"Chalon dans la Rue" (Street Fair)
Stage no. 7: by Marion
Through the eyes of members of the Thomas Family (Mathieu, 37 years old / Marion, 38 / Marius, 13 / Margaux, 10), experience Southern Burgundy's 9 "must-stops" as a sequence of episodes for a total immersion as intense as it is unforgettable…
" On tap during our Southern Burgundy tour, one stop had us all very excited: a festive gathering we had reserved well in advance for Chalon-sur-Saône and its "Open-air festival", also known as the "Chalon dans la rue" street fair. That's right, it was time to celebrate!
Pay homage to all our Burgundian adventures, to these days spent out of our normal routine, in a new space along new trails; homage to the fine state of the landmarks visited, namely the Cormatin Castle, Solutré Rock, Tournus Abbey and Paray-le-Monial basilica; and homage to the prosperity of this fantastic region that doesn't get the recognition it deserves (personal opinion), despite having so much to explore, discover, appreciate for its authenticity, this beautiful land that offers such abundance.
We were not disappointed to say the least, and for good reason:
Chalon dans la rue has for 30 years running been among France's most popular street art festivals
(the biggest in my opinion): 4 full days of celebration at street level spreading out to all districts (making for quite an original city tour): Cour de l'Éveché, Bastion bas, Bastion haut, Cour Site Saint-Georges, the Conservatory, etc.
And we were thinking that Touroparc and Combes Park would be the two highlights for the kids during these holidays! Well the Chalon fair definitely made it three. You should have seen them nudging their way through the stands, eager for a front-row perch to view the shows.
Street theatre and entertainment, dance and music programmes, fair displays. During both the ON and OFF segments, the variety of events to attend was dizzying! Mathieu also had a blast, and he's the one complaining during the year that we don't go out often enough, he's such a lover of theatre, venerating Chekhov, Ionesco, Racine and Brecht like others gush over football players. I'm guessing that these few July days spent in the streets of Chalon will have appeased him for a few months. Maybe even until next year? I'm hoping so. "
You'll also love Chalon dans la rue for…
- Its dense and eclectic programming: street theatre, dance, circus performance, young public, music concerts, digital arts, fair art, puppet acts, sideshows, etc. The Chalon dans la rue programme comprises hundreds of shows, throughout the city, for all tastes, all ages, all moods.
- Its festive and ultra-friendly atmosphere: Beyond the shows themselves, all of Chalon is enjoying the celebration: a singular event to get to know a city and its residents.
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