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Home > Main > International A Cappella Festival List, vol.3

International A Cappella Festival List, vol.3

by Florian Städtler (Vocal Blog) and Dave Bernstein (Acatribe)

Uploaded by blogging buddies Dave Bernstein and Florian Städtler, this list is the result of successful social media crowdsourcing. Thanks for sharing your favourite a cappella events: Tine Fris, Jeanine Rondas, Michele Manzotti, Christine Liu, Michal Hromcik, Sandra Hylla, Christophe Hui-Bon Hoa and Casey Gallas. Extra special thanks to Joep Hopstaken for allowing us to use the information from a wonderful Facebook thread he started a few months ago. And to Vokalklang‘s Clarissa for her contributions. By the way, you can add your festival ideas there or via e-mail to

This list is by no means complete and will be updated on a regular basis. We hope that someday there’ll be one central global source for all these dates and events. Until we got that, stay tuned with Acatribe and Vocal Blog, where regular updates will be made. Note: We have decided to keep the events that have already passed until we have information about their next editions.




January 19th, 2013
Lievekamp A Cappella Evening, Oss (NED)


January 24-26, 2013
London A Cappella Festival (UK)
Hosted by 5-times Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, the festival has quickly become both a top-notch concert and educational event and the meeting point for European and North American a cappella artists and fans.


February 8-10, 2013

International Gdansk Choral Festival


February 16, 2013

BALK Festival Oost, Ulft (NED)

Choir festival with 500 singers involved, feat. choral conductor Merel Martens


March 15-17, 2013

The Voice Festival UK


March 15-23, 2013

Total Choral – Pop/Jazz Chor-Festival, Berlin (GER)


March 15-24, 2013

A Cappella Rorschach (SWI)


March 22-24, 2013                                                                                                  

EverySing! Festival, Ville de Montlouis-sur-Loire (FRA)

The 2013 festival features concerts and workshops with Rajaton (FIN), Emel Mathlouthi, Jean-Baptiste Craipeau,Radio Quartet, Triwap and the Babiturik Singers among others.


April 16 and 18, 2013

Prague Aca Fest 2013 (CZE)

Details tba


April 27-May 1, 2013

Internationaler Chorwettbewerb & Festival, Bad Ischl (AUT)


April 28th, 2013

MTLacappella | Montreal’s A Cappella Music Festival

14:30 – 22:00 -  15$ – Sala Rossa | 4848 St-Laurent

Casa Del Popolo | 4873 St-Laurent


May 8-11, 2013

7. Wetterauer Musik Sommer Akademie – Festivokal

“Jeder kann singen” – “Everybody can sing”


May 23-25, 2013

A Cappella Festival Appenzell (SWI)

One of smaller European vocal music festivals, but always worth a trip. And the 2013 line-up is fantastic: US up-and-coming, all-star group The Exchange meeting traditional Swiss folk music, Germany’s a cappella globetrotters Slixs (formerly known as The Stouxingers) and Dutch comedy vocal quartet iNtrmzzo.


April 27-May 5, 2013
A Cappella Woche Hannover (GER)
A week of pro concert groups shows. the 2013 festival has announced The Boxettes (UK), Slixs (GER), Vocal Line (DEN) and Cadence (CAN) as artists featured at #acwh13.


May 17-20, 2013

Aarhus Vocal Festival 2013 (DEN)
Probably one of the best vocal music festivals in the world. Hosted by the world’s best „rhythmic choir“ Vocal Line (DEN) and Aarhus Conservatory patron Bobby McFerrin, the third edition of AAVF will certainly be an amazing event, that will bring together a cappella enthusiasts from everywhere around the world.


May-July 2013
Stimmakrobaten Festival (GER)
Concert series with a small number of pro and semi-pro vocal groups in the beautiful surroundings of the Sauerland mountains, featuring Rajaton among others


May 25-June 2, 2013
Festival für Vokalmusik Leipzig (GER)
Hosted by Germany’s most successful classical vocal group Amarcord, Leipzig has brought almost every international super group to Bach’s hometown. The 2012 festival features the hosts in the opening concert, Naturally 7 (USA), Postyr Project (DEN) and many more shows from pop to jazz, from classical to world music.


