Gers: the party spirit
Jazz in Marciac may have made Midi-Pyrénées famous, but there are plenty of other dates for your diary in Gers. In Condom, you can move to rhythm of brass and percussion bands at the International Bandas Festival. In Vic-Fezensac, you'll get carried away by the passion of Tempo Latino.
Swing and foot-tapping excitement are the order of the day at the inventive and lively Souillac en Jazz and Jazz à Montauban festivals, and Montauban also celebrates French popular song at Alors chante !, a very popular festival where new talent shares the stage with big-name acts.
Toulouse comes alive with all types of music
In Toulouse, Rio Loco sets alight The Prairie des Filtres on the Garonne riverside, inviting a guest country (Spain, Brazil, Senegal, etc.) with a reputation for partying 'til they drop.
But Toulouse is also known for its classical festivals. Piano aux Jacobins is the first festival in France entirely dedicated to piano performances. The international Toulouse Les Orgues festival alternates organ concerts in Toulouse with others around the region in an imaginative programme.
In a different vein, the Saint Céré Opera Festival (Lot) amazes audiences every year with its demanding programme.
As for classical music and religious music, they reach their height in the region's splendid cathedrals and abbeys at events hailed for the quality of their repertoire and performers: the Sylvanès Abbey International Festival, the Lourdes Festival of Religious Music, the Festival du Comminges, and more…
Marciac, Toulouse, Lourdes and l'abbaye de Sylvanès (associated with Millau Viaduct) are Great Tourist Sites in Midi-Pyrénées.