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Valais Drink Pure Alphorn Festival

Concerts & festivals

Every year, the Valais Drink Pure Festival brings together around 150 alphorn players for its unique competition and its spellbinding ensemble pieces. In addition, it is an opportunity for spectators to plunge into a world of folklore and traditions.

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OESCH'S DIE DRITTEN

Oesch’s Die Dritten, the famous, award-winning Swiss-German band, is performing on the Friday evening. With their boundless energy and zest for life, the six members of the group, five of whom are from the same family, revisit traditional music in a truly unique way that captivates their broad audience every time.

AN OFFICIAL COMPETITION

The Alphorn players compete in an official blind competition: the jurors are inside a tent without knowing the identity of the players who perform, which guarantees their total impartiality. This competition attracts the best Alphorn players from all over Switzerland and abroad.

A OFF COMPETITION

The OFF competition was launched in 2018. With its rules offering more freedom to players and composers, it allows the most experienced among them to stray from the beaten track and traditional pieces. It opens the door to contemporary pieces in several pitches. It is also an opportunity for the public to discover this ancestral instrument in a more modern style.

MOMENTS OUTSIDE OF TIME

For the public, the highlight of the Valais Drink Pure Alphorn Festival is undoubtedly the ensemble pieces performed on Sunday at Tracouet (2,200 metres above sea level). In this idyllic alpine setting, on the banks of a small lake, the Alphorn finds its natural setting. Originally used to communicate from one valley to another, the Alphorn resounds once again in the mountains, but at the power of 150 (the number of players who join together to offer us this moment of grace).

A LARGE EMPHASIS ON FOLKLORE

The Valais Drink Pure Festival is more than just a gathering of Alphorn enthusiasts; it is a great celebration of Swiss traditions. Numerous folklore productions punctuate the three-day festival.

  • Free parking
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for families
  • On-site catering
  • WC
  • Animations for children

Contact

Association Traditions et Folklore de Nendaz CP 288
1997 Haute-Nendaz + 41 (0)27 289 55 89contact@nendazcordesalpes.ch

Prices

FridaySaturdaySunday (return trip by cable car)
Adult / ChildFree
Adult / ChildFree
Adult16.- CHF
Youth14.- CHF
Child8.- CHF

Useful information

PROGRAMME 2022

FRIDAY 22ND JULY 2022 - NENDAZ STATION
17:30 opening restoration
18:30 production of the alphorn group of Nendaz
19:15 production of the alphorn quartet of Nendaz
20:00 concert by Fanfare Rosablanche Nendaz
21:00 concert of Oesch’s Die Dritten
23:00 dance with Vincent Kessi’s Free Fellowship Band

SATURDAY 23RD JULY 2022 - NENDAZ STATION
09:45-11:30 official alphorn competition with a blind jury
11:00-18:30 musical entertainment - guest canton Bern
11:30-13:30 alphorn OFF competition with a blind jury
13:30-18:30 official alphorn competition with a blind jury
17:30 church service in Haute-Nendaz
18:45 big parade
20:00 production of alphorn group
20:30 big folkloric evening
22:30 dance with Vincent Kessi’s Free Fellowship Band

SUNDAY 24TH JULY 2022 - TRACOUET (2'200 METRES)
08:30-17:00 traditions Day at Tracouet
10:30 morceaux d'ensemble - formal part and speech
11:30 grand finale of Alphorn competition
14:00 declaration of winner of Young and OFF categories
14:30 morceaux d'ensemble, speech from Mr Beat Eggel, results and awards

In the area

Restaurant at Tracouet

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Tracouet Lake

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Tracouet Playground

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Tracouet gondola

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