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Festival Time in Gascony

Published

23rd August 2016

A lot goes on in Gascony in the summer and here’s a few of the fantastic events you can experience in this beautiful part of the world…..

Festival Tempo Latino

Taking place in Vic-Fezensac in the heart of Gers, Gascony is this four day, four night festival of Latin, Afro-Caribbean, salsa, Latin Jazz and hip hop music. Running for more than 20 years, this large European festival has performers from all over the world bringing an international flavour to the streets of Vic-Fezensac.

Country Music in Mirande

Attracting around 160,000 visitors each year, this Country music festival brings a little piece of America to this area of France. You will see a great number of French ‘John Waynes’, cowboys and bikers and the small central plaza is transformed into a stage for line dancing and a farm fair. The local café becomes a Wild West Saloon but instead of burgers and beer, families still dine on foie-gras and confit de canard. Harley Davidsons and American cars line the streets and stalls selling Stetsons and other ‘Western’ regalia are commonplace. However, it is not popular with all the locals; but in the words of the Mayor, Pierre Beaudran, “The festival woke up a sleepy little town”.

Les Nuits Musicales in Armagnac

This is the oldest festival in Gers having been established in 1962 and concerts take place in historic locations such as Condom Cathedral and the church Holy Spirit in Lectoure. It attracts artists such as the Toulouse Capitol National Orchestra and dancers from the Paris Opera.

Jazz in Marciac

The little village of Marciac is located in South west France hosts this major jazz festival with 200,000 visitors each year. The event which lasts a fortnight, has the Medieval centre of the town as it’s hub where a giant tent capable of holding around 6000 people is erected. A marquee is located on the nearby rugby field where concerts are held every night and for the duration of the festival, there is free music from 11am to 8pm every day. Artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Nina Simone have performed there.

 

                                                                                                                                             

 Smaller Festivals

Located in Condom, the Festival Africain takes place every July and you can expect to find drums, percussion and African dancing. There is also an African market, Moroccan tearooms and many other African specialities.

Also in Condom is the Festival de Bandas – a brass band weekend with up to 2000 musicians attending from mainly France but also Spain and Belgium.

As you can see there is a lot going on in Gascony – so why not combine a festival with a trip to the Gascony Cookery School? (We are located in the quaint village of Gramont only 50 minutes from Toulouse airport).

 

To view our courses for the remainder of 2016 and also for 2017 (including the Fish & Crustacean Course available for a limited time only) click here.

David, Vikki & Bernard

Dave, Vikki & Bernard xxx

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