The World Choir Games took place in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa from 4 to 14 July. General Representative of the Government of Flanders, Geraldine Reymenants took over the flag from the Mayor of Tshwane at the Closing Ceremony on 14 July, as Flanders will be the next host of the Games in 2020.
“The World Choir Games 2018 were an amazing event that has showcased choirs and choral music to Tshwane, to South Africa and to the world, and that has built lasting friendship and understanding between nations and cultures. We are proud and excited to follow in the footsteps of Tshwane”, said Geraldine Reymenants. Flanders won the bid to host the World Choir Games over the other finalist, South Korea’s Gangwon province. The event will take place from 5 to 15 July 2020 in Antwerp and Ghent. The host cities will welcome 500 choirs from 80 countries.
The World Choir Games is the largest choir event in the world. Any choir, amateur and professional, can take part in one of nearly 30 categories. This top event has been staged every two years since 2000, and previously took place in Shaoxing (China) and Riga (Latvia).
Flanders’ successful bid on the 2020 World Choir Games is a first result of Flanders’ newly established event agency, EventFlanders. EventFlanders is a Flemish government department aimed to attract major international events to Flanders and to help existing event grow to higher levels.