Fête des Vignerons 2019

An “intangible cultural heritage” (as recognized by UNESCO)
Once in a generation – recent ones 1955, 1977, 1999, now 2019
Since 1797 a festivity has been held on the ‘Place du Marché’ in Vevey.
A complete history can be found on the site of the Confrérie des Vignerons de Vevey.


A 20,000 place stadium constructed for 20 performances.
5500 voluntary ‘figurants’
for whom the costume budget is CHF12m
Total budget is close to CHF 100m, about double that of 1999. (Seems like there will be a serious deficit, but our post and videos will focus on the accomplishments of this gigantic undertaking).

Go here for full screen version of our latest feature from Vevey.
Currently it is in final preparation – coming shortlypassword holders please provide feedback to the draft version – thank you. Narration is also in preparation.

Visit the arena: (our own visit is part of our project – coming in part two).

Arena VeveyPhoto: © Samuel-Rubio/Fête-des-Vignerons

Amazing graphics to show off the arena:

This test is live:

Details of the LED floor:

Aerial views by aeroplane:

Professional video capture taking place:
Watch out for the several types of official cameras being used, including:
1. Camera on overhead cables, maneuverable like a drone in 3D – the oiriginal was by “Spidercam“- the one used here is by “XDmotion“.
2. Fast walking with camera on gimbal mount.
Stedicam is just one brand.
3. Stedicam again – but riding a Segway !  In the final TV film we see how these shots are used so effectively to provide incredible fluidity of movement with excellent stability.
4. Reportedly 12 cameras including all the fixed ones and those mentioned above.
We do have a first professional public viewing – the complete show was transmitted nationally on the Swiss TV 27July – the results are outstanding!

Summary of key camera types: (sorry, we’ll change the overhead cam to XDmotion asap).

Guess we can look forward to public offering blue-ray or UHD products using this really serious arsenal of cameras. Yet, however good the video images, we believe it will be difficult to re-create the ambience of being there. It appears that the biggest open discussion between those having seen the show (and some who have not!) is on the merits of daytime versus evening experiences.

The audio system is by Meyer Sound – main (black) speakers suspended from the eight 30-meter-high masts – with (white) proximity loudspeakers throughout the arena as well – 400 of them in total: