The Festival of a Thousand Choirs
The International Festival of Choral Singing "Alta Pusteria" is a non-competitive event that takes place in Val Pusteria (Alto Adige - Südtirol). It has an annual frequency and its program is divided into five days, from Wednesday to Sunday, during the last week of June.
Born in 1998, in twenty-one editions it recorded the presence of about 1250 choirs and over 65,000 choristers from 45 countries representing the five continents.
The Festival program includes about sixty performances divided into real CONCERTS, OUTDOOR REVIEWS and DAYS-MEETING, which take place in the suggestive scenery of the Val Pusteria, from Brunico to Sillian, immediately after the border with Austria.
The concerts held indoors, scheduled in theaters, halls and churches of the main towns of the valley, are flanked by suggestive open-air performances at lakes, medieval castles and all the Alpine refuges of Alta Pusteria, in the heart of the Dolomites.
The repertoire is totally free; no compulsory pieces are required and there are no foreclosures of epochs and musical genres.
The variety of exhibition venues, in addition to the events on offer, and the vast repertoire presented place the Festival not only as one of the most spectacular international choral events but also as a unique meeting point for different musical cultures.
The Alta Pusteria Festival is an event that includes, over five days, about sixty performances divided into three categories.
Located in "Alto Adige-Südtirol", the Val Pusteria is a long and narrow valley that stretches between Bressanone and Lienz through the Eastern Alps, between Italy and Austria.