Prélude au Festival

In 2020 the ongoing health crisis forced the Festival de Saintes to take a risk and rethink its format. Throughout its thousand years of history, the Abbaye aux Dames has always risen to the challenge of finding a new path and the year 2020 was no exception. The spirit of innovation and the search for excellence led the teams to create an unprecedented edition of the Festival de Saintes, renamed for the occasion LABO 2020.

From 18th to 25th July, the public was invited to a completely new concert experience. The concerts captured behind closed doors in the abbey were relayed on a giant screen in the open air, accompanied by an exceptional HD sound system,  on the same day or even broadcast live. Deprived of any concerts for several months, the guest artists did not fail to express their delight in participating in this hybrid edition of the festival.

As a nod to LABO 2020, the Abbaye aux Dames will organise a prelude to the fiftieth edition of the Festival de Saintes by broadcasting concerts which were captured behind closed doors in the abbey during the Festival du LABO 2020, in seven remarkable sites around Saintes from June 21st to July 15th.

On the occasion of this exceptional celebration, the Abbaye aux Dames and its partners wish to transmit music throughout the region through an innovative experience of “decentralised” concerts, in the spirit of sharing and conviviality.

  • June 21: Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale, Saintes
  • June 26: Préguillac
  • July 1: Abbaye de Fontdouce, Saint-Bris-des-Bois
  • July 3: Saint-Georges-des-Coteaux
  • July 8: La Clisse, by the church
  • July 10: Chaniers, on the banks of the Charente
  • July 15th : Thénac

Free entry within the limits of available places and in accordance with the health instructions in force (compulsory mask and respect for barrier gestures).
The system provides for the reception of a maximum of 250 people.

L’Espace Culturel E. Leclerc is the main sponsor of the Prelude to the Festival.

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