Celebrating Choirs

Embracing Diversity

Creating Networks


Place: Sun City, South Africa

Music of the Continents International Choir Competition & Friendship Festival.

Composer in Residence: Kim Andre Arnesen

World Choir for Peace: Nicol Matt

South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation and for the incredible diversity of its natural wildlife, specifically the big 5. This event aims to embrace both these key features of our beautiful country in this unique festival with a strong focus on:

•Engaging local choirs, who might not have the means to travel abroad, in an international choral experience.

•Introducing international choirs to the rural part of our country where they can experience the wildlife in a rural setting.

•Provide opportunities for local and international choirs to share the same experiences and form new friendships.

•Offer unique development opportunities that will create memories of a lifetime for each participant.

•Engage and form new networks with internationally acknowledged jurors to engage and share their expertise.


  • Event focus is to celebrate and showcase the cultural diversity of world nations and creating interactions for Peace and Tolerance in a big Friendship Festival.
  • An international 4 –night/5-day event at Sun City, Northwest Province South Africa.
  • Safari Experience for all participants in the Pilansberg Game Reserve -home of the BIG 5.
  • International Choral Competition and Friendship Festival.
  • Event overview:
  1. Total of minimum 50 choirs: this represents >2500 singers. 
  2. Overall winner will win a big cash prize.
  3. Closing ceremony will culminate in the African premier of the World Choir for Peace under the baton of Nicol Matt. All participants will be engaged in mass rehearsals and a final performance of the works of the renowned composer Kim Andre Arnesen.
  4. Kim Andre Arnesen will host a composer session as an additional option for growth and fun at the festival.
  5. Our world class Jury and Choir-in-Residence will conduct development sessions with choirs to ensure optimum engagement and growth.
  6. Our final evening will offer a beach party at the Valley of the Waves.
  7. Individuals will be allowed to participate in the World Choir for Peace and conductors, music professionals or individuals with a passion for singing can register.
  8. Mohau Mogale, artistic directors coordinating the main ceremonies with Martin Berger taking overall artistic responsibility as Head of Jury for the competition and development initiatives.
  9. The orchestra in residence will be the under the guidance of Gerben Grooten.

"Most important aspect of choral singing is how people/ children/ youth/ adults become a community" ~Michael Griffin

"Can’t wait to be part of this incredible event in South Africa as a guest composer. The Choral Network Foundation, Director Alta Mare, invites to a unique and memorable experience. You will be part of the African Premiere of the World Choir for Peace under the baton of Nicol Matt, and sing my music as well as attend a session I’ll be holding for composers. I recommend checking this out as I think it will be amazing and life changing!" ~Kim Andre Arnesen (via Facebook)



Spent the morning with Kim Andre Arnesen, not only discussing his hauntingly beautiful compositions and process of composing, but interacting with him in a Q&A session. Go to his website to get insight into the soul touching works of this modern composer: https://www.kimarnesen.com


Gather in the ancient Sun City Amphitheatre for an interactive lesson about the different sounds and rhythms made by a traditional djembe drum with other choirs in groups of up to 200, expression 


This will be a farewell function that choirs or individuals can subscribe to, to end off their final day at the Music of the Continent Festivals. Cost include access to the beach and entertainment. 


  • Pre-register online: https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/music-of-the-continents/
  • Pay the registration fee per choir to secure your spot in the event and for 1 competition category. Any additional category will incur an additional cost.
  • Due to limited spaces only 50 choirs in total will be allowed to participate.


  1. Registration fee is to register your choir for the event and to secure your space.
  2. An additional amount per singer will be required to cover their event cost.

This will depend on your choir requirements:

  • Fully inclusive with accommodation as defined.
  • Participant-only costs that imply that you take full responsibility for your accommodation and transport logistics.

NOTE: Both options will include lunch at Sun City to ensure engagement in the Mass for Peace rehearsal session with Nicol Matt & Kim Andre Arnesen.

3 We will not allow participation in more than two categories to ensure that you have time to get value from workshops and sessions with the choir in residence.

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