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The Alta Pusteria Festival is an event providing for about sixty performances in five days, scheduled in three categories:



Between two and four choirs will appear in each concert, performing max 24 minutes or 8 pieces from their repertoire.
The real concerts can be indoors (churches, theatres, halls) or outdoors (concerts in the huts) according to the following timetable:
10:00 indoor concerts
13:00/14:00 outdoor concerts in the alpine huts
21:00 indoor concerts


“Open Air Reviews” are concerts performed outdoors by five to eight choirs; each choir will perform max 15 minutes or 5 pieces from its repertoire.
Each “Review” takes place in a particularly evocative natural context, typical of Val Pusteria. For the beauty of the natural sceneries and the number of performing choristers, the “Reviews” are, together with the “Choirs’ Parade”, the most spectacular event of the Festival.
The "Open Air Reviews" take usually place on Friday and Saturday from 12:30 - 14:00
In addition to the Reviews, other important outdoor exhibitions are scheduled:
“Cori in Piazza” are reviews taking place in the central squares of the main towns in the valley.
“Choirs’ Night” it will take place at 23.30 during the “Festa Tirolese” in Villabassa”.


During the “Meeting-Days” eight to twelve choirs will perform, one after the other; each choir should sing the best two pieces taken from their own repertoire.
The "Days - Meeting" represent, artistically, the highlight of the Festival and are traditionally held according to the following schedule:
10:00, Meeting-Morning
17:00, Meeting-Afternoon
21:00, Meeting-Evening


The Alta Pusteria Festival is a non-competitive event, so you can choose number and kinds of your performances.

Regarding this, please consider that:
a) You may request a maximum of six performances;
b) it is mandatory participation in at least two performances: one real concert and one "Meeting-day";
c) it is optional participation in an "Open Air Review", in a second real concert, in a concert at the huts and at the "Choirs Night" in Villabassa.


Concert halls: in most rooms it is available the piano. The larger rooms are also equipped with an amplification system with microphones and speakers.
Churches: in all churches it is available the liturgical organ, often placed in the choir located above the entrance to the church, far from the altar.
Of course, choirs who wish can carry their keyboard.
Outdoor performances: Regarding that, please note that in all the outdoor locations no keyboard instruments are available and that the choir will not be amplified with microphones and speakers. The repertoire to be presented in this kind of performances should therefore be a cappella or at most with accompaniment of "transportable" instruments from the choir (guitar, volino, flute ...).


The outdoor performances (“Reviews” and “Concerts in the Huts”) are not compulsory.
The "Concert in the Huts" take place exclusively on the Dolomites, in the alpine huts close to Sesto and San Candido, at a height of 1500 – 2200 m: please note that you’ll have to take the cable car or chairlift to go up ("cabinovie" or "seggiovie").
Each choir should sing at least 20 minutes.

The "Open Air Reviews" take place at outdoor venues such lakes, castles, squares spread all over the whole valley which are all reachable by bus or car.
In each Open Air Review at least five choirs perform: each choir should sing max for 15 minutes.

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