May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019
Avenches - Fête et Festival
The 16th annual “Gospel Air Festival,” under this year’s theme, “Gospel in New Orleans,” brings nearly 600 singers together from all over Switzerland and Italy in melodious bliss.
Avenches, the Helvetians’ ancient capital, melds its medieval town’s memory of times past in the heart of its modern city with captivating charm, a mirror of history and the tradition of one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland, while setting the weekend beat to music and the magic of choir members’ voices; all united by the same passion, that of Gospel.
Four stages, a huge tent, the rue Centrale closed to motor vehicles, restaurants and bars, famous places named after the old, mythical New Orleans’ neighborhoods; decorated and beautifully illuminated at night promise a timeless musical journey and an unforgettable street party.
In this splendid open-air and under marquee settings, more than twenty choirs, New Orleans’ music groups, hip-hop dancers and circus artists will perform. Day and night, this extraordinary mix of cultures and living arts reflecting the Gospel spirit invites you to come and celebrate. There’s free access to all street entertainment.
Saturday night’s gala show takes center stage under the big tent and will absolutely be the Gospel Festival’s icing on the cake. Directed by Gérard Demierre, the show touches all generations, promising enjoyment and excitement.
In Africa, the palaver tree is a traditional gathering place, where children come to listen to stories told by a village elder, the griot...
Heritage, transmission, memory…such living arts weave the threads of the past and present, allusions and discoveries. The vivid memory of bygone days blows a fresh breeze of renewal and the voices of the younger generation are heard; thanks to Gospel as the living link. Its harmony is vast, limitless, without borders and intones transformation. By listening to Gospel’s voice, we know the people who sing it.
The superb stagecraft brings out the very best in the choirs, while voices and music immerse the audience in a captivating atmosphere; where the pleasure of seeing, hearing and singing is revealed.
On Sunday afternoon, all of the festival’s choirs will perform at the final concert under the big tent. The street party will merrily accompany the public well into the night.
From May 25, 2019 To May 26, 2019
Saturday May 25th 2019:
- 10 am to 5 pm: Gospel choirs singing throughout the city
- 18 pm to 2 am: live arts and animations throughout the city
- 8.30 pm to 9.45 pm: gala show under the big tent (paid entry)
Sunday May 26th 2019:
- 10 am to 8 pm : live arts and animations throughout the city
- 3 pm to 6 pm : final concert under the big tent (collection)
Ticketing for the Gala Show at Avenches Tourisme
Opening of the ticketing on March 1st, 2019
Reserved parking, three-course meal at the Restaurant des Bains (13 pts Gault & Millau), a reserved seat for the gala show, a glass of champagne Jacquart, program of the festival
Vieux Carré Zone:
A reserved seat for the gala show, a vouncher for a drink (soft drink, wine or beer)