June 5-9, 2013
Tampere Vocal Music Festival and Competition (FIN)           

The Tampere festival organizers are the first to officially announce a performance of what was only a rumour yet: The new super-group of  Scandinavian a cappella, Level Eleven feat. a whole new programme with the combined magic of Rajaton and The Real Group. Go there if you can!


June 8, 2013

Vocaal Festival Amusing Hengelo (NED)


June 8, 2013

Chortreffen Ibbenbüren (GER)


June 9, 2013

Sing a cappella Festival and Workshop Day

featuring The Magnets. Further info from


June 8-9, 2013

Odense Vokal Festival, Odense (DEN)

Workshops featuring Sanne Graulund, Kristoffer Fynbo Thorning (Postyr Project), Malene Rigtrup, Lone Hegelund Skytte, Hanne Smith Pedersen

Masterclass for vocal groups and choirs by Jens Johansen, Vocal Line.


June 13-27, 2013

Hofkonzerte – A cappella, Winterthur (SWI)


June 2013
Solevoci A-Cappella International Contest and Festival, Varese (ITA)
Italy’s most successful vocal music event with both competition and international festival.


July 22-25, 2013
vokal total, 14th International A Cappella Competition, Graz (AUT)
Europe’s most prestigious a cappella competition; opening day with „Emperor of the Mic“ beatbox competition.


June-August 2013
Crest Jazz Vocal Festival, Crest (FRA)


Aug 1-9, 2013
XXI Choralies, Vaison-la-Romaine (FRA)


August 22-26, 2013
Ohrid Choir Festival (Macedonia)


August 30-31, 2013
Nuits des choeurs / Stemmen onder de Sterren, Braine-l’Alleud (BEL) 


September-October 2013
Acappellica, Hamburg (GER)
Second season for the new “vocalhamburgfestival”. Top acts 2012: maybebop, Postyr Project


September 6-8, 2013

BerVokal – A Cappella Pop Festival, Berlin (GER)

featuring various workshops and a closing concert with Maybebop.


September 12-15, 2013, Dortmund (GER)


September 27 – October 03, 2013
sangeslust, Bayreuth (GER)
Third edition of one of the most original and entertaining vocal music events in Germany featuring innovative elements like „Serenata Balkonia“ and five bands rotating through five different restaurants on one night.


October -November 2013
Voice Mania, Vienna (AUT)
Austria’s leading festival of vocal music: One month packed with amateur, semi-pro and pro shows in a beautiful city.


November 2, 2013

Tonart-Festival Ilmenau (GER)


November 9th, 2013

BALK Top Festival, Rotterdam (NED)


October-December 2013
Vokal Total, Munich (GER)
If you are counting the number of gigs, Munich’s Total Vokal might be “the biggest” a cappella festival in the world. With small and medium locations (there are exceptions, e.g. headliner like Maybebop performing in the prestigious „Prinzregententheater“), this festival doesn’t only present the top 10 international groups, but still has an amazing list of extraordinary a cappella acts singing in Oktoberfest City.

October/November 4, 2013

Polyfollia International Summer Festival, Saint-Lo (FRA)
Choir festival, open to all kinds of music, both acoustic and amplified. 2012 line-up: Cadence, Audiofeels, Pust, Da No Coro as well as choirs performing contemporary music from Asia, Scandinavia and the Baltic.


January 18-19, 2014
VocCologne, Köln (GER)
One top act (2011: The Real Group, 2012: maybebop, 2013: The King’s Singers, 2014: tab) and a fantastic workshop programme hosted by Cologne Musikhochschule.


January 23-25, 2014
London A Cappella Festival (UK)
Hosted by 5-times Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, the festival has quickly become both a top-notch concert and educational event and the meeting point for European and North American a cappella artists and fans.


August 2014
Vocal Pop & Jazz Days, Oberhausen (GER)


October 1-30, 2014
Festival Espoochor, Espoo (FIN)
Hosted by Finnish vocal group Club for Five (artistic directors), this event will be in its eleventh season and will attract international choirs and vocal ensembles.


