Once again through an engineer working on the site, I learnt that the company Grande Dixence SA was looking for ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dam construction.
I was introduced to the person in charge of Communication who was enthralled by my proposal and gave me the green light. It’s not every day that a group of young noise musicians aged 22 is given the keys to one of the biggest dams in the world!
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Switzerland launched an ambitious dam construction programme in the Alps of the Valais to meet the country’s electricity needs.
At the time, the Valais was a peaceful mountain area, mainly relying on agriculture and livestock. The construction project therefore changed the small farmers from shepherds and breeders into miners – many became labourers in the galleries and the heavy work.
This was a revolution leading to the Valais, as one part of Switzerland, entering into the modern age.