150 years of alpinism in the Sesto Dolomites
Sesto the village of the Three Peaks invites you on an exciting journey through its alpine history in 2019. Everywhere in the village there is something exciting to discover: testimonies of great conquests, mountaineers’ stories, routes you can touch, and much more.
04 JANUARY 2019
Opening of the anniversary year and of the Berg Film Festival
The makers of the Sesto Berg Film Festival present real blockbusters, but also true classics, authentic short films and exciting documentaries all year round!
09 JUNE 2019
Grand opening of the “Mountain Time” festival, early morning drink and snack with Sesto marching band and première of the “Bergsteigermarsch” mountaineer’s march by Klaus Tschurtschenthaler
Mountain Time: The unique Sesto Mountain Sundial is probably one of the most striking skylines created by nature. The peaks – Nove (9), Dieci (10), Undici (11), Dodici (12) and Una (1) tower high above Sesto and together comprise the imposing craggy timepiece. You can tell the time from the location of the sun over the respective summits. In June and July 2019 this phenomenon will be especially clear to see due to a unique staging.
26 JUNE 2019
The Accessible Summit Book
The summit book is written proof of heroic deeds in the mountains. Each spectacular first climb told of courage, great ambition, mental strength and technical ability – not to mention a certain measure of madness. It is these very conquests that have been documented in the books high up in the mountains since the late 19th century and from 26.06.2019 Sesto will be bringing the summit books down into the valley, exhibiting them as an accessible art installation and enabling visitors to experience them in authentic fashion. Representatives from Sesto’s twin town, Zermatt, will be attending the grand opening.
28 JUNE 2019
Shop goes Art
In summer 2019 eight shops in Sesto and Moso will be making room in their display windows for contemporary art! Eight artists from the alpine region, including painters, sculptors and wood carvers will be exhibiting their works about the mountains, adventure and the pioneer spirit there. The exhibition opens on 28 June.
13 to 20 JULY 2019
Sesto Mountain Week
Mountain hiking in the Sesto Dolomites in the footsteps of great mountaineers. The mountain week will delight visitors with a varied itinerary of guided tours and hikes in the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus several different evening events. Two very special highlights should not be missed:
18 JULY 2019
PEAKnic with a view
It was on 18 July 1869, early one Sunday morning, when three mountain climbers shook hands on the Punta dei Tre Scarperi. The first officially documented summit rendezvous between man and mountain in the Sesto Dolomites, and the starting signal for many more. Exactly 150 years later, this remarkable milestone in Sesto’s history will be fittingly celebrated, with great live music and a gourmet picnic, in the “Stadile Winkl”, at the foot of the Punta dei Tre Scarperi. Be there, when the original route will be spectacularly illuminated.
20 July 2019
Sesto Vertical Arena III
A get together between international greats and well-known mountaineering names, who will inspire the public with tales of their adventures. The evening ends with an exciting podium discussion and opportunity to chat directly with the climbers.
21 AUGUST 2019
The Cima Grande
On 21.08.1869 the same rope team that overcame the Punta dei Tre Scarperi also conquered the Cima Grande, whereupon the climbers Grohmann, Innerkofler and Salcher became the very first to achieve this feat. In their honour, a large mountain festival will be taking place around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the surrounding valleys. Special highlights include the time capsule installation at the A. Locatelli Hut and historic experiences in Val Fiscalina. In the evening there will be a film première of the documentary, “The Grosse Zinne” with Reinhold Messner in Dobbiaco ice stadium.
The historic Val Fiscalina – a journey back in time
Val Fiscalina in 1900: Starting point for rope teams searching for new routes in the mountains, meeting place for tourists and mountain guides, popular destination for day-trippers,… Let yourself be bewitched by the charm of days gone by, meet legends of alpine history and listen to their tales!
29 SEPTEMBER 2019
Sextner Kamingespräche (Fireside Chats)
Current tourist-related subjects are taken up, presented and discussed at a high intellectual level. The audience, from a wide variety of fields, is contemporary, interested and well informed.
30 SEPTEMBER 2019
Dolomites UNESCO Forum
“10 Years of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site: quo vadis?” On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Dolomites’ inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites, EURAC Bolzano, IDM South Tyrol, the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation and Sesto tourist information association will be holding this conference.
JUNE to OCTOBER
Photo Exhibition in the Claus Gatterer Library
The photo exhibition displays pictures by nature photographers Daniel Tschurtschenthaler and Lukas Schäfer, who love spending their time in the great outdoors, standing on mountain summits, exploring the forest or observing wildlife. They gaze at the sun as it rises and sets and often stare for hours at a time at the night skies. The words accompanying the exhibition are written by pupils from San Candido Business College.
30 DECEMBER 2019
Silent fireworks and the conclusion of the anniversary year
An extraordinary New Year’s Eve at Sesto. Also this year Sesto is going to celebrate the New Year in a totally unique way: in order to escape the hustle and bustle of the last day of the year, the celebrations will be brought forward. In addition to the traditional torchlight descent by the ski school Dolomites of Sesto, we surprise our guests with spectacular show effects and an incomparable high light: big but silent fireworks.