Buzzing with high spirits… when the rhythm of Bandas still resonates with the raised voices of the Cadets de Gascogne, the vitality of the fetes covers the hillsides of Armagnac with magic.
The Ténarèze combines the festive joy of Gascony and a rich, fascinating culture
Festival des bandas // Condom
Tous les ans, le deuxième week-end de mai, des milliers de festivaliers viennent profiter de l’ambiance des férias du Sud-Ouest au Festival de Bandas y Peñas. Ce festival met à l’honneur ces formations musicales de cuivres, qui animent pendant trois jours les rues de la ville en « rouge et blanc ».
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Chemins d’Art in Armagnac
These paths to art will lead you to the discovery of ephemeral contemporary artistic creations. Each year, 5 sites, 5 artists and 5 works will be unveiled to visitors in May and June.
Flower market // Fourcès
Every year on the last weekend of April, Fourcès is adorned with thousands of flowers. More than 75 exhibitors transform this picturesque circular village into a magnificent and sumptuous floral composition that makes this market the biggest flower market in the Southwest. The thousands of visitors come from far afield every year are always captivated by this magical event that the papers describe as an ‘unrivalled’ horticultural fair’.
Summer Tuesdays // Condom
The summer rhythm is enhanced on Tuesdays when visitors can enjoy a range of street entertainments during the day, conferences about the local history, a gourmet market to discover the local products and savoir-faire with the possibility of dining on site, organ concerts in the Cathedral followed by a guided visit of the Cathedral city. The evenings highlight is a theatrical play in the town’s emblematic cloisters put on by a local troupe, La Boîte à Jouer.
Organised by the ‘Amis de l’Orgue’ (Friends of the Organ), this event celebrates the Saint Pierre Cathedral organ that’s particularity is that its sound is like that of the nightingale’s song. The Vesperals offer a programme of concerts in the summer (Summer Tuesdays) and in the autumn when the organ accompanies voices, brass bands and panpipes.
Musical nights in Armagnac
These events offer visitors a selection of varied shows in the north of the Gers department: lyrical concerts, operas, orchestras, recitals and dance that enchant an ever-growing audience to the richly historic and popular heritage sites of Abbaye de Flaran and the Condom cloisters.
World championship of palet Gascon // Condom
On 15th August, in the hamlet of Lialores in Condom, the world championship of the traditional Gascon game, le Palet Gascon is organised. Every year, 120 competitors compete for the title of world champion. Casual or regular players, it is a match open to all, men, women and children. During these 3 days of fete, the championship for the best « homemade pâté » and the traditional poule-au-pot meal maintain the traditions of Gascony.
Biogascogne fair (Organics) // Condom
The ecological association ‘Convergence écologique Condom-Ténarèze’organises its Biogascogne fair in the cloisters and on the Place Saint-Pierre once a year. Some 80 exhibitors with a common philosophy share their conception of ‘Organic’ through forums-conferences, film screenings, organic southwest wines competition and a wholly organic catering service on site. Plenty of activities for adults and children make this an animated event for all the family.
Medieval evenings // Montréal du Gers
The village organises two not to be missed evenings on the theme of the Middle Ages in the heart of the Montréal Bastide. The association invites us to relive the medieval atmosphere where you are immersed into a universe of yesteryear at the hub of the bastide. Numerous free performances including fire eating, falconry, demonstrations of ancient crafts, games, dances, craftsmen, exhibitors… Each year, the ‘medieval evenings’ are a great success as the thousands of meals served bear witness.
The Flamme de l’Armagnac
From October to January, the producers from the « Tenarèze- Armagnac » appellation live to the rhythm of the Gers tradition known as the Flamme de l’Armagnac. During this period, the Armagnac alambics that distil the future Armagnac eaux-de-vie attract lots of curious visitors wanting to learn all about the distillation and how the alambic works. Visits to estates, cellars and châteaux, meals around the alambic, concerts and even guided walks add to the friendly and traditional atmosphere during this important time of distillation.
Cultural season // Condom
The Carmes theatre in Condom allows visitors to enjoy a rich and eclectic cultural season from September to June with exhibitions, theatrical plays, music, humour, dance and performances for young audiences. Reservations : : https://mairie-de-condom.festik.net/
Saison culturelle – Cavéa // Valence-sur-Baïse
L’association Cavéa propose également au grand public une saison culturelle variée entre théâtre, musique, humour et chant.
Tous en scène // Condom
Cette salle de spectacle rappelant les clubs de jazz anglais propose, toute l’année, cabarets, concerts et cours de musique. Dans une ambiance conviviale, une 50aine de personnes partagent ensemble un moment privilégié avec les artistes.
Cultural season– Cavéa // Valence-sur-Baïse
The Cavéa association also offers a varied cultural season from theatre, music, humour and singing for the general public.
All on stage // Condom
This venue that is reminiscent of the English jazz clubs offers an annual programme of cabarets, concerts and music lessons. In a friendly atmosphere, about 50 people can share some privileged moments together with the performers
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