The Barbershop Music Festival is scheduled to take place from Thursday, March 17, 2022 through Sunday, March 20, 2022. More information will follow on this event page in the coming weeks and months.

Schedule

Schedule

Come to the biggest barbershop event in Germany. Numerous choruses and quartets from Germany and all over the world will gather at the Konzerthaus Dortmund from March 17th to 20th, 2022 under the motto A Cappella Explosion. Experience the German championships for barbershop choruses and quartets as well as the world championships for mixed barbershop choruses and quartets. Experience the exhilarating performances and the rich a cappella sound of barbershop harmony. Currently, we are using the following approximate schedule for the Barbershop Music Festival.

Registration

Starting mid-October

Tickets

available starting in November

Venue "Konzerthaus Dortmund"

Arrival & Accommodation


Experimental Stage

Thursday, March 17th, 2022 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Central European Time | Venue: tbd

The experimental stage is aimed at all choruses who would like to try their hand at barbershop singing and present themselves in front of our certified barbershop jury. The experimental stage is available for all to use without prior qualification and intentionally does not award placements or publish score results. Being there is what counts.

Those who would like to present themselves in front of our certified jury without having to qualify, have the opportunity to give show what they can do on the experimental stage. Afterwards, all participating choirs will receive evaluations. The jury will explain the choir's strengths and weaknesses and how the choir can best develop further in the future. All choirs that have registered beforehand can participate. A BinG! membership is not necessary. The rules according to which the certified jury evaluates the performances can be found in the Rulebook for German Barbershop Competitions.

The Experimental Stage - unlike all other events of the Barbershop Music Festival 2022 - will NOT take place in the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Depending on the number of registrations, the venue will be finalized in mid-November. The venue will be located in the center of Dortmund.

When booking additional tickets and registrations for the 2022 Barbershop Music Festival, participants of the Experimental Stage will be credited their entry fee. If you are interested, please write to us at bmf@barbershop.de.

Admission to the experimental stage is free for visitors.

Registration

Starting mid-October

Tickets

Starting in November

Rulebook

German competitions

Document will be updated in the coming weeks

Evaluation & Jury


German Championships

The German Barbershop Championships are exciting, varied and genuine entertainment. Prepare to see all the choreographically and musically thrilling performances our ensembles have to offer!


Chorus Championship

Saturday, March 19th, 2022 | 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central European Time | Konzerthaus Dortmund

Barbershop choruses from all over Germany will compete for the championship on Saturday, March 19th, 2022. The contestants will strive for a rich a cappella sound and convincing performances and consequently a high score. It is always exciting to see which of the choruses will win the title of the best barbershop chorus in Germany and to be inspired by the experienced community of the German barbershop scene. So don't miss out on the fun and come celebrate the festival of the barbershop choruses with us!

Qualification: If more than 12 choruses register for participation, there will be a preliminary qualification round. The preliminary qualification round entry can be done via video entry.


Quartet Championship

Friday, March 18, 2022 | 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central European Time | Konzerthaus Dortmund
 

On Friday, March 18th, 2022, Germany's best barbershop quartets will sing for the championship title. Let yourself be surrounded by crystal clearly intonated chords and compelling performances, and follow us into the world of barbershop music.

Your quartet can qualify by means of video qualification. The submitted videos will be evaluated by a certified jury. Following the evaluation, the ensembles will be nominated for the championship. More information about the qualification can be found in the Rules and Regulations for German Barbershop Competitions.

Registration

Starting mid-October

Tickets

Starting in November

Rulebook

German competitions

Document will be updated in the coming weeks.

Evaluation & Jury


World Mixed Barbershop Championships

BinG! is the home of mixed barbershop singing. Now the whole world is joining in! Due to the rapidly growing number of mixed barbershop groups worldwide, the international championship for mixed ensembles held by BinG! is also growing. The fifth world championship for mixed barbershop quartets and the second world championship for mixed barbershop choruses will take place in March 2022.


Chorus Championship

Sunday, March 20th, 2022 | 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central European Time | Konzerthaus Dortmund

On Sunday, March 20th, 2022, the second World Championship of Mixed Barbershop Choruses will take place, showcasing a competition between the best mixed barbershop choruses in the world.

Qualification: In countries with barbershop organizations, interested choruses can qualify through a competition offered by this organization. If there is no such competition in a country, choruses can also qualify via video entry to represent their country. More information about the selection process and the ranking that qualifies for participation in the World Mixed Chorus Championship can be found in the Rules and Regulations for World Mixed Competitions.


Quartet Championship

Friday, March 18th, 2022 | 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central European Time | Konzerthaus Dortmund

On Friday, March 18th, 2022, the fifth World Championship of Mixed Barbershop Quartets will take place. Here you can watch the best mixed barbershop quartets in the world compete.

Qualification: In countries with barbershop organizations, interested quartets can qualify through a competition offered by this organization. If there is no such competition in a country, quartets can also qualify via video entry to represent their country. More information about the selection process and the ranking that qualifies for participation in the World Mixed Quartet Championship can be found in the Rules and Regulations for World Mixed Competitions.

Registration

Starting mid-October

Tickets

November

Rulebook

World Championships

Document will be updated in the coming weeks.

Evaluation & Jury


Shows

In addition to rousing championships, there will be shows on Saturday evening, March 19th, 2022, and Sunday evening, March 20th, 2022, featuring the finest a cappella sound and captivating performances by several talented ensembles.


A Night with the Stars

Saturday, March 19th, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Central European Time | Konzerthaus Dortmund

A magical show with stars of the international barbershop scene awaits you on Saturday, March 19th, 2022! Let yourself be captivated by a melodious evening with world-class sounds, as presented to you here by our guests from the U.S., the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.


Show of Champions

Sunday, March 20, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central European Time | Konzerthaus Dortmund

The dazzling conclusion of the Barbershop Music Festival presenting the best of the best! You'll hear the masterful a cappella sound of the freshly-crowned medalist choruses and quartets. Be the first to experience our German Champion Ensembles and our World Champion Ensembles at their peak!

Tickets

Starting in November


Arrival and Accommodation

The beautiful Konzerthaus Dortmund will once again host the Barbershop Music Festival in 2022.


Venue

Konzerthaus Dortmund

Brückstraße 21

DE - 44135 Dortmund


Arrival

                                                                              Dortmund is easy to reach by car, train and via its own airport.

By train

Within Germany, the Deutsche Bahn is the best means of transportation. It offers direct connections or connections with max. one change to the following cities:

  • Munich - approx. 6 hours
  • Berlin - approx. 3.5 hours
  • Frankfurt - approx. 2.5 hours
  • Hamburg - approx. 2.5 hours
  • Dresden - approx. 6 hours

 By plane

Dortmund has an airport that is serviced from Munich and Vienna. From the airport, the Airport Express takes you to Dortmund's main train station within 25 minutes. From there it is only a short walk to the concert hall.


Accommodation

There are a wide range of hotels and accommodation options in Dortmund. You can find these, for example, on comparison portals such as Check24 or Booking.com. Via AirBnB you can regularly find well-equipped private alternatives. Within the city ring [to the map view]  you can reach the concert hall within 15 minutes comfortably by foot.

If participants need assistance in finding suitable accommodation, the BMF team will be happy to help at bmf [at] barbershop.de!