Das Chor des Festivals. Foto/Photo: TES

The Basel Tattoo 2022

The Basel Tattoo takes place from 15 to 23 July on the site of the Klybeck Kaserne in Kleinbasel.

The Red Hot Chili Pipers and the Flings and Things Highland Dancers, famous Scottish bagpipe bands, the Top Secret Drum Corps from Basel, the Swiss Military Music Company, the Indian Kumudi Homes School Pipes and Drums Band, Bulgarian and South African national bands, Royal Bands of Great Britain and Norway, and the US Air Force will give their best.

The Swiss musical and vocal group Les Armaillis and their 21 cows will also perform in the temporary arena (12,000 seats). Armailli is patois French of the cantons of Fribourg and Vaud and means cow. The troupe will present the beautiful play Le Ranz des Vaches.

It is a show with high-level choreography, dance, singing and, of course, music with wind and percussion instruments in spectacular formations.

After the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Basel Tattoo is the largest event of its kind. Basel would not be Basel if there were not a large procession with more than a thousand musicians and dancers and (cultural) groups from society and the army.

Swiss citizens have great respect for their army. Men serve in the army for a large part of their lives, a similar system as in Israel. The oldest recruits take part in the parade as a mark of honour. The farmers, too, receive a grateful welcome

As a tri-country region, the canton of Basel-Stadt, Alsace and the Markgräflerland will be taking part in the procession through the city centre from Grossbasel to Kleinbasel with a joint delegation on Saturday, 16 July. Groups from the Netherlands, Austria, France, Germany and the USA will also participate.

(Source and further information: www.baseltattoo.ch).

Below is an impression of the procession of 16 July 2022. ©TES.