Chalabre en Sérénade - Le Festival de Sérénades à Chalabre
Chalabre en Sérénade is scheduled for August 16-18, 2018!
Lovers and artists from around the globe make the annual pilgrimage to our little village in the Cathar region of southern France called Chalabre. During the week, professional vocalists perform romantic songs in local villages, parks, streets, theaters and bars. They sing on lakes, rooftops, juliet balconies and main stages. The main event is held in a charming covered market square in the center of town on Saturday night... This year, more than twenty professional vocalists from around the globe will be serenading the audience with three days of music celebrating the power of love - with a range of styles as diverse as the faces of love itself! Amateur singers are also invited and encouraged to participate and share the stage with these wonderful world-class professional vocalists and musicians directed by French American Recording artist VINX. Song dedications to loved ones are part of this wonderful tradition!
To introduce many of the musicians who will be performing during the week, our opening ceremony begins on Thursday night with a wine tasting at the Mairie followed by a parade through town to hear vocal serenades from the beautiful juliet balconies of this bastide village. Our second event on Thursday is an evening of dance and visual arts (Théatre Municipal). Called Dance of the Painters, this visually stunning event combines live painting with live dance, produced and choreographed by Lee Payne of Riverdance and Got To Dance fame.
Friday night features a performance by several American R&B style Crooners (Théatre Municipal) followed by the village street party where the stage is set up outside and the streets are closed off to welcome the crowd (between Cafe des Sports and The Hotel de France).
Saturday is Chalabre's market day and in keeping with that theme there will be food trucks and local artists surrounding the square and musicians everywhere! Saturday evening is our main event - Le Grande Sérénade - on the square featuring over 20 singers from around the world. Afterward, stay in town to enjoy the afterparty jam sessions at The Hotel de France, Le Café de la Paix or journey to Lac de Montbel for a DJ dance party.
An art exhibit "the Colors of Love" is also planned for the week, displaying beautiful paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more at the Abattoir.
Throughout the weekend, please enjoy this beautiful part of France. You can stroll or bike along our Voie Verte (reclaimed railroad tracks) and Castle hop among over 10 Cathar Castles in the region - the queen of which is UNESCO world heritage site La Cité. Enjoy guided Wine Tours of the Languedoc... There are 2 classical concerts planned by Musique en Kercorb on the Sundays before and after the festival, August 12 and 19, and there are sure to be other surprises as well. The Villagers will embrace you and kiss you twice so Welcome and Bienvenue!
" I've travelled to and performed in many music festivals during my career, always with the goal of giving a life changing performance that would demand that I be invited back. The first time is always the hardest ... who will give you a chance in a foreign land where no one knows you? I've always been in a great position to discover rising stars and great artists who are at all stages of their careers, so the Chalabre en Serenade is about discovery. I've wanted to have an event that could give artists a way to be heard by promoters, small club owners and new fans ... we all know that this is the way to build a career ... baby steps into the hearts of true music lovers. " ~ VINX, Artistic Director
Our Local History
This area of France is unique in history. In the dawn of the 12th century the troubadours began this musical tradition in local chateaux. The singing troubadours started in our area and spread throughout much of medieval Europe. We continue this tradition in Chalabre today.
Our modern version pays homage to "Dame Blanche - the lady in white" who fell in love with a troubadour from Chalabre who drove her mad with passion. She ordered her servants to lower the water level so he could better see and enjoy her physique. Their miscalculation caused a breach in the damn, unleashing a devastating flood that wiped out the entire Quercorb valley from Puivert to Mirepoix. So, on this day we sing of the awesome power of love.
Getting Here and Lodging... please click here for details and more on transportation and lodging for the festival week!
If you would like to travel to France and join our village troubadours, please contact Vinx Festival Director:
Vinx De'Jon Parrette +33 (0) 601283131 email@example.com 10 rue Saint Antoine. Chalabre, 11230 Occitanie France
" Our Festival was born of love and respect for our new home in France... we want to share the magic of this place and its people with you! This is La France Profonde... and we love it this way! The first Festival of Serenades was actually our wedding reception and we received such an overwhelming response from the village that we had to do it again... please enjoy this video and we'll see you in 2018!! " ~ Vinx and Jenn