Throughout July and August the Romanesque churches and abbeys of the Poitou-Charentes become atmospheric venues for a series of cultural events including instrumental and choral concerts, dance, theatre and even circus acts.
There are more than 150 events in the most beautiful churches in the region. The evening typically presents music, sometimes classical or choral and often modern world music, a spectacle such as fire-eaters or dancers, with a big firework display to finish the night. There is always food and drink (normally soft drinks only) and the entire evening is free of charge. The idea is to bring these events to the smaller towns and villages of the region and to showcase the rich heritage of Romanesque architecture here. Funding comes from the Poitou-Charentes region budget and some commune funding is permitted.
Summer 2013 was the turn of Vanzay to host our Nuit Romane. The work of organising the event fell to the commune council and not unexpectedly there were a number of meetings in the weeks running up to the date in August. In particular, there were two meetings specifically for les Anglais of Vanzay, where an interpreter told us what our tasks were to be on the day and evening. So, after a day of setting out tables and chairs and listening to the band tune up, a warm evening of music was followed by a buffet of food and drink prepared by the Vanzay caterer, Franck, and his army of assistants.
Here are some photos from the Nuits Romanes around the region.
The Nuits Romanes are a fantastic way to enjoy an evening for free with all of the family and so why not choose to stay in a gîte right next door to the church in Vanzay during July and August.