In the lair of the Aviron Bayonnais pelota Basque, the festival leaders insisted on an anniversary program more vigorous than in other years, “because we had to celebrate the occasion of the 90th anniversary, but without major upheavals, we remain in tradition, with the return of top events, such as the Paquito chocolatero or the Tamborrada “, confided Henri Lauqué, president of the festival committee.
1 Other musical parties
These Bayonne Festivals will be more musical with a hundred free dances, concerts, events and shows around one central point: Place de la Liberté. Which will host, for example, the famous Sinsémilia group on Friday evening. “There will be more than a thousand musicians in these five days, reveals Yves Ugalde, councilor for culture, starting with the concert of the Navarra Symphony as a prelude on Sunday 21 July. “
In addition to Jazz Spirit – place de la République, where big bands and small swing formations play – which attracts the most music lovers of festayres, the most restless can let off steam instead of Paul-Bert with the cha-cha reggae mix of El Gato Negro (Thursday) and Sergent Garcia’s Latin salsamuffin sound (Saturday).
2 Sportier parties
“It will be like Oxford-Cambridge! Or almost, but in any case the rowing competition for the Holidays promises to be lively on the banks of the Adour between Aviron Bayonnais and the Société Nautique, Saturday at the end of the day. “At least a Bayonne club will win,” smiled Biarrot Lilou Echeverria, president of the French Federation of Basque Pelota, the king of holiday sport. Federation that will manage the Holiday Masters, an unmissable appointment from bare hands to the modern Trinquet.
Still sport, with the arrival of the 21st Foulée du Festayre scheduled at Place de la Liberté, “at the center of the festivities”, La Nive en fête (canoe competitions, paddle descent) which expands with a program from Wednesday morning.
3 Safer holidays
The total cost of the parts for the Municipality is 3.2 million euros. On the rise, “due to low expenses, higher costs, such as the budget for showers / toilets, and security related charges,” according to the mayor. The municipal services must agree with the state services on the general issue of security, before communicating on the chosen device next week.
In the meantime, security measures are being renewed such as the closure of the city center to vehicles, anti-ram barriers or video protection cameras installed in various places in the city.
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