The FESTIVAL CONFOLENS "Popular Arts and Traditions of the World" attracts 100,000 visitors each
summer,. This small sub-prefecture of 3000 inhabitants organized since 1957 is the most famous festival of folk dance and music of the world
The festival is recognized as the one of the three most important events of Poitou-Charentes.
During six days, through the magic of the festival, 450 young artists from five continents, 400 volunteers, public and private partners the challenge, all working together to offer you the most beautiful festivals, a festival of smiles and joy in our little town of Charente Limousine.
This year the French town of Angouleme Will Be celebrating the 76th anniversary of the famous "Circuit des Remparts" race weekend. Will the weekend include concourse competitions, an international tourist ralley through the picturesque French countryside, as well as a whole day of vintage and classic car racing around the historic walled tower in the old town of Angouleme
The Poitou-Charentes region is filled with fabulous Romanesque churches and other historic sites to explore. The Nuits Romanes festivalorganised by the region’s administration, allows you to see these marvellous buildings in a new light, often quite literally, when over 170 evenings of concerts and shows throughout the summer are based in and around them. And what’s more, they are all free.
Performed by professionals, the acts range from jazz bands to trapeze artists, classical concerts to modern dance and are scheduled across all four départements of the Poitou-Charentes region. Don’t miss the opening on June at St.Savin-sur-Gartempe
Local food producers are often present so you can taste their regional specialities, and with many evenings in the centre of towns and villages, you can complete the evening by enjoying a meal in one of the region’s many pavement cafés and restaurants.
The evenings are well publicised in the local tourist offices.
One of the ‘Grand Site de France’, the Marais Poitevin is a must-see for all visitors to the region and the floating market held each year at Le Vanneau provides the perfect opportunity. Also known as the Venice Verte or Green Venice, the creation of the unique environment of theMarais Poitevin began in the days of Alienor d’Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart and the area remains steeped in history and tradition.
On the last Saturday in July, the village of Le Vanneau recreates atraditional floating market where traders would bring their produce to the market on the local flat bottomed boats and buyers would float from boat to boat picking out their requirements. Step aboard one of the flat bottomed boats to fully appreciate the skill of the local boats men and you too can buy local produce from beans and honey to snails and local eels!
In this world of waterways, everything needed to be moved by boat including the livestock – the whole family will enjoy watching the cows and other livestock travel down the canals as part of the parade. There is also an extensive photograph exhibition showing how the canals were once used before cars became the norm.
There are also opportunities to taste local specialities, watch traditional dances and enjoy the regional music before you head home with all your purchases!
Market from 9h00 to 13h00 / Lunch and Dinner on site / Events and music during the afternoon and evening
For anyone into motorsports, the Val de Vienne racing circuit at Le Vigeant in the south of the Vienne department is one of the premier destinations in Poitou-Charentes, if not France.
Racing cars, saloon, cars, superbikes – they all hurtle around it. Indeed, the 2.341 mile (3.768km) track at the Circuit du Val de Vienne, which is accredited by the Fédération Française Sportive Automobile, is regarded as one of the best motorsport circuits in the country.
It regularly hosts major race events, for example the Championnat de France Superbikes, and attracts competitors and spectators alike from across France and Europe.
But the Le Vigeant track is not just for the professionals. Individuals, groups and businesses can hire the race circuit for their own use.
The Circuit du Val de Vienne also holds regular track days where the general public -- at least those with a clean driving licence! - are able to come along and experience life in the fast lane in
a Ferrari, racing Renault or even their own car on occasions.
The track also hosts rallies for vintage cars. Check out their website below for a diary of events (see under calendrier).