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Folklore Festival in Amélie-les-Bains
6th August - 12th August
Dancing in the streets in Amélie
Created in 1935 by Jean Trescases, founder of the ‘Danseurs Catalans d’Amélie’, the yearly Festival Folklorique in Amélie les Bains is the oldest in the Pyrénées-Orientales.
Originally a national festival, it quickly attracted international attention, first from other Mediterranean countries, and then from Eastern Europe, at a time when the Cold War and governmental controls made trips out of these countries a virtual impossibility. It didn’t stop them!
Now in its 76th year, the 2018 festival will see hundreds of dancers lighting up Amélie. Taking us on a journey through dance cultures and traditions, both local and further afield, hundreds of dancers come together in a kaleidoscope of colour and rhythm.
This August, discover the magic of Ireland, Turkey, Brasil, Ukraine, Chile, Russia, France and of course, Catalonia.
11.15am – 1.30pm Entertainment from Turkey, Ireland and Brasil
6.30pm – 9.30pm Percussion display from les Batuc Ados
11.30am – 12.45pm Entertainment from the Ukraine and les Batuc Ados
6pm – 7pm Entertainment from Turkey
4.30pm Parade of the Nations
8pm Amélie en fête
10.30pm Free grand bal at the Château C. Fontaine
11.20am – 1.15pm Entertainment from Turkey, Ireland and Chile
8.30pm Folklore dinner with Slavic show from the Ukraine. Dinner & show 15€. Show only 5€ (under 12s free).
10.45am – 1pm Entertainment from Ireland, Russia and les Batuc Ados
8.45pm Crossing of Cultures Show at Théâtre de Verdure 20€.
11.15pm Free grand bal at the Château C. Fontaine
11am Parade of the Nations
5pm Sardane and bal catalan
8.45pm Night of the Continents Closing Gala at Théâtre de Verdure 20€.