We’re thrilled to announce that NZCF has won the rights to host the 13th World Choir Games, regarded as the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’, in Auckland in July 2024.
The World Choir Games is the flagship event of German-based festival organisers INTERKULTUR and is the largest choral festival on the planet. Every two years it brings together choirs from all parts of the globe – regardless of country of origin, genre of music or artistic ambitions – with the aim of fostering peaceful competition and encouraging international unity through art. Past Games have been held in Austria, South Korea, Germany, China, the USA, Latvia, Russia and South Africa, and have attracted over 300 choirs with around 15,000 singers to each Games.
INTERKULTUR President Günter Titsch says this news reaches the international choral community at the right time: “The 13th World Choir Games in New Zealand will give singers from all over the world new confidence and an exciting goal to approach with new motivation.”
NZCF Chair Juliet Dreaver says, “We look forward to a rich cultural exchange as thousands of singers from around the world lift their voices together in song on our shores. After the crushing disappointment of losing the 2020 World Symposium on Choral Music, this tremendous news couldn’t come at a better time for our choral community.”
Participation is the name of the game when it comes to this festival. Juliet says, “Whereas the Symposium would have provided a showcase for the world’s elite choirs, the World Choir Games is an event in which singing groups of all kinds can take part. We hope that ensembles from all over New Zealand will participate – from community, school and chamber choirs to barbershop choruses and kapa haka rōpū.”
The city of Auckland will host the Games over 11 days in July 2024 – in concert halls, churches and large public venues across Tāmaki Makaurau. The event is supported by funding from New Zealand Major Events through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council.
The Ministers for Arts Culture and Heritage and Economic and Regional Development have congratulated the New Zealand Choral Federation for winning the hosting bid.
“I am proud that the music of Aotearoa will feature prominently. The opening and closing ceremonies will be a unique showcase of the diverse Māori, Pacific and European singing traditions of Aotearoa”, says Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni.
“We are backing the World Choir Games because it will deliver economic, social and cultural benefits for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours. This is the first time the event has been held in the Oceania region”, says Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says: “Auckland has a rich and diverse music culture and is a UNESCO-recognised City of Music, so it is fitting that an event of this global nature is coming to our region.”
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Kylie Sealy, Project Manager, World Choir Games 2024