Let's meet again in Val Pusteria!
February 4, 2021
Dear Friends of the Festival,
As we all know, all concert activities have been practically suspended for almost a year now. This long period, however, has highlighted two aspects of which all of us, lovers of chorality, should be proud.
First of all, the great sense of responsibility in scrupulously transposing all the directives given for common safety. Then, the extraordinary passion shown by the whole world of choral music which, despite the enormous difficulties, continues to reaffirm its exceptional vitality through the web with rehearsals, concerts, conferences and online events.
A big round of applause to everyone!
And what about our Festival?
We must be optimistic, but also realistic: and, realistically, we must admit that the beginning of this year is not very different from the previous one ...
However, pending clear provisions, our stage is still ready.
Against the backdrop of the magnificent natural scenery of Val Pusteria, thirteen concert halls, eleven churches, two medieval castles and twelve open-air venues among alpine refuges, huts and the two alpine lakes in Braies and Anterselva are already arranged, just like the instruments of an orchestra on the stage.
And let's also add the best alpine guides, ready to accompany you along the most evocative paths of the Dolomites ...
Let's just wait for a snap of our fingers to raise the curtain!
Director of the Festival
The Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival is a non-competitive event that takes place in Val Pusteria (Sudtirol / ITALY - Osttirol / AUSTRIA). It has an annual frequency and its program is divided into five days, from Wednesday to Sunday, during the second half of June.
Born in 1998, in twenty-two editions it has registered the presence of about 1250 choirs and over 65,000 choristers from 49 countries representing the five continents.
The Festival program usually includes more than sixty performances divided into real CONCERTS, OUTDOOR REVIEWS and MEETING-DAYS, 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 huts of Alta Pusteria, in the heart of the Dolomites.
The repertoire is absolutely free; no particular songs have to be performed mandatorily nor are there bans on particular periods or music genres.
The variety of places selected for the performances, the numerous events and the extremely rich repertoire make this Festival not only one of the most spectacular international choral festivals but also a unique opportunity of mutual and fruitful exchange between 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.