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The 12th World Choir Games – Gangneung 2023

The 12th World Choir Games – Gangneung 2023

The Choir Competition of Peace Will Return to Korea : the City of Gangneung

WCG aims to peacefully unify people and nations connected by singing together – like a chorus of various voices and chords that gives us beautiful harmony.

July 3-13, 2023 (MON-THU) / 11 days
Areas of Gangneung (Gangneung Arena, Gangneung Art Center, Haeram Culture Center, etc.)
The official registration deadline : Dec. 7, 2022(WED)
The extended registration deadline : Jan. 31, 2023(TUE)
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Special bonus for your participation in the World Choir Games 2023

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR THE WORLD CHOIR GAMES 2023 IN SOUTH KOREA 10% off for all registrations between July 3 and 13 Is your choir considering joining the World Choir Games 2023? Then you should keep on reading NOW: The city of Gangneung in the Republic of Korea is in the middle of the preparations for the 12th World Choir Games, which is going to be held from July 3-13, 2023. Since they can’t wait to meet the world in their home, the Local Organizing Committee is planning a huge “One Year Out Countdown Event” on July 4, 2022 in their city to attract choirs from all over Korea and beyond. It will make them looking forward to join the 12th World Choir Games – a huge 11-day choral celebration of music, cultures and friendship! Special bonus for your participation in the World Choir Games 2023 We absolutely share the excitement and use the opportunity to offer an exciting 10% COUNTDOWN SPECIAL to all choirs that want to participate: Register your choir within the one-year-out event period between July 3 and 13, 2022 and you will receive a 10% discount on the Event Package for your choir! Sound good? So, start preparing your registration documents right NOW and send them in between July 3 and 13 to get the discount! How to register for the World Choir Games This is all we need from you for your registration: 1. REGISTRATION FORMS 2. SOUND RECORDING, SHORT BIOGRAPHY, PHOTO of your choir 3. PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS 4. MUSIC SCORES FOR COMPETITIONS AND EVALUATION ROUNDS Please send documents 1-3 to mail(at) between July 3-13, 2022. Original or authorized scores must be sent to INTERKULTUR's post address. We look forward to seeing you in Gangneung, Republic of Korea! More details about the World Choir Games 2023, your participation and the registration formalities can be found on the official website: WCG2023.COM



