about Albanova

(c) Tom Jordens

ALBANOVA 2019 | EN ROUTE

AlbaNova is a festival for musical connoisseurs, curious ears and cultural adventure-seekers of all ages. In a historical decor which sparks the imagination; visitors will find a varied range of classical concerts, provocative creations, workshops and installations. AlbaNova provides rich and pleasant surroundings where the experience and discovery of music flow into one another. Become fully immersed in the AlbaNova experience; whether you are listening attentively in the intimacy of a chapel, singing along at the top of your voice, relaxing under a maypole or while enjoying a delicious picnic. Above all, we focus on families, children, young adults and the music makers of today.

Music as an artform absorbs all kind of influences on its way- throughout history or on a literal journey. Marked by its individuality and multiplicity, we can continue to explore and discover, without limitations. The connections that music makes due to its nomadic character, spanning generations and borders, forms the theme of AlbaNova 2019.

The programme promises that this year will be another outstanding edition: The singers of Psallentes will perform Lassus’ Psalmi poenitentiales. Ratas del viejo Mundo will immerse visitors into the world of folk music and polyphony. Discover the high-tech world of routes du son and above all, enjoy all the beauty that midsummer festival AlbaNova ‘En Route’ has to offer.

SINGLE FESTIVAL TICKET

AlbaNova opts for a single festival ticket that provides admission for the entire programme. You can choose to attend the midsummer festival for a whole or half day. We recommend that you arrive at Alden Biesen early and be dazzled all day long by the beauty that AlbaNova has to offer.

The programme indicates clearly which concerts are behind closed doors. This means that 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 artists are  programmed twice throughout the day to cope with possible high demand.

TOTAL EXPERIENCE

AlbaNova offers more than just a festival full of great listening experiences during the longest day of the year. 

On the Alden Biesen site we provide a small food court with several original food and drink stands run by local providers, so you will have everything you need within reach! To make your festival day even more memorable, AlbaNova offers a delicious picnic filled with local produce, that you can order in advance. This can be enjoyed in the renewed English landscape garden while savoring various musical interventions. Reading a book from our booktree, daydreaming under one of the maypoles, spending quality time with your family and enjoying a stroll around the beautiful Grand Commandery site are all part of the festival- and midsummer 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. 

During the family parcour, families with children and artists enter into a dialogue through Gregorian chant and polyphony. The boundaries between listening, experiencing and active execution are fading. And for a moment, you will become a singer of Psallentes yourself.

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 an AlbaNova after-movie here:

THE MUSICAL GIFT

Music is a talent and gift, passed on from generation to generation, from musician to listener, from mouth to ear.

During AlbaNova 2018 Musicafonds offered, for the first time, four visitors the unique chance to share a part of their festival experience with someone who could not (or was no longer able to) attend the festival. Thanks to this initiative, residents of residential care center Dijlehof in Leuven and Senior Center Onze Lieve Vrouw in Bornem enjoyed a moving performance, but also a family were able to receive a musical gift in an intimate circle.

The Musicafonds is fully convinced of the power of The Musical Gift. This is why three visitors of AlbaNova 2019 are given the opportunity to give a concert to someone who can not attend the festival. Come to AlbaNova; register, and you might be able to surprise someone with a musical gift.