“Positive” results for the Belluard Bollwerk Festival in Fribourg

“Positive” results for the Belluard Bollwerk Festival in Fribourg
“Positive” results for the Belluard Bollwerk Festival in Fribourg

A large part of the Belluard Bollwerk Festival was free to enter and the paying pieces attracted more than 2,300 spectators.

Photo: KEYSTONE/ANTHONY ANEX

The 41st edition of the Belluard Bollwerk Festival ended Saturday evening in Fribourg ‘in a breath of love and freedom’, after the ten days of the event dedicated to the performing arts. It attracted 5,000 visitors, with more than 2,300 spectators for the paying pieces.

The organizers drew a positive assessment at the end of an edition made up of “sensitive, visionary and restorative explorations,” according to their press release published Sunday. “An intense journey into death and into life, through artistic proposals that are as radical as they are full of nuances,” they summarized.

The creations resonated within the walls of the Belluard fortress. They took the audience into the streets of the Alt district, into the WallStreet art space and into the underground passages of the former Poya barracks. Many performances were sold out, despite the vagaries of the weather.

Change in management

A large part of the festival was accessible with free admission. The paying pieces attracted more than 2,300 spectators, less than the 3,100 tickets sold last year. As a reminder, Laurence Wagner signed her last edition of a festival of which she will leave the direction after five years at its head.

Laurence Wagner contributed ‘to the influence of the festival, while maintaining its links to the heart of Fribourg life,’ noted the organizers. ‘Even in times of pandemic, she was able to bounce back with inventiveness and boundless energy, in order to successfully carry out the festival’s mission.’

The management position is currently being competitively filled. The new holder will be appointed during the month of September, the press release states. The budget for the event was 885,000 francs this year. As for the future, the 42nd edition of the Belluard Bollwerk will take place from June 26 to July 5, 2025.

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