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France has a national music day on the 21st June each year and there are many events in local towns and villages. The musicians are asked to perform for free, and all the concerts are free for the public All types of music are to be found. For more information see Fetedelamusique.


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Another big occasion is the Cognac Blues festival (Bluespassions) held in July each year. This features international blues artists for a week long event. This year among the 20 main artists are: The Cranberries, Iggy Pop and Marianne Faithfull. In addition at every street corner, during the 6 days and nights you can find many hopefull young muscians. For youtube click here.

Au Fil du Son is a major open air musical festival held in and around Civray, normally the last weekend in July. Most of the acts are French. This is an event in the 'Glastonbury' tradition and camping is free.

Earlier in the year is the Terri’Thouars Blues Festival at Thouars, normally in March, Bach at Easter in Melle (Bachapaques).



Confolens International Festival of Dance is held each year in August. This year the 59th Festival will be held from 10th to 15th.

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This festival is held in the open air in the town square and and is a feast of colour movement and music. It is well worth a visit just for the spectacle. Bookings are essential and we can help you with that. For more information see here. For youtube click here.