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23rd International Choir Festival in South Tyrol "Alta Pusteria" 2020

Choir festival in the Puster Valley, Italy

from 24 to 28 June 2020

foto: Alta

fotos and logo: Alta

The International Choir Festival “Alta Pusteria” takes place annually in June in the wonderful Val Pusteria (Puster Valley). Choirs from all over the world will join in 2020 and attend the 23rd Edition of the festival to share their love of music at fascinating venues in the Val Pusteria, situated between Bruneck (Italy) and Sillian (Austria), in front of the impressive panorama of the South Tyrolean mountains.     

The Choir Festival is open to all types of choirs and offers up to sixty performances such as concerts in theaters, concert halls and churches in various small towns of the Val Pusteria as far as open-air performances taking place at impressive viewpoints in the heart of the Dolomites (alpine huts, music pavilions, castles and lakes). All choirs have the possibility to perform three to six concerts.  The repertoire is free of choice: there are no compulsory pieces and all musical periods and music styles are admitted.
Furthermore a daily event for getting to know each other will take place during the festival: the opening concert on the arrival day, the welcome event  „Fiesta di Benvenuto“, taking place on the top of Plan de Corones (2275 m), the Tyrolese Party in Villabassa, the Choirs´ Parade in San Candido and the “Festa dell´ Arrivederci” to end the festival.
Be inspired by this unique musical event in the midst of the wild and romantic landscape of South Tyrol.


Our Program for your Choral Trip

24 June 2020
Arrival in the Puster Valley and official opening of the Choir Festival

Choirs arrive in Val Pusteria: Check-in at your hotel.
Welcome cocktail at the hotel and meet your Festival assistant upon arrival. Dinner at the hotel.
In the evening official opening ceremony with “Opening Concert” in the Gustav Mahler Hall Dobbiaco.

25 June 2020
Welcome Festival at the Plan de Corones and Festival Concerts

Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning “Festa di Benvenuto” on the Top of Plan de Corones: all participating choirs meet for a welcome party on the Top of Plan de Corones, at an altitude of 2,275 meters. A stage is set up under the big 'Campana della Concordia' (the second largest Italian bell) where each choir is asked to sing a song. At the end of the performances all the participants will have the pleasure of listening to the musical tolling of the bell.

Day according to the Choir Festival program. Participation in at least one performance (concert, "Open Air Review"or "Meeting-Day").
Following: afternoon concerts.
Dinner at the hotel.
Afterwards: evening concerts

26 June 2020
Festival Concerts and Tyrolese Party in Villabassa

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day according to the Choir Festival program. Participation in at least one performance
(concert, "Open Air Review"or "Meeting-Day"):
After Breakfast morning concerts.
In the early afternoon: "Open Air Reviews " and concerts in alpine huts.
Further afternoon concerts following.
Dinner at the hotel.
Evening concerts following dinner.

Afterwards: Meeting of all participants of the choir festival during the “Tyrolese Party” in Villabassa:
The Tyrolean feast takes place the whole day in the main square of Villabassa.
The square will be full of stands displaying typical food products and handicrafts from Val Pusteria. During the feast, there will be two outdoor shows of popular music and performances of Tyrolean folkloric groups followed. During the party choirs will perform according to the official festival program.

27 June 2020
Festival Concerts and Choirs´Parade in San Candido

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day according to the Choir Festival program. Participation in, at least, one performance (concert, "Open Air Review" or "Meeting-Day"):
After Breakfast morning concerts.
In the early afternoon “Open Air Reviews”.

Afterwards: “Choirs’ Parade” in San Candido.
The choirs` parade in San Candido is the most spectacular event of the Festival: all  participating choirs of the choir festival will parade in uniform along the streets of the town and will gather at the Piazza del Magistrato, in the center of San Candido, for the mayor's official greetings. The parade is followed by a joint choral performance.

Following: Typical Tyrolese dinner at the hotel.
Evening concerts
after dinner.
Following: “Choirs’ Night”.
Nightly concerts at different places in Bruneco and San Candido.

28 June 2020
Closing Ceremony of the Choir Festival

Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning: “Festa dell’Arrivederci” in Sesto
Meeting of all participating choirs of the choir festival at "Casa Sesto" for the closing ceremony. Each choir will receive a certificate of participation.

Closing of the Festival and departure of all choirs.


Our Services for your Choral Trip

  • 4 nights in the requested  3* or 4* category hotel with half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Accommodation in double rooms with private facilities
  • Welcome cocktail upon arrival and typical Tyrolese Dinner on Saturday
  • Choir Festival participation including all costs and fees (3 to 6 performances)
  • Participation in the opening ceremony, „Festa di Benvenuto“, „Festa Tirolese“, Choirs´ Parade in San Candido, „Festa dell´Arrivederci“
  • Ski-lift ticket to the top of Plan de Corones (2275 m.) for the “Festa di Benvenuto”
  • Ski-lift ticket to any other performance in a hut
  • Participation certificate for all choirs of the choir festival
  • English speaking escort
  • 1 free place in a twin room based on every 20 participants

Upon request we would be happy to assist you by adding a guided tour city of Bruneck, the capital town of the Puster valley or an excursion to Merano, the best known spa town of Southern Tyrol with its charming Old Town or to Bozen with a visit of a winery in Kaltern during an extention day.

The arrival and departure to/from Val Pusteria is to be carried out independently. Depending on your travel arrangements we will be happy to assist you with booking ground transportation (local Italian coach) to/from the airports for example in Innsbruck, Munich or Venice and during the festival.

Request an individual offer for this trip