THE 6th WORLD PEACE CHORAL FESTIVAL




FESTIVAL REPORT
July 22nd – 25th 2015, Vienna


    

Gerald Wirth, artistic director of the Vienna Boys Choir also serves as artistic director of the World Peace Choral Festival.
In 2015 the World Peace Choral Festival celebrated its 6th anniversary.
More than 800 children have participated in the 2015 World Peace Choral Festival.


FACTS AND FIGURES

The choirs participating in the 2015 World Peace ChoralFestival came from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Estonia, China (Mainland, Hong Kong), Israel and Cyprus etc..
The Vienna Boys Choir is a fixed component of the World Peace Choral Festival’s Gala Concerts at Vienna Concert Hall.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, MuTh Concert Hall, Palais Augarten, Peters Church, Minorites Church, retirement homes, the Vienna International Center (The United Nations Headquarters in Vienna) and the Vienna Concert Hall etc. have served as venues for the 2015 World Peace Choral Festival.



A SIGN FOR WORLD PEACE




"Coming together to sing, singing for a better future", under this motto the World Peace Choral Festival took place in Vienna from July 22nd till July 25th 2015 for the 6th time. Over 20 children's and youth choirs from all around the world came to the music capital of the world, exhibited their passion of music and performed their own understanding of the choral world with their national background to the international audience. The choirs participating consist of more than 800 children from Germany, Ireland, Estonia, China (Mainland, Hong Kong), Israel, Cyprus and the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir from Austria. Since 2010, the World Peace Choral Festival has been aiming to provide a platform for the young generation of different countries to perform, communicate and to create better intercultural understanding.
The Festival of this year presented a 4-day’s program of manifold exciting artistic activities including the following highlights: the Opening Ceremony at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Voices for Peace Concerts parallel at The Vienna Boys Choir Concert Hall (MuTh), Peter's Church and Minorites Church, Workshops at the residence of The Vienna Boys Choir Palais Augarten, Competition and the “Gottfried von Einem Awards Concert” at the MuTh Concert Hall, Performance for peace at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, Music without Borders concerts at different retirement homes in Vienna, Barbecue party along the Danube riverside, Donation Sales to UNICEF and Gala concerts at the famous Vienna Concert Hall.

In the afternoon of July 22nd all choirs gathered in Vienna’s most famous church and landmark: St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The young choristers were received by representatives of the Austrian Federal government, the city government of Vienna, Confucius Institute and Gerald Wirth, the artistic director of the World Peace Choral Festival.




 



On July 25th during the Rehearsals and Gala Concerts at the Vienna Concert Hall, the children sold souvenirs and merchandising articles from their countries. The sales income has been donated to UNICEF for children in need. It is a very meaningful event for all participating choirs.
On the July 25th and in the beautiful Summer time, the festival closed successfully with the Gala Concerts at the famous Vienna Concert Hall. All participating choirs performed its own repertoire and they also sung with the famous Vienna Boys Choir together  – "coming together to sing, singing for a better future" conducted by Mr. Gerald Wirth, artistic director of the Vienna Boys Choir. All the present children were smiling at each other hands in hands and witnessed a successful ending of the 6th World Peace Choral Festival with an unspeakable excitement and the biggest nostalgia! It was the highlight of the festival and gave the choir members an unforgettable memory. Participants were excited by the festival and gave a very positive feedback.
“…This festival was a dream for us at the beginning. We live in a small İsland and we are all waiting and longing for a peace and a solution at Cyprus. Our dreams have come true and we had been able to attend to the “WORLD PEACE CHORAL FESTİVAL 2015” in VIENNA…We were a Public Primary School Choir and our children were very excited to prepare and study for this festival. It had been an unforgettable experience for all of us…I also would like to mention that The Festival Committee has perfectly organized and took interest in every detail during the festival. We would like to thank for every moment we spent at the World Peace Choral Festival.”
------ RuyanTokatlioglu, conductor of 23 Nisan Primary School Children’s Choir, Cyprus.

Coming together to sing, singing for a better future!
The World Peace Choral Festival welcomes you, let’s meet again in Vienna in 2016!





Partners/Supports


United Nations Headquarters in Vienna 

   

Special thanks go to the Austrian National Parliament, the office of the Federal President of Austria, the Vienna Boys Choir, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Peter’s Church and the Minorites Church for the great support of the World Peace Choral Festival.

For more information please visit

 www.wpcf.at

or find us on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/worldpeacechoralfestival


The World Peace Choral Festival
ICT Management GmbH
Leonard Bernstein Str. 8/2/2-1
A-1220, Vienna
Phone: +43/ (0)1/269 86 99 - 22
Email: info@wpcf.at

The Austrian Ministry of Education
The city of Vienna
Gottfried von Einem Music-Foundation
UNICEF Austria
Kunst & Kultur – ohne Grenzen! / Vienna    
The World Organization for Promoting Music and Arts Education / Vienna
Wirth Music Acadmey / Vienna
The Vienna Boys Choir / Vienna 
Musicultur Travel GmbH / Bonn, Germany 
Sina.com / China
Masters International / China                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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