Dancing in the streets, and much more….

On Saturday our village celebrated a festa occitana – an Occitan festival.  There was traditional music and dancing in the streets, the danse de chevalet in which a ‘horse’ is paraded around the streets and village place while others dance around it, Albès, an Occitan folk singer and campaigner for the culture and language since the 1970s demonstrations against the expansion of a military base on the Larzac plateau, an excellent meal which included rabbit cooked with mushroom and rice, a lot of good wine, and more contemporary music with Mauresca Fracas Dub, a rap and hip hop band who sing in Occitan and do so very well.  It was a wonderful day and evening, which continued long into the small hours of Sunday morning.

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10 thoughts on “Dancing in the streets, and much more….

  1. How wonderful! I love every one of these pictures, especially the circle dancing at night–glorious movement; and the aging instrumentalist’s hand. But all of them. I love the idea of a rap/hip-hop band singing in Occitan. What a wonderful world.

  2. Hello chaiselongue !
    Just for you… so… in French

    Je suis Gabiannaise (du village même) et nous avons dû nous croiser le soir de la fête du village et de la Saint-Jean : je faisais partie des serveuses du repas… en tant que membre de l’association “comité communal contre les feux de forêts” (CCFF).
    Chaque association avait son rôle : les donneurs de sang, la danse du chevalet; le cercle occitan, les danseurs folkloriques et l’exposé dans l’église; le comité des fêtes, la musique et le bar; et les CCFF, le repas et le service.

    Mais bon… rien d’étonnant à notre proximité : j’ai découvert votre blog en lien sur celui de Jean-Maurice et John (http://gabian-village.blogspot.fr/) qui sont des voisins.

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