The NZCF team behind the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM2020) is delighted to announce the support of the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development agency (ATEED), which has confirmed an investment of $260,000.
In addition to bringing new money to the region during the off-peak tourist season, with more than 18,000 visitor nights and approximately $3 million GDP expected to be generated, the Symposium promises to promote a ‘lively winter cultural experience’ for Aucklanders and free concerts for the public.
ATEED Head of Major Events Stuart Turner says events like this deliver economic and social benefits for cities, show visitors what the city has to offer, raise awareness of it as a place to visit, work and invest in, and help make Auckland an exciting and interesting place to live.
“With Auckland recently recognised as UNESCO City of Music, and given the strong Māori and Pacific influences on our musical culture and New Zealand choirs’ international renown, the Symposium and its parallel choral festival is a perfect fit for the city.
“We can showcase Auckland and our diverse landscapes and cultures, particularly Māori and Pacific culture, to visiting performers, delegates and audiences. And for Aucklanders and visiting New Zealanders, it’s a chance to see our own world-class choirs alongside the best choral performers from the rest of the world.”
Over the eight days of the event, a host of concerts featuring 24 of the world’s top choirs will take place alongside seminars, workshops and demonstrations presented by international choral leaders – many of which will be available to the public. A city-wide “festival of choral music” will also run alongside the main Symposium.
In hosting WSCM2020 the NZCF aims to present an exciting, innovative, culturally rich and technologically sophisticated expression of Auckland and New Zealand.
The 12th World Symposium on Choral Music will take place in Auckland from July 11-18, 2020.