Agenda

From Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July 2023

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Find the whole program of the 36th edition of the Médiévales de Bayeux !

Show

Arcanes (fire show)

By Zoolians

Broken rhythms, raucous chants, shimmering mist: a mysterious brotherhood comes to life, half dog, half wolf, meticulously developing its rites. Their attention focuses, heavy thuds of percussion take over their bodies and the mystical energy of the sorcerers fuses into a hypnotic trance... Spectacular !

Attention limited gauge ! Book your tickets during the day at the info point - outside the Hôtel du Doyen – Lambert-Leforestier street

10:30 p.m. Gardens of the Hôtel du Doyen

Street theatre

Les coupeurs de bourses (musician bandits)

By Les coupeurs de bourses

These four highway bandits are…..on probation.  Set free for good behaviour (or perhaps they escaped from jail), they’ve become musicians.  Since then, Tiresac (Bag puller), La Pince (Pliers), L’Assassin (the Assassin) and Le Prince de l’arnaque (the Prince of Scams)  roam towns and villages telling stories of their past misdemeanours and their wanderings as ex-convicts. They do all this through music, song, dances and above all good humour.

From 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Forecourt of the Town Hall
From 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Place de Gaulle

Re-creations

Honey color (beekeeping and candle making)

By Compagnie 380

A fascinating chance to discover the beehive and its inhabitants with the help of clever, interactive animated models, humour, philosophy and delicious stories.  Honey and beeswax have been used for many things throughout the centuries – in the home, in cookery and for medicinal purposes -  and you can discover the amazing properties of these resources. You’ll find out everything about the produce of the beehive. Enjoy to your heart’s content!  

Candle-making workshop for kids: an opportunity to make a  beeswax candle, a lovely souvenir from a practical learning experience! (the children can take their candle  with them when they leave).

From 10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Camps

The foundry apprentice (foundry workshop for kids)

By Compagnie La Baraterie en Art

Participants in the workshop will learn to draw a logo in the form of a medallion on paper, then they’ll engrave it on unbaked clay. Next they’ll make a mould of the engraving in casting sand, and then the apprentices will cast their object in tin using a crucible (food tin, with a melting temperature of 96 degrees).  They’ll unmould it and do the necessary finishing, and finally they’ll polish it.  The budding casting artists will be able to take their creations away with them.

Please note that places are limited ! Don't forget to register directly on site !

From 10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Street theatre

Le Gay-Sçavoir (folklore from Normandy)

By Le Gay-Sçavoir

Traditional Norman dances and songs accompanied by a hurdy-gurdy.

From 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Forecourt of the Cathedral

Street theatre

Sacré Guillaume (object theater / puppets / storytelling & music)

By Compagnie Hardie

A  storyteller plunges us into the tale of William the Conqueror, who became King of England. It’s a tale of two countries, like that of the storyteller, who gets the story of the Duke of Normandy mixed up with traditional  tales from Burkina Faso. In Africa, stories are not used to get children to go to sleep, but to arouse the interest of adults.  This is a cross-cultural look at the life and times of the most famous figure of Norman history.

In case of bad weather, show postponed to the Halle ô Grains

From 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Gardens of the Hôtel du Doyen

Street theatre

Les aboyeurs (juggling & music)

By Compagnie Animacirk

Like the town criers of olden times, these three spread the news from towns to villages and entice you from square to square with their prowess, juggling, music and wit. Watch out,  criers are there to be heard !

From 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Forecourt of the Town Hall
From 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Forecourt of the Town Hall

Wandering the streets

Drake Hunters (Protective Society of Dragons)

By Zoolians

Appearing out of another age, the Drake Hunters are warrior nomads who travel tirelessly, seeking out the last surviving dragons. As they ride on the creatures they protect the brood of newborn baby dragons, nestling in a cart that’s  travelling with the convoy. Come and see them on their journey to the snowy mountains.

