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:
EDITION 2021 “THE MAGIC OF THE DOLOMITES”, THE TWO NEWS
1. Excursions-Concert at the "Lago di Braies" (New for 2021!)
Upon request, the registered choirs will be able to visit the Pragser Wildsee (Lago di Braies), walk along the shore and then go into the woods to the nearby Malga Foresta to conclude the excursion with an outdoor performance.
The concert-excursion can be requested for Friday 18 or Saturday 19 June, starting from 9:30 to 14:30. We remind you that the route involves a walk of about 60 minutes with a difference in height of 94 m (from 1496 to 1590 m).
Access to the lake is generally limited; however, the choral groups will have priority entry with the completely free use of the car park (cars or buses).
2. Outdoor Rehearsals - "Open Space" on the Dolomites (new for 2021!)
The registered choirs will have at their disposal, upon request and for a maximum duration of two hours, an open space in the Dolomites to carry out rehearsals or other activities not necessarily related to the performances.
L’elenco delle sedi disponibili per un “open space” comprende tutti i rifugi di Sesto e San Candido (1500 – 2000 m, salita gratuita in cabinovia per tutti i componenti del gruppo). Nelle prossime settimane, tuttavia, aggiorneremo l’elenco inserendo anche sedi raggiungibili in pullman o auto: padiglioni musicali, malghe, laghi, castelli.
It is important to underline that all the towns in Val Pusteria will rigorously organize each event in absolute compliance with any provisions about safety that will be provided.
NUMBER OF YOUR PERFORMANCES
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 ...).
NOTES ABOUT OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES
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.