Choir Festivals & Choir Competitions

Choral Trips

11th International Youth Music and Choir Festival Bratislava 2020

Music and Choir Festival with Competition for Children´s, Youth Choirs, Young Adult Choirs and Orchestras

from 07 bis 10 July 2020


foto: Bratislava Music Agency

fotos: Bratislava Music Agency

In 2020 the 11th edition of the international festival for children's, youth and adult choirs as well as orchestras will be held in the city of Bratislava.  In the past few years about 1000 groups with more than 30000 singers and musicians from all over the world visited the capital of the Slovak Republic to join together for one big family of world music. Bratislava is widely recognized as a city of music and a city with a rich cultural and artistic heritage. The festival participants will benefit from the rich cultural atmosphere of this wonderful old town and also contribute to all with their music.
The festival organizers invite musically inclined young people from around the world to present their talents in the beautiful city of Bratislava. The choirs and music groups may participate in a competitive or non-competitive setting. Each group will have ample opportunities to perform in concert halls, beautiful churches and outdoor settings in the historical city center, all boasting exceptional acoustics. Part of the festival program is a guided sightseeing tour through the Old Town.
Be inspired by the main idea of the festival “music and art connect people”. Make new friends with musicians from all over the world and enjoy an unforgettable stay in Bratislava.

Our program for your choral and music trip

Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Arrival and official opening of the music festival

Attending choirs and orchestras arrive in Bratislava.
Meet your local assistant and check-in at the booked hotel.
Individual workshops for ensembles (upon request and for an additional charge).
In the evening opening concert of the festival in the St. Martin's Cathedral in the Old Town of Bratislava. Each participating choir is invited to present a sacred music program a cappella or with piano accompaniment (duration 5 minutes).
Following group dinner at a local restaurant.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020
Choir competition and festival  concerts

Breakfast at the hotel
In the morning beginning of the concerts of the competition choirs at the historic Mirror Hall of the Primate's Palace in the city center of Bratislava.
Orchestras enjoy a guided city walking tour through the Old Town of Bratislava.
Free time for optional lunch following.
In the afternoon Festival concerts of the non-competitive choirs at Mirror Hall of the Primate's Palace.
In the evening  Festival concerts of the orchestras on the music stage at the Main square of Bratislava in front of the historical Town Hall (open air).

Thursday, 09 July 2020
Continuation of the competition for orchestras and the festival concerts
Closing ceremony

Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning competition concerts for orchestras at the Slovak Radio.
Choirs enjoy a guided city walking tour through the Old Town of Bratislava.
Following free time for optional lunch.
In the afternoon continuation of the festival concerts at the Klarisky Music Hall.
Following public concerts at Hviezdoslav Square in the city center (open air).
In the evening announcement of the competition results at the Hviezdoslav Square with the awarding of the prizes and distribution of the festival participation certificates.

Friday, 10 July 2020
End of the festival and departure

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning performance during a Holy Mass in a church in Bratislava  (upon request).
Depart Bratislava and return for home.

In addition to these musical performances, each group will be treated to recreational and
sightseeing points of interest in the surrounding area. We offer guided tours of the famous
Redstone Castle, a boat trip to Devin Castle and a tour of the historical town of Trnava.

On the arrival or departure day we recommend a flying visit to the nearby city of Vienna
(60 km). Upon request, we will gladly organize a sightseeing tour of Vienna for your group.

Program is subject to change!


Our services for your choir-/music trip

  • 3 nights in a  4*hotel in the city center or a 3* hotel in the outskirts of Bratislava
  • Accommodation in twin/double rooms with private facilities
  • Daily breakfast and 1 x dinner at a local restaurant on the arrival day
  • Participation in the choir/music festival or competition including all costs and fees (opening ceremony, festival/competition concerts, public concerts, closing ceremony)
  • Guided sightseeing tour through the Old Town of Bratislava
  • Closing ceremony with prize giving ceremony to participants of the (choir-)competition and distribution of the festival participation certificates to the participating groups
  • English speaking escort throughout the festival stay
  • Information material of Bratislava
  • Every 21st participant is free of charge (based on twin/double room)
  • Individual workshops for ensembles (upon request and for an additional charge)
  • Choir Performance during a church service (upon request)
  • Optional day excursion to Redstone Castle, Devin Castle, Trnava or Vienna (upon request and for an additional charge)

Depending on your travel arrangements we will be happy to assist you with organizing your choir trip and with booking ground transportation (local coach) to/from the airports either in Vienna or Bratislava to/from the train station in Bratislava.

Request an individual offer for this trip