“We are really looking forward to the city being filled with the joy and sense of community that choirs bring, as well as this opportunity to host a high-quality international competition,” says Max Markusson, Events Manager at Göteborg & Co.
The choirs will compete in several different classes and styles of music. All age groups, from children to senior citizens, will be represented. The event will include colourful shows, often with a national flavour.
Region Västra Götaland supports and promotes choir singing through Körcentrum Väst choir community, and sees the European Choir Games as a great opportunity for the region’s choirs to develop and exchange ideas internationally. Choir singing is the most popular movement in Sweden today and the efforts to bring the event to Gothenburg were part of a deliberate commitment in partnership with Göteborg & Co.
“I hope that many Swedish choirs will want to take part, either as competitors or in the rest of the entertainment programme that will take place during the event,” says Marit Zetterström from Körcentrum Väst.
The European Choir Games are supported by Interkultur, which also produces the world’s biggest choir competition, the World Choir Games. The European Choir Games are held every alternate year and in 2019 the fourth series of the games will be hosted by Gothenburg. The event will take place around central Gothenburg at venues such as the Scandinavium arena, Gothenburg Concert Hall and various churches.
“Gothenburg is truly the perfect city for the competitors. The hotels, concert hall, churches and great venues are all within walking distance. This will be a fantastic event in 2019,” says Fred Sjöberg, General Artistic Director at Interkultur.