“Musique en Côte Basque” festival
Launched in 1960 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz for the celebration of the tercentenary of the marriage of Louis XIV with the Infanta of Spain, the festival « Musique en Côte Basque » (Music in the Basque Coast) has become a great event around classical music.
Every year in September, the public can listen and applaud the greatest solo performers, chamber music ensembles and orchestras. Other cities of the Basque coast have joined Saint-Jean-de-Luz for this event: Ciboure and Urrugne, Anglet, Bayonne and Biarritz, and so the most beautiful architectural sites are put to contribution to welcome the concerts.
The festival ” Musique en Côte Basque ” traditionally begins with the Mass of Corsairs, the last Sunday of August in the church of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
The Musique en Côte Basque (Basque Coast Music) Festival takes place in the first half of September.
At Villa Kaioa, we love jazz,
and luckily we have several jazz festivals nearby. The season begins in Tarnos, “Jazz en Mars”, in the south of the Landes near Bayonne, an incredible quality given the smallness of the town that hosts it.
It continues at the end of March by the “South Town Jazz Festival Soustons (South Town … Soustons, nice play on words with a French accent!), in the South Landes also.
In July, the Hondarribia Blues Festival offers 4 days of free music (just across the Spanish border).
In Anglet, the “Jazz sur l’herbe” (Jazz on the grass), the last Sunday of September, offers a free stage in the gardens of the castle Baroja, and features now a new formula with 4 days of concerts at the theater of Quintaou or the stables of Baroja castle.
The Jazzaldia Heineken in San Sebastián has our preference.
Jazz takes possession of the city for 5 days (literary, all becomes Jazz, fascinating!) with more than 15 stages of concerts, some free. Attending a concert, sitting in the sand on the beach of Zurriola is worth the trip! Some of the most prestigious artists perform at Jazzaldia; in 2019 Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, Neneh Cherry, Joshua Redman, Maria Schneider and Donny McCaslin have already been announced.
The Jazzaldia Heineken takes place from the 24th to 28th of July 2019 in Donostia -San Sebastián in Bask-
And the dance…
Marie-Agnès Gillot et Carolyn Carlson – Le temps d’aimer 2018
In September, Biarritz lives for 10 days at the rhythm of the dance. Le temps d’aimer, la danse (The Time to Love, the Dance) hosts, under the artistic direction of Thierry Malandain, 26 companies, performers of all ages, companies from a dozen countries. More than 45 performances in the 3 theatres of the city, but also in the public garden, on the esplanade of the Casino or the promenade of the Grande Plage.
Le temps d’aimer, la danse (The time to love, the dance) is held the second week of September in Biarritz.
If you like to dance, parties are often organised on the basque coast. In Bidart the “Soleil des Antilles” welcomes dansers for Rock &Roll parties or Salsa parties. You can walk there from the villa Kaioa !
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