The International Choral Festival and Competition ‘Queen of the Adriatic Sea’ is a competitive and non competitive event that takes place in Cattolica and in some wonderful places of Romagna Region. It is organized once a year and its program consists of four days, from 3 to 6 May 2020. The Festival is organized by Musicaficta Music Association under the patronage of Regione Emilia Romagna, Rimini, Cattolica, San Leo Town Councils, Italian Choral Director Association and AERCO, the regional choirs association. Musicaficta is also the organizer of the Rimini International Choral Competition and of the Claudio Monteverdi International Choral Festival and Competition.

The programme includes the Competition at the magnificent Cattolica Queen’s Theatre (Teatro della Regina), a concert at the medieval town St. Leo, as well as the opening concert in Rimini for choirs that choose this option. For the choirs who do not wish to be part of the competition, non-competitive performances at the Teatro della Regina are scheduled on the same days as the Competition.

The reason to participate at the Queen of the Adriatic Sea Choral Festival and Competition is not only the competition and concerts but also the opportunity to stay on the Adriatic Coast, in particular on the beach of Cattolica, renowned throughout the world for its fine sand and for the quality of its waters that has made it possible, for the seventeenth time, the assignment of the ‘blue flag’. 

The music programme is completely free, there are not compulsory pieces requested and there is no preclusion for periods and genres. The variety of places selected for the performances, the numerous events and the extremely rich repertoire make this Festival not only one of the most spectacular international choral festivals but also a unique opportunity of mutual and fruitful exchange between different musical cultures.


Andrea Angelini, Artistic Director of the Festival


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