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What is EUROPA CANTAT Junior?


A Festival with a focus on children’s choirs and youth choirs, with singers under 18, offering workshops, concerts, Open Singing and non-choral activities with a schedule adapted to this age group.


Since for such choirs it is difficult to participate in the “normal” EUROPA CANTAT festival for many reasons, events for children’s and gilrs’ choirs where introduced in our federation (see overview on the history >> here).


The success especially of EUROPA CANTAT Junior 3 in Namur in 2002 and the number of children’s and girls’ choirs asking to participate in our festivals and singing weeks convinced us that we need to continue with this idea so that further festivals were organised in Vic (2005), Nevers (2008), Pärnu (2011) and Bergen (2014).


Lyon, France | 13-20/7/2017

Aim group: Children and youth choirs from 8 to 18 years old

Organisers: À Coeur Joie France in cooperation with ECA-EC


Deadline for applications: 31/1/2017



Atelier 1: Latin American landscapes

Virginia Bono (Argentina)

Working language(s): English


Atelier 2: Small journey around the world

Maud Hamon-Loisance (France)

Working language(s): English/French


Atelier 3: Groovy singing

Tobias Hug (Germany)

Working language(s): English


Atelier 4: Stabat Mater Pergolesi

Leslie Peeters (France)

Working language(s): English/French


Atelier 5: Rainbow of songs from Eastern Europe to North America

Zimfira Poloz (Canada)

Working language(s): English


Atelier 6: Singing&Shine with Body&Soul

Sanna Valvanne (Finland)

Working language(s): English


Atelier 7: Ghost, witches & vampires!

Panda van Proosdij & Hans Cassa (The Netherlands)

Working language(s): English


Atelier 8: Pop that beat!

Merel Martens (The Netherlands)

Working language(s): English


Other events:

Study tour: Carlo Pavese (Italy)

Open singing : Denis Thuillier (France)


A typical day:

9:00-12:00 : atelier

12:00 : lunch

14:00 - 17:00 : free time and organized non musical activities

17:00 - 18:00: open singing

18:00 : dinner

20:00 : concerts


Tourist information:

Welcome to Lyon!

A city where culture and gastronomy are mixing, where rivers meet at the door of South France. A city looking into its future but rich of its history, with its Roman theatre and its old town build in the Renaissance. The lion is the logo of the City, it shows its force full of creativity and new initiatives.


Association A Coeur Joie