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목소리와 와인 말라가

2020 년 11월  18일 –  22일, 마라가, 스페인

International Choir Festival & Competition

“Those who sing, pray twice!” Related to this famous sentence by St. Augustine the international choir festival & competition in Kobe, Japan takes place under the banner of “Sing’n’Pray”.

The core of “Sing’n’Pray Kobe 2020” is once again, just as it was in its first edition in January 2018, the great “Pray from Kobe” concert with more than 600 singers in the beautiful Kobe Bunka Hall.

Since 2012 the participants in this concert come together in order to sing and pray for the victims of the huge earthquake and tsunami around Fukushima on the east side of Japan in March 2011.

In 2020 international choirs are once again invited to join this joyful celebration and sing and pray for the people and for peace on earth.

The affiliated choir competition gives national and international participants the chance to compete and sing together in a peaceful contest.

Considered one of Japan’s most fascinating cities, Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of the Hyōgo Prefecture. The city is only 30 km to the west of Osaka, where the Kansai International Airport is the closest international gateway.


This INTERKULTUR event provides you the opportunity to choose from the following options of participation:

Festival participation** Competition*
Evaluation performance* Evaluation performance*

*friendship concert performance included

**at least two performances within the festival


  • Category M – Music of Spirit & Faith
    • M1 – Music of Spirit & Faith – Children’s and Youth Choirs
    • M2 – Music of Spirit & Faith – Adult Choirs
  • Number of pieces: unlimited
  • Number of singers: unlimited
  • Age of singers:
    • M1 – up to the age of 25 years
    • M2 – min. 18 years
  • Singing time: The singing time should be at least 8 minutes and must not be longer than 15 minutes.
  • Accompaniment: unlimited
  • Amplification: amplification of voices and instruments is not permitted. However, instruments which require an amplifier for the generation of a sound (e.g. keyboard, bass guitar, etc) are permitted. Amplifiers are not provided by the organizer.

In this category choirs may perform music of all religions, churches and denominations, as well as general songs of spirit and faith.

Evaluation Performance

For non-competing choirs

  • three pieces of the choir’s choice
  • performed before a panel of qualified international jurors who provide immediate positive artistic and pedagogical advice for improvement
  • certificates of participation will be awarded, as well as evaluation ratings and recommendation letters for future INTERKULTUR competitions upon request

Number of singers: unlimited
Singing time: maximum 15 minutes
Accompaniment: possible
Duration: 45 minutes

For competing choirs

  • presentation of the competition program the day before competitions begin
  • arrival has to be planned for January 15, 2020
  • performed before a panel of qualified international jurors who provide immediate positive artistic and pedagogical advice for improvement
  • the evaluation does not involve preliminary decisions regarding the competition result

Number of singers: according to category rules
Singing time: according to category rules
Accompaniment: according to category rules
Duration: 45 minutes

Friendship Concerts

Participating choirs may register to perform in local concert settings together with other international choirs. Those will take place in public places in Kobe.

Choirs must prepare approximately 15 minutes of their own music pre-approved by the artistic committee. The concert should be preferably a cappella or with own instruments. Piano or E-Piano can be provided upon request.

Choirs can also take part in friendship concerts only.


Schedule of the Event

Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • Arrival
  • Evening: Opening Event

Friday, January 17, 2020

  • Stage Rehearsals and Rehearsals
  • Friendship Concerts “International Melody”
  • Evaluation Performances & Competitions
  • Sightseeing & excursions*

Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • Stage Rehearsals and Rehearsals
  • Friendship Concerts “International Melody”
  • Evaluation Performances & Competitions
  • Sightseeing & excursions*

Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • Stage Rehearsals and Rehearsals
  • 13:00 “Pray from Kobe” Concert and Ceremony
  • Evening: Awards Ceremony
  • Sightseeing & excursions*

Monday, January 20, 2020

  • Sightseeing & excursions*
  • Departure

*depending on the individual schedule

Subject to change!



in cooperation with
Hyogo Choral Association

Supported by
Hyogo Prefecture Government

Günter Titsch (Germany)

Honorable Artistic Director
Yoshio Saida (Japan), Chairman of Hyogo Choral Association

Artistic Director SING’N’PRAY KOBE 2020
Fred Sjöberg (Sweden)

Artistic Committee INTERKULTUR
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß (Germany), Senior Artistic Director
Johan Rooze (Netherlands), Artistic Director
Assoc. Prof. Romāns Vanags (Latvia), Artistic Director

INTERKULTUR Executive Committee
Günter Titsch (Germany)
Qin Wang (China)
Stefan Bohländer (Germany)
Dr. Christoph Wirtz (Germany), Secretary General

Organizers are INTERKULTUR Management GmbH and the Hyogo Choral Association.


Perched on a hillside sloping down to the sea, Kobe is one of Japan’s most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. It was a maritime gateway from the earliest days of trade with China and home to one of the first foreign communities after Japan reopened to the world in the mid-19th century. One of Kobe’s best features is its relatively small size – most sights can be reached on foot from the main train stations, making it a pleasure for casual wandering and stopping in its high quality restaurants and cafes. The most pleasant neighbourhoods to explore are Kitano-chõ, Nankinmachi Chinatown and, after dark, the bustling area around Sannomiya Station.




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