The 25 July 2014
Festivals and events
Auvergne’s cultural diary includes internationally-famous and smaller-scale events, with all sorts of festivals and celebrations in between: classical music, jazz, street theatre, cinema and much more!
International Short Film Festival (Clermont-Ferrand)
End of January / beginning of February
The world’s largest short film festival is held each year in Clermont-Ferrand and attracts film professionals and enthusiasts. Screenings are hosted throughout the city with concerts each evening.
International Street Theatre Festival (Aurillac)
End of August
Each summer, during the third week of August, the city of Aurillac in the Auvergne is transformed into the international capital of street theatre. Since 1986 this town has been a pioneer, inviting theatre troupes and artists from all over the world to perform: installations, modern circus, theatre, opera, and more!
World Cultures Festival (Gannat)
End of July
This unique festival celebrates the diversity of cultures around the world. The town of Gannat offers 10 days of encounters welcoming 65,000 visitors. A trip around the world without ever leaving the Auvergne!
La Pamparina (Thiers)
Beginning of July
Thiers holds La Pamparina festival each July with more than 25,000 visitors descending on the knife making town. The music genre of the festival changes yearly: rock, pop, country, electronic, jazz…so you’re in for something new each year.
End of May
Voted the French rock capital, Clermont-Ferrand plays host to the Europavox festival, held at the end of May each year. The line-up includes the very best of the European scene as well as some up-and-comers.
Sacred Music Festival (La Chaise-Dieu)
End of August
Every year this sacred festival attracts some 25,000 music lovers, who flock here to enjoy a winning combination: a heady mix of styles performed in a sublime setting.
Roi de l’Oiseau Renaissance Festival (Le Puy-en-Velay)
End of September
On the 3rd weekend of September each year, this festival transports Le Puy-en-Velay back to the Renaissance period in search of the town’s finest archer.
Horizons – Arts Nature (Massif du Sancy)
From June to September
Every summer the Sancy mountains welcome land art installations from local and international artists. Easily accessible and often apart of a hike, the art works’ reflect man’s relationship with the natural world.