We are counting down to 4 July when the world's voices will gather in Tshwane for a mega choir celebration – the 2018 World Choir Games.
The city will be filled with sweet melodies of more than 300 choirs between 4 and 14 July. Be part of the wonderful experience and history in the making and book your tickets.
To be held under the theme "Various voices – one harmony", the World Choir Games brings together non-professional choirs from all over the world, regardless of their country of origin or race. The main objective is to show that unity of nations through the arts is possible.
This choral music extravaganza is held every two years and is the largest choir competition on the international calendar. Tshwane scored an African first for playing host to the World Choir Games – the "Olympics" of the global choral community. It is also befitting that the World Choir Games will happen during the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth, for whom music was a great blessing. He was fond of saying that "music has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music."
The event will boost the profile of Tshwane globally, regionally and locally as a destination of choice, specifically as a city capable of hosting mega events.
The World Choir Games aim to build bridges between nations and communities through music and song. This year, choirs will take part in 500 competition concerts and 50 friendship performances.
There are three types of concerts in store for audiences in Tshwane, namely competition, celebration and friendship concerts.
- Competition concerts are adjudicated. Competition concerts are adjudicated in 27 competition categories.
- Celebration concerts are for top-class international choirs in special concert venues and one must buy a ticket to attend them.
- Friendship concerts are free performances in squares, public venues, parks, malls and township community halls.
The City of Tshwane and Sun International will host an Africa Celebrates Concert of all our African and community choirs on 8 July. Your entrance fee? A pair of shoes, a toiletry bag or a blanket, which will be donated to people in need in Tshwane. This concert is one of our legacy events showing the world that as a city we live by the "Re a Tshwana" philosophy.
There are three types of tickets for audiences – day passes, weekly passes and full-event passes. These tickets are available via www.tshwane2018.org.
- Competition day passes: The pass holder has access to all competition performances on a particular day. The cost is R200.
- Competition weekly passes: The pass holder has access to all competition performances for a particular week. These tickets are valid from 5 to 7 July 2018 or from 11 to 13 July 2018. The cost is R500.
- Competition event passes: The pass holder can attend all competition performances for both weeks of the competition. The cost is R900.
For any ticket-related enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to capacity limitations, neither the opening nor the closing ceremony is open to the public. They will be broadcast at 19:40 on kykNET Nou and DSTV Channel 146 on 4 and 14 July 2018 respectively.
The City of Tshwane wishes to acknowledge the Gauteng Provincial Government, Gauteng Tourism Association and other role players for their support in ensuring that the games are successful.
The Interkultur organisation is made up of non-profit and commercial bodies that support cultural development on an international level. The Interkultur network is made up of some 120 000 choirs and choir associations.
For more info visit www.tshwane2018.org.