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Shows adapted to English-speaking audiences

Presentation

The association “L'été de Vaour” was founded in 1986 with the goal of promoting cultural activity in & around Vaour. The Festival is now in it's 34th year & is held in the first week of August. It started with burlesque theatre & over the years has evolved into a festival of laughter featuring live performances of circus, theatre, puppets, dance & mime. It now welcomes 15,000 people each year over a 6 day period & is well renowned throughout France.
From the start of the new millenium it has also managed the theatre at the Commanderie in Vaour, an ancient Knights Templar staging post just above the village. In addition it oversees numerous artistic projects within the Tarn throughout the year.

Festival

This years 34th edition will be held between 6th & 11th of August in Vaour, following performances from the 30th July to 4th August in neighbouring villages.

Please note that Tuesday 6th August is again a special evening in support of the association. Please come along for a meal with a large number of like minded people ( if the last 2 years are anything to go by! ). The meal will be served in the square in Vaour in front of the church & will cost a minimum of 8€, but feel free to contribute more if you can. It will be an ideal opportunity to sample local organic food in a warm & welcoming atmosphere along with your friends. Tickets for the meal will be available on-site from 17.30 onwards. For your entertainment there will be 1 show & 2 free concerts.

Starting 7th August there will be 2 free concerts each day of the Festival, one an apéro concert & another to close the evening.

The Festival programme gives full details of all the events & shows, both free & ticketed. We recommend buying tickets in advance for the shows from either our internet site etedevaour.festik.net ( in French ) or directly from our ticket office which opens from Tuesday 30th July 10.00 to 18.00 daily, and then from Tuesday 6th August from 10.00 to 22.00 daily.

The programme is in French but the following symbol will indicate which performances are suitable for non-French speaking audiences.

Shown below is a little information about these performances.

Prices

The price depends upon the venue.

The Cour de L'écôle (the old schoolyard) behind the Mairie: Full price €10 / Reduced price €8 / Under 18s price €5
The Commanderie Theatre: Full price €18 / Reduced price €12 / Under 18s price €10

The reduced price applies to people on RSA/unemployment benefit, students, job seekers, senior citizens >65 with retirement minimum rate & groups of more than 10.

The free performances require neither tickets nor reservations.

Entertainment

Throughout the festival you can wander around the village & find things to do for all the family, such as: Giant games made from recycled materials, Wooden games, Childrens rides powered (literally) by their parents!

Practical information

Opening Hours: The festivities start from either 16.00 or 17.00 depending upon the programme.

Parking: You will find the parking area by following the signs Parking P1. It will be a short walk into the centre of the village.

Bar & Food Outlets: Food is available each evening from numerous outlets run by local artisans & associations, ranging from burgers, sausages, pizzas & chips to local meats, salads, wraps etc, followed by ice creams, cakes, tea or coffee.

To accompany your meal, there is a wine bar showcasing local wines, & the Festival bar will be open throughout.

There are no restaurants open in the village during the day. Snacks/coffee etc from the boulangerie or sandwiches from a stall in the centre of the village will be available.

Accomodation

All the local tourist information offices can help with finding all types of available accommodation.

Money

PLEASE NOTE THAT VAOUR DOES NOT HAVE A CASH DISPENSER.

Please remember to bring cash for all your needs. Only tickets for performances can be bought by credit card at the Festival ticket office.

Anything else

Before the start of the Festival, if you have any questions please email web@etedevaour.org & we'll try to help.

During the Festival you can go to the “Maison du Festival” next to the ticket office, which is also shown on the map.