THE VAL PUSTERIA
The Val Pusteria is located in the "Alto Adige-South Tyrol" region (Northern Italy). It is a long and narrow valley stretching between Bressanone and Lienz through the Eastern Alps, at the Austrian-Italian border. The biggest town is Brunico: from here, a charming route, where picturesque Tyrolean villages alternate with scenic natural landscapes, runs through the valley up to San Candido and Sesto.
VENUES OF THE PERFORMANCES
SESTO (1310 m)
Because of its five alpine huts – where outdoor performances take place during the whole Festival period - Sesto is the main place of the mountain choral music. Furthermore, in the Casa Sesto not only the Closing Ceremony takes place, but the participating choirs perform in every kind of repertoire.
SAN CANDIDO (1175 m)
The town of the two characteristic bell towers is situated just before the border with Austria and in its pedestrianized zone the Choirs Parade takes place. The S. Michele Church, Casa Resch and Rifugio Gigante Baranci are all locations for the performances of every kind of repertoire.
DOBBIACO (1256 m)
Situated at the Alpine watershed, in Dobbiaco there is the Gustav Mahler Hall, the location of the Opening Concert and of most of the “Meeting-Days”. In the S. Giovanni Church the religious repertoire is performed.
VILLABASSA (1158 m)
This has been an important tourist destination since the 19th century and is the location of the traditional “Festa Tirolese”, where the choirs perform a folk music repertoire. The religious repertoire is usually performed In the two churches S. Stefano and S. Maddalena in Moso.
BRAIES (1213 m)
This is famous for its lake (1496 m) and it’s composed of four little communities located throughout one of the most breath taking valleys inside the Alpine Arch. The Casa Culturale is the location of the folk music and polyphonic music concerts.
MONGUELFO (1087 m)
This is situated in the center of Val Pusteria, at the foot of the majestic Medieval Castle, where a spectacular Open Air Review takes place. In the Casa Troger and the small S. Niccolò Church, situated in the nearby Val Casies, the choirs will perform every kind of repertoire.
VALDAORA (1048 m)
The three communities that divide Valdaora are situated on the sunny slope of the valley at the foot of the Plan de Corones (2275 m). On the mountain top there will be the “Festa di Benvenuto” (Welcome Celebration). The Casa dei Congressi is the location of the folk and polyphonic music concerts.
RASUN-ANTERSELVA (1030 m)
The two locations are divided into five little communities positioned throughout the Valle d’Anterselva, between Via Pusteria and the Anterselva Lake (1642 m). The two churches San Giovanni and San Giorgio will hold the religious music concerts.
BRUNICO (838 m)
This is the main city of the valley and has been the most important centre since the 13th century. Its Castle, the Casa Ragen, the Casa Pacher and the Chiesa dell’Assunta are the locations of concerts where choirs will perform all kinds of repertoire. On the top of the nearby Plan de Corones (2275) there will be the “Festa di Benvenuto” (Welcome Celebration).
SAN LORENZO (810 m)
This was built on an ancient Roman settlement. The Parish Church and the Casa Culturale will hold the folk music and religious music concerts.
CHIENES (784 m)
This has been an important location since the Roman time. The Casa Culturale is the location where the folk music concerts will be held, meanwhile in the San Pietro and Paolo Church the choirs will perform a sacred repertoire.
SILLIAN (1103 m)
This town is situated in Austria, immediately after the Italian border. In the very modern Kulturzentrum and in the classical Parish Church of Santa Maria, the choirs will perform in every kind of repertoire.