From the 22nd to the 24th of July 2016, don't miss the Alphorn festival !
More than a simple gathering of players, the Valais Drink Pure Festival equally offers an official competition, a big traditional procession, a country dance, demonstrations of Swiss wrestling, performances by folklore groups and ensemble pieces of music.
This event is a true popular festival concentrated on Swiss folklore. It takes place between the Plaine des Ecluses in the heart of the resort (Friday-Saturday) and the exceptional site of the Lac noir de Tracouet (Sunday).
The official competition unites more than 100 players divided into several categories. A blinded jury of experts listens to and evaluates the pieces played. This procedure is unique in Switzerland up to now.
Nearly 12,000 spectators travel to Nendaz each year to take part in this original and traditional festival! All the entertainments and productions are free (except for the ride up to Tracouet in the telecabine on Sunday).
Friday 22nd of July
5.30 pm : catering on site, free entrance
6.30 pm : alphorn group of Nendaz
7.15 pm : concert by the alphorn quartet of Nendaz
8.15 pm : concert by Fanfare La Rosablanche
9.15 pm : concert
10.30pm : dance with "Tontons Bastons"
Saturday 23rd of July
10.00 am : official alphorn competition (held 10 minutes by feet from the festival), free entrance
10.30 am - 7.00 pm : musical entertainment at the sport centre, folk groups, yodellers, bell ringers, folk dancing
5.30 pm : church service at the church of Haute-Nendaz
6.45 pm : big parade with groups and floats
9.00 pm : concert
11.00 pm : folk and traditional evening and dance with "4 Vallées" band
Sunday 24th of July
8.30 am - 5.00 pm : Alphorn performances, musical entertainment, Swiss wrestling, arts & crafts workshop, Alphorn making workshop
10.30 am : Alphorn "Morceaux d'ensemble" (musicians playing simultaneously)
11.30 am : Alphorn competition grand final
2.00 pm : production of young solits winner
2.30 pm : Alphorn "Morceaux d'ensemble", closing ceremony, speech of president of organising committee, results, prize giving ceremony
More information www.nendazcordesalpes.ch
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