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 77th 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.
At the Fête du Cognac, you can taste many local culinary products. Melons, oysters, mussels, cagoes, meat or cheese, from starter to dessert, your evenings will be rich in discovering flavors.
The 7 bars of the Fête du Cognac make you discover the Charentais wines, pineau, and of course, cognac. The event offers a discovery of wine products from a more festive angle with many cocktails to enjoy on site.
But the Fête du Cognac also makes you go beyond local borders through its musical proposal. Each evening, 2 or 3 concerts of artists with varied musical genres complete its festive and friendly atmosphere.
Barrobjectif is a photojournalistic festival that presents events with new eyes on distant countries, men, causes, conflicts, or topics right beside us. It is a privileged route with a sensitive journey that unfolds along the banks of the Charente, on the walls, barns and paths of the small village of Barro
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