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AlbaNova 2018 | The Musical Gift

AlbaNova is a festival for musical connoisseurs, curious ears and cultural adventure-seekers of all ages. In a historical decor that sparks the imagination, visitors will find a varied range of classical concerts, provocative creations, workshops and installations. Whether you are listening attentively in the intimacy of a chapel, singing along at the top of your voice or relaxing in the grass with ice cream: AlbaNova creates rich and pleasant surroundings where the experience of music, discovery and immersion flow into one another. Above all, we focus on families, children, young people and the music makers of today.

Music, that elusive human extravagance, is a talent and a gift that we pass on from generation to generation, from musician to listener, from mouth to ear. It is a memory of sounds sung, played and written, which invites us to immerse ourselves in the pleasure of playing and enjoy new variations again and again. The transfer and ongoing transformation of music are the themes of AlbaNova in 2018.

The programme is even more of a musical gift than usual, as is fitting for an anniversary edition. We are celebrating Musica’s 40th birthday with many artists who have been important fellow travellers on our musical journey in the past. These artists include: Raquel Andueza & La Galanía, Catalina Vicens & Marc Mauillon, Bart Rodyns & Nicolas Caillot, deCompagnie, Benjamin Glorieux, Marockin’ and AGO Benin Brass.

This year the festival will start early, on Saturday evening, with the Belgian premiere of the chamber opera ‘In my End is my Beginning' with Sofie Vanden Eynde and Lore Binon.

SINGLE FESTIVAL TICKET

Like last year, AlbaNova has opted for a single festival ticket that gives admission to the entire programme. Come to Alden Biesen early in the day and be dazzled all day long by the beauty that AlbaNova has to offer.

The programme indicates clearly which concerts are behind closed doors. That means: once the concert has begun, the doors stay closed. During activities or concerts with open doors, you can wander in and out as you please. Most concerts are repeated during the day to cope with possible high demand.

TOTAL EXPERIENCE

AlbaNova offers more than just a festival day full of great listening experiences. 

On the Alden Biesen site we provide a small food court with several original food and drink stands run by local providers, so you have everything you need within reach! Having a picnic on the grass, reading a book on the benches and enjoying a stroll around the beautiful Landcommanderij site are all part of the festival experience!

UNIQUE AUDIENCE FORMATS

AlbaNova aims to challenge both the artists and the audience, and offers several unique forms of audience participation and active experience. 

VARIED FESTIVAL DAY

AlbaNova is for musical connoisseurs, curious ears and cultural adventure-seekers of all ages. In a historical decor that sparks the imagination, visitors will find a varied range of classical concerts, provocative creations, workshops and installations. Whether you are listening attentively in the intimacy of a chapel, singing along at the top of your voice, relaxing in the grass or enjoying a traditionally made ice cream, AlbaNova creates rich and pleasant surroundings where the experience of music, discovery and immersion flow naturally into one another. Above all, we focus on families, children, young people and music makers of today.

Encounters

AlbaNova aims to challenge the artists and the audience, giving all visitors the opportunity to broaden their musical horizons. AlbaNova aims to inspire, create and develop, by forging links between the musical riches of the past and the present and by staging encounters between professional artists and amateurs, music makers and music lovers.

Watch the AlbaNova 2017 after-movie here: