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Montpellier: Culture on the corner of every street

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Montpellier is a real life-sized museum; between the classic and the modern, culture is everywhere at all times, and most of all in the street. 

artiste de rue Montpellier © Editions Chabot

First in the street

In Montpellier, music is everywhere all the time.

Many bars and venues in the town centre — The Rockstore, The Black Sheep, The Petite Scène, The Black Out, The Pleine Lune, The Inglorious, The Irish Tavern, The Bric à Brac... and in the surrounding villages — The Secret Place, Victoire 2... give concerts large and small, at a corner table or on a bigger stage.

Many do lead to and have led to, new local talent being recognised beyond the Metropolis: The unbeatable Regg'Lyss, Rhinocérose, Yoann Fréget, Panzer Flower and Emilie Simon all hail from Montpellier.

The music resonates at festivals too; thousands of partygoers and music lovers head towards the Hérault coast each year to attend Fiest'à Sète, or the International Guitar Festival or Festival de Radio France Occitanie Montpellier, or the Thau Festival, or  the ‘Quand Je Pense à Fernande’ festival. Finally with the really big venues, Zenith-South, and the Sud de France Arena, Montpellier attract the greatest names — Beyonce, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Scorpions, Bruce Springsteen, Mylène Farmer, David Guetta.. — all came to play for their fans in the Hérault capital. 

In Montpellier, live performance is also everywhere, all the time.

Theatre firstly… Slip into a little 'cafe-theatre' for enjoyment you wouldn’t want to miss.

At the 'Point Com', at 'Kawa Theatre', at the 'Chocolaterie', or at the Comedy du Mas du Pont (at The Crès), you’ll find nuggets of humour — stand-up or light comedy.

Other venues, such as the Théâtre de la Plume, the Gérard-Philippe, the Vista or the Jean-Vilar continue the tradition of local theatres with often astonishing innovations.


Then there’s dance. 

Montpellier is proud of its status as an international capital of dance.

Through its festival and the annual event of ‘Montpellier Danse’, together with its long term hosting of the ‘Battle of the Year’, which rewards the best hip-hop dancers in the world, the Hérault capital  steps out worldwide. 

Claude Viallat © Editions Chabot

Claude Viallat

In Montpellier, art too is everywhere all the time.

The city abounds with artists' workshops, mostly to be found down the alleys.

It’s in these little ‘burrows’ that many artists find their inspiration. The 'Artists Workshops' event, organised annually, allows the curious to visit and to discover what’s going on behind the scenes.

Near the Saint-Roch train station, the Hervé Di Rosa workshop is a little gem, with works in progress, brushes, old books, easels, and cans and tubes of paint in marvelous disarray. 

Jean-Paul Bocaj © Editions Chabot

Jean-Paul Bocaj

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