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Europa Cantat XVIII Torino 2012: a success for the participants, a success for Torino and Piemonte

Europa Cantat, the foremost European choral festival, held in Torino from July 27 to August 5, has come to its conclusion. The closing balance of the event is such a success, that it surprises even the organisers. The thousands of people crammed in Piazza San Carlo during the closing ceremony can describe the festival’s success more than any figure. It was an exciting experience for everyone: for the participants who experienced ten intense days of music, tourism, meetings and fun, but also for Torino and Piemonte, which proved, as always, to be welcoming and able to respond with great enthusiasm to diverse cultural proposals.

International Choral World gathering in Torino
150 guests from all over the world visited the festival and met in smaller and larger groups for  informal talks and meetings. Thus new projects were born, cooperations developed and choirs and conductors discovered by organisers of choral events planning their programme for the coming years. Especially for the project VOICE (Vision On Innovation for Choral Music in Europe), coordinated by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat and supported by the European Union Culture Programme, representatives of 14 organisations, festivals, cultural centres and universities came together to get to know the biggest event within the project and to plan the further cooperation until 2015. Several organisations used the presence of many representatives of the choral world as well as many conductors and presented themselves and their activities in the frame of a receptions. Markus Schuck, initiator of the Bonner Schumannfest which has been cooperating for many years with the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat,drew the connection from Bonn to Turin with a reception in honour of the death anniversary of Robert Schumann on July 29th, thus strengthening the cooperaiton which had started with the invitation of the Torino Vocal Ensemble to the Bonner Schumannfest 20111 which was dedicated to Italy.

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