The year of 2018 was special for the human voice. Almost 800 entries from 55 countries were registered at the WORDL VOICE DAY webpage (Figure 1), with a total of 1974 activities, the largest number since the webpage was created. Some of the entries correspond to single events but some other to a whole week celebration including talks, classes, workshops and free consultation.
Figure 1. World Distribution of events on the WVD 2018
Ten countries leaded the highest number of events (Figure 2). The 3 first positions were occupied by Brazil (267 events), Argentina (126 events) and Russia (98 events). The human voice importance deserves highest visibility in the world and both artistic and clinical aspects need to be highlighted. We know that some colleagues have not registered their initiatives, which is a misfortune.
The complete list with all participating countries and number of registered events was as follows:
Argentina (126), Australia (9), Austria (2), Azerbaijan (7), Bahrain (1), Bangladesh (1), Belarus (4), Belgium (4), Brazil (268), Bulgaria (1), Canada (7), Cape Verde (7), Chile (21), China (24), Colombia (5), Croatia (2), Cyprus (1), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (3), Ecuador (1), Estonia (2), Finland (6), France (2), Germany (8), Ghana (1), Greece (2), Hungary (6), India (8), Ireland (2), Israel (5), Italy (21), Japan (1), Malta (2), Mexico (10), New Zealand (1), Norway (2), Peru (1), Philippines (3), Poland (11), Portugal (12), Romania (10), Russia (98), Saudi Arabia (1), Slovakia (1), Slovenia (1), South Africa (3), Spain (23), Sweden (11), The Netherlands (3), Turkey (6), Ukraine (3), United Arab Emirates (1), United Kingdom (7), United States (25), Uzbekistan (1).
Figure 2. Ten top countries on number of events to celebrate the World Voice Day 2018.
The most common type of event was the production of banners, placed in many public locations to call attention on the human voice. However, creativity was high, and events included performances/concerts, courses, free assessments, radio and TV interviews, flash mobs, marathons, special theater events, interactive games and campaigns (Figure 3). Under the type “campaign” multiple actions coordinated by graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology or by a joint effort among physicians, SLP and teachers of singing were developed, some of them with the length of one whole week.
The world was louder with a better voice during the whole month of April.
Congratulations to all participants and let us be prepared for the 2019 Campaign!
Mara Behlau, Thays Vaiano and Mauro Andrea
The www.worldvoiceday.org team