Not quite a public holiday but might as well be -- the June 21
de la Musique (Music Festival) grips the country for
24 hours of music and more music in multifaceted shape and form.
From Menton to Lille, the hexagon, as the French shorthand will
have it, is filled with the sounds of summer -- live or
recorded music on street corners or major big-name rock, jazz,
folk and classical concerts that fill the day with sound and light.
In cafés you can hear weather-beaten old-timers playing their
accordions crooners belting out Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette
rien" or jazz singers, string quartets, French folk music,
Brazilian samba, Jamaican reggae all with food and wine to match.
Clearly the larger centres offer more to see and do but smaller
towns and villages don't hold back in rolling out a potent mix
of traditional and modern music.
So join in on June 21 and celebrate the sparkle of summer, the
joys of music, and the pride of the people.
Here are just some of the Music festivals taking place this summer
- we will be publishing links to more and more over the next week
de Nîmes - is staggered throughout July.
Scène, Mulhouse, Alsace, July 9-12, 2010 is a DJ-run festival.
Festival - July 16-25, 2010.
Blues Passions Festival - July 27- August 1, 2010.
de Saint-Nazaire, 50 concerts in two days, August 6 & 7, 2010.
Les Frères Morvan
Sea Shanty Festival in the Brittany town of Paimpol
Meanwhile way off the beaten track Paimpol offers
a traditional music festival - Festival
du Chant de Marin , normally held in the first weekend
If music doesn't tug your strings you could always try
this Son et Lumière
re-enactment: - "Le Trésor Maudit" Bellême (61130) Performances: Friday and Saturday evenings July 9 to August 7, 2010.
Legend has it that the Sainte-Gauburge Prior was unjustly banished
for stealing the chapel treasure and ever since has haunted Saint-Cyr-la-Rosière
near the city of Bellême. See here for Son
et Lumière re-enactment.