Montpellier: dance, rock, sport, transhumance… lots of outings for this weekend

We have to admit that we are afraid that we will not know where to go this weekend, because there are so many cultural, sporting and recreational proposals. In addition, we could have talked with you about the Printemps des Comédiens that is still going on, about the Synapson group that will set the mood on Sunday at Lake Cécélès, about the parties in the “mas” of the city. But it was necessary to choose well, it is the principle of selection. So here are some ideas to keep you entertained this weekend.

Montpellier Danse opens in “Stereo”

Agora. Who else but Philippe Decouflé, a leading figure in the contemporary scene since the 1980s, will open the Montpellier Danse festival, the 42nd of the name? His new Stereoshow is a real danced rock concert, “dripping with rhinestones”. A creation of which he reserved the premiere for the Montpellier festival. First show and first event. And there’s a lot more to come until July 3.

> “Stereo”, from Friday to Monday at 10 pm, Agora theatre, rue Sainte-Ursule. From 5 to 45 €. All programming on the Montpellierdanse.com website.

The Accroche Chœur celebrates its 20th anniversary in music

The 40 singers offer a musical variety from London to New York.
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Concert. The forty singers of the Accroche Chœur are celebrating their 20th anniversary this Friday with a musical variation from London to New York. On the program: works by Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott, John Dowland, Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. The choir is conducted by the Italian conductor Stefano Bernabovi, with Jérémy Velez from Montpellier on the piano and Jean-Guillaume Cuaz on the violin.

> Friday 17 June, 8.30 pm, Maison des Choeurs (place Albert-Ier in Montpellier). Price: €10 (free for children under 15). Reservations: 07 81 13 22 82. achetechoeur34.wixsite.com.

Good old rock in the heart of quarries

Beaulieu. The Beaulieu quarries, you know? East of Montpellier, in the heart of the garrigue, such a characteristic stone has long been mined here, created after the retreat of the Miocene Sea, 15 million years ago. While two quarries are still in operation, the site has become a place for walking… and now together.

The first legendary rock tribute festival, The Giants Of Rock, which had to be postponed due to the Covid, will take place this Saturday at the Théâtre des Carrières. On the program solid music for rock fans: Bon Jovi with the band from New Jersey, Pink Floyd with the group Rose Floyd, INXS with SNXI and finally Sixty Folies with covers from the 50s and 60s. A promising poster.

> Beaulieu Quarry. Opening of the site from 6 pm. Food truck and refreshment bar. Admission: €20 on site or by reservation at the usual places.

From sports to beach

The first beach sports festival promises to be festive.

The first beach sports festival promises to be festive.
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La Grande Motte. Beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach rugby, beach basketball, beach football, wexball, paddle surfing, triathlon, water running, lifesaving, ultimate, fit zen… And certainly more. This Saturday from 9am and all day long, the town of La Grande-Motte organizes its first beach sports festival.

Free and with free entry, the stands will allow you to practice a sporting activity in a fun way and in a good mood. And perhaps to discover new disciplines, such as ultimate, that is, a revised version of the Frisbee. Throughout the day, a DJ and an entertainer provide entertainment on the beach by the sea – the Jacques-Chirac promenade.

It is within the framework of its Terre de Jeux 2024 label that the City wants to promote sport and, more generally, the values ​​of olympism… The most important thing is to participate.

The Montpellier Queen Returns

peyrou. Thanks to Montpellier Reine, €660,000 has been donated to various associations fighting breast cancer for 12 years. After two long years of absence due to Covid, the most beautiful benefit race is back and hopes to break all donation records.

This Sunday morning, more than 4,000 runners, ladies and gentlemen, will leave Peyrou for a 5 km course through the streets of the Ecusson, past the Fabre museum or the cathedral. We come for a stopwatch, for fun, to run with friends, or just for a good cause. Everyone at their own pace, whatever the motivation, the most important thing is to be there.

