VIDEO: First African city to host World Choir Games

The Monash South Africa Choir will also take part in the event. Photo: Twitter

The capital city will host the 2018 World Choir Games next month, with thousands of people expected to attend the event.

The biennial will bring together cultures and nations from all over the world to meet and sing together, forming the world’s largest international choir competition.

Tshwane is the first city in Africa to host the games and eight venues have been chosen across the capital.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga officially launched the World Choir Games event on Tuesday in Pretoria.

Dubbed the Olympics of global choral community, the event is expected to attract thousands of choral music lovers and has been organised for ten years by Interkultur organisation.

The organisation is made up of non-profit and commercial bodies that support cultural development on an international level.

The Interkultur network comprises some 120 000 choirs and choir associations.

Amateur choirs take part in the 11-day event, performing in competitions and friendship concerts, attending workshops and master classes, and participating in mass choral projects.

The event will coincide with the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and his life will be celebrated in melodious fashion.

“This will put our capital city on the international musical map,” said the mayor’s spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi.

Mgobozi said the city was proud to host the 10th edition of this prestigious event in the same month as the centenary of the birth of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Mandela, 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’,” Mgobozi said.

He said the games would see 16 500 participants – along with family and friends – arrive in Pretoria for a fortnight of music and song, from 4 to 14 July.

Mgobozi said apart from contributing to understanding and peace among nations, the games would have a great impact on Tshwane’s local economy – through providing accommodation, meals, tourist attractions and transport.

“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,” he said.

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