From 4 to 14 July in Tshwane, Gauteng, the 'Voices of the World' will gather to sing in the world's largest choir celebration – the World Choir Games. Market@theSheds, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Gauteng, and recently voted the #1 fun thing to do in Tshwane, is hosting the official World Choir Village at the Greek Orthodox Church grounds on the corner of Roper and Lynnwood Streets.

The World Choir Games competition is the Olympic Games of choral music and will be held on African soil for the first time ever. The World Choir Village (#WorldChoirVillage) will be a central point between the various choir performance venues. The Village will host at least 3 Friendship Concerts as part of the official program, together with vibrant art, design and crafts stalls, a collection of gourmet food trucks, a full bar service with local craft beers, wine, cocktails and coffee.

Big screens will display live choir and soccer feeds, and there will be performances by local musicians, pop-up art exhibitions and an open stage where any choir can perform in an informal, festive atmosphere. Rehearsal space for choirs can also be booked at the venue and at registration.

This is the place to be for social interaction, entertainment and networking with choirs from around the world. Visitors to the World Choir Village can look forward to an exciting showcase of the Colours of the Capital with local foodies, designers, artists and musicians combining efforts to give visitors a true experience of the city and its people. Combined with the richness of cultures and voices from around the world, this will make for a must-do 11-day event.

Essential Information: World Choir Village

The World Choir Village is open from 10h00 to 21h00 every day. Entrance is R50 for public visitors and FREE for choir members and kids under the age of 12. Full tournament passes for the full 11 days (4-14 July) are available at R150 per person. There will be FREE and SAFE parking adjacent to the venue, as well as links with available transport and taxi services.

Venue location: Greek Orthodox Church (Hellenic Community), Corner Lynnwood and Roper Streets, https://goo.gl/maps/Gq4zhxN9p7N2.  
Contact: market@capitalcollective.co.za

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The World Choir Games: A First for Africa

Described as the world’s largest international choir competition, the World Choir Games 2018 will be the battleground for the finest choral music talent from around the world. According to Mr Ali Mpofu of the Local Organising Committee, and CEO of the African Cultural Development Foundation, entries have been received from eight African states including South Africa, and from 36 countries as far afield as the USA, Jamaica, Switzerland, Lithuania, Greece, China and Singapore.

The event will also offer free Friendship Concerts and open rehearsal sessions. During these sessions, choirs, conductors and individuals will be introduced to international choral literature, singing styles and performance practices. Organized by German-based organization INTERKULTUR, the World Choir Games is a dazzling showcase of cultural diversity, with each choir offering their vocal best in this keenly fought contest. Previous hosts of the competition include Austria, Korea, Germany, China, the USA, Latvia and Russia.

More information on the WCG, together with the full programme, can be found at http://www.tshwane2018.org.


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