GAIA is a festival that provides the tranquil setting, time and space for appreciating live music, that lets you experience extraordinarily gifted musicians like Gwendolyn Masin, Svetlin Roussev, Natalie Clein, Lars Anders Tomter and Cedric Pescia up close during rehearsals and in concert; it is a festival known for its warm interpersonal relationships and communication. And it has been for ten years.
Like an antithesis to our contemporary, fast-paced life, musicians from all over the world meet in Parkhotel Gunten on the Lake Thun for a week of rehearsing together. Founded on this careful and intense preparation, the concerts provide a special environment, in which the music is presented, perceived and experienced.
The festival location in Oberhofen, situated on beautiful Lake Thun, offers a special atmosphere for listening to singular music and invites you to resonate and breath together as one. GAIA is the sixth sense that cannot be described, only felt; GAIA is a Festival celebrating pure life.
Enthroned directly on the lake, visible from far away, the stately medieval castle along with Klösterli, Parkhotel Gunten and the exciting halls of the museum of musical instruments of Wichterheergut, offer a fabulous, framework for the concerts.
At GAIA, Festival participants – artists, musicians and audience members – can expect to be swept up in the enigmatic and dynamic spirit which effervesces from the passion of artists creating together.
We invite you to GAIA and welcome you to our milestone birthday, our tenth edition “Zehn”!
Founder and artistic director