The first online choir competition of INTERKULTUR, the INTERKULTUR Video Awards has ended after 128 virtual choir videos from 44 countries were submitted in two categories “Choirs A Cappella” and “Choirs with Accompaniment”.
The winner in the “Choirs A Cappella” category was the Chor der Technischen Universität Vienna, Austria, singing “Some Nights“ by Nate Ruess, arr. Andy Black. ” The “Choirs With Accompaniment“ category was won by Mzansi Youth Choir, South Africa, singing “A Million Dreams” by Benj Pasek, arr. James Bassingthwaighte.
Additionally, the jury decided to give a “Special Prize for the most encouraging video in times of Covid-19” to Armenian Little Singers, Armenia with “Sing” by Pentatonix, arr. Momjian Ani.
The jury, comprised INTERKULTUR Artistic Directors Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß (Germany) and Johan Rooze (Netherlands/South Korea), the Local Artistic Director of the World Choir Games in Flanders 2021, Maarten Van Ingelgem, the World Choir Games Project Director Jelena Dannhauer (Germany) and I’s Project Director for Project Development, Francesco Leonardi (Italy) evaluatedthe choirs on criteria which included choir quality, production and creativity.
All entries of the INTERKULTUR Video Award can still be watched at interkultur.tv/videoaward. The videos were presented as part of the “Virtual Choir Games”, which were held from July 5-15, 2020 through INTERKULTUR’s Social Media Channels. The Virtual Choir Games were dedicated to choristers from all over the world, who were not be able to join the real World Choir Games 2020, since the event has been postponed to 2021 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
The 11th World Choir Games 2021 in Flanders will take place from July 2-12, 2021. The registration for choirs which are interested to join is still open until September 15, 2020. Please find more information on the official website www.wcg2021.com