11 REASONS TO GO TO KOREA FOR THE WORLD CHOIR GAMES 2023   Why you should absolutely not miss  this much-awaited edition of  the World Choir Games       Jul 13, 2022 World Choir Games 2023 It’s official: the one-year countdown to the 2023 World Choir Games has now started and we couldn’t be more excited! Gangneung in the Republic of Korea will host the 12th edition of the World Choir Games and it could not be a more perfect location for the greatest choir competition in the world. Its immensely rich history of music - composed of a deep indigenous tradition as well as a diverse array of influences and cultural exchanges - makes South Korea the perfect meeting place for musicians, singers, and choristers. But the reasons to travel to and sing in South Korea - and especially in Gangneung - go well beyond its music tradition: just to name a few, we collected eleven different ones! From the international choir scene to the Olympic atmosphere, from the authentic K-pop and K-drama spots to delicious traditional food and world-famous coffee… continue reading to realize why you should absolutely not miss this much-awaited edition of the World Choir Games!  #1 Discover authentic spots of K-Pop and K-Drama Do you love Korean Drama? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Yeongjinbeach in our host city Gangneung was a filming location for the famous Korean Drama “Goblin” (“Dokkaebi” in Korean). And for the K-Pop lovers among you, you must already be aware that the legendary BTS Bus Stop from their album cover “You never walk alone” has been set up at Jumunjin Beach. Two exciting selfie spots to visit while you’re attending the World Choir Games 2023!  #2 Learn new music from other choirs For the first time since 2010, the World Choir Games are back in Asia this time. In this way, choirs from all over Asia will have the chance to join the Games in their own continent and meet and listen to music from people from other countries and regions, while choirs from other parts of the world will have the opportunity to experience Asian culture and music first-hand!  #3 Have the chance to listen to YOUR national anthem at the Awards Ceremony At the World Choir Games, choirs with the highest score and a Gold Medal in each category of The Champions Competition will become the CHAMPION OF THE WORLD CHOIR GAMES. During the Awards Ceremony, where all choirs learn the results from the competition for the first time, the Champions will hear their national anthems while their national flags are raised, and there will be cheering, tears of joy, and happiness all around. And since everybody is cheering for each other, you will be “immersed” in emotions, no matter who will become Champion of the World Choir Games 2023!  #4 Improve your score in the INTERKULTUR World Rankings INTERKULTUR, organizer of the World Choir Games keeps the only World Rankings for choirs featuring the 1000 best choirs that participated in the INTERKULTUR events since the year 2000. The World Choir Games is a great chance to improve your score since the result will be counted in with a higher factor than other INTERKULTUR competitions!  #5 Finally go on a choir trip again Have you, too, missed the feeling of traveling and spending a great time with your choir in recent years? Of going back on stage and live all those unique emotions only singers truly know? Of making new, like-minded friends from all over the world and listening to fantastic choral music from other countries? Many things are becoming possible again, so 2023 will be your year! Start planning now and finally go on a trip with your choir again next year. And what could be a better event to restart your choir trips and meet other choirs than the World Choir Games, the largest international choir competition in the world?  #6 Get some real Olympic air and sing at fantastic venues Watch the video below: can you breathe in the vibrant atmosphere, all the choirs’ excitement, and the notes of music spreading through the streets…? At the World Choir Games, choirs have the opportunity to experience the unique and wonderful Olympic feeling that only this choral event in the world can transmit. Get an impression:         #7 Discover beautiful scenery in Gangneung At the foot of the Taebaek and Odaesan mountains, Gangneung is a maritime city with several cultural and historical treasures, such as the folk festival Danoje (recognized by UNESCO). It is also a young and dynamic place, with concerts, trendy coffees, surfing spots, etcetera. The most captivating aspect of this city that you will notice upon your arrival will certainly be Gangneung’s astonishing scenery, with its long beaches with turquoise waters of the dazzling East Sea and the lush pine forests.  #8 Urban and Natural Beauty Coexist South Korea is the epitome of an East Asian culture that hasn’t lost touch with its roots while going hand in hand with modernization and innovation. You will see ancient temples right next to skyscrapers, the hustle, and bustle of cities contrasting with the calm and soothing nature and parks nearby. You will also be able to experience ancient temples and cherry blossoms, neon lights, and skyscrapers, in this country of contrasts. South Korea is a city where tradition and technology coexist and support each other.  #9 Enjoy delicious food (beyond Kimchi)! South Korean cuisine is largely based on rice, vegetables, seafood, and meats, while dairy is largely absent from the traditional Korean diet. From the sweet syrupy pancakes “Hoeddeok” to the marinated beef barbecue “Bulgogi” and stir-fried “Japchae”: while travelling to Gangneung, you will be able to let yourself be amazed by the vast and delicious cuisine of this country, well beyond the world-famous fermented vegetables “Kimchi”.  #10 Try Gangneung’s famous (and delicious) coffee Water in Gangneung has long been famous for its clean taste without any after-taste, and it was thanks to the clean water that the local tea culture became well-developed. The same is also true for coffee. After coffee was first introduced to Korea, the local tea culture, rooted in the Silla period, transitioned into coffee culture. A group of coffee specialists even emerged in the city,  which helped produce a type of coffee unique to Gangneung and different from the coffee offered anywhere else! The coffee-roasting culture spread very rapidly and it is no wonder Gangneung’s coffee, which is tasty and characterized by style and culture, has become so renowned! Moreover, cafes became a popular spot for writers in the 1930s. Because a large number of writers were born and raised in Gangneung, its coffee culture blossomed earlier than in other regions. You could say that Gangneung pioneered the coffee culture in Korea!  #11 You’ve been officially invited by record-breaker Gangnam Style author - Psy! Choirs all over the world have been personally invited by one of the biggest South Korean celebrities: will you accept superstar Spy’s invitation? Watch his video invitation on Facebook now!  These are our 11 main reasons to travel and sing at the World Choir Games in Gangneung 2023, and if you want to discover even more, follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see weekly updates, behind-the-scenes, information, and more! The official registration period for the World Choir Games ends on December 7, 2022, while the regular Early Bird discount will be available for registrations by September 14, 2022. All details about participation and registration for the 12th World Choir Games Gangneung 2023 is available on the official event website: WWW.WCG2023.COM.



