A “GLOBAL PLAYER” OF CHORAL MUSIC
The organization of INTERKULTUR is born by the idea of bringing together people of all countries, cultures and world views in peaceful competitions.
Right from the beginning Günter Titsch was convinced of the power of his idea to create “bridges of encounters”. All people involved share the same enthusiasm for choral music. It resolves prejudices, opens eyes and hearts for friendships and lays the groundwork for a vibrant and peaceful togetherness that outreaches music. Within a short period of time, this philosophy has made INTERKULTUR an international top address for major musical events in the choral community. Today INTERKULTUR organizes every year up to 14 international choir competitions and festivals around the globe.
Among its members the organization counts leading personalities from culture, politics and business, as well as choirs and orchestras, clubs and cultural organizations: the “World Choir Council”, a kind of United Nations of choral singing, is made up of renowned choral experts from 80 countries. They represent INTERKULTUR’s musical network with app. 120,000 choirs with 4.8 million singers. The organization has offices and representatives in numerous countries and is supported by ministries of culture, municipal authorities and countless organizations.
EVERYBODY CAN BE PART OF IT
INTERKULTUR’s activities are not restricted to the organization of the World Choir Games, regional competitions and festivals, but also include the realization of continental events such as the European and Asian Choir Games. The philosophy of INTERKULTUR events implies that not only top class choirs are being admitted to the events but also all choirs from the base of the choral community. And all of them experience during these activities a new and diversified world of choral singing: Cheerful and uplifting, full of the unique joys of singing together in a team. Friendship concerts, competitions and festivals boost mutual respect and understanding between cultures, therefore giving a new quality to our common future in a world that is growing smaller.
During the last years the idea of competing has been expanded by several pedagogical offers which are now part of almost all INTERKULTUR events.
THE SINGERS’ SUCCESS – A BENEFIT FOR EVERYONE
INTERKULTUR pursues highest standards, aiming for constant development and improvement in the interests of its participants and partner cities and organizations as INTERKULTUR is also responsible for the success of its local partners: During the World Choir Games in Cincinnati the local Convention & Visitors Bureau noted an economic impact of $ 73.5 million. The event also brought considerable image benefits in terms of international media coverage and attention with a publicity value of $ 30 million.
While INTERKULTUR, with its events in Germany, Austria, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Malta, Spain, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Hungary, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and the U.S., has become a prominent player regarding international cultural exchanges, its founder is pressing ahead with his next vision: INTERKULTUR president Günter Titsch aims to connect his competition with the Olympic Games by having both events held in the same place. After all, both ideas are inspired by the same principles: peaceful competition for the laurels of victory in a spirit of mutual respect, regardless of color or ideology. Uniting the world’s sporting and musical youth would be meaningful and conceivable – an ideal that is within our reach.