National Directors brought delegations of teams from around the world to represent their culture and heritage through costume presentation in the WCOPA Parade of Nations.  The costume contest judges are costume designers, world history professionals and entertainment industry professionals.  Costumes are judged for creativity, workmanship, originality and validity to traditional/native folk dress.  

WCOPA 2022, awards for best costume went to the following countries:    

1st Place: Thailand
2nd Place: Philippines
3rd Place: Kazakhstan

Our Outstanding National Directors

Each year, National Directors from over seventy countries work extremely hard to build organizations in their respective countries with the ultimate goal of sending a team to the World Championships of Performing Arts.  Every Director has a unique set of talents they bring to the position and each director plays a major role in the success of WCOPA.   Below are the Directors that received the “Outstanding National Director” award for achievement in 2022 for above and beyond the goals set.

Gerry Mercado:  He has achieved the highest level awarded to any National Director.  With the help of his wife Annie, Team Philippines is an extraordinary well-structured organization with the ability to raise funds, work through Visa processes and recruit talent. BRAVO to Gerry and Annie Mercado logistical superstars

Dr. Ellen Roux:  The Team South Africa organization conducts an extraordinary National competition each year as a preliminary to the World Championships of Performing Arts. Ellen Roux has been with WCOPA for 25 years making her the director with the most seniority and a great mentor for new national directors…Ellen shows by example!

Pathnitharn Sreeiams:  A vocal studio owner and instructor mentors his students to become fierce competitors at the World Championships of Performing Arts.  Team Thailand, under the direction of Pathnitharn, is one of the fastest growing organizations in our global network.