Summer festivals: our selection

Every summer, the streets of the towns and villages of France come alive in celebration of music. These concerts are often held in places with exceptional architecture and heritage (Abbeys, Châteaux, amphitheatres…).

As a long standing sponsor of vocal music, the Orange Foundation will once again be supporting more than 20 vocal music festivals. Our objectives? To support artists and provide access for the general public to vocal culture.
From baroque to classical to jazz and world music, here’s a quick look at a selection of festivals we support.

Beaune Festival

From 3 to 25 July, the 33rd Beaune Festival will feature all the operas and oratorios of the three composers to whom it is dedicated: Lully, Handel and Purcell. Beethoven too will be honoured with performances on original instruments. On the programme, eight operas and oratorios in concert version in the magnificent Cour des Hospices and Beaune basilica.

Festival "Du Bout du Monde"

The 16th Festival du bout du monde will boast a varied programme. For 3 days, festival goers will have the pleasure of seeing artists like Selah Sue, Asaf Avidan, Faada Freddy and the John Butler Trio. There will be something for everyone. And, pending the opening of the site on 31 July, you can enjoy a little foretaste of the festival with this trailer produced by the festival organisers.


Festival "Les Traversées"

From 20 June to 11 July, the Abbey of Noirlac will be open to music lovers for concerts including contemporary, ethnic and classical music. Three concerts will be held every Saturday, and concert goers can dine in the Abbey park. Children will also be catered for with discovery workshops.


"Les Escales de Saint-Nazaire"

For the 24th edition of the festival, Les Escales de Saint-Nazaire are heading for Chile! Artists from Valparaiso, a city in the east of Chile, will be performing typical songs from the country. The stage at "Les Escales" will also be shared by well known artists such as Yael Naïm. Rendezvous on 7 and 8 August for a weekend of musical discoveries.

"Les Chorégies d’Orange"

146 years old, "Les Chorégies d’Orange" is one of the oldest festivals in France. As it does every year, the festival includes two popular grand operas: Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s La Traviata, as well as two large-scale concerts in the majestic amphitheatre in Orange.


Sylvanès Abbey

From 12 July to 30 August 2015, Sylvanès Abbey will be hosting the 38th Festival of Sacred and World Music. This year’s wide-ranging repertoire will feature sacred vocal works and popular traditions from around the world.

Vézère Festival

This year, Vézère Festival will be celebrating its 35th birthday. An opportunity to propose a rich and varied programme combining classical music, jazz and Bossanova. With something original: chamber operas for piano and voice performed by the English troop, "Diva Opera".


Aix-en-Provence Festival

The artistic programme for this year’s "Festival d’Aix” promises to be as astonishing as ever for one of the great European festivals of opera. A month of July dedicated to Mozart, Britten, Handel, Stravinsky, and more.

This summer, in close to fifteen towns and villages across the south of France, the Foundation will also be offering live coverage of these grand operas.
In France and across Europe, coverage will be offered in more than 210 cinemas and in the open air.
As the leading corporate sponsor of coverage of operas and festivals, the Foundation provides additional support to these festivals and their fans.


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