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During the weekend of 4 October to 6 October 2024, the International Choir Competition Flanders will take place for the 17th time. After a 30-year tradition in Maasmechelen, since the penultimate edition the competition has taken place at C-mine in Genk, in the heart of Limburg. There, the past and the charm of the old mine buildings go hand in hand with contemporary creativity: the right place, therefore, to expand the choir. competition into a real choir festival.

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The musical weekend traditionally opens with a high-class concert on Friday evening, this time by Apollo5.
Would you like to perform on stage with Apollo5 during this concert?  You can! Click here for more info.

On Saturday, the international choir competition will take place for 12 selected choirs with equal or mixed voices. They will sing a competition programme including a compulsory work specially composed for IKV-Genk by a Flemish composer, Kurt Bikkembergs.

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The festival part begins as early as Saturday evening with friendship concerts at the guest choirs and a fraternisation concert at which each competition choir briefly introduces itself. 

Sunday is a full festival day with workshops for everyone who likes to sing, for choir singers and conductors. At the most beautiful locations of C-mine, the international  competition choirs get a podium for a free program. Choirs and groups from Genk and all over Flanders will perform alternately with them. This gives the audience and singers the opportunity to get to know each other better and to sing together.


The festival closes on Sunday evening with a dazzling laureate concert and the announcement of the results.

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