3rd Kalamata International Choir Competition and Festival

Singing in the Land of Gods

October 9 – 13, 2019

Two previous choir events in Kalamata have proven: The combination of sea, mountains, vine and olive trees make Greece a place where singers from all over the world feel mostly welcome.

Hosted by the romantic city of Kalamata, located on the Southern Peloponnese this choral event combines the advantages of an international choral competition with various concert opportunities in a culturally diverse city.

Narrow lanes, a historic old town and the Apostles church of the 12th century characterize the townscape until today: Kalamata is vibrant, calm and idyllic.

The competition part offers categories for different levels of difficulty, casts and musical genres – the festival combines an easy going gathering of different nations with the wonderful setting of South East Europe.

source: interkultur

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  • Arrival
  • Choir Parade + Official Welcome
  • Stage rehearsals for the Opening Concert
  • Opening Concert
  • Sightseeing and excursions*

Thursday, October 10, 2019

  • Rehearsals and stage rehearsals
  • Evaluation Performances
  • Concerts and performances in Kalamata and surrounding area
  • Competitions
  • Sightseeing and excursions*

Friday, October 11, 2019

  • Rehearsals and stage rehearsals
  • Concerts and performances in Kalamata and surrounding area
  • Competitions
  • Gala Concert
  • Sightseeing and excursions*

Saturday, October 12, 2019

  • Rehearsals and stage rehearsals
  • Individual Coachings
  • Concerts and performances in Kalamata and surrounding area
  • Competitions
  • Grand Prize Competition
  • Choir Party
  • Sightseeing and excursions*

Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • Departure
  • Concerts and performances in Kalamata and surrounding area
  • Award Ceremony
  • Sightseeing and excursions*

depending on the choir's individual schedule

Subject to change!

If you are interested in individual excursions please send an email to travel(at)interkultur.com.


in cooperation with
the Municipality of Kalamata

supported by
Mikis Theodorakis International Foundation

Günter Titsch (Germany)

Artistic Committee
Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß (Germany), Senior Artistic Director
Stathis Giftakis (Greece)
Dr. Maria-Emma Meligopoulou (Greece)
Assoc. Prof. Romāns Vanags (Latvia)

INTERKULTUR Executive Committee
Günter Titsch (Germany)
Qin Wang (China)
Stefan Bohländer (Germany)
Dr. Christoph Wirtz (Germany), Secretary General

Organizer is the INTERKULTUR Management GmbH.

Address: Artemidos 121 (Junction Artemidos & Klada Street), 24134 Kalamata

The Kalamata Dance Megaron was constructed with funding mainly from the European Union and the Greek State, in order to house the activities of the Kalamata International Dance Centre, during the International Dance Festival, which takes place every year in July, as well as cultural events that take place throughout the year. It first opened its doors in July 2013. Every year it welcomes the dance world’s most prestigious names and, since 2015, every second year, choirs from around the world.

Kalamata Dance Megaron is a modern, multi functional hall. It has a main hall with 650 seats and a small hall with 200 seats, as well a massive foyer on the ground floor and another one on the upper floor. During the event, it is the main venue accommodating the festival office, most of the competition performances and the individual coaching sessions.

Address: 95 Aristomenous Street, 24131 Kalamata

Named after the well-known film director, scriptwriter and film producer Theo Angelopoulos (1935-2012), who was originally from Messinia (the wider area, of which Kalamata is the capital), this amphitheatre, built to host seminars, concerts and workshops, opened in 2006. It is centrally located, close to the Municipal Theatre, on the main shopping street, and just a few minutes’ walk from the Kalamata Dance Megaron and the Holy Taxiarches Church. With its 250 seats and good acoustic, it is a suitable place for the competition and evaluation performances.

Address: Taxiarchon Square - Vas. Georgiou & Asklipiou Street, 24100 Kalamata

The Holy Taxiarches Church is dedicated to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The church is located in Kalamata city center. Its construction begun in 1938 and it was inaugurated in 1956. Its architectural style is hellenobyzantine. Dimitrios Kentakas, a famous craftsman, painted its murals in byzantine style. This spacious church hosts the Sacred Choral Music Competition, with the permission of the Most Reverend Bishop of Messinia Chrysostomos.

Address: Junction of Sfakianaki Street & Anatoliko Kentro, 24100 Kalamata

The Opening Concert and Award Ceremony, will be held in Tenta Sports Hall. Tenta Sports Hall is actually a huge tent, used for various sports events. With a total of 2000 seats, it can host all participants of the Kalamata International Choir Competition & Festival. A big stage is constructed especially for the official events of the choir competition, but there is still enough space for the participants to sing and dance together and celebrate the results.