these 11th World Choir Games. The host country Belgium is sending 133 choirs to the event, which will showcase Belgian choral traditions to their international guests. Other countries with an outstanding number of participating choirs are China (82), Russia (52), South Africa (39), and the USA (29). All these countries have previously hosted the World Choir Games.
“It’s our special pleasure that so many choirs from former host countries of the World Choir Games decided to follow the event to Flanders next year,” said INTERKULTUR President Günter Titsch.
“It shows us that we’re on the right track: Once infected by World Choir Games fever you can’t resist of participating over and over again. The World Choir Games 2020 will be the largest event so far, and I’m really looking forward to seeing people from all over the world bringing their music and voices to Flanders.”
Ticket sales for the Opening Ceremony of the World Choir Games 2020 also opened on December 5. The event takes place in the Sportpaleis in Antwerp on 5 July, marking the festive opening of the World Choir Games 2020 with a fascinating music show on stage. Participating choirs already have a seat reserved; all others can purchase their tickets here.