Parade, concerts, Medieval Olympics… the 20th edition of the Foire du Roy René de Peyrolles takes place this weekend

Parade, concerts, Medieval Olympics… the 20th edition of the Foire du Roy René de Peyrolles takes place this weekend
Parade, concerts, Medieval Olympics… the 20th edition of the Foire du Roy René de Peyrolles takes place this weekend

It’s a story that has its roots six centuries ago. In 1475, the castle of Peyrolles-en-Provence, then administered by the archbishops of Aix-en-Provence, was ceded to King René. Until his death in 1480, the man nicknamed “good king René” went to his home during the summer, with his two daughters, to cool off. During these five years, the Duke of Anjou took the opportunity to make some modifications to the castle and church of Peyrolles-en-Provence.

525 years later, in 2005, the Peyrollais wanted to keep the memory of this significant era alive for this village of just over 5,000 inhabitants. Third, and final, leap in time, to arrive at the 20th edition of the Foire du Roy René which will take place from Saturday April 20 at 10 a.m. to Sunday April 21 at 6 p.m. This year more than ever, the 99 volunteers have put together a complete medieval program, taking us back 500 years.

If Paris is still fighting to succeed in its Olympic Games this summer, the Foire du Roy René is already ready to welcome its own, the Médiév’olympiques. The sporting competition will take place around five events with a medieval twist. Four of these will take place at the different taverns of the fair, once a day and will be open to all.

First test, tug of war will be the property of the Philistines tavern. The Jacouille tavern will host the crown game, a royal-style beret game. The plunderers’ game, the game of the twelve months of five centuries ago, will take place at the Vilaines tavern. Finally, the Gargoyle tavern will house the game of sticks, the musical chairs of our distant ancestors.

30,000 visitors expected

The fifth and final event will be an obstacle course, following which two different classifications will result, an adult and a child. “The winners of these games will be received by the king in his court“, assures the organizer of the Médiév’olympics. Around the parades of the king and the queen, meals and guided tours of the Palm Grotto, artistic performances will be delivered all weekend. In the streets of Peyrolles- in Provence, two companies will take care of the entertainment.

The Arteflammes company will enchant the village cobblestones with their fictional strolling activities, while the Vagabondes company will take to the skies with their bouncing stilt walkers. Chivalry and equestrian shows will also be provided by a group from Spain, Drakonia. Finally, Prima Nocta, Belgian Folk metal group mixing “soft melodies and strong percussions“, will liven up the fair with the sounds of bagpipes, bouzoukis, drums and other harps and violins, during three free concerts in the Champ des Pommiers.

The Foire du Roy René once again placed emphasis on issues of respect for the environment this year. In taverns, tableware is advertised as 100% recyclable and all dishes will be served with wooden cutlery.

15,000 reusable cups will also be “used and washed on site“. The trays and most of the furniture in the taverns are also made from recycled wood and are reused every year. Outside, sorting bins will also be made available to visitors during the tour and the costumes are created by volunteer seamstresses. from recycled fabrics Thanks to all these arguments, the fair hopes to welcome 30,000 people again this year.

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