Discover the full programme of events, festivals, shows and performances all year round - there is something for everyone. The Flamenco festival, the Biography festival, the Great Roman Games, ferias, Thursdays in Nîmes...just a few examples of major events which are now great Nîmes classics.
The proof is in these impromptu festivals that spring up throughout the city! One of the main events, the Feria, accentuates all kinds of emotions and leads to a kind of collective folly. The first Feria was held in 1952 in true Spanish style, and even today combines bullfights, Camargue races, concerts, bull running in the streets and many other events. Renowned throughout Europe, it is the most wellknown popular event. Twice a year, thousands of people fill the streets of the city. However, they are not all bull «aficionados». Everyone loves the excitement and the atmosphere that fills the city and brings together music and dance. Dozens of bodegas (improvised bars) mushroom throughout the city and people gather there to celebrate. The Feria is six days at Pentecost (Whitsun) and three days in September. The festivities roll out in succession, to please all audiences and tastes! You can watch bullfighting in the Arena, abrivados and bandidos (bull running in the streets), see the peñas (bands) wandering, dance the Sevillanas late into the night in the bodegas, eat paella on the boulevards, participate in activities, attend concerts, watch the jousting on the Fountain canal, listen to the mass in Provençal language in the Cathedral or attend the Pégoulade, the opening parade of Pentecost Festival...
The Great Roman Games
All history enthusiasts meet in the Arena in Nîmes to watch the largest ancient historical reconstitution in Europe. More than 500 people bring to life the legendary ludi (games) as the people of Nîmes would have seen them 2000 years ago: processions of Roman legionaries, horse races, the famous gladiators combats and a great show !
The Festival of Nîmes
The majestic setting of the Nîmes Arena where famous guests perform. National and international stars, groups and musicians that you have to see ! From pop to electro, from hard rock to variety, from Radiohead to Elton John, from Depeche Mode to Muse, from David Guetta to Lenny Kravitz, from Rammstein to Scorpions… Muchawaited concerts, a very large public and Festival atmosphere !
Thursdays in Nîmes
The town is full of activity very Thursday evening in July and August: craftsmen, painters, second-hand dealers, collectors, local producers, etc. welcome visitors in the many squares and streets of the historic centre of the city. Without forgetting activities for children and the JeuDivin, tastings of wine and local products at the foot of the Cathedral, with a festival atmosphere ensured. These markets are dotted with much music: jazz, blues, flamenco, swing, classical music, tango, world music, country music, varieties, etc.
This Festival, organised by the Theatre in Nîmes welcomes great Spanish artistes and reveals great talents in singing, guitar and dancing—perpetuating the tradition of this Andalusian tradition in the South of France. As emphasised by the director of the Theatre, Flamenco is more than ever a living and vibrant art that keeps on evolving and gaining strength and nobody can predict its future. In 2020, the 30th Nîmes Festival will continue with respect and admiration its avid exploration of present-day Flamenco. Present-day Flamenco that will set out the extraordinary variety of its landscapes. No hierarchy, no judgement, no truth but a single certainty: Flamenco has a firm appointment with the public of the Festival of Nîmes.