In the ÌNIN One Earth Choir Project, 'on the Path of the Peoples'
is a symbol: - of a Passage and of a Dialogue between the North and the South of
Europe, and between any Pole in the World - of a Path, of an Opening, of Human
The St. Gotthard road is still called ‘Via delle Genti’, the ‘Path of the
The first documents about the Saint Gotthard road date back to around 1200 A.C.
with the opening of the Schollenen gorges –
With the increasing colonization of the Alpine valleys and in order to allow the
transit of goods, the traffic through the Schoellenen gorges needed to become
possible - Thus a first wooden footbridge was constructed, supported on rocks,
jutting buttresses and wedged timbers, suspended over the river Reuss.
(adapted from: National Museum of the St. Gotthard, along a high way of History,
Pro San Gottardo Foundation, Airolo, 1989)
It was a rough walk, bristling with difficulties, but it opened a way, new and
direct, an adventurous way for wayfarers and pilgrims, silent monks and artists,
coming from the North on foot or on a mule, which were searching for the way
climbing down to the Mediterranean - or the way from the sea up to North across
In the ÌNIN Event the St. Gotthard Pass is a Symbol:
human steps, discovery,
on the path of the Peoples
In winter, up in the Pass, the snow reaches the height of 4m - the Pass is
closed to the traffic -
Can you imagine how the Pass looks like in winter?
Will the winter snow allow a great Choir to sing even up there, in the heart of
the Alps on February 21st ?