October/November 4, 2014

Polyfollia World Showcase and Marketplace for Choral Singing, Saint-Lo (FRA)



No future dates announced yet for the following European events:


Vocal Jazz Summit, Mainz (GER)


Vokalarm, Trondheim (NOR)


The Real Group Festival, Stockholm (SWE)
2012′s TRGF features such European powerhouses as The Real Group, Rajaton, Postyr Project, the Swingle Singers, and Jake Moulton, among others. Find the link to the 119-page 2012 programme book (not complete yet, but already very impressive) here and watch an video invitation by The Real Group themselves. The first Real (Group) Festival took place in 2008, but 2014 The Real Group will celebrate their 30th anniversary, so maybe…


Vocal Marathon, Rijeka (CRO)
The festival is founded by the music professionals gathered in non government organization Marathon Association from Rijeka, Croatia, which main activities are planning, organizing and promoting music, vocal and instrumental education, concert organization, collaboration with similar organizations in Croatia and internationally. The concept of the festival is based on performing in few vocal categories, similar to vocal contests elsewhere in the world.


VocalZone, Kiev (UKR)
Hosted by Man Sound, 2012 was the festival’s fifth edition. Since 2006 the VOCAL ZONE has hosted BR6 (Brazil), Perpetuum Jazzile (Slovenia), Rock4 (Holland), Pitsj (Norway), FoolMoon (Hungary), STOUXINGERS (Germany), Affabre Concinui (Poland), A Cappella Express (Russia), JukeBox (Russia), Camerata (Belarus), UniVox (Moldova), Picardy Terciya (Ukraine), JazzEx (Ukraine), Beauty Band (Ukraine).


Fool Moon International A Cappella Festival (HUN)
Hosted by Hungarian No. 1 vocal group Fool Moon.


Zoom+ Festival, Trnva (Slowakia)


A Cappella Open, Moscow (RUS)


Voxon A Cappella Festival, Bleiburg (AUT)
17. Sparkassen A Cappella Festival im Westfalenpark, Dortmund (GER)



Stemvork Festival, Torhout (BEL)




February 1-3, 2013

Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, Los Angeles, CA

Showcase Concert: MO5AIC, Delilah, Dakaboom (hosts), Freeman (from The Sing-Off China); Scholastic Competition: HOST- Overboard; Competitors include UCLA Scattertones, Calabases HS Unstrumental, Oakland School for the Arts Vocal Rush, USC Reverse Osmosis, USC Trojan Men, UCLA Medleys; noteworthy: Sonos will debut songs from their upcoming album at the Essential Listening workshop


February 8-9, 2013

NE Voices, Wilmington, MA

Headliners: The Funx, Musae

Noteworthy: Liquid 5th Productions will be running sound for the concerts.


February 15-16, 2013

Mile High Vocal Jam, Denver, CO

Headliners: Urban Method, Musae

Noteworthy: Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea of Take 6 will be clinicians


March 1-3, 2013

Sing Strong, Reston VA

Performers include Nota, Traces, Julia Easterlin, Blue Jupiter, Slaveya, The Funx, GQ, and Amy Engelhardt


March 9, 2013

Texas A Cappella Calebration, San Antonio, TX

Headliners: Delilah, Overboard

Noteworthy: This is a new addition to the CASA festival lineup


March 22-24, 2013

Sing Strong, Skokie IL

Performers include Nota, the Swingle Singers, Traces, Julia Easterlin, Blue Jupiter, THUMMp, and the New Tradition Chorus


April 5-7, 2013

Boston Sings [BOSS], Boston, MA

Headliners: Postyr Project, Five O’Clock Shadow

Scholastic Competition: HOST- The House Jacks

Noteworthy: The festival will again offer a red carpet awards ceremony for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards


April 28, 2013

Montreacappella, Montreal, QC, Canada

Details tba


May 9-12, 2013

Toronto Vocal Arts, Toronto, Canada

Details tba


June 10-15, 2013

Camp Acappella at Ohio State University 

a festival for high school students (will expand to more ages in 2014)


Summer, 2013

VoCALnation, Philadelphia, PA

Details tba


Fall, 2013

AcappellaFest, Chicago, IL

Details tba


Fall, 2013

SoJam, Raleigh, NC

Details tba


Feb-May, 2013

Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

Terrific and often-overlooked, this annual competition has produced winners or finalists including Six Appeal, Groove for Thought, m-pact, Toxic Audio,  Naturally 7, The Idea of North, The Coats, North Shore, and Overboard (to name a few). So, while these are strictly competitions without workshops or masterclasses, they should be on your radar. Finals are May 18, 2013, San Rafael, CA.


Also, don’t forget the various ICCA and ICHSA competitions which will culminate in New

York City on April 19-20, 2013 at The Town Hall.




