The 2012 edition of Polyfollia was a great success on all fronts.
This positive assessment applies as much to the artistic quality of the 14 invited choirs and vocal ensembles as to the attendance by the public: with a total of 37 338 admissions over both free and ticketed events in Saint-Lô and regional concerts, the festival saw an increase in audience of 13,10% compared with 2010.
At the same time the festival broke another record in terms of its reputation both with professional concert organisers and the world of amateur performers:
The “marketplace” of this year’s festival attracted 121 professionals (against 87 in 2010) from 26 countries across 5 continents (festival and cultural season organisers, radio and TV producers, politicians responsible for culture, representatives from choral singing federations and organisations, composers ….).
On the amateur scene, 74 choirs from all over France (52 in 2010) came to Saint-Lô. They demonstrated their repertoires to the public during free concerts, participated in 4 choral “happenings” organised especially for them, and also had the opportunity to learn by attending 34 workshops and conferences held by the invited professional ensembles, by key figures in the world of choral music, and by composers.
This success is thanks to the collective efforts of the festival team throughout the year working with institutional partners, the media, patrons, local communities and regional associations.