From 1997 onwards regional spreading of the Festival has been envisaged. This vision has proved to be successful for the further development of the Festival and to attract a more numerous audience. Choirs in their turn are enabled to perform several times in unique historical locations.
Watou is at the heart of the proceedings. Pre-ouvertures and evening concerts are organized in other cities. Every time we are pleased to be able to extend the initiative in close co-operation with municipal authorities and other organisers of artistic events.
Saint-Anthony church, Houtkerque (France)
Abbey church and Basilica, Grimbergen
Saint-John church, Poperinge
Church of Our Lady, Koksijde
Cathedral Our Lady, Antwerp
Saint Michael’s Cathedral, Brussels
Saint-Eloi church, Dunkerque (France).
Saint-Medard church, Wervik
Aldeneik Church, Maaseik (Photo Tijs Posen)
For the central part of the Festival we focus on Watou, where four auditions, five concerts and a number of liturgical services will be organised. They form the backbone of the Festival so to speak. Indeed, Gregorian chant realises its full potential in a liturgical context.
Saint-Bavo church, Watou