Choral Trips

International Choir Festival Antwerp 2018, Belgium

Spring Festival of Choral Music in Flanders

from 27 April to 30 April 2018

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supported by: Antwerp Tourism&Congress

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 2018, 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

Friday, 27 April 2018
Arrival in Antwerp and official opening of the festival

Attending choirs arrive in Antwerp, the city along the Scheldt River.
Meet your local assistant at the hotel and check-in. Optional dinner at the hotel or at a restaurant near the hotel.

Following opening of the Choir Festival with official welcoming by representatives of the city of Antwerp for all attending choirs. Each choir is requested and invited to sing one traditional song from their country by way of presentation.

Saturday, 28 April 2018
City sightseeing and Participation in the Choir Festival

Enjoy a guided city walking tour through the Old Town of Antwerp in the morning. 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.

In the early afternoon the festival concerts begin at the  St. Carolus Borromeus Church.

Spend a free evening on your own or optional dinner at a typical restaurant.

Sunday, 29 April 2018
Spend a free day on your own, optional Excursion to Bruges, Brussels or Gent

Today you have time on your own to explore the city of Antwerp.

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 a glass of sparkling wine. Optional dinner at a typical restaurant in the Old Town.

Monday, 30 April 2018
End of the Choir Festival and departure

Depart Antwerp after breakfast and return for home.

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 
  • Half day city walking tour of Antwerp (3 hours)
  • Excursion to Bruges, Brussels or Gent including guided city walking tour (optional, additional costs)
  • Closing evening including wine 
  • 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 (additional costs) or a concert during a mass service.

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.



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