Music, theatre, cinema, and foodie literature festivals; exhibitions, cultural centres... Contemporary culture is alive and well in the Périgord. Périgueux is now the capital of mime, featuring the one-of-a-kind mime festival Mimos. With world dance and music in Montignac, classical and baroque music, jazz in Bergerac, and 'chanson française' and amplified music in Ribérac, all types of musical expression take place in a range of settings throughout the area. The Périgord is also proud to be Occitan; every year it celebrates its roots and ancestral language with the Félibrée, a very popular annual fête bursting with colour that takes place in a different village every first Sunday in July.
"La Chevêche” festival in Nontron.
An event for naturalists in the Périgord-Limousin-Angoumois. This festival offers films on nature, events and workshops for children, lectures, nature excursions and exhibitions.
“Jazz en chai”, around Bergerac.
Jazz concerts organised all year round in the wine cellars of the Bergerac region.
April to June:
"Le printemps des Bastides”, around Bergerac.
A host of cultural and artistic events organised in the bastides around Bergerac
Festival Jazz Pourpre,in Bergerac.
The greatest names from the jazz world head to Bergerac for this 4-day festival
Festival de la Vallée, in Saint-Astier.
Concerts, aperitif events, shows, exhibitions and walks. The Festival de la Vallée brings a friendly and unique atmosphere to fifteen local villages
June and July:
“Itinéraire Baroque” in the Green Périgord.
A festival dedicated to Baroque music and Romanesque architecture.
A major celebration of Occitan culture and traditions.
“Les Chemins de l’Imaginaire”, in Terrasson.
Street performances as eclectic as they are spellbind - ing along the banks of the Vézère.
“Festival des Guitares Vertes” in the Pays de Jumilhac.
A guitar festival featuring a combination of concerts and other events.
Le Grand Souk, in Ribérac.
With its mix of pop, rock, traditional French song and electronic music, the festival attracts leading French and international performers.
Festival de Danses et Musiques du Monde, in Montignac.
For one week the village beats to the rhythm of world music with performers from around ten countries.
July and August:
Festival des Jeux du Théâtre, in Sarlat.
This theatre festival is one of the most famous in France.
“L’été musical en Bergerac”.
An eclectic programme of events at some of the region’s most famous historic sites.
Festival International des Arts du Mime et du Geste, Mimos, in Périgueux.
For one week, street theatre and mime take over the town.
“Itinérance Médiévale en Vallée du Dropt”, in the Bergerac region.
Relive the Middle Ages in all their glory!
Flamenco Festival, in Bergerac.
The town adopts Spanish rhythms at this 3-day event attracting leading names from the flamenco world.
Festival des Musiques de la Nouvelle Orléans en Périgord, MNOP.
Blues music performed by artists from across the Atlantic brings life to a dozen villages around the Dordogne.
August and September:
“Sinfonia en Périgord”, near Périgueux.
A festival showcasing Baroque music
August to October:
Festival de Musique du Périgord Noir, in Montignac.
The Aquitaine’s largest festival, featuring over 20 classical music concerts.
Sarlat Film Festival.
A major event in the world of French cinema, this festival is renowned for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
International Cookbook Fair in Périgueux.
A biannual event which gives professional cooks and the general public alike a chance to purchase all the latest cookery books. Meet famous chefs and food writers as well as professionals from the food industry. Italy takes pride of place in 2014.
“Rue des métiers d’Art” in Nontron.
This fair brings together the best artisans in a delightful setting and is THE show for rural arts and crafts!
November to May
7th Maquiz’Art Winter Festival in Eymet
“Off”, Maquiz’Art’s winter season dedicated to jazz and Afro-Latin music, is already a favourite destination for fans of jazz, samba, bossa nova, world and improvised music. This year, Maquiz’Art is delighted to announce a bill of internationally renowned artists.
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