The 2021 edition of the Eurovision Choir contest has been cancelled. After two successful editions in 2017 and 2019, organisers Interkultur have confirmed that this year’s contest will not go ahead, with no plans yet for a future edition.
Speaking to the Italian Eurovision news site Eurofestival News, Interkultur project manager Ilda Memaj explained:
“Unfortunately the third edition of Eurovision Choir will no longer take place in 2021. As soon as we are able to announce more details on a future edition of the event, you will find information on our website and social media accounts.”
The Interkultur project manager did not elaborate on the reason behind the cancellation. It is likely that the Covid-19 pandemic played a part in the decision.
However, Interkultur’s 11th World Choir Games is still due to go ahead in Flanders, Belgium in October this year.
Prior to the postponement of the 2021 contest, no country had shown any sign of clear interest in taking part. Nor had there been a selected host city or broadcaster.
On the website of Interkultur, Eurovision Choir is currently not listed among the events to happen in coming years. The EBU’s website dedicated to Eurovision Choir has also not been updated since 2019.
In September 2020, Interkultur had confirmed to fansite Eurovision Ireland that, “there will most definitely be a Eurovision Choir 2021.” However, at that stage, organisers were unable to confirm any further information about the contest.
Eurovision Live Events affected by cancellations
Eurovision Choir is the third of the five Eurovision Live Events in less than two years to be postponed indefinitely.
The EBU cancelled Eurovision Young Dancers in 2018 after being unable to secure a host broadcaster for the 2019 contest.
Croatian broadcaster HRT was due to host the 2020 edition of Eurovision Young Musicians before it was cancelled due to the pandemic. There has not been an update on that contest since March 2020.
Eurovision Choir debuted in 2017 as Eurovision Choir of the Year. Choirs from nine countries competed in the first edition, held in Riga, Latvia. The second edition, held in 2019, had ten choirs competing in Gothenburg, Sweden.
However, unlike the Eurovision Song Contest, the choral contest never struck as much media attention and remained a niche event.
The EBU’s focus remains on the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
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