The World Choir Games 2020 officially kicked off with a press conference in Brussels on 6 November 2018.
The press conference was held in the presence of:
- Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels Affairs
- Ben Weyts, Flemish Minister for Mobility, Public Works, the Vlaamse Rand, Tourism and Animal Welfare
- Günter Titsch, President of INTERKULTUR
11th edition of the World Choir Games
Following in the footsteps of last Summer’s 10th edition in Tshwane, South Africa – during which more than 300 choirs from over 60 nations competed in 28 different categories – the 11th edition of the World Choir Games will run from 5 to 15 July 2020 in Flanders, Belgium.
As home to approximately 1,000 choirs with around 35,000 members, Flanders is investing around 7.4 million euros in the Games via the Flemish Government.
World Choir Games 2020 highlights
Beginning with an Opening Ceremony at the Antwerps Sportpaleis on 5 July 2020, the World Choir Games 2020 will include:
- Celebration Concerts
- Friendship Concerts
- Open Singing sessions
In addition, a meeting of the World Choir Council will be held on 10 July 2020 in the Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre Antwerp (FMCCA) followed by a Parade of Nations through the city of Antwerp on 11 July 2020 – Flemish Community Day.
The Games will conclude with a Closing Ceremony in which the host for the 12th edition will be announced.
The World Choir Games 2020 will welcome:
- Composer and conductor, Maarten Van Ingelgem, as Artistic Director
- Media figure and presenter, Thomas Vanderveken, as Ambassador
‘Inclusive, open and successful’
Sven Gatz said:
‘Flanders, together with the cities of Antwerp and Ghent, is committed to spare no efforts in creating the setting for what will be the most inclusive, open and successful World Choir Games yet.’
‘Putting Flanders on the map’
Ben Weyts said:
‘We want to bring more international top events to Flanders in the near future.
‘Events like the World Choir Games put Flanders on the map as a destination where people from all over the world are welcome to sing together, share knowledge and experience and have a great time, all in the fantastic historical framework of our cultural cities.’
‘A unifying and peacemaking culture of humankind’
Günter Titsch said:
‘I’m convinced that the 11th World Choir Games in Flanders will be again a big step to a unifying and peacemaking culture of humankind.’
Header photo: President of INTERKULTUR, Günter Titsch, at the press conference for the World Choir Games 2020 © Roger Schmidt