Mon, 13 Apr 2015. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:05
The event has a large scale with the participation of over 1,500 artists from 45 choral societies of 15 countries. Through the competition, many outstanding choral art performances will be published. Choral societies participating in the 4th Vietnam International Choir Competition will compete 13 tests divided into 6 groups. Group A includes 3 tests (men's choir, women's choir, choir of men and women), while Group B has 3 tests (men's choir, women's choir, choir of men and women). Group C consist of 2 tests (chamber choir / top male or female singers, chamber choir /top male and female singers; Group G: 3 tests (choir of children under 17, choir of female/female youth under 20 (female), under 26 (male); Group S includes only 1 test (choral hymns); so does Group F with 1 test (folk choir).
Each choir can register to joining one of these groups (A, B, C, or G). The choir joining competition between male and female choir can register separately in a same group. Apart from tests of Groups A, B, C or G, choirs can choose to compete at Group S or F. International judging board includes foreign experts about choir selected by Interkultur, including two Vietnamese experts. International Choir Competition is the reunion of choral art lovers. It is also an opportunity to exchange and discuss Vietnam music and music of other countries; thereby, it enhances cultural understanding between peoples, deepens relations of friendship, solidarity and international cooperation and exchanges. In 2011, Hoi An was selected as the host of the 1st Vietnam International Choir Competition by Interkultur. Many achievements were gained in the competition, which contributes to the promulgation of Hoi An's image in particular and Vietnam culture in general. In 2013, Interkultur kept choosing and coordinating with Hoi An to organize the 3rd Vietnam International Choir Competition (June 19-22, 2013). It showed that Hoi An was defining its position and influence as a tourism city and most loved city in the world as well. The international musical art is a great chance to promulgate the image of Hoi An to the locals and foreigners widely and profoundly.
The inaugural ceremony will take place on April 29, 2015 with outstanding art performances of Hoi An. Continuing the success of the previous competitions, the 4th event is expected to bring many wonderful performances to the public. The competition will end on May 3, 2015. Mr. Dinh Hai, Director of Quang Nam Tourism, Sports and Culture Department said that the International Choir Competition is the reunion of choral art lovers. It is also an opportunity to exchange and discuss music; thereby, it enhances cultural understanding between peoples, deepens relations of friendship, solidarity and international cooperation and exchanges. Hoi An City used to host successfully many cultural activities and events in both national and international scales. During the 4th Vietnam International Choir Competition, the organizers will arrange on-street performances of choirs with the theme "International Melody" to serve locals and tourists traveling Hoi An. The choirs will perform for free to serve audience. The performances may include songs, dance, and instrumental performance to create the atmosphere like a street music festival. Through the event, locals and tourists have a chance to understand more about choral art in Vietnam and in other countries.