First of all, Sol y Fiesta is an international street festival organised every year in Leucate, South West of France during the first weekend of June.
But I have only attended this year’s edition. Nonetheless, it was a truly enjoyable sunny, lively and busy day with so many people coming all the way from Spain or the surrounding of Leucate to join the Sol y Fiesta festival.
I will obviously share with you what I have recorded rather than the whole programme as I want you to feel part of it!
1. Brass Bands
So, like every year, there are many brass bands playing in the streets. I admit I didn’t film or take many pictures of these, as there are little more commonplace in other street festivals.
However, I did film one, it’s the Latin 66 brass band partnered with World Fusion charity. The Latin Art 66 is a South American music band. The company interprets musical and artistic arrangements by walking down the streets with singers-guitarists, brass and traditional instruments such as Peruvian pan flutes and charango (lute). They keep you dancing and singing until exhaustion!
I hope you enjoy the video!
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‘Latin Art 66’ world fusion brass band from Latin America singing and playing at Sol y Fiesta festival in Leucate guitars, brass and traditional instruments like Peruvian flutes, charango! 🎺🎷 . . ##streetfestival #internationalstreetfestival #solyfiesta #solyfiesta2019 #leucatevillage #latinart #latinamericanmusic #brassband #brassensemble #latinamericanband #latinamericanensemble #peruvianflutes #charango #guitars #frenchfestival #france🇫🇷
2. The flying piano
Then, you could enjoy this original set up for an international show parade, i.e a piano up in the air floating while a lady is playing it! This pianist plays live classic and Disney melodies to the enthusiasm of her audience!
Here are a couple of picture and videos I’m sharing with you below.
Additionally, the pianist is accompanied by ‘Las Falleras’, queens celebrating spring, that come purposefully to the festival all the way from Valencia, Spain. They are all wearing their traditional costumes.
4. Les Irréels – The fictionary characters’ theatre company
Besides these shows, there is this theatre performance created in 2013 consisting of 15 hybrid characters in 12 unique plastic worlds.
The unreal characters are a people parallel to humans; we do not know if it is a millennial civilisation, a futuristic tribe or an unknown species.
Have they lived with us forever without us being able to meet them? Are they the hybrid image of our future mutation?
Their activities are hopes tending towards the world around us. Like the ‘Childhood Pamperer’ who opens the door of our past recklessness, the ‘Absentees’ guide’ who connects us to our disappeared or deceased closed members, the ‘Heart Warmer’ of winters that cuddles our moments of sadness or the ‘Heart Mender’ who repairs our loves, each one of them works for daydreaming and states of being.
In a camp of fifteen huts, the characters evolve in strong and singular plastic universes. This wordless performance happens in the heart of the city and everyone’s daily life, offering a moment hanging on between imaginations and questioning, to connect us to ourselves.
Here is a slideshow showing the different huts and themes.
You can view a short video of the absentees’ guide below:
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This character is part of a theatrical show called ‘les Irréels’ which are imaginary characters bringing us back to our dreams and well-being, between imagination and questioning. . . . #lesirréels #theatricalperformance #theatricalshow #imaginarycharacters #dreams #questioning #frenchtheater #frenchtheatre #internationalstreetfestival #solyfiesta #streetfestival #leucatevillage #leucatetourisme #france🇫🇷
Two main parades close off the Sol y Fiesta day: Pegasus Tale and Constellations – Zodi’act.
Gods and men, Pegasus and those he led to other universes. Towards Cassiopeia, towards Aldebaran, he is apparently a great white horse … Pegasus, the messenger of the Olympus Gods. Pegasus, with silver wings, leading forgotten stars to other constellations…
Open your eyes! Look at the sky! Watch them come over…
A light and airy dancer … a metallic sky like wings … divine Diva, Cassiopeia leading the stellar parade of Pegasus and its stars.
The crew for this parade show is made of 1 driver, 2 technicians, 1 acrobat, 1 lyrical singer on self-propelled structure, 2 waders, 2 percussionists, 1 dancer, 1 director.
Finally, discover an aerial universe combining beauty and grace in a ballet of air inflated and aerial animals that will surprise you … The 12 constellations of the Zodiac are represented carried by men in the form of air and aerial inflated giants.
This parade is filled with poetry, impressive volumes and technicians with shimmering costumes.
Give free rein to your dreams as the Constellations go by!
To finish off, along the way to these last parades, there are lots of open shops, restaurants and stalls with items on sale like the ones below.