The Music Festivals Set To Shake Up The Var


Summer in the Haut-Var is a season filled with musical melodies that will thrill every kind of music lover. The stages are set, whether in the heart of church abbeys, vineyards or medieval villages – each event promises a unique and enchanting setting. From rock to jazz and classical music, get involved and let yourself be enchanted by the wonderful musical programmes on offer, and by the stunning landscape and captivating atmosphere that our Provençal region is so famous for.

Music in the Vineyards in Provence

June 1 to September 28, 2024

Every year, from June to September, the vineyards of the southern Rhône Valley resonate with the sounds of jazz and classical music. The ‘Musicales Dans Les Vignes’ festival offers an immersive experience in the heart of the wine estates of Vaucluse, Bouches-du-Rhône and Var, combining the pleasures of music with a passion for wine and thus encouraging the discovery of southern wine territories and their specialities. In total, 74 jazz or classical music concerts with carefully selected repertoires have been planned across 40 prestigious wine estates in Provence.

Regional Voices

July 6 to August 30, 2024

The Var department is again running its summer music tour! Swing, blues, rock, jazz, Latin-Cuban, Brazilian or world music, the ‘Voix Départementales’ will perform a beautiful musical journey through a programme of 21 concerts. Like every summer, the 2024 edition visits all the important spots in the Var: Abbaye de La Celle, Aups, Carnoules, La Farlède, Artigues, La Garde-Freinet, Fox-Amphoux, Trans-en-Provence, Saint-Antonin-du-Var, Montauroux, Taradeau, Le Cannet-des-Maures, Rougiers, Solliès-Pont, Callian, Figanières, Sainte-Anastasie-sur-Issole, Nans-les-Pins, Pourcieux, La Môle et Le Beausset.

Musicals of the Abbey at Le Thoronet

July 6 to October 19, 2024

Despite its richly silent and contemplative ambiance, Le Thoronet Abbey maintains a close relationship with music and promotes many musical events. For thirty years, the Thoronet International Early Music Meetings have hosted the best vocal and instrumental ensembles of early music, which particularly benefitted from the exceptional acoustics of the abbey. The Centre des Monuments Nationaux wanted to relaunch such events and so created Les Musicales de l’Abbaye du Thoronet in 2022, which offered a much wider repertoire this season with 9 unique concerts with exceptional performers.

Music from Provençal Villages and Estates

July 12 to August 2, 2024

Embark on a historic journey to the heart of the magnificent Provençal villages. The Gloriana festival promises renowned artists performing on stages within the very best examples of Provençal architecture – a striking spectacle that will be sure to delight every audience member! For a month these talented artists will take over village chapels, parks and churches to offer uniquely intimate musical performances. Why not take an enchanted stroll through the Var and let yourself be carried away by this extraordinary musical experience.

Neoules Festival

July 18 to 20, 2024

The Néoules Festival makes its comeback with an impressive guest list, including Fatals Picards, Jahneration, La Caravane Passe, and many more. Since its founding in 1991, this festival has continued to make a statement within the musical landscape. This year is no exception, and it promises a programme that is both colourful and diverse. Considered one of the oldest music festivals in the Var, the Néoules Festival is proud to welcome its patrons to its idyllic setting on the magnificent site of the Bastide de Châteauloin every year.

Musical Evenings at the Abbey de La Celle

July 25 to August 11, 2024

This unique festival was created 30 years ago by flutist Philippe Depetris on the suggestion of mayor Georges Paul. Now, in the enchanting setting of the Abbey of La Celle, and amongst the vineyards of the AOC Coteaux Varois en Provence, the public continues to experience the charming joy of this rare encounter. For this 31st edition, Les Soirées Musicales will feature the grand dames of American jazz and Corsican polyphony.This year the ‘Musical Evenings’ celebrate their thirtieth season with a triumphant programme of 6 classical music concerts.

The ‘White Nights’ of Le Thoronet

July 25 to 27, 2024

Founded in 1998 by a team of volunteers, this popular festival promotes social ties and supports humanitarian projects in Burkina Faso, specifically the fight against malnutrition and Noma disease. The festival raises public awareness around sharing, solidarity and tolerance, and is supported by associations such as Le Mouvement pour la Paix, the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, Amnesty International and Enfants du Monde. In the heart of the Var, the younger generation of French artists follows the example of their elders, fostering the loyalty of a regional audience and encouraging the discovery of new musical trends.

Entrecasteaux Chamber Music Festival

August 19 to 23, 2024

Since 1982, the Entrecasteaux Chamber Music Festival has presented unpublished classical and contemporary works, performed by internationally renowned artists and promising young musical talents. This August, the unique programme will be performed in the villages of the Haut Var, in order to promote culture in rural areas. The festival is open to all audiences, whether dedicated music lovers who have supported the artists for years, or keen novices who benefit from free admission (up to 18 years old).

Classic en Provence

September 6 to 8, 2024

To end the musical summer season, the Fanny Mendelssohn artists are back at Lou Calen. Whether during a musical lunch at the Jardin Secret or at a concert housed in the glass roof atrium, the five musicians will enchant you with their talent and musicality: Dorothea Schupelius and Matthias Well on the violin, Martina Consonni on the piano, Tamas Palfalvi on the trumpet and Vera Karner on clarinet. For 3 days, they will revisit the greatest and most well-loved pieces by Ravel, Gershwin, Schostakovich, Bartók and Klezmermusic. The young artists have prepared an innovative programme to suit the unique atmosphere of the Lou Calen estate, surrounded by nature and steeped in history.