Village Fêtes & Cultural Events
Each year more events are added to the calendar, so this section highlights the most popular. Keep your eyes open for posters or ask the local tourist office for more information.
The fêtes are the highlight of the village social scene and usually all the villagers and their families become involved in the celebrations and welcome visitors to participate and tour their village. There is nearly always an artisan market, with stalls scattered along the narrow streets which provide ideal opportunities to find an unusual gift or trinket to take back home. It is also an excellent opportunity to get a taste of local village hospitality, as there will always be refreshment stalls and places where you can sample some of the local specialities produced in the traditional manner.
Festimare - L'Ile Rousse
A celebration of the sea. In addition to fish and seafood produce, there are many activities for children as well as scientific stands, competitions, exhibitions and workshops.
Fiera di San Petru - Lumio
A village festival with exhibitions celebrating stonemasonry and stone-related crafts, together with the knives and cutlery still made in the village from iron ore mined on Cap Corse.
Foire de L’Alivu - Montegrosso - mid July
Around 10,000 visitors honour the olive in a delightful olive grove setting with exhibitions demonstrating olive production over the years and artisans selling refreshments and local produce.
Bastille Day - 14th July
A nationwide celebration to commemorate the French Revolution and the end of the 'Ancien Regime' with various parades, night time animations and firework displays.
Foire de l’Amandier - Aregno - early August
Just along the coast from Calvi, in the Balagne village of Aregno, the Foire de l’Amandier includes tastings, painting exhibitions, events for children and cooking contests all based around the almond and its trees.
Fiera di l’Artigiani - Felicetu
The craftsmen of the Strada di l’Artigiani congregate to celebrate their crafts.
Fiera di u Sumere - Sant’Antonino
Celebrating the donkey, the only form of transport in the cobbled winding streets of this mountain village. Take a donkey ride around the village to view the picturesque surroundings and magnificent views.
Foire De Saint Roch - Renno
The “mountain days” offers a varied programme: films, exhibitions, music, singing, dancing, theatre and debates with writers.
Music & Arts Festivals
Corsica is an island of culture with an abundance of activities which are organised by volunteers passionate about their chosen interest. There is a publication, the 'guide des manifestations culturelles' which gives listings of all the events but this is, sadly, invariably produced at the last minute, which often means certain events have passed before it becomes available. It is difficult to get global information of the events planned for the whole year, so look out for posters and ask at the local tourist offices. The majority of Corsican festivals take place in the summer months when the concerts can be held in the open air.
Festival des 3 cultures - Calvi
Held every three years this festival travels between Ciboure in the Basque country, Collioure in Catalonia and Calvi. There are street entertainers, concerts and sporting events.
Fête de la Musique - 21st June
Numerous free live music events are held each year across the island on 21st June.
Calvi Jazz Festival - mid June
Attracts big names from the Jazz scene; concerts in the citadel and jam sessions on the Quai Landry.
June – September
Estivoce - Pigna - early July
More traditionally, Estivoce, in and around Pigna, is a celebration of Corsican music and arts with concerts of polyphonic music from June to September with many of the celebrations being in July.
Calvi On The Rocks - early July
Youthful electronic music and digital arts festival with nightly concert in the Citadel.
July & August
Rencontres Théatrales de Haute-Corse - Olmi Cappella
A theatre festival built around many workshops involving amateurs and professionals culminating with plays performed throughout the villages of the Guissani.
Festival du film Européen - Lama
The Lama European festival of Cinema and the Rural World offer open-air projections in the heart of the Corsican mountains. Feature films and short films, conferences, photo exhibitions, projections of animated films come to meet the rural world.
Rencontres Musicales, Classiques & Contemporaines - Calenzana
Nightly concerts either outdoors or in some of the ancient buildings in the village.
Rencontres Polyphoniques - Calvi - mid September
Polyphonic singing is at the heart of Corsican culture and singers from around the world perform in the Citadel at the Rencontres Polyphoniques de Calvi.