Looking back at the 2014 Riga World Choir Games

The 8th World Choir Games took place in Riga in 2014 and brought an international flavour to one of the most traditional singing regions in the world, the Baltic States.

After the success of the previous edition of the World Choir Games, held in Cincinnati, United States in 2012, the world’s most impressive and innovative choral event returned to Europe, in the European Capital of Culture 2014, Riga.

27 000 active participants from 73 countries were involved in the 2014 edition. A total of 229 Gold, 174 Silver and 16 Bronze Medals were awarded by the international jury. The Medal tally of the 8th World Choir Games was led by Latvia with 54 Medals, followed by China and Hong Kong / SAR with 53 medals, Russia with 46 medals, the USA with 32 medals and Indonesia with 28 medals.

Prior to the event, thousands of singers marched through the streets of Latvia’s beautiful capital as part of the Parade of Nations. Watch the video below:

The World Choir Games 2014 also included performances and appearances by several Headliners: The King’s Singers (GB), The Real Group (S), Morten Lauridsen (USA), Eriks Ešenvalds (LV), and Javier Busto (E).

Highlights also included the Great Celebration Concert of the 8th World Choir Games which took place in the Mežaparks, the song festival grounds of Riga, where 10,000 of Latvian and 5,000 international singers united in song.  The Closing Concert took place in the Arena Riga, the venue for Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. Check out some of the highlights below:

 

The World Choir Games 2014 gave Riga the chance to shine on the world stage and in a few short weeks, Latvia’s capital will host the very first Eurovision Choir of the Year competition. To find out more about the World Choir Games 2014 visit the website of Interkultur.

For the latest updates about Eurovision Choir of the Year follow the official Facebook page and Twitter account and don’t forget to use the hashtag #EurovisionChoir.

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