The International Choir Festival of Karpenisi is a non-competitive event established in 1988. In the 21th edition of the festival event, participating choirs perform in no less than two and up to five different concerts in four days. Choirs participating in the Festival event are not obliged by any means to participate in the Competition event as well (i.e. the Competition event is OPTIONAL).
Starting from this year, the organizing committee of the International AV Choral Events offers the participating choirs the unique opportunity to give some additional yet OPTIONAL festival concerts in the broader area of Karpenisi. The primary aim of these events is to promote the virtues of choral art in the local community, strengthen the relations developed among the friends of music attending the Festival (locals, choristers, choirmasters, visitors) as well as to enable them to develop a comprehensive experience by participating in the festival outdoor activities (wine&food tasting, art by the river, art promoting actions, outdoor activities) and getting to know better the local beauties of Evrytania (nature, products, people).
The 21th edition of the festival event will be held between June 29, 2017 and July 2, 2017. Starting from 2017, the International AV Choral Events will organize between 24-26 November 2017 an additional Choral Event in Karpenisi called as the Winter AV Choral Event in Karpenisi.
Types of Festival Events & Concerts
The main concerts are being held at the Conference Center of Karpenisi (main hall). Each choir is required to perform in the presence of audience a free choice program of up to 25 minutes and no more than 8 songs. Each concert includes no less than four and up to six choirs, whereas attendance to the main concerts is open to the audience.
The main concerts are typically organized from 19.00 to 21.30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Participation to this event is OPTIONAL. This event is being held within a Greek Orthodox Church and with the highest possible respect to the beliefs/formalities of the local community. During this event, each choir can perform a free choice a Capella program (musical instruments are not allowed) including only Christian songs. Attendance is open to the audience without requiring entrance tickets/fees.
The Sacred Concert is typically held on Thursday evening close to 19.00. Choirs interested in performing in the Sacred Concert should express their interest no latter than May 1, 2017.
Participation to this type of events is OPTIONAL. Open concerts are performed outdoors by two to four choirs. Each choir can perform a free choice program of up to 15 minutes from its repertoire. Open concerts are being held in five unique venues (meeting points/local villages) located in the near proximity of Karpenisi, where each venue offers completely different experiences to the participating choirs and visitors. The list of venues can be found under the venues tab of this website.
Open concerts will be held during morning or noon time from Friday to Sunday. Choirs interested in joining these events should express their interest by May 1, 2017 and list the venues in which they wish to perform in.
The International AV Choral Events typically hold two different types of social events: the Festival parade and the Festival Gala(s). Photos from previous social events can be found in the website galllery.
The Festival parade is the highlight of the Festival as it enables participating choirs to wear their costumes and march to the city center followed by the municipal band. All choirs are singing together during the parade and the parade convoy stops at the Central Square of Karpenisi where local authorities and numerous friends of choral art embrace the festival visitors. At the central square of the city, each choir performs one of the most impressive songs of its repertoire and the festival visitors have the opportunity to taste local products (e.g. local sweets, sausages, aperitifs, raki (tsipouro), feta cheese, etc), dance and have fun. This event is typically held on Saturday noon between the time interval of 12.00-14.00.
The Festival Gala(s) are joyful celebrations where participating choirs get the chance to eat, drink, sing and dance together while listening Greek rhymes/music by a live Greek orchestra (bouzouki, voices, guitar, keyboards, etc). During these events, choristers and choirmasters of different choirs and nationalities get to know each other better and meet with the members of the organizing committee. This type of events is organized from Friday to Sunday right after the end of the Festival events (close to 22.00). Participation to this type of events requires a-priori registration (number of participants per choir) no later than June 15, 2016.
Number of Performances/Participation to Social Events
The Festival events are non-competitive events, allowing participating choirs to choose both the number and the type of their performances. Nonetheless, some restrictions apply:
a) Participation to one Main Concert is obligatory for all choirs.
b) Participation to the Sacred and Open Concerts is OPTIONAL. However, choirs interested in joining these events should promptly express their interest and send their program by May 1, 2017. No registration fees are required for the Sacred Concert. However, a small registration fee may be required for joining the Open Concerts depending on the type of the venue and the type of activities they wish to participate in.
d) Participation to the Festival Parade is mandatory for all choirs unless strong religious or other reasons apply.
e) Participation to the Festival Gala(s) is OPTIONAL and requires a-priori registration by June 15,2016. A small registration fee per participant is required depending on the participant’s choice to enter the buffet or have a free drink.
Main Concerts: The Conference Center of Karpenisi (main hall) is already equipped with a piano. The use of condenser or dynamic microphones is possible on stage on-demand. The use of microphones to empower the sound of specific musical instruments is not allowed. The main hall is fully equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems and recording equipment.
Sacred concert: All types of musical instruments are forbidden and only a Capella songs can be performed.
Outdoor performances: Each choir should bring at the spot all the musical instruments required to accompany their songs. In certain venues, the organizing committee may deploy its own sound systems. However, choirs participating in Open Concerts should assume the absence of recording/sound systems.