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.
Abbey church and Basilica Grimbergen
Church of Our Lady Koksijde
Cathedral Our Lady Antwerp
Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Brussels
Saint-Eloi Dunkerque (France).
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.