More than 15,000 members of 308 choirs from across the globe will participate, organizers say. This year’s festival message is „Build a harmonious world together for the future – Peace and Friendship.” This year, the festival is cooperating with the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund and four other institutions in funding nine children’s choirs from impoverished areas to allow the children to take part in the festival and sing on a grander stage. Founded in 1992, China International Chorus Festival (CICF) is currently the only state-level international chorus festival in China which approved by the state council.
According to incomplete statistics, in the past 12 festivals, the number of participating choirs has exceeded 1000 and more than 47,000 choir members were involved. This year the contest will be complemented by the IFC Choral Education Conference and a Choral Development Seminar, a Choral Carnival, Choral Public and Charitable Events, a Choral Training Camp and a Choral Caravan. There will be many concerts. 25 International experts will give prefessional advice and guidance. Some choirs will get the chance to receive the CICF Choral Developments Funds.