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festival de carcassonne

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year is the
month-long Festival de Carcassonne, which over the past decade has established
itself as one of the leading summer festivals in France. Carcassonne is already
a must-visit if you’re staying at one of our luxury French gites in the south
of France, with the festival set to make your time there all the more

This year’s edition began on July 4, and will run all the
way up to August 1, offering over a hundred events spanning a variety of
entertainment including theatre, music, dance, opera and circus. As a bonus,
several of these events are also completely free of charge.

What makes the Festival de Carcassonne stand out from the
rest is not only its carefully selected programme but also the beautiful
setting of the medieval buildings and walls which have been recognised as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. The events are held in several historic buildings
across the city, including the ancient theatre, which will enchant an audience
of up to 3000 people every night. In total, more than 200,000 people from all
over France and beyond are welcomed to the city to enjoy the festival.

Over the years the Festival has brought many big names from
the world of music to the city’s stage, including artists such as Bob Dylan,
Diana Ross and Jose Carreras, with this year’s biggest concert set to be headlined
by Pharrell Williams. Alongside the big names, the festival prides itself on
showcasing emerging artists and a growing wealth of cultural diversity in its
programme of performances.

Image: Jean-Baptiste
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