Sun 02 In the medieval city of Bayeux

Re-creations

Les feux de L’Envol (forges in the Middle Ages)

By Les feux de L’Envol

You’ll hear the ringing of anvils from a distance and smell the characteristic whiff of coal that’s burning and making the iron glow. Come closer and watch us beating it with a hammer to create a variety of forms according to what we want to make: tools, weapons, jewellery…..blacksmith, edge-toolmaker, farrier, maker of parts for wheels, nail-smith, chain-maker, bronze-maker... Don’t hesitate to come and meet us, we’re not as forbidding as we look !

From 10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Re-creations

Dioramas and historical reconstruction

By Art6

Exhibition of a 1/72 scale model of Bayeux Castle from east to west in the 13th century, a castle mound and its enclosure (fortification from 10th to 12th centuries), and a model of the castle of Osaka in Japan. A display of intricate craftsmanship ! 

From 10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Wandering the streets

The Kassgueul tribe (juggling, fire, looting and big hugs)

By La Tribu Kassgueul

The Kassgueul Tribe have come from a faraway land, very far away indeed, and create pandemonium as they light up the Bayeux Medieval Festival with their joyful , unrestrained and  fiery antics!

Sat 01 & Sun 02 In the medieval city of Bayeux

Games and activities

The carousel of little corks (from 1 to 10 years old)

By Compagnie Clair-Obscur

This unique ‘roundabout’ is original, environmentally friendly needing no external power source, and is ‘home made’ using recycled materials. It is  powered by the parents operating the arm of the press. The attraction is accompanied by specially created music and presented  by an actor who greets the children and settles them humorously and gently into a fantastical, poetic world  inspired by legends. A different kind of  ride!

From 10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Camps

Mikael Kantpig (potter on stick wheel)

By Mikael Kantpig

Potters have been using wheels since about 2500 BC.  In the Middle Ages potters’ wheels that were operated with a stick and by the feet were both used. Mikaël turns the wheel with the strength of his arms, using a stick. He makes his pots in the same way as in the Middle Ages, sharing his ancestral knowledge in an interactive and enjoyable way, with a smile, a touch of humour and a sprinkling of teaching. 

From 10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Re-creations

Les compagnons de Formigny (daily life around 1450)

By Les compagnons de Formigny

From Lord down to rabble soldiers and hangers-on, from peasants to clergy, this group of travellers presents aspects of life as it was at the end of the Hundred Years War, through sketches and  activities involving the audience. You can watch demonstrations and take part in all sorts of activities: medieval dance, archery, weapons, fighting, artillery, military manoevres, cookery, torture…

From 10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Tastings

Ars culinae: gourmet village of the Middle Ages

By Compagnie La Muse

Go and discover  different kinds of medieval food, just as you would at a market.  The performers at Ars Culinae will introduce you to the flavours of the past – roasted meats, soups and sauces, breads and cheeses. There will be demonstrations and tastings all day long!

As you find out about the cooking methods and techniques, you’ll be diving into the heart of societies of the past, their customs and how they functioned.  The actor-cooks – the baker, the hunter, the cheese-maker, the spice seller, the cook and the seller of Hypocras - will be telling stories that will let you learn more about History.  

From 10 a.m. until evening Hôtel du Doyen

Games and activities

Games Garden

By La semaine des 4 jeudis

Traditional wooden toys and games for all children.
Discover the rich heritage of play with various games of shuffleboard, bowls, skill and balance - games that are always fun for all generations.

From 10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Evening concerts/shows

Nataverne's concert (Celtic rock-folk)

By Nataverne

This group from the Ardeche region is a leading  light in the world of Celtic medieval and pagan folk-rock. In a tribal, evocatively lit verdant setting, the six costumed musicians – violin, flute, guitars, bass, percussion and vocals – will transport you into a timeless world. Their music takes the audience on a magical journey. With a lot of hand-clapping and dancing, it’s more than a concert – it’s a unique experience!

10 p.m. Forecourt of the Town Hall

Street theatre

Le grand charivari (antics of all kinds)

By Compagnie Clair-Obscur

A gaggle of itinerant acrobats, making too much noise to be ignored, clatters across the cobbles of one of the town’s squares, under the direction of a  leader whose authority is clearly in name only. Six joyful mischief-makers who know how to do “almost” everything: juggling, acrobatics, music, magic, anything so long as it doesn’t involve putting themselves in danger. A topsy-turvy medieval world where clowns are kings...

