Harmony of ethereal voices in Incheon International Airport: A Cappella Competition


The Incheon International Airport in Korea will host the World A Capella Competition, one of its regular cultural programs held every summer to spice up the holiday season. Held for the second time since 2014, the World A Capella Competition will take place for three days from August 11 to 13 at 4 pm Seoul time in Millennium Hall on the first floor of Passenger Terminal.

While the main event will take place on August 12, side events are also scheduled prior to and following the competition, with “Asia Youth A Capella Competition” on August 11 and “A Cappella Gala Concert” on August 13. This year, world-renowned a cappella ensembles that have made it to the final will vie to be the best a cappella group in the world.

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On the first day, August 11 (Friday), Asia Youth A Cappella Competition will be held with young, budding songbirds of Asia. A total of six teams, including “Deli Custard,” “Hugang,” “LoGs,” “Himeto Hotaru,” “Masusiro Sirokuke,” “Regardless A Capella Group,” will vie for the title, while Doo Wop Sounds, an up-and-coming a capella group well known for unique arrangements and charismatic stage presence, will give special performances.

On August 12 (Saturday), the World A Capella Competition will take place with the world’s leading a cappella groups. It will feature a total of seven teams, including “Narin,” “Free.T,” “M&M,” “Chicago Boy,” “The 4 of Us,” “Ten Thousand” and “Lark,” with special performances of Zenith, a pop-jazz a cappella ensemble.

On the final day, August 13 (Sunday), the winner of the 1st and the 2nd World A Cappella Competition, and a Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble “New York Voices,” will make a grand finale.

Incheon International Airport has provided culture and art programs year-round under the theme “Culture Touches the Sky” since 2011 and has been admired by local and international citizens as the world’s leading cultural airport.

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