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Various Voices is the European LGBTQ+ / Queer Choral Festival.

LEGATO Choirs are calling for bids from a single or group of member choirs to host our 17th Various Voices Festival in 2030.

The bidding process

The decision on who will host the Various Voices Festival is one of the core functions of the LEGATO Board.


The process involves a series of rigorous assessments in collaboration with the bidding groups, our panel of experts, the LEGATO Various Voices Team, and an advisory poll of the member choirs choice. After the initial high-level applications are assessed, a short list will lead to an expanded in-depth report, interviews, and an assessment with members' involvement. The criteria for assessment will ensure that our members are offered the best festival experience, that is exciting, as well as financial and artistic successful.


The LEGATO Various Voices Team provides ongoing support and mentoring during the bidding process and oversight to the host team during the Festival cycle, with an agreed timeline of tasks set out in the License Agreement. Legato’s objective is to be clear and transparent to all stakeholders during the whole of the Festival cycle.

If you would like to ask any questions or want help putting an initial expression of interest submission together, please email the LEGATO Experts Various Voices Team at:

Talking to our team does not commit you to anything, and we are keen to support our members to present an exciting and comprehensive bid with full knowledge and understanding of the commitment to host a Various Voices Festival. 


Call for Various Voices Festival 2030 Bids

a. Stage 1 - Expression - Bid evaluation outline

b. Stage 2 - Shortlist - Bid evaluation outline

c. Simple Guide to Creating a Festival

d. Example of a festival budget to use (a previous festival budget with figures is available on request)

e. Economic Impact Studies

f. Legato Various Voices Choir support for choirs

g. Access, Diversity & Inclusion: Prompts & Guidance

h. Volunteer Charter example

i. Promoting your Festival bid(Video Brief)

j. Example festival evaluation

k. Example VV Festival agreement

l. Sample Draft Letter of Agreement

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