Fribourg Music Festival a resounding success

The 20th edition of the International Festival of Sacred Music (FIMS) in Fribourg attracted more than 5,200 listeners, a result described as “extremely positive” by the organizers.

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The 20th edition of the International Festival of Sacred Music (FIMS) in Fribourg attracted more than 5,200 listeners, a result described as “extremely positive” by the organizers. The biannual event, which closed on Sunday, has regained its pre-Covid attendance.

Sixteen concerts were on the programme, covering a thousand years of music, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Two festival commissions were given world premieres: The World Grown Dark by Italian composer Stefano Gervasoni and Es lärmt das Licht by Polish composer Agata Zubel, FIMS said in a statement.

The concerts were given at the church of Collège St-Michel or at the Dôme. The latter, installed on the Place du Collège, allowed the public to live an extraordinary experience: three-dimensional sound in a space equipped with a sound system of 32 loudspeakers spread over three levels.

An unmissable event in sacred music, the FIMS has been held, in principle, every two years since 1986. The next edition will take place from July 4 to 12, 2026. (dal/ats)

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