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International Handbell Symposium

Originating in 1988, the International Handbell Symposium is the opportunity for handbell ringers and directors from around the world to come together and share a first-class musical experience that goes beyond the boundaries of language. Symposium takes place every two years, the location rotating between the seven current member counties: Australasia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and the United States. Ringers from these countries and more meet with the shared goal of fostering better communication between ringers of the member nations, maintaining high musical standards of ringing and performance, and encouraging continued interaction between countries. The event features rehearsals and performances by as many as 1,000 ringers at one time under the batons of top handbell conductors from around the world. In addition, a series of concerts featuring individual choirs from each country are offered throughout the event as well as classes focusing on handbell techniques, cultural awareness, repertoire, and much more.

2020  Internation Handbell Symposium
Host Country:Hong Kong, China  "Sound of the Pearl Here the Pearl. Hear we Ring"

Past International Handbell Symposium

The 18th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Cairns, Australia  “Together in Harmony • The Reef and Rainforest Ring”


The 17th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Vancouver, British Columbia  “Music of Our Lands and Our Lives”


The 16th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Jeju, Korea  “Ring for Beautiful World”


The 15th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Liverpool, England  “The World in One City”


The 14th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Osaka, Janpan  “Echoes for Peace”


The 13th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Orlando, Florida, USA  “Ringing in Unity”


The 12th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Briabane, Queensland, Australia  “Uity in Diversity”


The 11th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Torinto, Ontario, Canada


The 10th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Busan, South Korea


The 9th Int'l Handbell SymposiumBirmingham, United Kindom


The 8th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Chiba, Japan


The 7th Int'l HAndbell Symposium

Albuqueraue, New Mexico, USA


The 6th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Adelaide, South Australia, Austrelia


The 5th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


The 4th Int'l Handbell Symposium

Seoul, South Korea


The 3rd Int'l Handbell Symposium

Exeter, United Kindom


The 2nd Int'l Handbell Symposium

Gotemba, Japan


The 1st Int'l Handbell Symposium

Arcata, California, USA