Festa Major in Bastides: “Like a farmer, we sow the seeds of culture”

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For six days, from August 1 to 6, culture is invited to about seven bastides. From Villefranche-de-Rouergue to Vabre-Tizac via Villeneuve d’Aveyron or La bastide l’Evêque, immersed in the lair of festivals in Bastides!

At the initiative of the Espaces Culturels, an association created in 1986, Festival en Bastide is now an unmissable annual cultural event dedicated to street arts.

An itinerant festival, extramural culture

For Rolland Garric, who joined the association in 2000, the first year of the Bastides Festival, all the interest of this event lies in its ability to “irrigate the entire territory with culture”.

Because, “as a farmer, we sow seeds of culture in the different bastides”, adds, not without pride, Francisco Gomes, co-president of Cultural Spaces at the head of the Festival. “Au début, rappelle Rolland Garric, il n’y avait que trois bastides: Villefranche, Najac et Villeneuve. Mais, le festival a grandi, la famille s’est elargie et aujourd’hui, le Festival en bastide se déroule dans 7 lieux different”. Alors, “face à l’actualité parfois morose, au stress quotidien et aux ennuis divers, dit-il, le Festival – et plus largement la culture – offer un temps de détente, d’apprentissage, de découverte et de convivialité tout à fait indispensable”.

A festival on a human scale…

Amiability. “Indeed, this is the term that, in my opinion, best describes the Festival en Bastide”, admits co-president Francisco Gomes. “Little by little, over the years, the event has grown and the public, to our delight, is always there, always more numerous!” Today then, to the street show, other events are added, “let’s think here of the gourmet market in the presence of local artisans!” Francisco enthuses.

“Festival in Bastides, there are not 10,000 people of course, there are between 300 and 600 people, sometimes more, but it is a festival on a human scale where coexistence prevails. We meet, we exchange and it is also what attracts the public”, he adds Rolland Garric.

… and multidisciplinary

If the DNA of the festival remains the same, the event has evolved. “Originally it was just theater. Today is a multidisciplinary festival. There is dance, music or even a circus…” explains Francisco Gomes. For this 22nd edition, “about 30 companies, French and foreign, come together and, of the 38 shows offered, 36 are free”, welcomes the co-president. To carry out a program of this type, “we circulate a lot in the various festivals: Aurillac, Avignon, etc… Today, many companies are, in a way, regulars at the Festival in Bastide”, he adds. And the co-president added “of course, if 36 shows are free, always with the aim of promoting access to culture for as many people as possible, the support of the spectators is essential. I am thinking in particular of the volunteers who are fundamental to the celebration of such a demonstration”. “For this, in fact, about 60 volunteers are mobilized”, specifies Anaïs, intern at the Cultural Spaces.

The program :

Monday August 1.

The bastide l’Eveque:
3 pm: Château de Réquista Cie Hors PairE. Dance, song and circus.
4:00 p.m.: Parking of the Cie Fred Teppe changing rooms. Solitaire burlesque juggling and object game.
6:00 p.m.: Stadium. Company under constructionS. Circus, humor.
Vabre-Tizac:
9:30 p.m.: Church Square. Co. Afag. theater, humor
Tuesday August 2.

Rieupeyroux:
16:00: Fountain of the lake. Fred Teppe Company. Burlesque juggling, theater of objects.
5:30 p.m.: Presbytery Square. Company under constructionS. Circus, humor.
6:30 p.m.: Rue Saint-Martial. Cie Hors PairE. Dance, song and circus.
9:30 p.m.: Place du Haut de l’Hom. Co. Le Piston Errant. Road trip in the garage and music
Wednesday August 3.

Najac:
17:00: Parking behind the post office. Co. 3 Rooms Kitchen. clown cabaret.
9:30 p.m.: Post Office Parking. Gravity Joyful Co. theater of fire
Thursday, August 4.

Villeneuve d’Aveyron:
3 pm: Plaza de las Conques. Cie des Bons Fous. Theater.
4:30 p.m.: Place de la Capelade. Heyoka Company. burlesque clown.
6:00 p.m.: Plaza del Sol de la Dîme. Deceive the company. Circus
Sauveterre de Rouergue:
3 pm: In front of the craft center. Co. 3 Rooms Kitchen. clown cabaret.
4:30 p.m.: Church Square. Cie Cantinela. Puppets, music, theater.
5:30 p.m.: Boulevard de la Mairette. Omega Marching Band. Music.
18:45: Stadium behind the Church. Co. Factor Girls. Circus.
Thursday, August 4.

Villefranche-de-Rouergue:
9:30 p.m.: Bernard Lhez Square. Co. Bakhus. Dance.
Friday August 5.

Villefranche-de-Rouergue:
2:30 p.m.: Garden of the Subprefecture. Cie DisDonc. Clown musical theater.
3:30 p.m.: Place Notre-Dame. Cie Les Décatalogues. Mentalist, street theater and humor.
3:30 p.m.: Youth Center. Restoration of the Estancia circus workshop organized by the Ateliers de la Fontaine.
4:45 p.m.: Place Saint-Jean. Cie Tout Par Terre. Circus, juggling.
17:45: Place Lescure. He plays with the Cirque troupe.
6:45 p.m.: Place Notre-Dame. Omega Marching Band. Music.
From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Place Saint-Jean. Cie Katatrak — Eco-games.
4:00 p.m.: Prefecture. Restoration of the workshops and “Azazel” show with the Cie Cie Cantinela. Puppets, music, theater.
9:30 p.m.: Bernard Lhez Square. The Little Theater of Bread. Cabaret, theater and music
Saturday August 6:

Villefranche-de-Rouergue:
2:30 p.m.: Place Notre-Dame. Cie Les Décatalogues. Mentalist, street theater and humor.
4:00 p.m.: Youth House. Co. 9Thermidor. Theater of objects, puppets.
5:30 p.m.: Place Saint-Jean, Cie Tout Par Terre. Circus, juggling.
6:30 p.m.: Plaza Lescure. Cie La Main S’Affaire. Circus.
4:00 p.m.: Garden of the Subprefecture. Restoration of the workshops and show Azazel, the cabaret of the scapegoats. Puppets, music, theater.
9:30 p.m.: Place Notre-Dame. Cie d’irque & Fien.. Circus, theater, music.

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