A Zermatt Tradition takes on a new guise

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Flags, piccolos and drums, formation dancing in uniform and costumeyodelling, accordions and alphorns – all manner of performances and in lavishly decorated costumes. Lots of dancing and lots of music. Nothing but Swiss traditions will abound in Zermatt on Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th of August 2018! This year’s Folklore Festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary – with a plethora of events, in a burst of colour and, for the first time this year, featuring “mountainside ambience“. The proceeds in turn will go to Zermatt Youth. A committee comprising the local business association, the Hoteliers’ and Innkeepers’ Association and Zermatt Tourism is responsible for organizing the event.

© Pedro Rodrigues

Still holding office as chairman of the local business association, Ted Mate has now been chairman of the organising committee for around 20 years. He is again looking forward to experiencing the festival:

“Being able to stage an event for 50 times is not an easy undertaking.”

“And this year, also over two days – in the village and on the mountain! What’s more: the Rotary Club of Zermatt’s Jazz Festival will also be held on the Saturday this year. This means that there will be folklore displays, exhibitions and events on the church square during the day and jazz concerts during the evening. An interesting mix of synergies will result for everyone.” But Ted Mate is also relieved that he will be officiating for the last time this year. He will be handing over the sceptre – naturally associated with many fond memories – to the new president of the local business association: Philipp Fuchs.

© Pedro Rodrigues

To ensure “mountainside ambience” prevails, concerts will be performed on the Gornergrat and Klein Matterhorn on the Saturday – while a diverse range of folklore events featuring dancing and music will provide the perfect mood on the church square. Sunday will kick off with a yodelling mass in the parish church of St. Mauritius and celebrate its climax with a parade through the village by 1,000 participants drawn from 50 clubs in Zermatt and indeed throughout Switzerland.

© Victor Cortez

Performances staged by the clubs at the “Obere Matte” leisure complex and on the church square will bring the festival to its conclusion. Catering tents at the festival sites will provide refreshment for the up to 10,000 expected spectators.

See you soon at the Folklore Festival!

© Victor Cortez
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