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"Sing outside the box" conference | General Assembly 2017

Tallinn, Estonia | 6-8 October 2017

organised in collaboration with the Estonian Choral Association


Continuing the line of conferences discussing hot topics of the choral world, we are organising the public conference “sing outside the box”. We are setting up an exciting programme focusing on “different” ways to perform, to interact with (new and younger) audiences, and cooperation with other art forms. On Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, you will discover new ideas, exchange along practical sessions and maybe even sing (outside the box, of course…).

The conference will end with a concert on Saturday evening.



The public conference is part of the cooperation project “sing outside the box” coordinated by the Estonian Choral Association in cooperation with ZIMIHC, Sulasol and ECA-EC, and co-funded by the European Union Creative Europe programme. The project develops an in-depth cooperation between the Eurochoir sessions 2017 in Utrecht (NL) and 2018 in Helsinki (FI) and the EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Tallinn (EE).


Schedule Preview

The full schedule with the names of speakers will be published in September. Schedule is subject to changes!


Thursday, 5/10/2017

  • Arrival of members who wish to participate in the Membership Day (Accommodation in Hotel Tallink Express)
    No dinner arranged this evening for members – enjoy the Tallinn City Centre with its choice of restaurants

Friday, 6/10/2017

Membership Day in Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel

  • 09.30 – 12.30: Membership Day to help shape the future of the association
  • 12.30: Lunch for members participating in the Membership Day
  • 13.30 – 15.30:  Project Presentations from members (open to non-members) Including a “pitch session” for presentation of projects for which members look for partners


Conference "sing outside the box"

Arrival of participants of the Conference / members not attending the “Membership  Day”
Possibility to explore the historical City Centre of Tallinn individually

  • 15.00 Registration opens in Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel
  • 17.30: Opening of the Conference “sing outside the box” - keynote speech in Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel
  • 19.00: Dinner with musical surprises (Children's Choir of the Estonian Radio conducted by Kaie Tanner) and time for informal talks in Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel


Saturday, 7/10/2017

  • 08:40: Bus transfer to Estonian Parliament
  • 09.00: Arrival at Estonian Parliament to pass Security Check and register
  • 09.30 – 12.30: General Assembly of ECA-EC (only for members of ECA-EC) in Estonian Parliament
  • 12:30 Lunch in Estonian Parliament
  • 13.30 – 17.45: Public Conference “sing outside the box” – part 2 in Estonian Parliament:
    • Presentation of “sing outside the box” project and the 2017 Eurochoir session.
    • Parallel sessions and interactive (singing) workshops dealing with:
      • unusual “out of the box” projects
      • concert design
      • “choral” audience development
      • the “sing outside the box” elements in the EUROPA CANTAT festival
      • improvisation
    • Panel Discussion under the motto “Get out of your box - Interactions and exchanges between ‘choral’ and ‘a cappella’ practices.”
    • Concerts and musical surprises along the event!
  •  18:30 Dinner in Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel
  • 20:30 Concert in Horse Mill with Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir -> create bitly link we can easily add to PDF file - until 27/6),  conducted by Endrik Üksvärav


Sunday, 8/10/2017

  • 09.00 – 11.00:  “Fresh Ideas: Sunday Morning Market” in Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel time-slot reserved for members wishing to meet others for bilateral or multilateral talks

How to register?


To register, please fill in the online form available under:


You will receive a copy of your data, and will have a chance to edit your registration at a later point



Deadline for registration is the 31 August 2017


How much?

To make your registration easier, we offer three options that you can combine:


  • Membership Day” package,
    with 1 night at the hotel from Thursday to Friday and lunch on Friday
  • General  Assembly” package,
    with 1 night at the hotel from Friday to Saturday and dinner on Friday
  • Public Conference” package,
    with 1 night at the hotel from Saturday to Sunday, as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday


To attend the full event, you will have to select the three options in the registration form. The fee includes accommodation with breakfast and meals as described below, as well as all coffee breaks, the performance on Friday evening and the concert on Saturday evening, and participation in the different events.


The corresponding participation fees are available in the table below

  • The prices vary depending on your country of residence (solidarity system), please check the list of country groups on this page.
  • Price per participant for members / Non-members pay 20 € in addition.
  • For local conference-participants and others who don’t need a hotel, separate fees will be communicated on demand.
  • Please contact us if you have any questions!

Membership fees, voting rights and country groups

Partipation fees | Single Room | PRICES PUBLISHED IN JULY

Costs for bed in Single Room Country group 1 Country group 2 Country group3
Membership Day package 120 € 100 € 80 €
General Assembly package 110 € 90 € 70 €
Conference package 120 € 100 € 80 €
Total all packages (= full event) 350 € 290 € 230 €

Partipation fees | Double Room | PRICES PUBLISHED IN JULY

Costs for bed in Double Rooms Country group 1 Country group 2 Country group3
Total all packages (= full event) 245 € 215 € 185 €
Membership Day package 85 € 75 € 65 €
General Assembly package 75 € 65 € 55 €
Conference package 85 € 75 € 75 €

Special grant for organizations from Central-Eastern Europe

In order to increase the involvement of member organisations of ECA-EC in Central-Eastern Europe in the activities of the association, we have the opportunity, in the frame of our network project, to offer grants for up to 5 representatives of 5 different member organisations, to cover or contribute to travel expenses and participation fees. If you are interested in such a grant, please contact us before August 31st 2017