Albanifest


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Description

The Albanifest, or Festival of St. Alban, is a large event in Winterthur's old town. Historically it is linked to St. Alban's day (22 June), marking the day in 1264 when Rudolf von Habsburg granted the Kyburg city of Winterthur a charter setting out the rights and obligations of its citizens. It was around this time that local elections were usually held, so political business was now coupled with a festival at which food and drink was given to the citizens.

In the twentieth century the local government reinstated the date for the coming-of-age celebration. In the period after the Second World War small festivals were held in each area of the town around 22 June. These became today's Albanifest, which has been held on the last weekend of June every year since 1971. The event attracts around 100,000 people from Winterthur and the surrounding area. Around a hundred clubs and associations run stalls offering food and drink, while entertainment is provided by innumerable bands and orchestras. The "Chilbi", a large fairground with rides and stalls, surrounds the area.

Nowadays the festival is organised by a committee which relies on and will continue to rely on volunteers from the clubs and associations who provide a point of contact at their stalls and give the festival its local character.

Image gallery

  • The Albanifest funfair © Albanifest-Komitee Winterthur (June 2011)
  • The children’s Albanifest © Albanifest-Komitee Winterthur (June 2011)
  • Strolling through the old town © Albanifest-Komitee Winterthur (June 2011)
  • Streets lined with food and drink stalls © Albanifest-Komitee Winterthur (June 2011)
  • The Albanifest funfair © Albanifest-Komitee Winterthur (June 2011)
  • The children’s Albanifest © Albanifest-Komitee Winterthur (June 2011)
  • Strolling through the old town © Albanifest-Komitee Winterthur (June 2011)
  • Streets lined with food and drink stalls © Albanifest-Komitee Winterthur (June 2011)

References and documentation

Publications
  • Adrian Bänninger: Das Albanifest in Winterthur. Ein Stadtfest am letzten Juni-Wochenende. In: Sechseläuten und Morgestraich. Die schönsten Feste und Bräuche der Schweiz. Geschichte und Gegenwart. Kreuzlingen, 2007, p. 75-77

  • Ernst Huggenberger: Albanifest in Winterthur. In: Das Jahr der Schweiz in Fest und Brauch. Ed. Rolf Thalmann, Fritz Hofer. Zürich, 1981, p. 206-207

  • Marc Leutenegger: Die Identifikation mit dem Fest schwindet. In: Der Landbote vom 21. Juni 2011, p. 13

  • Peter Niederhäuser: Albanifest. Tradition mit Startproblemen. In: Der Landbote vom 22. Juni 2011, p. 16

Documentation
  • Albanifest

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