Europa Cantat Festival

The Major Choral Festival in Europe

Every three years since 1961, the European Choral Association organises a unique festival in a different country: the EUROPA CANTAT festival.

The event gathers over 4000 participants coming from all over Europe and the world to share their passion for singing and discover one another’s cultures by attending ateliers and workshops, perform in final concerts, listen to invited choirs, eat, sleep and have fun together.

The tradition of the EUROPA CANTAT Festivals goes back as far as 1961. Want to know more about our history? Check it out here!

*Updates on EUROPA CANTAT Festival in 2024:

Even though we have been able to organize a Europa Cantat festival every three years since 1961 (with a “pandemic version” in Ljubljana in 2021) and 2024 would be a “Europa Cantat year”, there will be no major festival next year. Due to the pandemic and other crisis situations of the past years, it has not been possible to find a host and funding for a major festival of this kind.

However, there will be a number of events of the European Choral Association and under its label for choirs and singers as well as for conductors and composers in 2024.

Read the full press release here:


list of festivals

2021 | Ljubljana (SI)
2018 | Tallinn (EE)

2015 | Pécs (HU)
2012 | Torino (IT)
2009 | Utrecht (NL)
2006 | Mainz (DE)
2003 | Barcelona (ES)
2000 | Nevers (FR)
1997 | Linz (AT)
1994 | Herning (DK)
1991 | Vitoria-Gasteiz (ES)
1988 | Pécs (HU)
1985 | Strasbourg (FR)
1982 | Namur (BE)
1979 | Lucerne (CH)
1976 | Leicestershire (GB)
1973 | Autun (FR)
1970 | Graz (AT)
1967 | Namur (BE)
1964 | Nevers (FR)
1961 | Passau (DE)

EC Festival Memory Wall
We hope you have enjoyed our last Europa Cantat Festival.
The festival took place in 2021, offering more than 40 ateliers, concerts & special projects!

The EUROPA CANTAT Festival XX received the European Year of Cultural Heritage label.

2018 has been designated as the European Year of Cultural Heritage by the European Commission. The Year aims to involve all citizens in events that help to promote a sense of belonging to a common European space.