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Reserve your place for all our events at the VV2023 LEGATO Lounge


From Wednesday 13 till Saturday 16, the Various Voices LEGATO Lounge 23, will be located at DumBo, Bologna.

Join us for an exciting and inclusive social mixer at the VV2023 LEGATO Lounge!


This event is designed to bring people together, foster connections, and create a vibrant community atmosphere. Whether you're a festival attendee, a choir leader, or someone looking to expand your choir, this event offers something for everyone.

These events by LEGATO are free and open to all registered delegates and your friends.


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Event Schedule

  • Welcome Desk: Kick off the Various Voices Festival by visiting our friendly welcome desk, where you'll receive a warm reception and get all the information you need to make the most of the evening.

  • Wednesday 14 June 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

Choral Rush - “There’s gold in them thar hills!”

LGBTQ+ choirs are on the cusp of change and expanding into new frontiers - it’s a choral goldmine out there! Join Olha Rubtsova (Ukraine/Germany), Misza Czerniak (Poland), and Hsien Chew (UK) from Legato Choirs on a virtual expedition of Europe to discover more about the situation of choirs in different countries and make fabulous new choral friends in the way! You’re invited to go on an adventure with the Choral Rush game, to learn new skills and share your expertise through fun scenarios.

Choral Rush will largely be conducted in English, so do invite a friend if you need help with interpretation, and bring your own refreshments.


Who knows? You may strike choral gold!    


  • Friday 16 June 7pm  - 8pm

Team LEGATO - "Enjoying the Festival Vibe and want more?" 

LEGATO Choirs is more than just Various Voices, and we are more than the sum of our individual choirs. We want more people to have the same chance to know how great joining our family of singers can be. That's why LEGATO has the vision to create safe queer singing spaces across Europe. We will do this by building choral resilience and spreading the love, and you can help make this a reality! Come chat with Martin Brophy (UK) and Hsien Chew (UK) about Team LEGATO to see what simple steps you can take to make this big vision attainable, and see what volunteering can achieve with our leadership support and talent development.

You will meet new friends to talk about potential skills sharing, attend future events, and simply connect with like-minded individuals: the perfect opportunity to find your place in the Legato family. 

  • Saturday 17 June 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

LEGATO Choirs Speed Dating - "See where the sparks fly"

Welcome to the exciting world of a choir speed date event! Picture a vibrant and energetic gathering, filled with wonderful people seeking their perfect choral match. This unique event brings together singers from various backgrounds, and musical styles to create an atmosphere buzzing with anticipation and excitement.

Hosted by Martin Gerrits (Germany) and Juancho Almenara (Spain), you will share in a fun way all your choir interests in a quick-fire format. Attendees embark on several quick-fire encounters, and a buzzer rings when each timed date ends. Participants progress from one person to the next until everyone has had a chance to meet each other. They introduce themselves, exchange pleasantries, and quickly delve into the magical world of choral music.

It's an opportunity to connect, discover common ground, and explore the potential for harmonious collaborations.

The event concludes with a sense of fulfillment and excitement. Singers leave with memories of delightful encounters, newfound friendships, and, for some lucky few, potential choir collaborations. It's an event that fosters artistic connections, celebrates musical diversity, and breathes new life into the choral community.

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