The Fête des Vignerons, an event unique in the world, will be held from 18 July until 11 August 2019 in Vevey
To every generation its own festival: The Fête des Vignerons is held on the shores of Lake Geneva five times a century.
The celebration is organized by the Confrérie des Vignerons. It pays tribute to the heritage of the Vaud region, its viticultural traditions and the work of winegrowers and labourers. But there is more: A choir of Alpine dairymen from Fribourg and Vaud will intone the long-awaited song «Le Ranz des vaches», a traditional hymn often heard on mountain pastures. Thousands of volunteers, 1,200 singers and musicians as well as 5,500 performers make this event possible. Enough to draw plenty of attention for this 12th edition of the Fête des Vignerons – the first Swiss tradition to be listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
To host the Fête des Vignerons, a temporary stage will be built on Vevey’s market square. For each performance, the seating capacity will be 20,000. The artist Daniele Finzi Pasca acts as director of the 2019 show. The artistic director of the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sotchi promises plenty of poetry and a story that will appeal to locals and visitors alike. A grandfather will explain the world of winemaking to his little granddaughter, using about 20 panels that depict the different seasons of the vine, from the cutting to the harvest, while at the same time exploring the relationship between man and nature.