South Africa is home to some of the top choirs in the world and now we will be hosting the 10th biennial World Choir Games this July.
The World Choir Games take place every second-year. This year the event is being hosted by South Africa in Tshwane. It is estimated that about 345 choirs will be coming to South Africa, that is around 20,000 performers.
The idea of the World Choir Games originates from the effort to bring together people and peoples, who are united through singing, in peaceful competition. This way the coming together of nations, also in arts, can be effectively and illustratively demonstrated and continuously challenged.
Being the world’s largest choir competition the World Choir Games shall inspire people to experience the strength of interaction which is able to challenge personality and community equally by singing together. Participation alone is important and the greatest honour. The World Choir Games are organised for amateur choirs from all over the world, no matter which continent they come from or which musical genres are represented in their repertoires or which artistic ambitions they have.
The competition was launched in 2000 and has been greatly successful. This year the competition will take place from the 4th to the 14th of July. The competition is taking place in South Africa as part of the Nelson Mandela 100 Centenary.