4 July 2018 was an epic moment for Tshwane and the rest of the world when the City of Tshwane proudly welcomed thousands of participants and guests from across the globe to the World Choir Games 2018. The opening ceremony, held at the Sun Arena in Pretoria, showcased the ideals of the Olympics by parading the flags of 60 countries on stage. The event was aired live on kykNET Nou (DSTV Channel 146) from 19:30.
The venue was packed and the atmosphere was one of its kind – the drums, the rhythm, the vibe, the voices, the cheers, the dance, the poems, the colourful flags and attires, and the sweetest melodies like birds singing in the skies. Indeed, this grand opening with a true African touch was a harmonious event, an unforgettable experience for all concerned, including the participants, the visitors and even the organisers – one could hear and feel the heartbeat of Africa.
The World Choirs Games is aimed at unifying people and nations through song in a fair competition. This year's event also coincides with the centenary celebration of the South African and international human rights icon, Nelson Mandela.
The 2018 event is held under the theme "Various voices – one harmony" and 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 the arts can unite nations.
This magnificent mega event will put Tshwane and the whole Gauteng City Region on the map as the home of world-class leisure and business events. The event will also increase the number of visitors to Gauteng, which in turn will benefit its various economic sectors and promote it as a prime world tourism destination.
The performance of legendary musicians and songwriters like Sibongile Khumalo and Vusi Mahlasela was amazing, not forgetting the Ladies Black Mambazo who struck the crowd's attention.
"Welcome home, welcome to the capital Tshwane, welcome to the host city. May you have a marvellous time in our beautiful city and explore what Africa has to offer," said Mayor Msimanga during his speech.
The City of Tshwane will be hosting six special friendship concerts to make sure all residents get a chance to join in the festivities and atmosphere of the World Choir Games, to enjoy the music and to meet our guests from across the world.
Friendship concerts are free performances in public venues. Some 52 concerts will see the international and local choirs perform pieces from their various repertoires to share their different cultures through song across our city regions.
You can catch the City-supported friendship concerts at:
• TUT Soshanguve South Campus, Student Centre, on 5 July at 17:00
• Atteridgeville Community Centre on 6 July at 17:00
• Freedom Park on 7 July at 11:00
• Kwalata Game Lodge on 7 July at 11:00
• Ga-Rankuwa Community Hall on 11 July at 17:00
• Nellmapius Sports Complex on 12 July at 17:00
Other concerts include:
· Competition concerts: These are where choirs perform in the presence of adjudicators. The competition is divided into two competition categories, namely the "champions competition" and the "open competition". These two competitions allow choirs the opportunity to participate at the appropriate level. Competition concerts will be held at the Aula and the Musaion (University of Pretoria), Desmond Abernethy Hall (Pretoria Boys High School), Opera Theatre (State Theatre), St Alban's Cathedral and ZK Matthews Great Hall (UNISA).
· Celebration concerts: These are ticketed events with top-class international choirs in special concert venues. The best choirs from different countries and/or categories are united here and present a wide range of high-profile international choral music. Celebration concerts will be held at the University of Pretoria's Aula and the NG Church Universiteitsoord on 5, 6, 11 and 12 July from 19:30.
Tickets for the competition concerts and celebration concerts are available at Nutickets.
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.
For more info visit www.tshwane2018.org.