Le Tropique du Papillon

A relaxing and magical place, with murmuring fountains, greenhouse garden of bananas, lotus and hibiscus and the magnificent colours of the softly fluttering butterflies all around you – the Tropique du Papillon in Elne is a gentle oasis of peace and beauty.  A cooling drink or ice-cream in the charming garden is an added bonus.  

Open every day from June to September, there are musical picnic evenings and puppet shows for the kids every Tuesday throughout July.




Festival du Tropique

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th September 2015

In conjunction with the Pollen Association, Le Tropique du Papillon in Elne celebrates in style once again this year with a programme of festivities incuding street theatre, clown and cardboard furniture-making workshops, exhibitions, live music…

Street Theatre
Puppet Show
Giant games
Natural wine evening with music
Plant auction
Apéro concert ……. and loads of butterflies everywhere of course!




Programme of Events

MUSIC >  Grupo  Araucaria  (Music from Chile) >  Garam  Masada  (Pop  jazz) >  DJ  El  Modernista  (Soul,  Jazz,  Funk,  Latin  i  mas) >  Chillhom  (Deep  Electro) >  Sofali  (Percussions)

SHOWS & THEATRE >  Cie  à  Tiroirs  “Ce  n’est  pas  commode”  (for children – A Clown  et  a  Chest of Drawers filled with Dreams) >  Cie  Écoute  l’Univers,  “Cache-­Cash”  (Theatre) >  Caro  Ballet  (Dance/Jazz)

STANDS > La Forge de Sanquen Béa (Cutlery) > Hors”Cadre (Picture-framing) > L’Effet Verre (Jewellery) EXPO > Lucas Matichard (Photography) > Megi Xexo (Painting) > Meeting of Style > Reï (Sculptures in metal) ATELIERS > Cinquillo (Music) > Du Coq à l’Âne (Puppet-makers) > Case du Jeu (Giant wooden games) > Brin Sauvage (Painting) > Ancré à la Terre (Réflexology) > Cinémaginaire (Cinema)

TALKS > Mickaël Moïsseeff (A heady journey around romantic and floral fragrances)

FILMS > Vidéophages (Short films) > Institut Jean Vigo (Cinémathèque de Perpignan) > Projection de Gagarine (films by J. Trouilh & F. Liatard)

FOOD provided by le Palais du Poulet (Chawarma, Tajines, …)



  1. I have just been watching a uTube video of the 2015 festival with Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien and a splendid children’s choir under the direction of Sofi Jeannin.

    I am unable to find the name of the choir or if it has published any CDs etc. Can anyone help?

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