World Choir Games Latvia
Official signing ceremony. Photos courtesy of INTERKULTUR.
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|Country and Region||Latvia — Riga|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Riga, Riga, Latvia|
|Festival Contact Information|
July 9-19, 2013 — Riga, Latvia:
|Festival Dates||July 9 - 19, 2014|
A view to the future and a look back: You still might ask what it all can be about Latvia. The Latvian Minister of Culture was talking about that in an official interview by Guangzhou Tv and also Latvian singers introduced their traditions to officials, singers of the world and visitors in China.
Latvia, a small country with strong traditions in art and singing is not the focus of the choral world for the first time — as the Baltic countries stand as a symbol of choral music, choral singing and a way of living through singing in general. “Lavia has a long and strong tradition of choral singing since more than 100 years”, said Latvian Minister of Culture Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende recently at an interview to Chinese media in Guangzhou this month. She pointed out that singing is not only a way of gathering but a pure way of living for most Latvian people. “It is our tradition and heritage and we want to show to others that this way of living is fantastic!”
Jaunzeme-Grende was one of the “choral singing witnesses” of the 1st Xinghai Prize International Championships in Guangzhou (November 2012) and deeply impressed by the warmth of the Chinese and their tradition in music and singing as well. The exchange and contact through cultural goods needs to be maximized and so she warmly welcomed Chinese choirs to join the international choral world at the 8th World Choir Games, which will be held in the Latvian captial city of Riga.
At the 1st Xinghai Prize International Choir Championships featured more than 160 choirs from 43 countries and regions took part. The Latvian choir Minjona, under the direction of Romans Vanags also took part. They won a Platinum Nomination in the catgeory “Female Choirs” at the Xinghai Prize International Choir Competition and also introduced the Latvian way of choral singing at the Interantional Symposium and at an official press event. The 8th World Choir Games will be held July 9 -19, 2014. The World Choir Games since 2000 have been held in Austria, Germany, South Korea, China and the USA.
- Let’s sing and celebrate in Riga, Latvia – The European Capital of Culture in 2014 and the World Capital of Choral singing! Details on venues and more information will be published soon on our website.
- Come to Riga for the World Choir Games 2014!
Call for choirs 2014:
- Choirs: We want to be there! What do the Austrian city of Graz and the Latvian city of Riga have in common? They were “European Capital of Culture” as well as host city of the World Choir Games (WCG). Since years the WCG have been a magnet for choirs from all over saying: “We want to be there!” Graz (Austria) was European Capital of Culture in 2003 and later it was host for the World Choir Games 2008 and other INTERKULTUR competitions in 2011 and 2013. The capital of Latvia, Riga will be the 2014 European Capital of Culture. It will showcase the country’s culture to the international audience. The famous World Choir Games will provide special support and attraction from July 9 to 19, 2014.
“Riga is an amazing and charming city for each wallet and visitors of every age. It’s especially important for events like the World Choir Games which attract participants from different culture groups,” says Constanze Grininger, project manager of the World Choir Games 2014 and a Graz resident. “Since weeks we’ve been hearing from choirs: ‘We want to be there!’ What a great deal of praise for the city of Riga.”
The World Choir Games are the most popular international INTERKULTUR competition. They’re taking place every two years in different countries. In July 2012 choirs of the world were singing in Cincinnati, USA. American choirs are already interested in coming to Europe in 2014. Please find more information on the event at