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Highlights of the year

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR IN CARCASSONNE

 

Festival de Carcassonne 

Theatre, Circus, Opera, Classical music, Dance and Concerts… A range of different cultural activities which are the hallmark of this popular and challenging festival in which all the arts are represented.

The Festival is now one of France’s greatest festivals with an increasingly ambitious programme of events, a festival that is recognised and promoted by the Fédération Française des Festivals Internationaux de Musique.

Sponsored since 2011 by Francis Huster, the Festival is continually developing thanks to the range and quality of the events it offers, the introduction of new scenic venues and a constantly increasing number of visitors.

 

Carcassonne Ablaze

Every 14th of July at 22.30

Over 700,000 visitors crowd together on the banks of the Aude to watch this incredible fireworks display.

For over 25 minutes starting at 22.30 you can watch colourful pyrotechnics in blue, white, yellow, green, red and gold with a final spectacular bouquet of over 1200 bursts of fire in 6 seconds over a frontage of 600 metres.

On 14th August 1898, the « Cadets de Gascogne » entered Carcassonne. This delegation was made up of literary, artistic and political personalities.

On this occasion, the city of Carcassonne organised a grand feast in honour of these prestigious visitors. To conclude the festivities, they used Bengal lights to simulate a fire and transform the Cité into an enormous shimmering stone. It was such a success that they decided to keep this tradition of fire going, and to do the same thing again every year on 14th July at 22h30

 

Feria de Carcassonne

End of August to start of September

The Feria de Carcassonne is a festive event with groups performing salsa, flamenco, Occitan music, tango, accordion, banda and brass band music in the streets with Seville-style dancing and popular singers!

A popular, festive and convivial event for all!

Every day and every evening, bandas and brass bands of all kinds fill the city’s streets with the music of the "Feria de Carcassonne".

In the André Chénier gardens is the campo de Feria with its associations and its free concerts and entertainment. 50 bodegas run by local groups offer food all night long, with tapas, paella and more…

A great festive occasion in our city’s calendar!

 

The Magic of Christmas

Early December to early January

A month of magic and enchantment…Carcassonne switches on its lights and dons its winter coat, from the Bastide St Louis to the Medieval City, to offer you the best of Christmases with exciting attractions, concerts, street entertainment and magical deccorations and lights. Ice-rink, Christmas market, giant revolving eye, toboggans and roundabouts, all with a host of live shows.