The Alta Pusteria Festival is born: the first edition sees twenty-two Italian choirs participating and takes place in the five towns of Alta Val Pusteria, from Braies to Sesto.
With forty participating choirs, the Festival takes on an international dimension. Over the years the Italian choirs will be accompanied by formations coming from almost all European countries and from America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. At the Sala Gustav Mahler in Dobbiaco the `` Giornate-Incontro`` are born, which will later be extended to all the largest concert halls in the valley.
On the occasion of the celebrations for the "International Year of the Mountains" the great "Outdoor Reviews" are conceived: the consents they obtain lead them to become a permanent Festival event.
The Festival reaches the eighty participating choirs. The first 'Sfilata dei Cori' takes place, which since then has been repeated every year in the center of San Candido.
The growing number of registrations - one hundred participants - leads to the expansion of the event: the Festival extends its exhibitions towards the western part of the valley up to Brunico.
The desire to offer an ever-increasing variety of venues leads the event to also extend towards the eastern side of the Val Pusteria; the border with Austria is crossed by planning concerts at Sillian in the Villgratten valley.
The "Tyrolean Festival" is included in the Festival program. Organized specifically for all participating choirs, it traditionally takes place on Friday evening in the central square of Villabassa.
The "Festa di Benvenuto" (Welcome Party) is set up, a spectacular outdoor concert that takes place on Thursday mornings at the top of Plan de Corones, at a height of 2275 meters.
The Festival reaches the number of 1000 participating choirs from the first edition.
THE ALTA PUSTERIA AND THE ORIGIN OF THE “FESTIVAL PROJECT”
That is, when the homeland of alpine sport is transformed into one of the most fascinating choral stages in the world (but only in June...)
The festival project has its origin in the summer 1997 by an intuition of Stefano Gentili, choir director and passionate visitor to Lake Braies, in South Tyrol region (Northern Italy).
The idea was to create an event that took as example the great international choral festivals, but with a substantial difference: on contrary to what happens in most festivals, the event would not have taken place exclusively in a single city but in a whole valley, a fairytale place where the choristers would have felt immersed in a natural and unique-in-the world landscape, the Alta Val Pusteria together with the Dolomites.
The project was welcomed with enthusiasm: the center of the event immediately became the town of San Candido that, together with the cooperation of the nearby towns of Sesto, Dobbiaco, Villabassa, Braies and under the supervision of Stefano Gentili, organized the first edition in the Summer of the following year.
It’s July 1st 1998: the Alta Pusteria Festival was born, and its name derives just from that part of the valley, the highest, where the five towns that first hosted the concerts are located.
Creator and director of the Festival since its first edition, Stefano Gentili (Roman by birth, South Tyrolean by adoption ...) graduated in Composition, Conducting, Choral Music and Choir Conducting at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. His entry into the world of chorality occurs first as a chorister; then, he begins to direct Roman choral ensembles with which he has been participating in many Italian and international concerts and festivals.
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