International Choir Festival Antwerp 2014
Spring Festival of Choral Music in Flanders, Belgium
from 01 May to 04 May 2014
The cultural capitals of Flanders belong to the most fascinating European art cities. The cities of Antwerp and Bruges still maintain an unsurpassed wealth of medieval and baroque art. This is reflected in the historical marketplaces and in the streets with their graceful buildings from the Middle Ages through to the Renaissance to the Belle Epoque. The churches and museums are treasure chests full of masterpieces. Antwerp, the largest city in Flanders can look back on a rich cultural past. The port, which to this day is still the fourth largest in the world, brought precious goods, artwork, spices and people to Antwerp for centuries and characterizes the city to the present day. Here you can not only walk in the tracks of the old masters, the painters Peter Paul Rubens, Antonius van Dyke and Pieter Breughel. Today the city along the Scheldt River is a modern and pulsating metropolis and a center of contemporary art, of fashion designers and of world-class music events. The modern Antwerp shines as multifaceted as its famous diamonds.
We are therefore delighted to be able to invite choirs from all over the world to an International Choir Festival in Antwerp in Spring 2014, with support from the city of Antwerp and the Antwerp Tourism&Congress. The Festival will be held in the baroque St. Carolus Borromeus Church, whose facade, tower, high altar and Chapel of St. Mary were designed by Peter Paul Rubens.
Our Program for your Choral Trip
Thursday: Arrival in Antwerp
Attending choirs arrive in Antwerp, the city along the Scheldt River.
Meet your local assistant at the hotel and check-in.
Evening reception for all choir directors hosted by official representatives of the city.
Optional dinner at the hotel or at a restaurant near the hotel.
City sightseeing and Participation in the Choir Festival
Enjoy a guided city walking tour through the Old Town of Antwerp in the morning including the visit of the MAS-Museum aan de Stroom, offering a great view from the roof terrace. Optional spontaneous choir performances are possible during the city tour at the Garden of the Rubens House, on the square in front of the St. Carolus Borromeus Church or on the square in front of the Town Hall. Following the tour, enjoy a lunch snack (original Belgium French fries).
In the early afternoon the official opening of the Choir Festival with official welcoming by representatives of the city of Antwerp for all attending choirs will be held at the baroque St. Carolus Borromeus Church. Directly following the opening ceremony of the Choir Festival, the Festival concerts begin at the church.
Spend a free evening on your own or optional dinner at a typical restaurant.
Spend a free day on your own, optional Excursion to Bruges
Today you have time on your own to explore the city of Antwerp.
Upon request we can offer a friendship concert with a local host choir.
Optional: Depart for a guided excursion to the Hanseatic city of Bruges in the morning. During a walking tour you will explore the Old Town of Bruges that has been included on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage sites. You will get the most beautiful impression during a boat ride through the romantic canals of the city, past Gothic town houses and magnificent churches (bookable for a supplement). Visit the most beautiful and most important Beguinage of Europe and the Church of Our Lady, where, among other things, you can view the famous “Madonna with the Child” by Michelangelo.
Return to Antwerp in the late afternoon.
In the evening the official closing ceremony of the choir festival with the distribution of diplomas to all participants of the choir festival. All choirs then join together to sing the group song. The evening ends with canapés and a glass of sparkling wine. Optional dinner at a typical restaurant in the Old Town.
End of the Choir Festival and departure
Depart Antwerp after breakfast and return for home.
Upon request, opportunity to perform during a morning church service in Antwerp.
Our services for your Choral Trip
- 3 nights in a 3* or 4* category hotel including buffet breakfast in Antwerp
- Accommodation in twin rooms with private facilities
- Choir Festival participation including all costs and fees
- Participation diploma for all choirs of the choir festival
- Reception for choir directors including welcome drink
- Half day city walking tour of Antwerp (3 hours) incl. entrance fee to MAS-Museum
- Lunch snack in Antwerp (Belgium Fries)
- Excursion to Bruges including guided city walking tour (optional, additional costs)
- Closing evening including canapés and wine
- Performance during a morning church Service (optional)
- English speaking escort throughout the festival stay
- 1 free place based on a minimum of 25 participants
Upon request we can arrange the visit of brewery including beer sample or the visit of a chocolatier/chocolate museum including a sample or a friendship concert with a local host choir.
Depending on your travel arrangements we will be happy to assist you with organizing your choral trip and with booking ground transportation (local coach) to/from the airport Brussels.
Please contact us for further information.