For 60 years, the public has been coming to this folk dance and music festival which welcomes around 40 spectators each year in July. A retrospective on 000 years of the festival is essential, with its president: Maryline Mourgues.

States which in the past have experienced conflicts can come together on stage and thus show that peace and fraternity exist.

A festival awaited by the
audience ?

It is a popular festival where culture is open to all because the shows are mostly held in the street but also in small rural towns. We also seek to renew ourselves, to seek bridges between modernity and tradition in world dances: batucada inspired by the tradition of Brazilian music or marching bands from the tradition of major American parades for example.

Interfolk Festival: folk dances and music

A team invested all year round?

Upstream, it's a team invested in programming, on certain days we receive 10 to 15 requests from artists from all over the world. Over the 5 days of the festival, 100 volunteers welcome the nearly 350 artists in the Ponot basin with a young section of which 65% are under 25 years old. It is also important for us to reach out to all audiences: hospitals, convalescent homes, EHPADs and also to mix generations with sharing times between elders and children from leisure centers for example.

Highlights?

From Wednesday evening, several groups perform on the stage of Vals-près-le-Puy for a trip around the world. Then on the last day, Saturday, there are activities on the market, Place du Plot in Puy-en-Velay and at night the closing parade with all the groups.

Activities in Puy-en-Velay in Auvergne for Interfolk

Your best memory?

During the 50th edition, at the closing gala, Scotland and South Africa took the stage together. Scotland began to play “What a wonderful world” on the bagpipes and behind the South African sang the acapella song with a magnificent voice. Needless to say, everyone in the room had goosebumps. This is completely the spirit of Interfolk. States which in the past have experienced conflicts can come together on stage and thus show that peace and fraternity exist.

Created in 1964, the Interfolk festival works to promote cultures from around the world and advocates sharing and openness to others. Its objectives are to bring people together through their culture, to be a bridge between tradition and modernity and to promote the intangible heritage of humanity.

This festival based in Puy-en-Velay shines every summer, mid-July, among the Altiligère public.

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