March 2nd, 2013

Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival

Headliner: The House Jacks 


March 16-24, 2013
Youth Voices  – Vocal Music Fest 2013, Singapore (SIN)

Another first from The A Cappella Society. A  week-long showcase featuring a variety of youth groups and hosted by the TAS Youth Voices. This year, we are expanding into an outreach tour, performing at venues within different CDC zones so as to reach out to the community and new audiences.

Tickets: $15 (General Admission, Free-seating)
$10 (for purchase with OCBC Cards, PAssion Card, and AlumNUS)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: (Please see below)
16 & 17 March 2013 – Aliwal Arts Centre

(the following dates and venues are free to the public, programme will be different)
18 March – Woodlands Library Auditorium
20 March – Jurong Library Programme Zone
22 March – Tampines Library Auditorium
23 March –  Esplanade Library Open Stage


March 1-24, 2013

Youth Vocal Music Fest, Singapore
More info will follow


March 15 – April 27, 2013

Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival, Hong Kong


April 6-21, 2013
Spring Vocal Festival, Taipei (Taiwan)
Taiwan Choral Music Center gathered all local A Cappella groups for a day of A Cappella marathon on 6 April. The Exchange from the US, Ommm from France and Micappella from Singapore are also invited to attend this gathering. After the main day, International groups started their tour concerts adventure for about two weeks.


April 21, 2013
FAN – Festival of A Cappella Nagoya (JAP)


June 22-23, 2013
Yamanashi A Cappella Summit, Yamanashi (JAP)


July 7, 2013
National A Cappella Championships, Singapore (SIN)
In its 12th year, the National A Cappella Championships (aka AcaChamps) has become a staple in The A Cappella Society’s annual calendar of events. It invites the best a cappella groups from all corners of Singapore and the world to compete in a sing-off that challenges not only the performers themselves, but also the audience in re-evaluating the ever-changing genre of a cappella music.


July 15-21, 2013
Shanghai Children A Cappella Camp, Shanghai (CHI)


July 22-28, 2013
Shanghai A Cappella Camp, Shanghai (CHI)
Vocal Asia hosting China’s one and only A Cappella festival for groups coming from all over China.  Instructors include a cappella artist from around the world.  Festival content include 3-day workshop followed by a competition.


July 22-28, 2013

Shanghai A Cappella Festival (Shanghai, China)
Vocal Asia hosts China’s first contemporary A Cappella festival for groups coming from all over China.  Instructors include Ray Chu, Francis Lai, Christine Liu from Taiwan, and guest artist Fool  Moon from Hungary.  Festival content include 3-day workshop followed by a competition.


August 22-25, 2013
Vocal Asia Festival, Yaoyuan (Taiwan)
One of Asia’s biggest festivals dedicated to contemporary A Cappella which include a 3-day workshops lead by world
renowned A Cappella musicians including Rajaton, Freeplay Duo, Peder Karlsson, and Deke Sharon for groups coming from all over Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.


August 22-25, 2013
Kanazawa A Cappella Town, Kanazawa (Japan)


October 1-31, 2013

A Cappella Society’s International A Cappella Festival
The A Cappella Society celebrates 6 years of excellent programming with first class vocal music from around the world! Since its start-up in 2007, our International A Cappella Festival has established itself as a month-long vocal extravaganza featuring top A Cappella groups from across the globe performing in a multitude of genres and styles! In 2013, the festival will open with an outdoor concert at the Botanical Garden’s Symphony Stage which can sit up to 4,000 people.


October 12-27, 2013 

Taiwan International Contemporary A Cappella Festival, Taipei (Taiwan)
Established in 2001, this is the first festival dedicated to contemporary A Cappella in Taiwan, and has been running annually since then.  The festival includes international competitions, workshops, touring concerts for international groups, master classes, and open air singing. Starting from 2012, the international competition become bi-annual. This festival has join-venture with Graz Vokal.Total a cappella competition.


The Aca Champs, as it is endearingly known as, is a programme that aims to provide positive reinforcement for all participating groups and serves as an annual testing ground for local and new pop / jazz a cappella groups to compete against one another in a friendly environment, winning prizes that would enable them to reach more performance platforms and opportunities in our society.


