“Loire in color” innovates

“Loire in color” innovates
“Loire in color” innovates

Festival The 21st edition of the festival takes place this May 18 and 19 in Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice. The event, which highlights all forms of art, wanted to innovate and open up more to the Loire River.

The Loire en Couleur festival, which takes place every year during the Pentecost weekend in the medieval village of Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice, has never lived up to its name so well. For this 21 e edition, the organizers wanted to highlight the river which winds through the gorges surrounding this village of character. This is how a completely new route was imagined, passing through the most beautiful viewpoints that the village offers to give a completely different color to this already usually colorful weekend, since painting is at the heart of this event.

The river in the spotlight

This year, the forty registered painters will be spread across four locations in the village: the garden of the Manoir de la Cure, the Place du Guet, the Esplanade de la Tour and the port de la Caille. Starting with a blank canvas, the painters will have the entire weekend to draw inspiration from their point of view. At the end, painters who wish will be able to offer their works at auction, on Sunday evening at 5:15 p.m., in the Jardin du Manoir. The profits from this sale will go to the Association of Friends of Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice and the painters. This association also offers during the weekend a sketch hike on Saturday (by reservation) and two guided tours (Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.) of the church frescoes on the theme of the Loire.

But this festival aims to highlight many other forms of art and this is how several live performance companies will present their shows all along the route: circus, clown, object theater, musical shows, etc. All audiences will find themselves in this heterogeneous program. The circus show Strange strangers will close the festival, Sunday at 6:45 p.m., in the Jardin de la Cure.

A tavern evening organized at the port of la Caille

Throughout the event, a small tourist train with a capacity of 60 seats will crisscross the route starting from Place Saint-Jean, a stone’s throw from the main car park. It will pass through all the central points of the festival, every 30 minutes. It is also this same little train which will make its last journey on Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m. from the port of la Caille, where one of the highlights of the weekend will take place.

Indeed, this place unknown to many Roannais, will be the location of a festive and friendly evening which will begin with the musical show Piano on the Croisette at 7:30 p.m. Then, a music group installed in a mobile caravan will provide the atmosphere on the banks of the port, while the Cercle Nautique and Pierre Reure’s Tambouille food truck will delight gourmets until the end of this first day.

For boat trip enthusiasts wishing to discover the village of Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice from the Loire, the “Villerest Un” boat trip will offer a one-hour discovery cruise, departing from Villerest Lake to reach the village. medieval. Two cruises are planned, Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.*.

Colorful by nature new exhibition at La Cure

Finally, throughout the festival, La Cure, the arts and crafts center of Roannais agglomeration, will be open to visitors. The place currently hosts the works of around twenty artists and will take advantage of this festive weekend to inaugurate its new exhibition Colorful by nature . This highlights four artists working in diverse and varied fields: ceramics (Pauline Tanguy), engraving (Cécile Basecq), screen printing (Fany Perret) and paper sculpture (Pauline Faure). For the occasion, sculptor Pauline Faure will be present on Saturday afternoon (from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) to meet festival-goers and present the techniques she uses for her paper sculptures.

This Pentecost weekend therefore promises to be lively and colorful in Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice, where more than 3,000 people are expected.

A reduced rate for festival visitors has been set up: 10 euros with the code LOIREENCOULEUR (reservation required). Practical. Saturday May 18, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday May 19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking at the entrance to the village.

Small tourist train in circulation departing from Place Saint-Jean.

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