Various Voices is Europe’s most important LGBTQ+ choir festival, set up for 2023 edition by the social promotion associations Komos and Aulos on behalf of Legato Choirs.
It is a non-competition event that takes place every 4 years in a European city, chosen by the choirs who take part to Legato.
Various Voices has a 35-year history, with 15 different editions hosted in several European cities: from 1985 in Cologne (Germany) with 4 choirs from 4 nations, to 2018 in Munich (Germany) with more than 100 choirs from 19 nations and 2700 delegates.
Komos is the first LGBTQ+ male voice choir in Italy, as it was born in 2008. From 2012 it has been a cultural association and from 2018 it is a social-promotion one. In 2015 Komos organized the first edition of Cromatica – italian rainbow choir festival.
Under its belt, the association has:
- over 130 concerts and shows in Italy and abroad;
- 9 Komos&Co editions, a seasonal music festival with Italian and international guests;
- 7 editions of an international LGBTQ+-theme composition contest;
- 1 theatre show “Il mio Canto Libero” (“Freedom Song”), about the confinement of homosexual people during fascism;
- several collaborations with high schools for classes against homolesbobitransphobia;
- from 2017 on it has been a member of the co-planning activities between Bolognese LGBTQ+ associations and Bologna city council.
Legato is the European Association of LGBTQ+ Choirs: more than 128 member choirs from 20 countries with approximately 4120 singers.
The association promotes art, culture and understanding between nations, staging choral singing events with participants from many European nations. It maintains an up to date list of LGBTQ+ Choirs in Europe and publishes events being run by these Choirs locally, and encourages people to go and support the events.
Legato connects new LGBTQ+ Choirs with more experienced ones so that they can avoid some of the pitfalls of starting a new Choir.
It is actively supporting the development of LGBTQ+ Choirs in Eastern Europe, where in many countries to be LGBTQ+ is considered a crime, and people are persecuted.
Legato works for the emancipation of LGBTQ+ individuals in Europe and combat discrimination against these groups.