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The ancient song form of yodeling (jodeling) derives from central Europe, specifically southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and is a rich part of the rural cultural heritage of these regions.
Every year, in central Switzerland, the artform is commemorated with a Jodlerfest - a weekend festival celebrating the music, traditions and food and drink of the Swiss rural towns and villages.
This year, the party came to the town of Horw (a short ten-minute journey from the IMI campus) and our students were able to witness first-hand this most traditional of Swiss events.
With singing, alpenhorn performances, animals wandering the streets and a full parade on the Sunday, this small town was transformed into a colourful, musical celebration space.
It is thought that yodelling was first used by sheep and cattle herder of the Central Alps who used it as a means of calling their livestock and also communicating between remote, mountain villages.
The technique later became more common in popular culture and was frequently used in British stage performances of the 19th century. It is still seen often on Swiss television and has now become embedded in the cultural tradition of the central European region.
We always encourage our students to engage with their Swiss environment and make the most of their time in this beautiful country, having the Jodlerfest on our doorstep was a great way to allow them to do this!
Find out more about the event on the official website.
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