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Fête des Bergers

Fête des Bergers

Fête - Bergers - Traditions - Istres

Every year, the “Comité de la Fête des Bergers et des Traditions” (Shepherds’ Festival and Traditions Committee) provides a true hymn in honour of “pastoralism” and Provençal traditions. Created in 1964, by Clément Trouillard and Maurice Gouin and then updated in 1976 by René Prola, this popular festival has become a major event that attracts thousands of people every year who are in love with the costumes and traditions of Provence.

During two full weeks, many activities are organised as a tribute to feature the popular traditions of the pastoral environment: spectacular dog herding competitions, shepherd’s lotto, musical performance, handicraft fair in the town centre, shepherd’s meal, Provençal mass and closing show and parade. It is a way of reviving the traditions of a recent past and providing the public with images of yesteryear and the treasures of Provençal culture.

Two weeks of pastoral festivities that traditionally took place in early December to heat up the start of winter.

Located only 35km from Istres, Arles and the Camargue are ideal places for the perfect getaway.

Fete des Bergers 2018

The main events of the Feast of Shepherds and Traditions

  •     Shepherd dog demonstration on herd - Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November
The demonstration will take place over the weekend at Tartugues (Trigance district) in the field visible from the national road of Fos /Miramas.This demonstration of sheepdog on herd is organized with the help of Club du chien de Herd and Sport-Istres, chaired by Patrick Servais. The purpose of the competitions is to highlight the various qualities of the dog, to promote its selection and use.
  •     Meals / show of the shepherds - Saturday 3 December - 7.30 pm - Multipurpose hall.
It is a veritable lively entertainment show throughout the evening by folk groups. It gathers more than 400 people who share this traditional meal prepared by members of the Committee of the Feast of Shepherds.
  •     Messe and procession of the shepherds - Sunday 4th December from 10 am - Domaine de Sulauze.
Appointment at 9 am at the Domaine de Sulauze (road of Miramas), in the presence of the Queen of Arles, in a picturesque room with a central fireplace. The Mass is celebrated in the Provencal language, with the participation of the Chorale Provençale d'Istres, composed of forty choristers.
After the religious service, a procession leads the people to the chapel of the "Sainte Madeleine" estate, accompanied by the guardians, drummers and folk groups. On the forecourt of this chapel, the priest blesses the guardians, the horses, the fields, the bulls and, of course, the whole public. At the end of this ceremony, Guillaume Lefevre, owner of the Domaine de Sulauze, offers a good glass of hot wine and more, accompanied by songs and music. It is a morning full of color, quite exceptional that deserves to be lived.
  •     Great parade of the transhumance - Sunday 4 December from 14h15 - Downtown.
Departure at 2:15 pm from the Bd Jean Jacques PRAT (the Palio), for a descent on the city. With more than 3000 beasts of Christian Trouillard of the area of ​​the Massuguière, (sheep, Rove goats and Donkeys of Provence), it is undoubtedly the most impressive and important herd that crosses a city. A real river of sheep accompanied by the shepherds of La Crau, the Carreto ramado of St Rémy de Provence, the donkeys and the guardians of the whole region, the folk groups, as well as the numerous teams and tractors of the country of Crau.
Fête - Bergers - Traditions - Istres

A great hunt for caches to discover the city differently

The Festival of Shepherds offers you a new way to discover the city of Istres and the traditions related to pastoralism!
Equip yourself with a GPS or simply your smartphone and go in search of the many caches implanted in the territory of the city of Istres! Attention, this hunt for a limited time: that of the feast of Shepherds.
Know that your perseverance will be rewarded. Of those who have found the most caches, a random draw will be made to win a prize. Ute the most impressive and important flock that runs through a city. A true river of sheep accompanied by the shepherds of La Crau, the Carreto ramado of St Remy de Provence, the donkeys and the guardians of the whole region, the folk groups, as well as the numerous teams and tractors of the country of Crau.
Informations :
Comité de la fête des Bergers et des Traditions
Président : Mr LOUIS
Address : 5, Rue Des pignes
13800 Istres
Phone : 04 42 56 01 56 / 04 42 11 81 40
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  • Fête - Bergers - Traditions - Istres
  • Fête - Bergers - Traditions - Istres
  • Fête - Bergers - Traditions - Istres





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