28 July 2019
Valais Drink Pure Alphorn Festival
Experience this big gathering of Alphorns, with over 200 alphorn players present in Nendaz.
The next edition of the Valais Drink Pure Festival will be from 26th to 28nd of July 2019.
An official competition
The alphorn blowers are spread over several categories. The jury of experts judges blind. This type of competition is unique in Switzerland. Every year the participation grows bigger and bigger with musicians not only coming from all over Switzerland, but also from France, Germany, Belgium and even the USA.
A popular festival
When you participate in the Valais Drink Pure Festival, you are immersed in a world of folklore and traditions. Not only does the spectator discover this ancient instrument called the alphorn through the official competition and through the morceaux d'ensemble, but also through numerous other activities that are proposed throughout the festival : grand traditional parade, performances by folk groups and country dance in the evening.
Authenticity is in fashion
The alphorn follows in the spirit of Nendaz, which lies on authenticity, local products and tradition. Nendaz proposes a wide choice of activities based on this instrument : group and quartet, alphorn making demonstrations, introduction courses and lessons, and of course the Valais Drink Pure Festival! The alphorn intrigues, fascinates and captivates, even the younger generations. We see this every year with the success encountered by the festival and other activities linked with the alphorn!
Friday 26th of July 2019 – Nendaz, "Les Ecluses" (free)
From 5.30 pm Catering on site
6.30 pm Alphorn group of Nendaz
8 pm Concert by Fanfare Rosablanche of Nendaz
9.30 pm Folkloric evening
10.30 pm Dance
Saturday 27st of July 2019 – Nendaz, "Les Ecluses" (free)
10.00 am - 11.30 am Official alphorn competition (held 10 minutes by feet from the festival)
10.30 am - 7.00 pm Musical entertainment at the sport centre with folk groups : yodellers, bell ringers, folk dancing
13h30-18h30 Official alphorn competition
5.30 pm Church service at the church of Haute-Nendaz, animated by the choir of hunters
6.45 pm Big parade with groups and floats
8.30 pm Folkloric evening
10.30 pm Dance with Ricoshow
Sunday 28nd of July 2019 - Tracouet Lake - 2'200m (chf 16.-)
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)
Official part with Mr. Jean-René Fournier
11.30 am Alphorn competition grand final
2.00 pm Production of the winner of the young category and of the OFF-competition
2.30 pm Alphorn "Morceaux d'ensemble"
Closing ceremony, speech of president of organising committee Mr Beat Eggel
Results and prize giving ceremony
Free (with the exception of the ascent by telecabine to reach the site on Sunday: 16.-)