Sunday the 30th of June 2019
Midsummer Festival for creation and musical heritage
Since 1984, Musica and Alden Biesen have organised a dedicated Old Music Day. After thirty years, the formula needed tweaking. Under the name AlbaNova (the alba is an old poetry genre practised by medieval troubadours), the new concept builds a bridge between the old and the new, between musical heritage and creation.
AlbaNova keeps its finger on the pulse of the latest developments in music. International meetings and new productions in development are given a stage, both in a literal and metaphorical sense. Every year, the programme is built around topical themes that strike a nerve and this always results in a strong and coherent programme.
The essence of Old Music Day hasn’t changed: the central role for musical heritage, the broad range of music, the unique and historic setting of Alden Biesen and the family atmosphere. Our traditional rendez-vous on the last Sunday of June also remains intact. The biggest novelties at AlbaNova are the development trajectories, the creation and the crowd participation.

 

Music castle

Music castle

The next two years we are developing a new cultural identity for the site. We will do this with active music education and music participation in a qualitative international context.
Alden Biesen is therefore not only a place where concerts and festivals take place. Creation, performance, training and education with innovative concepts will take place. Here will family audience, free time and music experience find each other.
 

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