The World Choir Games Organised by a 1,600-Strong International Team

The World Choir Games Organised by a 1,600-Strong International Team
Mārtiņš Otto, Riga 2014
The 8th World Choir Games, the largest event in the European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga, organised by the “Riga 2014” foundation in co-operation with the German cultural organisation “Interkultur”, was a complete success widely praised for its high artistic quality. A total of more than 1,600 people from fifteen countries participated in organising the Games and various services to the participants in the event.

“First of all, I wish to express my gratitude to the more than 27,000 participants in the World Choir Games who represented 460 choirs from 73 countries during the greatest choral event in the world. Thanks to singers from around the globe, Riga has become the choral capital of the world. I also wish to thank all the spectators and listeners who attended and participated in the multiple concerts in Riga and Latvia. And I thank the organisational team from the German cultural institution “Interkultur” for our successful co-operation, as well as other co-operation partners, the authorities of the Riga city, the 8th World Choir Games Artistic Director Romāns Vanags, choir conductors, and more than 500 assistants and volunteers for the 8th World Choir games in Riga, the European Capital of Culture,” says Diāna Čivle, the Head of the “Riga 2014” foundation.

The foundation “Riga 2014” is grateful to all the creative groups that worked hard to make the 8th World Choir Games a resounding success – stage directors and designers, artists, and technical crews. Likewise, “Riga 2014” thanks all the Riga institutions and organisations for their contribution, as well as the companies “Rīgas satiksme”, “Ekspress Ādaži”, “Hansabuss Latvia”, the Riga International Airport, and “Riga 2014” official co-operation partners – “Lattelecom”, ERGO, “Laima”, “Ekselence”, SIXT, “Moller Auto”, “Red Cab”, “Rīgas nami” and “Rīgas meži”.

The 9th World Choir Games concerts were performed in multiple concert halls in Riga and Latvia, and “Riga 2014” foundation is particularly grateful to the Riga Congress Centre, the University of Latvia, the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy, Riga Stradiņš University, “Arena Riga”, St. John’s Church, St. Peter’s Church, culture and recreation centre “Imanta”, concert hall “Ave Sol”, culture centre “Ziemeļblāzma”, Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Music School No. 1, Riga Classical Schools No. 2 and 3, the Great Guild Hall, Latvian National Opera, culture centre “Ritums”, shopping mall “Origo”, the municipalities of Jūrmala, Dobele, Pūre and Salaspils, and the cultural chalet “Esplanade 2014” team.

Furthermore, “Riga 2014” is grateful for media support provided for the 8th World Choir Games by the Latvian Television, Latvian Radio, “MIX Media Group”, radio “Skonto”, “Riga Radio”, “Diena”, “Izdevniecība Rīgas Viļņi”, publishing house “Vesti”, portals “”, “Tvnet”, “Delfi”, and “EuroAWK”. 

The highlights of the 8th World Choir Games captured on camera can be viewed here.

“Riga 2014” official insurer ERGO provided event cancellation insurance for the World Choir Games concerts. This is a novelty for Latvia, and is meant to ensure that the concert goers, performers and organisers may feel safe for their investment and contribution, and enjoy the unique occasion without worrying about bad weather or any other disturbances.

“Lattelecom”, the official partner of the “Riga 2014” Programme, ensured technological support for the World Choir Games events, including free WiFi. The technologies offered by “Lattelecom” make it possible to bring cultural values to the general public and to involve everyone in the unique cultural life of the city. There are almost 1,000 free WiFi zones in Riga, making the city Europe’s free WiFi capital. “Audi” and “Volkswagen” provided transport services for “Riga 2014” and the World Choir Games organisers.

The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.


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