The New Zealand Choral Federation has won the rights to host the 13th World Choir Games, regarded as the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’, in Auckland in July 2024. Organised by international choral body INTERKULTUR, the World Choir Games is the largest choral festival on the planet. Held every two years, it attracts around 300 choirs from over 50 countries, with up to 15,000 participants.
Juliet Dreaver, Chair of NZCF, says, “Aotearoa New Zealand is a singing nation with a thriving choral scene. 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.”
The World Choir Games is an event in which singing groups of all kinds can take part and NZCF anticipates 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.
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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