In case of bad weather, show postponed to the Halle ô Grains

From 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Gardens of the Hôtel du Doyen
From 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Gardens of the Hôtel du Doyen

Highlights

Grand parade by night

The city of Bayeux proudly presents one of just a handful of grand parades of its type in France.

For this 36th edition, the primary element of the festivities will be fire, and onlookers will be able to  see, hear and admire countless fantastical creatures, fire in every shape and form, stilt-walkers, travelling acrobats, men at arms, journeymen, music and rhythms…..

With more than 500 participants – groups, performers,  street performers, clubs – the grand parade is an unmissable event, full of spectacle and magic and appealing to everyone.

In case of bad weather - postponement on Sunday at 11 am.

10:30 p.m. Departure from Place Saint-Patrice to reach the Town Hall

Camps

Utforsker (Viking craftsmen)

By Utforsker

A glass spinner and his family from Ribe in Denmark encounter a ship’s carpenter from Norway. They decide to set off together to explore the world and do business. They make a stopover in Birka, in Sweden, to take on provisions, and they meet other travelling companions including a blacksmith who shows them a trade route that goes through Rus (Novgorod) in order to reach Constantinople, the gateway to the East.   

10 a.m. until evening Place de Gaulle

Wandering the streets

Zébulus (jester)

By Compagnie Philémon

Still just as funny and facetious, the red jester presents “The Ship of Fools” in a street theatre version. Will you be able to keep up with it ?

Sat 01 & Sun 02 In the medieval city of Bayeux

Highlights

Evening medieval market

150 stalls are to be found – creators, artisans and producers shout out about their wares to the enthusiastic crowds.

Market also open on Saturday 10am – 11pm and Sunday 10am - 7pm

Frid 30 - 7 p.m. to midnight Around the Cathedral
Sat 01 - 10 a.m. to midnight Around the Cathedral
Sun - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Around the Cathedral

Evening concerts/shows

Karitas' concert (vocals/harp & percussion)

By Karitas

The Karitas ensemble consists of three voices and a reader who will  be sharing their passion for the vocal music of the Middle Ages. Their repertoire is drawn from all over Europe, from the 9th to 15th centuries, and includes Gregorian chant, sacred and secular, solo and polyphonic music. Some of the pieces were composed by troubadours, some by unknown musicians and some were sung by pilgrims.

9 p.m. Cathedral

Wandering the streets

Wanderers, the guardians of the dragon (dragonery & stilts)

By Compagnie Vortex

The Wanderers are eternal nomads from lost worlds who one day met a dragon on their travels, possibly the last one of his species. It seems they developed a strong bond with the creature. Ever since then, they have been the dragon’s guardians,  Or perhaps it’s he who has become their faithful guardian? But be careful not to get too close, and keep very quiet, or you could get burned…

Sat 01 & Sun 02 In the medieval city of Bayeux

Show

Fuegoloko (fire, juggling, looting and good manners)

By La Tribu Kassgueul

Arriving from a faraway country in the North...or maybe the South….or even the East, the Tribu Kassgueul, definitely not from the West, will create pandemonium as they light up the Bayeux Medieval Festival with their joyful , unrestrained and  fiery antics!

9 p.m. Place de Gaulle

Highlights

The Site

Skilled  craftsmen and journeymen share their ancestral know-how in building: blacksmiths, stone masons, sculptors, carpenters…..

From 10 a.m. until evening Hôtel du Doyen

Street theatre

La Nef des Fous (antics)

By Compagnie Philémon

La Nef des Fous (“the Ship of Fools”, like the famous  painting by Hieronymous Bosch) is a sequence of sketches by Zebulus, a hilarious jester, actor and musician with the gift of the gab and a tendency to sermonise. It’s also an introduction to the tools of ordinary madness, demonstrating the jester's skill and the art of discourse, all wrapped up in laughter and facetiousness.

From 4 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Forecourt of the Town Hall