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When fellow a cappella-geek Salima and I first caught wind of the Aarhus Vocal Festival (AAVF 2013) late last year, we could scarcely believe our eyes as we trawled through the event’s official website. From the get-go, we were determined to be there, not as ardent fans watching from the side-lines, but as actual participants immersing ourselves in a foreign music culture. Fast forward to mid-May 2013, and there we were, two excited and hopeful Singaporeans in the small Danish city of Aarhus (pronounced “or-hoose”).

At a glance, a typical day at the festival could be structured as such: workshops in the daytime, a large concert in the evening, followed by a party till the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, the scale of the event was massive, but even so, sponsor presence was kept thankfully low, at the risk of making the whole event seem overly commercialized.

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