ADORATIO | Saints, Martyrs and Lovers
Laus Polyphoniae 2017 - Early Music Festival - 24th Edition - 18-27 August 2017
Adoration is the theme of the early music festival Laus Polyphoniae this summer. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, God, Jesus and a whole array of saints were worshipped as a sign of pure devotion or invoked in superstitious protection against disease and disaster. The cult of the Virgin Mary, in Flanders and other parts of Europe, inspired beautiful paintings and sculptures as well as masterpieces of Western music. However adoration is not a purely religious affair. Two lovers who promise to love each other for all eternity or the ideal of unattainable love also come to life in poignant poetry and songs. For ten days, the best Belgian and international ensembles will be coming to Antwerp to present their vision of adoration to you. Listen to established names and upcoming talent at 70 concerts held all over the historic city centre. You are warmly welcome to join us from 18 to 27 August at our afternoon, evening and late-night concerts.
In 2014 the Klara award was presented to AMUZ for the Laus Polyphoniae | Elisabeth I festival and in 2015 Laus Polyphoniae | Petrus Alamire has been awarded the EFFE label for 2015-2016 by the international EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) jury.