Pentecost Festival 2021

!!! ATTENTION !!! 
PENTECOST FESTIVAL 2021 postponed to 2022

The Huelgas Ensemble in Talant (Burgundy)
Artistic director : Paul Van Nevel


Dear Festivalgoer,

It is difficult for us to announce, but circumstances beyond our control have forced us to postpone Talant's Huelgas Pentecost Festival 2021 until the Whitsun weekend of 2022.

Given that the force of the Covid-19 virus has brought the entire cultural sector to a standstill, and a ‘normal’ situation with the original festival dates (21-22-23 May 2021) has become unthinkable, even for the greatest of optimists (ban on travel, quarantine obligations, keeping a distance during concerts, etc...), the municipality of Talant and the Huelgas Ensemble were faced with a case of force majeur.  Therefore, the only option was to postpone the festival until 2022.

So, kindly make a note of the new dates for the Pentecost Festival 2022 :

Friday 3 June - Saturday 4 June - Sunday 5 June 2022

It will be an unprecedented festival, with recently discovered repertoire and a number of surprises, as befits the Talant Festival!  

And keep healthy, so that we can meet again in 2022, during a Covid-free festival !

Paul Van Nevel



You will soon find a link for ticket sales here.

  • 1. Programme (PDF)
  • 2. Philosophie (PDF)
  • 3. Practical information (PDF)
  • Your support is crucial !

    The Huelgas Ensemble does not have its own financial means to cover the costs that the festival entails. We are therefore looking for donors, patrons and regular sponsors from the business community who wish to support this important cultural event..

    Souvenirs of Talant 2019

    7 - 8 - 9 June 2019
    The Huelgas Ensemble in Talant (Burgundy)
    Artistic director: Paul Van Nevel 

    During the Pentecost weekend of 2019 a long-held dream came true:  the Huelgas Ensemble organized its very own festival for the first time. And it immediately became an absolute revelation in the densely populated festival landscape:  for the first time a festival took place dedicated to one ensemble with an exclusive repertoire.

    The concept succeeded in all ways:  for three days visitors to the festival could indulge in unprecedented vocal polyphony, enjoying perfect performances in the magical late Romanesque church of the tranquil village of Talant.

    The focus was on the three main evening concerts that were briefly but illuminatingly commentated by Paul Van Nevel, and during which a number of surprising experiments were conducted. In addition there were two late night concerts, lectures on the Burgundian Renaissance period, an organ recital and an initiation into Renaissance dance art.

    Last but not least, during the three-day festival bar ‘Chez Josquin’ an interaction was forged between the internationally colourful audience and the performers. The acclaim for these lively discussions was proven by the numerous responses that the ensemble received after the festival.

    This festival was made possible thanks to the financial support and encouragement of Mr Bart and Mrs Hilde De Moor - Devoghel.

  • program booklet (PDF)
  • Watch video "Talant 2019" (Klara - image Mark Janssens, editing Tom Brewaeys)
    • Images Luk Van Eeckhout