2018 “Belt & Road” World Choir Festival


2018 “Belt & Road” World Choir Festival

15 – 19 July 2018 Hong Kong 

Artistic Director: Prof. Leon Shiu-wai TONG

Hong Kong Cultural Centre | Tsuen Wan Town Hall | Sha Tin Town Hall

Building upon the enormous success and reputation that the Association has established by its biennial flagship festival (WYCCF), the WYCCAA is pleased to present a new festival next year, the 2018 “Belt & Road” World Choir Festival. It is open for choirs of all ages and levels and the competition offers 8 categories for different voices and genres.

Download the Materials Below (PDF)

Download <Competition Rules & Regulations>

Choir Online Registration Form


As the title suggests, the new choir festival echoes the “Belt & Road” initiative which advocates for deeper and tighter cultural exchanges and connections across the Eurasian continent. The festival is therefore envisaged to be an all-encompassing platform to explore the history and cultural heritage of such related countries through the choral arts, and to search for artistic and choral perfection from all over the world–through which we hope to share and celebrate peace, love, and cultural diversity.

(Choir from XinJiang, China, took in 2006 WYCCF)


There will be plenty of educational activities within the festival, including

  • A series of interactive masterclasses & concerts in which participating choirs would workshop and perform together with one of the Resident Choirs or one of the established local choirs.
  • “Belt & Road” Variety Showcase (a mixture of choirs from related countries to perform in a cultural celebration).
  • Friendly Concerts where participating choirs perform for and learn from each other.
  • Cultural Excursions
  • International Starry Concerts

(Photos took in past WYCCF)


The festival has invited two definitive and world-leading choirs, the Ponomaryov “Vesna” Children’s Choir (“Vesna”, winner of the Grand Prize of the Béla Bartók 27th International Choir Competition) and the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (NZSSC, winner of the ‘Choir of the World’ title at the predecessor of WYCCF) and Oxford Maqam to attend as the festival’s ‘Resident Choirs’ to give a series of spectacular performances, masterclasses & workshops throughout.

1.Ponomaryov Vesna Children’s Choir

“Vesna” is a choir distinguished by the originality of its creative approach, a refined taste, impeccable singing technique, inimitable on-stage expression and in-depth interpretation. It is known for being an artistic benchmark for the modern choir art as performed by children – a community that for five decades has been giving its listeners a gift of happiness and joy through its spring-like (“Vesna”) art.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHSa52AgewY

2.The New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir

“NZSSC” comprises of 60 New Zealand’s finest young choral voices. It promises to inspire their members by performing a wide variety of music including many works from New Zealand composers and strongly believes in empowering youth through the celebration of choral music.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq38RCsHVTc

3. Oxford Maqam

SongLines Magazine – “Revolutionary” “Spiritual” “Powerfully Atmospheric”

Ever since it formed in 2008, “Oxford Maqam” ensemble has contributed to the broadening of understanding of Egyptian musical culture, both in terms of traditional artistry and historical timespan. This pioneering group comprises both an Arab takht (chamber ensemble) and a Big Band, presenting concerts, talks and workshops.


Category Regulations

  • Category A – Children’s Choir
      A1 (SA voices) A2 (SA voices)
    Time Limit 8 minutes 10 minutes
    2 competition pieces One piece from a “Belt & Road” related country or cultural region; one piece of free choice.
    Age 12 or under 16 or under
    Gender No limitations
  • Category B – Youth Choir
      B1 (SA voices) B2 (TB voices) B3 (SATB mixed voices)
    Time Limit 10 minutes
    2 competition pieces One piece from a “Belt & Road” related country or cultural region; one piece of free choice.
    Age 29 or under
    Gender No limitations
  • Category C – C1 Adult Choir and C2 Elderly Choir
      C1 (Adult Choir) C2 (Elderly Choir)
    Time Limit 8 minutes
    2 competition pieces One piece from a “Belt & Road” related country or cultural region; one piece of free choice.
    Age 60 or under 60 or above
    Gender No limitations
  • Category F – “Belt & Road” Folklore Show Choir
      F (“Belt & Road” Folklore Show Choir)
    Time Limit 8 minutes
    2 competition pieces 2 folk songs selected from any “Belt & Road” related countries or cultural regions. Songs to be performed using a combination of singing, drama, staging, choreography etc.
    Age, Gender & Voices No Limitations

Number of Team Members

  • For Categories A, B and C the lower limit for the number of singers is 25 persons excluding the conductor, accompanists and dancers who are not singing. There is no upper limit for the number of singers for those categories.
  • For Category F, the lower limit for the number of performers is 8, including the conductor, accompanists and dancers who will perform on the stage, there is no upper limit for this category.

A detailed description of the Competition Rules & Regulations can also be found here.

(Photos took in 2017 WYCCF)

Honorable Prizes

World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association – ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Trophy

HKD 40,000

Jury’s Prize

HKD 20,000

Best Performance of a Commissioned Piece based on the Festival Theme

HKD 20,000

Best Interpretation

HKD 10,000

Best Folk Song Performance

HKD 10,000

Best Performance of a Contemporary Arrangement of a Folk Song

HKD 10,000

Outstanding Conductor Award

HKD 5,000

Category Champions (A, B, C and F)

HKD 3,000

Best Choir Soloist


Best A Capella Performance


Best Instrumental Accompanist


Best Piano Accompanist


Best Stage Effects


Best Traditional Costume


Best Costume


Musica Connection Audience Award I


Musica Connection Audience Award II



Application Form

Registration Time: now – 1 May 2018

For Choirs from Overseas:

Package Content (non-HK choirs)

Package O1

Package O2

Package O3

Package O4

Accommodation, 4 nights

Hotel, 3 beds for 3pax

University dorm, 2 beds for 2 pax (only for aged 12 or above)



Local Catering & Transportation




1-2 Starry Concert(s)


Choir Masterclass & Concert


Friendly Conert


Cultural Excursions


Certificates & Brochures

2 brochures

Souvenirs & Competition Videos

USD 30 / head

Other Choir Resources

Available for purchase

Registration Fee: Early bird till 10 Jan. 2018

2018 Registration Fee

Early Bird

Normal Price

Deadline of Application

Before 10 Jan

11 Jan – 1 May

Package O1

USD 690 / head

USD 730 / head

Package O2

USD 540 / head

USD 570 / head

Package O3

USD 300 / head

USD 310 / head

Package O4 (participant in competition only)

USD 1500 / team (total registration fee)

Enrol in one more choral competition category, additional charge (No choir can enrol in more than two competition categories) USD 1200

*The upper limit for the number of accompanying staff or family members (non-performers) is the either 5 or 10% of the total number of the team, whichever is greater.

For Choirs from Hong Kong:

Application Period
15th Oct 2017 – 1st May 2018
2017年10月15日 – 2018年5月1日
Package L1 Registration Fee
HKD 200 per head or HKD 8,000 per choir, whichever is lesser

套餐L1包含 Package L1 Content:

  1. 僅提供參加一個比賽組別(A1, A2, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2 或F組) Each team can only apply for one category
  2. 觀看所有比賽 Access to any of the competitions
  3. 每位成員一份證書 One certificate for each participant
  4. 每位成員一本合唱節刊物 One Souvenir Brochure for each participant

其他選擇性購買項目 Other items:

  1. 2018年合唱節紀念T恤(150港幣/件)2018 Festival T-shirt (HKD 150 each)
  2. 2018年比賽DVD(100港幣/張)2018 Competition Videos (HKD 100 each)


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