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Five good reasons to enjoy the Festival de Provence in Saint-Raphaël

With family or friends, the East Varois are invited to celebrate their territory through the Provence festival. A ninth edition which promises to be rich in free entertainment for a long festive weekend.

Benjamin Mélia, artistic director and professor at the Saint-Raphaël conservatory, is carrying out this project with as much enthusiasm as on the first day: “This festival brings together many volunteers who give their time with passion. The City organizes and finances with the support of the Department and the Region because our event has grown considerably.”

“Many associations collaborate to present a multitude of activities. There will even be the Estérel school apiary which will have a stand, continues the specialist who works with France Music to broadcasts on the instruments of Provence. The big evening is dedicated to the country of Nice and we wanted the public not to remain passive, sitting on the chairs, but to participate. He will therefore be able to learn the steps of Provençal dances, easily accessible like the farandole. We also try to make heard music that renews the genre, groups that compose their creations like the one that plays the fife accompanied by a drum set and an electric guitar. It’s living, evolving music.”

From Friday to Monday, in the old center of the city of the Archangel to the Bonaparte garden, everyone can savor the culture of Provence. Here are five good reasons to enjoy this popular festival.

1. For the free musical show “Aqueles Clapas Band”

Friday at 9:30 p.m., the Bonaparte garden will be the scene of a free musical show. The Occitan-Provençal polyphony and the US brass band will team up.

A meeting between the arranger Guillaume Gardey de Soos and the vocal trio Aqueles which promises to set the mood.

They tell throughout the concert the story with a hundred faces of a living culture, far from regionalist clichés, songs that make the heart of the country beat.

Contemporary orchestrations will make popular tunes shine.

2. For Provençal traditions, from the making of musical instruments to the santonnier

Saturday morning, from 9 am to 12 noon, in the old centre, parents and children are invited to discover the traditions of Provence.

From creative workshops to stands of handicrafts, from the exhibition of tools of yesteryear to professional santon-makers, from the manufacture of musical instruments in cannes de Provence to parades of Provençal costumes, from make-up to coloring, there will be something for all tastes and all ages.

Don’t miss the particularly picturesque and folkloric flamboyant regional tales. The groups Aqueles and Aouta will play their colorful music.

3. For the sardinade evening and introduction to baleti in traditional rock’n’roll music

Saturday, at 7 p.m., come and have a drink on the Place de la République at the musical aperitif of the group of fifes and drums from the country of Nice. The sardinade is 12 euros (without reservation, in partnership with the association l’Embouligue). From 8:30 p.m., Jardin Bonaparte, introduction to baleti is free with the Espelidou association. The group Lou Baldaqui is composed of fife, drums, bass, accordions to present a traditional rock’n roll sound that is festive, harmonic and energetic at the same time.

The folk rock baleti repertoire, with Nissart and Gavouot, Piedmontese and Italian accents, will be preceded in the first part by Tchatchao who offers a baleti with varied inspirations and tones mixing the diatonic accordion with the hurdy-gurdy, drums and bass guitar .

4. For the Sunday votive feast of Saint-Pierre with the fishermen

Sunday will be devoted to the votive feast of Saint-Pierre. Departing from the forecourt of the Archaeological Museum at 9:30 a.m., a procession behind the parish priest will accompany the bust of the patron saint of fishermen, to the rhythm of the music of the Bandura group.. The procession will take to the sea, joined by Provençal pointus, then return to land for high mass at the Notre-Dame de la Victoire basilica.

A jousting tournament is scheduled, free, on the waters of the Old Port at 2:30 p.m. The torchlight procession will start at 9 p.m., in front of the basilica. At 10:30 p.m., fireworks for the feast of Saint-Pierre, Veillat harbour, followed by a ball, with the Kontrast group.

5. For the regional culture workshops and the concert with singers

Regional culture transmission workshops are scheduled for Monday August 8 from 2 to 4 p.m., Salle Félix-Martin. Make-up and regional tales will delight children from six to twelve years old (limited to twenty children. Reservations by sms at who will also be able to make a musical instrument out of Provencal canes.

At 9 p.m., forecourt of the Archaeological Museum, the closing evening is also free. The Cardelina group (the goldfinch in Provençal) is made up of around ten singers. This mixed ensemble performs regularly in the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes in concert or while wandering the streets.

Attached to the cultural diversity of the world, the choristers sing in the Provencal language, as it is spoken in the country of Fayence to celebrate the sanctity of life, narrate and transcend its daily life, chant its revolts and its utopias. The songs are translated during their presentation.



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