Open-air festival culture


Description

Open-air festivals are by far the largest cultural events in Switzerland today. No other country has such a packed programme of open-air festivals that are renowned throughout Europe. Every summer, thousands make the pilgrimage to Switzerland, mainly teenagers and young adults, but also, depending on the music on offer, entire families, to attend outdoor concert events for one or more days. Normally they do not leave the festival site during their stay. These visitors bring everything they need with them. They spend the night in tents, but do not get much sleep. The open-air festivals are enormous parties lasting several days and for many young people they are unforgettable experiences.

Image gallery

  • St Gallen Open Air (30.6.2017) © Open Air St. Gallen/Nick Lobeck
  • St Gallen Open Air (30.6.2017) © Open Air St. Gallen/Michael Dornbierer
  • Paléo Nyon © Paléo Nyon/Nicolas Patault
  • Paléo Nyon © Paléo Nyon/Marc Amiguet
  • Paléo Nyon © Paléo Nyon/Anne Colliard
  • Paléo Nyon © Paléo Nyon/Jacques Rattaz
  • St Gallen Open Air (28.6.2015) © Open Air St. Gallen/Tamara Gysel
  • St Gallen Open Air (25.6.2015) © Open Air St. Gallen/Daniel Gassner
  • St Gallen Open Air (3.7.2016) © Open Air St. Gallen/Markus Moning
  • St Gallen Open Air (3.7.2016) © Open Air St. Gallen/Rita-Seixas
  • St Gallen Open Air (2007) © Peter Hummel
  • St Gallen Open Air (2007) © Peter Hummel
  • St Gallen Open Air (1990) © Peter Hummel
  • St Gallen Open Air (1985) © Peter Hummel
  • The first St Gallen Open Air (1977), known at the time as the Abtwil Open Air © Peter Hummel
  • Skyline Stage at the Frauenfeld Open Air (2017) © René Götz
  • Skyline Stage at the Frauenfeld Open Air (2017) © René Götz

References and documentation

Publications
  • Robert Heyer, Sebastian Wachs, Christian Palentien (Ed.): Handbuch Jugend - Musik - Sozialisation. Wiesbaden, 2013

  • Christof Graf: Event-Marketing: Konzeption und Organisation in der Pop-Musik. Berlin, 1998

  • Urs Zurlinden: Open-Airs in der Schweiz: Musik für Millionen. In: Die Handelszeitung, 11.6.2015

  • Kim Schärer: Schweizer Festivals in Zahlen und Fakten. In: Radio SRF Virus, 19.6.2017

  • Renat Kuenzi: «Festivals sind musikalisch begleitete Rituale». In: Swissinfo, 8.7.2012

  • Association Paléo Arts et Spectacles (Ed.): Complices en coulisses - Paléo Festival Nyon. Nyon, 2015

  • Olivier Horner (Rédaction): La magie de l'éphémère - Paléo Festival Nyon. Lausanne, 2010

  • Pierre-Louis Chantre: Paléo - au coeur de la légende, 1976-2005. Lausanne, 2005

Documentation