Timetable and Venues


11:00 – 17:00: Welcome and registration of the Choirs (Festival’s Office)

15:00: Choral Competition, Category E – Sacred Music (Church of Servi)

21:00: World Choral Championship Competition (Church of Servi)



9:00 – 12:30: Welcome and registration of the Choirs (Festival’s Office)

9:00 12:30: Choral Competition, Category A – Equal Voices Choirs, and Category B, Mixed Choirs (Church of Servi)

16:30: Sung Mass with participant choirs (Not compulsory, Church of St. Agostino)

21:00: Not competitive concert



15:00: Choral Competition, Category C – Children Choirs (Church of Servi)

18:00: The Jury meets the conductors of the participant choirs

21:00: Choral Competition, Category X – Grand Prix (Church of St. Agostino)

22:30: Awarding and Closing Ceremony (Church of St. Agostino)


The venues of the Competition:

Church of Servi – Map – Piazzetta dei Servi – Rimini 

The Church of the ‘Servi’, whose foundation dates back to 1317, stands in Corso d’Augusto in the homonymous Piazzetta dei Servi. At the beginning of the 14th century, the Malatesta family donated some properties within the city of Rimini to the Servants of Mary, who built a first chapel there. A few years later, the friars decided to expand their church by building a larger one, the side of which can be seen today along Corso d’Augusto. The church had a single nave, inside there were numerous altars and works of art, the apsidal area was characterised by three chapels with the central one being larger. The right side chapel had been built by the noble Agolanti family, to whom we owe the coat of arms in a pilaster on the side of the church, from the mid 14th century. Between 1774 and 1777, the church and the convent were renovated to the design of the Bolognese architect Gaetano Stegani (1678-1777); the Rimini-born Antonio Trentanove, a master of the Baroque, collaborated here as stucco and plasticist. In 1798, the Servite Order was suppressed and the convent passed to the Dominicans who had been removed from their convent in San Cataldo. The Dominicans brought numerous works of art from their previous location there, but their order was revoked in 1799. From 1806, the church became the parish of Santa Maria in Corte. In 1885, the parish priest Don Ugo Maccolini established the Pia Opera del Rosario and thanks to the funds collected from it, he was able to rebuild the façade of the church in 1894 to a design by engineer Giuseppe Urbani (1861-1937), rebuild the upper part of the bell tower and decorate the interior of the church with gilding by the Bolognese Luigi Samoggia. Sources and studies confirm that the church also contained 14th-century frescoes. Some of them were detached in the early 20th century to be displayed in the exhibition of the 14th century organised in Rimini in 1935. Some fragments were lost, while the one that was originally in the central apse is still preserved in the corridor of the former parish cloister. Traces of a fresco have also been found in the lower part of the bell tower.​



Church of St. Agostino – Map – Via Cairoli 32 – Rimini

Built in the 13th century in Romanesque-Gothic style, it is the oldest church in Rimini. It was dedicated to St John the Evangelist but, erected by the Hermits of St Augustine, it was always, for the people, the church of St Augustine. The first historical note we have of this church is a deed of gift dated 1069. At that time, it was a small oratory serving as a parish church with the title of St John the Evangelist. In 1256, the small building was entrusted to the order of Augustinian friars. At 55 metres high, the bell tower is the tallest in the city and for a long time also served as a lighthouse for Rimini’s sailors. Based on a design by a Venetian architect, it was erected on the right chapel of the church, which had already been frescoed in the first decades of the 14th century. It ends with a very high pyramidal spire. The importance of St Augustine’s is unquestionable, just think of the 14th century Rimini painting that can be said to have been born in the shadow of its bell tower. Giovanni da Rimini, in fact, considered the leader of the ‘fourteenth-century Rimini school’ lived in the district of San Giovanni Evangelista, and the Augustinians were the first to entrust this school with the execution of the frescoes in their large church built ex novo. The frescoes in the main chapel and those in the bell tower can be considered the most significant testimony, remaining in the city of Rimini, of the activity of the Giotto school. The frescoes came to light following the 1916 earthquake. It is a complex of frescoes depicting scenes from the life of the Saint and The Last Judgement attributable to the Master. The latter fresco (owned by the Diocese of Rimini), restored and removed from the attic, was originally placed in the Sala dell’Arengo, then moved to the city museum (Via L. Tonini).