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Old 07.07.2020, 15:56
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Fête des Vignerons 12mil in debt

Thought I would have a little rant about this. (News article on the link below.)

I went to the festival. In fact I went on a cancelled evening and was lucky to have the re arranged performance held on a Saturday afternoon.

From the start the tickets were wildly expensive. Only a few at 80 CHF then quite quickly getting up to 400 a ticket. Now that is quite a price to pay for something you have no idea what it will be or what to expect.

Then the bad weather provisions...there were none! If rain called off play. They re arranged a reduced duration performance in some cases on a Wednesday morning or something stupid. I was lucky and had the only re arranged performance on a weekend. So if you couldnt make the performance, or you werent happy with paying for a 4 hour show and getting 1.5 hours instead, tough, your loss...at up to 400 bucks, thats a bitter pill to swallow.

That said. The show was impressive and an expensive performance with a lot of effort going into. It was something very nice. Credit where credit is due.

I will leave that as a stand alone comment, as it was a good show. But the festival was only about the show. There really was nothing going on otherwise. The lake front sold everything from kebabs to Chinese but not really a drop of wine in sight. In the town you had more luck with the caves/wine cellars. But I felt it was sad that you had to be wealthy enough to have bought a ticket to enjoy this street festival, and couldnt just wonder around and enjoy it. I felt out of the show it lacked ambiance and a buzz.

I have been to the various wine festivals in this area, the harvest festivals, Montreux jazz, the Christmas markets etc. They are run every year and just felt there is more of a buzz, and certainly more inclusion for everyone at the regular do's than there was at this once in a generation festival.

Overly ambitious. And perhaps too arty farty, not enough about the wine and the people.

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Re: Fête des Vignerons 12mil in debt

We must have gone to a different festival because my mam and I certainly found very excellent wine to drink and many places to do so. There were several performances and special things going on in relation to the festival, such as the armaillis singing in the park by the lake and a procession along the lake front. Mind you, I downloaded all the information available and studied it well in advance, as well as having installed the App that they provided, so we knew what was happening where and when.

Totally agree with the rather illusory pricing though, the show we went to was sold out in the cheaper seats and practically empty in the more expensive ones. Having walked past those and seen that they were only different in terms of location but just as uncomfortable as the cheaper ones, we were quite pleased to have opted for cheaper.

Regarding the lack of provision rain, it has always been handled that way, my mam went to the one in the 70ies - which is also why she was adamant to get cheaper seats as high up as possible, with a view of the mountains.
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Re: Fête des Vignerons 12mil in debt

The biggest hangover the vignerons have ever had.

Apparently the most expensive tickets sold well, it was the cheaper ones, still CHF80-100, that were harder to sell and on the daytime shows only 7 out of 10 seats were sold on average, the unsold seats were a big cause of the financial problems.

I went and it was fun but felt like a giant amateur production by locals rather than professionals (choreography, timing, sound etc) which it was after all, but the prices were way in excess of a slicker, professional show. But it's only once every 20 years and still memorable, it sounds like they're on the way to resolving the debts so people can go 2039.
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