Intensive co-operation with partner cities and artistic organisations

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