“Holiday Feeling” for those who can’t travel

“Everything that is on the street and free of charge is important for tourists and those who cannot leave… It is even necessary,” says Isabelle with conviction, who came from Sauvannon with her friend Bernadette to enjoy the entertainment of Saturday August 13. “There is.. .

“Everything that is on the street and free of charge is important for tourists and those who can’t leave… It’s even necessary,” says Isabelle with conviction, who came from Sauvannon with her friend Bernadette to enjoy the entertainment of Saturday August 13. “Many adults, this is cool. I’m not saying that children have no right to laugh, but adults really need it now.

Burlesque show Street Coffee mixes different arts: juggling, balancing, improvising sketches with the audience...


Burlesque show Street Coffee mixes different arts: juggling, balancing, improvising sketches with the audience…

Patrice Martins de Barros

The merry crowd that has gathered in the Place Clemenceau does not make her lie. With his comic show called “Street Coffee”, Claudio Mutazzi causes everyone’s fun without saying a word. The clown depicts stories, jokes and improvisations and turns the main square into a laughing street theater. Children and adults are invited to take part, juggle or imitate bee feeding.

musical journey

At the end of the burlesque performance, the Zykatok group picks up the musical baton and leads the audience to the next theater stage, Place Royale. Four musicians, seated on a funny rolling car, are the red thread of the evening, taking the audience from one point of the city to another. The company from Perpignan with the name “as difficult as possible” is betting on the performance of their original compositions to an unknown audience. “We’re taking people into a universe they don’t know at all, it’s great to see people getting involved! reveals Pierre, the saxophonist.

Children have fun with the bubbles of the Zykatok rental car.  Created by Gilles, the band's guitarist, it has evolved and grown over the years.


Children have fun with the bubbles of the Zykatok rental car. Created by Gilles, the band’s guitarist, it has evolved and grown over the years.

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This sentiment is shared by Karim and Farah, who are students at Pau and came to experience the festival’s activities “by touch” during the holidays. “I like, I appreciate instruments, music,” the young man explains. Farah, she maintains “the friendly atmosphere that has emerged after two years of Covid.”

The show is “too funny”

Rocking the big crowd in front of the town hall, the steampunk band makes way for Les Goulus. Three crazy horsemen arrive on fake cloth mounts: they are the Horsemen. In plain English, the three “barons” introduce themselves as the national riding team. They are getting ready for the next Olympics and showcase their talents, sometimes a little missed.

Barons' horses are sometimes a little moody and will tease the audience by being surprised and amused by the pranks of crazy riders.


Barons’ horses are sometimes a little moody and will tease the audience by being surprised and amused by the pranks of crazy riders.

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They push the audience, jump over the unfortunate “volunteer”, perform pirouettes and piaffes. And all this while maintaining the “French mood”: arrogant, rude, gloomy. The show is a hit with Imae and Lou, who are respectively 8 and a half and 11 and a half years old. “It was too funny, they were very serious, but they still did everything,” they exclaim.

In exceptional cases, the family did not leave Pau for the holidays this year, they are happy to be able to participate in the wanderings. “We like the principle of the festival, open air, open air,” explains the father. The rest of the program? “We don’t know, we let ourselves get carried away.”

The full program can be found here. Showings from 17:00 to 23:00.

“There is an audience, everything is going great!  In any case, I do not experience natural stress,” smiles Edvig Larralde, the programmer of the festival for two years.


“There is an audience, everything is going great! In any case, I do not experience natural stress,” smiles Edvig Larralde, the programmer of the festival for two years.

Patrice Martins de Barros

Edvig Larralde is the programmer of the Un air de vacances festival for the second year in a row.

Sud Ouest: Last year you organized a “closed” circus-themed festival in Beaumont Park. What did you decide to present for this sixth issue?

Edwig Larralde: This year we find the heart of the city. We decided to focus on street theater and musical wanderings to move the audience from one venue to another. This is a musical walk with breaks for performances.

How many shows are planned?

There will be 26 performances during the four days of the festival. It was me who researched the companies, they come from all over France, and one of them even from Belgium.

We see that there is an audience, are you satisfied with the attendance?

This is clearly a success! The atmosphere is great, there were just 1,000 people in the Place Clemenceau, and last night only 2,000 people came. August 15 is the weekend that attracts the most tourists to Pau.

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