How can my choir apply for participation in ChoirFest ME 2019?
The 2019 Choir Application forms may be completed online by clicking here.
Is there a participation fee?
Yes, there is a participation fee. Please refer to registration page.
Are prizes awarded during ChoirFest ME?
ChoirFest ME is a semi-competitive event, based on the idea of bringing people together to share in friendship, singing and harmony. Thus, prizes are awarded to motivate our enthusiastic participants
If we cannot submit our application materials digitally, where should we mail our application materials?
If you are shipping your application by courier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) via regular post please send to: The Fridge Warehouse 5, Alserkal Avenue, Street 17, AL QUOZ 1, Dubai. +971 4 347 7793
If accepted, what expenses are involved for choirs?
All regular choirs are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Dubai, and for sightseeing trips or other travel that is not part of the ChoirFest Me.
Few Regional choirs will be receiving funds based on their financial situation and after bursary scheme pack consideration. Once here, regional choir members are provided with food, lodging, and local transportation during Festival week.
The Festival provides local transportation from their hotel to rehearsals, performances, and all Festival social events.
Does the Festival provide assistance with booking hotel accommodations?
ChoirFest Me does negotiate special rates at selected hotels for choirs, to help make the Festival as affordable as possible. Information on hotels will be available on our website starting in January 2018. For more information, please contact Charmaine@thefridgedubai.com
Does the ChoirFest ME arrange other concerts during our time in Dubai?
ChoirFest ME can sometimes arrange a limited number of “Outreach” concerts for a choir. These arrangements depend on the availability of host communities, as well as available grant funding which allows us to offset the costs. Outreach concerts are arranged by request, on a case-by-case basis.
What will be our schedule during the week of the ChoirFest ME?
A week prior your arrival, each singer / choir will be given a complete schedule of events. The most current concert schedule will be available on our website. Refer to Schedule page
What transportation arrangements will be made for me during the Choral Festival?
All choirs arriving by plane to Dubai International Airport will be met by a private bus and transferred to their hotel. General transportation will be arranged from/to all concert and official event venues as well as from/to the airport.
What is the weather like in Dubai during February - March?
The average February temperature in Dubai, according to the National Weather Service, is 15 at its lowest to 30 degree at its highest. You can plan on warm days and cooler nights. We can also experience infrequent rainy days.
What is the dress code for workshops, concert evenings and gala concert?
The dress code must be smart casual at all time – no shorts or casual slippers are allowed.
For the Gala concert, it is mandatory to have decent smart clothes prepared from morning and with you at all time.
Will there be a merchandise kiosk?
Yes, there will be. A selection of merchandise items will be displayed for selling purpose.
Can Choirs bring their records to sell it?
Yes, this is possible but we will need all material to be sent to us at least a month before the event with all the information.
Whom should I contact during the Festival if I get lost or have a problem?
Should you have a question, problem or concern during the ChoirFest ME, please contact:
Alexander Tombrink: +971 50 115 9240
The Festival telephone number is +971 4 347 7793, or contact us via email.
Can we bring instruments with us?
Yes. Instruments are permitted but we will need to be informed in advance to make sure luggage allowance is enough for traveling choirs. We provide a Grand Piano for those wishing to have accompaniment. Choirs may also opt to perform a cappella.
We have a pianist – do they need a ticket for the festival?
Yes, all those attending need a ticket.
Will our performance be critiqued?
There is a wonderful opportunity to receive some feedback by our expert panel of workshop leaders who will make notes on your performance.
Is the festival being recorded?
Yes, however no recording CD will be available for purchase. The video will be accessible on our website few weeks post event. Refer to … page.
How long will my choir get to perform for?
Depending on the numbers of choirs performing, each choir will have the opportunity of performing for up to 12 minutes. This can be a cappella or with piano (a grand piano is available for use at the venue). Backing tracks are not permitted. Choirs will be notified of exactly how long their allocated slot will be nearer to the time of the Festival.
I’ve not had much workshop experience – Is this for me ?
Whether you are new to workshops, a new choir, have been to workshops before or you are a 100-year old choir, this festival is designed for everyone and will offer something for everyone. It is a community festival bringing choirs together to learn, develop and perform.
Can we team up with another choir to perform ?
You certainly can – so long as we are aware in advance (min of 10 days prior to the event), you are welcome to pair up with one or more choirs to stage your performance.
What size does my choir need to be ?
Choirs can take part so long as there are 4 or more attendees present. In terms of the largest group, that is dependent on ticket availability, so if you want to bring your 100-strong choir, just as long there are tickets available, you are very welcome.
What do I need to prepare for the festival ?
You won’t need to prepare a great deal – just bring from yourself, perhaps a pencil and pad for any notes you may like to take, loose clothing (we suggest wearing in layers in case of changes to temperature), and an open mind. Though refreshments may be available, we do recommend you bring plenty of water, snacks and a packed lunch if you prefer not to find somewhere in the vicinity.
What if I have special requirements ?
Should you have any special requirements, these can be sent to us for consideration up to ten days before the event. contact us
What styles of music will be covered in the workshops?
The ChoirFest ME is designed for all types of choirs, no matter whether you are a cappella, classical, pop and rock, jazz or gospel. The workshops will teach and develop technique in a range of styles to help all type of choirs. There will be something for everyone!
Is there disabled access ?
Main venue is the Dubai Opera which has the necessary arrangements. For other venues we are doing our best to ensure that access is smooth for everyone.