SUMMER PRESSKIT 2019 - CULTURE
CULTURE - HIDDEN TREASURES AWAIT
Crans-Montana is a destination full of history and popular Valais traditions that travellers can discover at the Grand-Lens museum as well as the Colombire Ecomuseum. All cultural tastes are catered for, enjoyed and shared here. Examples of our cultural diversity include: a museum of model trains for all the family; the Opale Foundation in Lens, that brings together Swiss and international artists; the Vision Art Festival, which has helped to draw urban art away from large cities and into the heart of the Alps; and of course, the five galleries of Crans-Montana. Music from popular and classical through to electro can also be heard at numerous concerts, events and festivals throughout the year.
INNOVATIVE BY TRADITION SINCE 1893
Crans-Montana was born when two friends from the valley, Louis Antille and Michel Zufferey, fell in love with this majestic plateau during a hunting trip, and opened the first hotel, Le Parc, in 1893, marking the beginning of the history of the entire region. The exceptional air quality and sunshine gave rise to sanatoriums from 1896 onwards. Following this came the golf era from 1906, and then skiing, with the first downhill race in 1911. Other developments such as the vineyards, the ‘bisses ‘(irrigation canals), alpine pastures and also key events and also celebrities have made Crans-Montana a destination that is enriched with 125 years of fascinating history.
To mark this anniversary, 12 giant illuminated letters spelling Crans-Montana have been installed on the banks of Lake Grenon, at the foot of the Hotel du Parc hill, and on the Centenary Path, which links the centre of Montana and Crans. Replicas of these letters will also be found dotted around in natural surroundings, marking 12 of the most beautiful viewpoints in the region. So whilst walking between the valley and the glacier, you’ll come across these 12 letters together with a telescope, accompanied by video portraits of local celebrities, whose experiences and anecdotes will teach you even more about a theme closely related to each place.
For those who won’t have the chance to visit these little corners of paradise, it will be possible to meet these local celebrities and hear their fascinating stories on www.crans-montana.ch/en/125_ans. We’ll be highlighting a story and a celebrity every two weeks from 1st July onwards, for 6 months. Log in and follow the 125ANS series. The glacier, the ‘bisses’, golf, skiing, water or mountain pastures, don’t miss any of the 13 episodes which embody the wonderful diversity of Crans-Montana.
The Fondation Opale has moved to the Crans-Montana Haut-Plateau. Through exhibitions and workshops, gatherings and publications, the Fondation Opale intends to install a permanent dialogue between Aboriginal art and contemporary art. From June onwards, contemporary Aboriginal art from Australia will take centre stage! An opportunity to celebrate artists who are committed in their approach.
- Inalpe de Corbyre (June 9)
- Ambassadors of Music USA (June 14 - July 20)
- Icogne Jazz (July 5-6)
- Vision Art Festival (July 22-31)
- Circus au Sommet (July 31 - August 18)
- Swiss National Day (August 1)
- Water and Fire Shows (August 1-4)
- Crans-Montana Classics (August 3-10)
- Blues @Lake Moubra (August 9-10)
- Midsummer Festival (August 10)
- Combat de Reines (August 11)
- Federal FolkMusic Festival (19-22 September)