There’s not only good wine in Burgundy, there’s also some fantastic music festivals. French Chanson, baroque, jazz, gypsy jazz: here’s a selection of the 6 best music festivals in Burgundy.
Garçon la note! – July & August – Several cities in Burgundy
What could be better than sitting down on a terrace in the sweetness of a summer evening, an aperitif in hand, (kir or burgundy of course) with live music to listen to? From Monday to Saturday in July and August, Auxerre, Chalon, Cluny, Cosnes, Dijon, Nevers and Sens will play host to open air concerts from 9pm to 11pm. It’ll swing, dance and sing this summer!
Festival of Cajun and Zydeco nights – 02/08/2018 to 05/08 / 2018- Saulieu
Forget Burgundy, this festival will transport you to Louisiana for 4 days. This festival is both exotic and French, as it is inspired by the French speaking inhabitants of Louisiana. Music is followed by spicy Cajun specialties and film viewings of documentaries about Louisiana.
International Festival of Baroque and Romantic Opera – July 6 to 29, 2018 – Beaune
No, baroque music is not reserved for an insider audience, especially when it can be heard in a sumptuous setting such as the Hospices de Beaune and the Romanesque Notre-Dame Basilica. Come on, and try it! Put on a pretty evening dress or suit (or not, it’s a casual summer festival) and get carried away by the virtuosity of Rameau, Bach or Lully.
Fête de la vielle – August 18 – 19, 2018 – Anos
This festival perfectly symbolizes the spirit of the fiddle and gives pride of place to traditional music. This year it celebrates its 40th birthday! So, go dance to the sound of bagpipes, accordions and hurdy-gurdy at Anost from 17 to 20 August.
Rencontres musicales – August 23 to 26, 2018 – Vézelay
It is well known that music softens manners. But imagine what it can produce when we listen to it in a high place of spirituality like Vézelay! This summer, rather than a meditation or relaxation workshop, opt for the festival Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay and let yourself be transported to the sound of music (classic for the most part) in one of the most beautiful sites of the eternal hill: the UNESCO-listed basilica and other churches.