24 May, 2014

The Festival d'Anjou plans to reinvest Angers city

Le Festival d'Anjou prévoit de réinvestir la ville d'Angers.- Evénement culturel phare d'Angers et sa région, le Festival d'Anjou accueillera les amateurs de théâtre pendant presque un mois. Son directeur artistique pense aux évolutions de l'année 2015. Mais d'ores et déjà, celle de 2014 est bien partie, font valoir les organisateurs qui ne craignent pas la pluie.

Cultural flagship event of Angers, the 65th Anjou Festival has started on May 24th to sell tickets for its 29 performances from June 10 to July 5th. "That length is a little bit long", remarks Nicolas Briançon its artistic manager who would like to see more shows played in Angers.

Mr. Briançon is not wrong : only one out of 29 performances will take place in the city where, nervertheless, suitable places do not lack. The manager has in mind the Angers castle, but reminds that "there are other places for shows". In fact 17 of the shows will take place in the Plessis-Macé castle. That could change in the years to come given that the Conseil général of Maine et Loire and Angers city decision-markers are on the same political mood.

Most of the authors issues of the 2014 edition are French but the English speaking culture is part of the event with William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) or Oscar Wilde (The importance of being earnest) as well as Cromwell (Victor Hugo) or Zelda and Scott (Renaud Meyer). According to previous editions, about 50 and 60% of the seats should be sold as soon as the first day of sale. People gathered in a 100 m waiting line were along the tourism committee on Kennedy square on Saturday and some of them arrived at 2.00 am! According to the organizers, that predicts a good 2014 edition and "the weather is fine since half an hour"!

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