CHAMPIONS CONCERT OF THE CICF AND WCG   12 champion choirs sang together online Jul 19, 2022 World Choir Games 2023 In April this year, China International Chorus Festival (CICF), the only state-level international chorus festival in China, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with INTERKULTUR, the founder of the World Choir Games (WCG) that will join hands to realize the common vision of "Sing together through nations" through the form of choral art. On July 17 and 18, twelve champions choirs from China and around the world gathered together and composed a new chapter of "Peace, Friendship, Cooperation and Development".  FIRST PART: Eight Seconds Choir of Zhejiang Conservatory of music from Chinaconducted by Yan Baolin “Song without words-Sound of Fugue”, composed by Jiang Yimin “West Lake”, composed by Chen Yi Camarata Chamber Choir from South-Koreaconducted by Ryan Gössl “Nyon, Nyon”, by American composer Jake Runestad “Aeorang”, composed by Oh Byung Hee Guangzhou Little Petrel Children’s Choir from Chinaconducted by Diao Zhijun “Hello Miaoling Moutian”, by composer Huang Zhongsheng “Spring is Coming”, composed by Zhang Chao Watch the video   SECOND PART: Hamilton Children’s Choir from Canadaconducted by Zimfira Poloz “Hymn of Axciom”, by Singer-Songwriter Vienna Teng “Wau Bulan”, arranged by Tracy Wong Choir of Inner Mongolia Art Theatre from Mongoliaconducted by Wangwurile “Eight horses Praise”, Composed by: Se. Enkebayaer “Eurythmic”, Composed by: Se. Enkebayaer Vocal Ensemble Fortissimo from Bulgariaconducted by Milena Dobreva “Kalimanku, Denku & Dilmano, Dilbero”, arranged by Krassimir Kyurkchiysky “Yaninku”, arranged by Kirl Todorov Watch the video   THIRD PART: Buaa Chorus from Chinaconducted by Yang Lele “Green Goat”, by composer Feng Gongrang “Azalea Blossoms”, by composer Yi Ke, Sun Hongoin, Xiang Chnzi, Ai Ming One Chamber Choir from Singaporeconducted by Lim Ai HooiGuest conductor: Andre van der Merwe (South Africa) “Chisana” a Folksong Sizongena (Mzilikazi Khumalo, adapted by André van der Merwe) Shanghai Huangpu Youngster’s Art Activity Center Spring Children’s Choir from Chinaconducted by Shen Wanjun “Moon Comes Down”, arranged by She Qian “Colored Koi”, by composer Wen Yuchuan Watch the video   FOURTH PART: Dekoor Close Harmony from The Netherlands    conducetd by Christoph McCarty “Smoorverliefd”, by Henny Vrienten, arranged by Christoph McCarty Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir from Chinaconducted by Xie Mingjing “Sacrificing for Rains”, by composer Na Jiangcangnorob, Se Enkebayaer “Cold Mountain Path”, by composer Zhu Jie Barnsley Youth Choir from Great Britainconducted by Mat Wright “What about us” by “Pink”, composed by Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac, arranged by Mat Wright Barnsley Youth Choir from Great Britain & Tuks Camarata from South Africaconducetd by Michael Barret “Let the river run”, composed by Carly Simon, arranged by Craig Hella Johnson Watch the video The concert was co-directed by Prof. Wu Lingfen, artistic director of 16th CICF and Chinese member of World Choir Council, and Mr. Johan Rooze, artistic director of INTERKULTUR and WCG, and selected 12 Chinese and foreign choirs, champions of CICFs and WCGs in recent years and 23 pieces of works of them. "This concert is performed by choirs and works representing the highest artistic standards of the two festivals and competitions and their respective countries and regions." Prof. Wu Lingfen introduced. Mr. Johan Rooze said, "I think this time we have a unique cooperation and together we can make our festivals a success." . Composer Cao Guanyu, conductor Gong Li, conductor Sun Yi and other famous Chinese chorus experts were invited to guide music appreciation for the 23 works. These works included classical music, folklore, pop songs, contemporary music and other styles for the audience to bring a variety of styles, colorful audio-visual feast.

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