PALP Festival 2023, Valais, Switzerland
August 5 - August 20
The PALP Festival celebrates the culture and gastonomy of the Swiss canton of Valais in a series of events held across the summer from April to September.
PALP is a wonderful Alpine music festival which was started a dozen years ago by Sébastien Olesen to showcase what the region has to offer. From small origins it has grown into a major, and groundbreaking, festival.
The festival is as wide ranging as it is eclectic, with performances and exhibitions held in Roman ampitheatres, people’s flats, vineyards, in ski lifts and at the top of the mountain.
Main events during the summer festival include Roclette and Electroroclette, combining music and food.
PALP in the Mountains
Quite literally the high spot of the festival is the festival in the Alps.
In 2022, this was guitar concert by Los Hermanos Gutiérrez, two brothers from Ecuador, held at Becs de Besson, some 2,985 metres above the city of Sion. Festivalgoers have to trek up – and down – the mountain to listen to the concert, as our editor Mark Bibby Jackson discovered.
PALP Festival Schedule
Highlights of the 2023 festival include:
On 5 to 13 August 2023 in Val de Bagnes.
On 19 and 20 August 2023 in La Chaux, Verbier.
There will aso be a mountain session on 2 September in Becs de Bosson.
Tickets for PALP Festival
You can purchase tickets here
Things To Do in Valais
There is so much culture in the region – not all of it at the top of a mountain. Discover what to do in Valais by following Mark Bibby Jackson’s trip there discovering its high culture. Alternatively, you can find the local Valais Wallis tourism website.
You can find all there is to know about the Swiss festival at the official website.
Main image of Los Hermanos Gutiérrez concert in the Alps photo: Mark Bibby Jackson.
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