Catalan companies, another year at the Aurillac Festival
Catalan companies, another year at the Aurillac Festival

The 34th Aurillac Festival will be held from 21 to 24 August 2019, this year with a new artistic director. After more than 20 years, the charismatic Jean-Marie Songy passes the torch to Fréderic Remy, former artistic director of the Scènes de rue festival in Mulhouse and a great connoisseur of Catalan street art.

Just like the Chalon dans la rue (Chalon-sur-Saône) or Viva Cité (Sotteville-lès-Rouen) festivals, the Aurillac Festival has an official programme (IN) and a parallel programme (OFF). There are different conditions to attend each one, but they complement each other and are essential for the flow the festival.

The IN programme will welcome 18 creations by 12 companies hailing from Belgium, Catalonia/France, South Korea, France, Mexico and Switzerland. One highlight will be the performance by the company Aina Alegre/Studio Fictif, from 21 to 23 August at the Haras National d'Aurillac, of their piece 'Le jour de la bête' (The day of the beast). Although she has worked extensively in France, the choreographer and dancer was born in Barcelona and has been an associated artist at the Sala Hiroshima in the Catalan capital for the last three seasons.

Each year, the festival welcomes more than 600 compagnies de passage (street art companies) (OFF) from all over the world, in 114 different spaces, over the course of 4 days. These companies come to showcase their creations and to network with other professional to further the reach of their productions. For them it is a key festival which could help them to access the French street art market and to get to know the general public.

This year, 7 Catalan companies will be attending:

  • A2Manos with 'El Cruce' from 21 to 24 August (Pastille 120) 
  • Claire Ducreux with 'Avec le temps' on 21 and 22 August, and 'Silencis' on 23 and 24 August (Pastille 101) 
  • Clownalaclown with "Tic-tac" from 21 to 24 August (Pastille 50)
  • Duo X Caso with "Solo de Dos" from 22 to 24 August (Pastille 29)
  • Martademarte with "Papanatas Band" from 21 to 24 August (Pastille 78)
  • Ortiga with "Kumulunimbu" from 21 to 24 August (Pastille 33)
  • Tombs Creatius, with 'L’étrange voyage de Mr.Tonet' and 'Le voyage' from 21 to 24 August (Pastille 120)

The Aurillac Festival was created in 1986 by Michel Crespin and is considered one of the flagship French festivals for street art, both in France and internationally, with more than 100,000 spectators and an average of 500 accredited professionals. The festival is a meeting point for artists, programmers and professionals of street art in France and abroad, and it aims to promote trading relations and collaborations in the sector.

From 12 to 20 August, the days leading up to the festival, Les Préalables are organised, which means that various companies programmed for the festival perform in towns in the region surrounding Aurillac to advertise the festival.

In 2004, the Association Eclat, the producers of the festival, created Le Parapluie, National Centre of Street Art, which aims to guide and support the creation of street art. Thanks to this centre, the festival benefits from a space which welcomes resident companies throughout the year: in 2019 there were 10 companies who benefited from the good conditions offered by the centre. Among these, we can highlight the presence, from 1 to 8 June, of the Catalan company Kamchatka, who were working on their new production 'Alter'.

With the aim of promoting and facilitating the access of Catalan cultural and creative companies to national and international markets, the ICEC Market Area works through the Catalan Arts brand to connect, advise and promote their internationalisation.


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