November 8-10, 2013

Asia A Cappella Festival, Hong Kong
Concerts.  Competition for collegiate groups.  Subject to change, for updated information, please visit

No future dates announced yet for the following Asian events:


International A Cappella Summit Forum (Taipei, Taiwan) – bi-annual
Vocal Asia gathers important figures from each Asian
country together to present each region’s A Cappella development and potential collaborations in the future between regions.  Presenters include Angelina Choo (Singapore), Ray Chu (Taiwan), Kwok-Tung Fung (Hong Kong & Macau), Sungmo Han (Korea), Kaichiro Kitamura (Japan), Jin Wang (China), as well as keynote speakers Peder Karlsson representing Europe and Deke Sharon representing the America.





May 6, 2013
Get Vocal 2013 – Melbourne Vocal Music Festival


July 7-14, 2013

Festival of Voices in Tasmania (AUS)

Deke Sharon will be directing a contemporary a cappella track




No future dates announced yet
Namibia International Vocal Festival, Windhoek (Namibia)
The 2012 festival was hosted by Vocal Motion Six, feat. Rajaton


And now it’s your turn: If you have something to add, let us know right away to make this list better and better. If you are an event organizer, you’re invited to write a Vocal Blog post of your own and tell our readers what makes your festival unique and why it should be on this list. Looking forward to your links, tipps and recommendations.

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  1. 3. Februar 2013, 12:19 | #1

    Thanks for featuring Leipzig a cappella festival!
    Just one remark: The festival’s last day is June 2, not the sixth.

  2. 3. Februar 2013, 14:22 | #2

    Fantastic list! Thanks, as always, Florian!

    A couple updates/additions:
    House Jacks will be headlining the Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival – March 2nd, 2013. It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but it’s fine for a cappella folks to know.

    Festival of Voices in Tasmania – July 7-14 – I’ll be directing a contemporary a cappella track:

    Camp Acappella – at Ohio State University June 10-15 2013 – – is a festival for high school students (will expand to more ages in 2014)

  3. 3. Februar 2013, 17:41 | #3

    Hey Deke, honoured to see that you’re reading my little blog. Thanks for adding more content, I’m going to add it with all the other comments I got via the blog, Facebook and Twitter. Speak soon – FSt/Florian

  4. 3. Februar 2013, 17:58 | #4

    Hi Friederike – final date (June 2nd instead of 6th) of Leipzig Festival für Vokalmusik corrected. Thanks for the pointer.

  5. 3. Februar 2013, 20:14 | #5

    Stemvork festival, Torhout (Belgium), September 28th 2013 :

    Vocal groups at the Stemvork Festival will most probably be Fool Moon (Hungary), D-Base (Belgium), Niniwe (Germany), Gospodi (Belgium), Carmel Acappella (Israel) and Septem Viri (Belgium)

  6. 3. Februar 2013, 22:55 | #6

    Prague Acappella Festival on 16th April 2013….more info later on…

  7. 6. Februar 2013, 12:15 | #7

    Dear Florian, here is an invitation we got from festival organisers in Poland. Sounds interesting! We ( The Bonner Jazzchor couldn’t make it this time due to our CD production.

    “I would like to introduce our association, which from eighth years now proudly organize International Choirs Festival âEast-West-Rapprochements” in Radomsko (central Poland).

    Every year we invite choirs from east and west boarder. The concept of our Festival is not around competition. It is a pure gathering of choirs who presents their national music and can have joy from joint singing.

    This is an extraordinary event and one of many reasons for this is an amazing atmosphere during the whole Festival. Every choir has an opportunity to take part in three concerts in front of a large audience as well as integration meetings designated only for choirs. We as organizer cover cost of accommodation and meals throughout the Festival time. Next year Festival is planned for 29 â 30 June 2013, and more information can be found on our website:

    Best Regards
    Danuta Horoszkiewicz”

  8. 7. März 2014, 06:44 | #8

    Cheers everyone! Please keep this going! Is there an actual list for 2014?
    All the Best

  9. 7. März 2014, 22:59 | #9

    Hey Deborah,

    we had a lot of requests asking to renew the list. Still discussing if and how to do it. It’s a huge effort and I personally would prefer Volker Bauer’s long-term solution of a Open Vocal Music Exchange Format, including a user generated system of information including acts, festivals, etc. – the European or even global version of Acappella Online. It’s quite high up on the EVA to do list. Because people would love this.
    Anyway, thanks a lot for your reminder!

    Best wishes,


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