Things to do in the Languedoc: Cultural Activities
Each summer the Abbey of Saint Martin Le Vieil holds a series
of classical concerts, theatre, and art exhibitions normally
in the months of July, August and September. Abbey of Saint
Martin Le Vieil 11170, Tel: 04 68 76 00 81. Reservations :
04 68 76 92 58
Festival at Carcassonne. Each year there is
an excellent summer season (normally from the end of
June through to the end of July) of opera, orchestral
and pop concerts, theatre, dance and jazz in the open
air theatre of the medieval city of Carcassonne:
www.festivaldecarcassonne.com Cathédrale Saint Michel,
52 rue Voltaire, 11000 Carcassonne, Tél: 04 68 25 14
48, The cathedral is between Rue Voltaire and Boulevard
Bardés in Square de L'Armistice. Organ concerts are
held here, particularly during the period of religious
festivals. Basilique de Saint Nazaire: La cité, During
the summer months, that is July, August and the first
half of September, there are organ recitals each Sunday.
Limoux. A very ancient and unusual festival known
as the Fecos, takes place each winter in Limoux - pictures
below. For more about the Fécos, click here
In May each year an organisation called Artistes a Suivre
a weekend exhibition spread over multiple locations in the
Haute Vallée de l'Aude. Click here to vist their
Click on the following link to find out What's
on in the Aude.
the Languedoc you might be surprised to see life-like figures
sitting and standing around in unlikely places. Sometimes
they are life size; more often they are smaller, typically
around half scale.
Almost every festival is attended by these figures, from
Carnival to the annual Toques et Clochers (as at Couiza).
You can even find them sitting outside Carcassonne restaurants.
They are typically dressed as manual workers, but some are
clearly "encantados" - fairy folk. It is not at
all clear what these figures are intended to represent, or
why they are made, but they are massively popular. You will
see them (if you look carefully) on balconies, sitting at
tables, slumping on the floor, leaning on a fence, ... They
seem to be closely related to the Santons of Provence. For
more on Santons ("Little Saints") in Provence click
on the following link which will open a new window to Beyond
the French Riviera www.beyond.fr .
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