If the start is given at 11am, the partner village will be open from 9am on Sunday morning, so early risers can enjoy numerous activities (yoga, photocall, music groups, collective warm-up, etc.). In short, run to the Montpellier Reine. You can register until Saturday on the site www.montpellier-reine.org.

Behind the scenes of preventive archaeology

A weekend to discover the backstage of heritage and archaeological research.

A weekend to discover the backstage of heritage and archaeological research.
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Area of ​​Barthe / Cournonterral. Friday, June 17 (from 2 pm to 4 pm) and Saturday, June 18 (from 10 am to noon and from 2 pm to 5 pm), as part of the European Days of Archaeology, the organization in preventive archeology, Mosaïque Archeology, invites you to get to know better, at the Domaine de la Barthe in Cournonterral.

Géraldine Lefebvre, Operations Assistant, details: “It’s about explaining the stages of archeology and trying to break through the preconceived images that the public has of this profession”. She continues: “When we talk about archaeology, people immediately think of Inrap archaeologists, but private archaeologists do equally remarkable work”. And exciting.

Many other appointments are offered as part of these European days of archaeology. Within a radius of Montpellier you can: explore the prehistoric village of Cambous and discover the ruins of one of the oldest villages in Europe (2,700 – 2,300 BC) still visible; visit the ancient Abbey of Aniane and take advantage of a stone carving demonstration; enjoy the Lattara Museum in Lattes for free and discover the work of Inrap technicians; visit the area “La Glacière”, a little-known place of the Castelnauvian heritage that was used in the 18th century to preserve the ice brought on the backs of mules from Mont Aigoual. Amazing, right?

> The whole program of the European Archeology Days on www.journees-archeologie.fr

Aumelas celebrates transhumance with a glass of Grés in hand

The sheep will be the star guests of a pleasant evening.

The sheep will be the star guests of a pleasant evening.
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Tradition. After a successful first edition in 2021, the transhumance festival returns to Aumelas this Friday evening from 6 p.m. From Mas d’Antonegre in Montbazin, 900 ewes of the Caussenarde des Garrigues breed will thus be welcomed in the village.

Shepherds and herds stay in the meadow for a pleasant and musical evening during which the winegrowers of the Grés de Montpellier, organizers of the event, will offer a tasting of their cuvées. Note: For food, food trucks offer savory and sweet specialties.

Then, around 10 pm, the herd will reach the heights of Aumelas to spend the night there. It is then possible to accompany the ewes to their grazing destination for a short family walk of about 3 km. The opportunity for children to play shepherd’s apprentice.

> From 6 pm in Aumelas. Entrance fee and tasting: €3 (free glass).

The French DJ and the Minister

Mauguio. Are we really to introduce Stéphane Pompougnac, the brilliant creator of the Costes compilations and prince of a French Touch tinged with luxury and elegance? Symbol of French chic, the French DJ has always associated his name with that of the greats of luxury… And in Montpellier, he likes to invite himself to the turntables of the Mas du Minister.

This Saturday evening, precisely to launch the summer season of this party location known to everyone – the 22nd already – and also to inaugurate the new terrace, Stéphane Pompougnac will get behind the turntables. He will take the opportunity to present his new album, which is already number 1 on download platforms.

> From 7 pm to 1 am Chemin du Minister in Mauguio. Oyster bar from 8pm to 9pm Reservations recommended on 07 83 75 76 93

Buzz Lightyear returns to surprise children

Example. After being stranded with his commander and crew on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth, Buzz Lightyear tries to bring everyone home safe and sound. To do this, he can count on the support of a group of ambitious young recruits and his adorable robot cat Sox. But the arrival of the terrible Zurg and his ruthless robots will not make their task any easier.

Here is the return of “Buzz” and it will be buzzing! The most impatient can see it this Sunday, before its national release, at the Gaumont Odysseum (4:30 pm and 7:15 pm), at the Gaumont Comédie (4:00 pm), at the Megarama Saint-Gély (11 am or 4:00 pm) or even in the CGR in Lattes (10:45 and 13:45). To infinity and beyond…

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