One enchanted evening… Les Nuits de Lauzerte
Lauzerte richly deserves its place amongst the « Plus Beaux Villages de France », perched on a hilltop dominating the fertile valleys of the Quercy Blanc, and boasting many fine medieval façades and a classic bastide square. Every year since 2000, the Nuits de Lauzerte festival transforms this stunning historic site into a place of mystery and imagination. Cars are banned, and as night falls a circuit lit only by some 2000 candles and huge illuminations projected onto walls and pavements stirs into life.
As the festival’s reputation for original, sometimes challenging, performances and events has grown, it has increasingly been able to attract artists with an international reputation. This year they are invited to explore the theme “De la Terre à la Lumière” (from earth to light), evoking awakening, growth, birth… both physical and spiritual. “Urban Lights contacts”, an interactive work in which members of the public produce different visual and sound effects through touch, has toured major cities on five continents. “Light painting”, as the name suggests, involves Toulouse artist, Gilles Malassinet, using a range of instruments and techniques to write and draw, improvising ephemeral objects and faces. A haunting video installation with music composed by Jacques Schönbeck (who also composed a magnificent “Mass for Lauzerte” while living in the village) draws inspiration from the Arabian influence on Andalusia, where gardens play on water and reflections to evoke the divine. Myriam Naisy’s contemporary ballet company performs “Zzz’insectes”, an animal “flashmob” of the tiny creatures on which all life ultimately depends. In the church, transformed by Bernard Tauran’s visual alchemy into a place of enchantment, a concert for flute and organ entitled “Le chant du soufflé” is performed by the award-winning Duo Eolien.
All this and more (in all 10 performances and installations) from 10 pm until 1 am. Beforehand, park at the bottom of Lauzerte hill and use the free shuttle service to the main square, where you'll find a restaurant, bars, and stalls selling dishes for you to sample at long tables, village fête style, to live music with free face painting for children - or the young at heart.
An evening to delight, intrigue and inspire at all ages: don’t miss it!
Fri 5 th, Sat 6th and Sun7 th August. Free parking and minibus from the bottom of Lauzerte hill 9 pm - 1.30 am. Food and drink, make-up artist and live music on the main square from approximately 7pm. Candle lit circuit opens and performances begin at 10 pm and close at 1 am.
Tickets 12 €. Children under 13 free. Advance purchase recommended from www.nuitsdelauzerte.fr, or, till 5th July, from the festival office (opposite the Lauzerte war memorial). For group rate 10 € (advance booking only) please enquire firstname.lastname@example.org .