Le rassemblement

In the middle of July « Le son continu » brings together lovers of traditional instruments, music and dance in the grounds of the Château d’Ars, close to the town of La Châtre in the region of central France known as Berry (Dept 36-Indre). At the heart of the event is an exhibition of hand-made instruments with more than one hundred craftsmen presenting their hurdy-gurdies, bagpipes, accordions and other acoustic and ethnic instruments.

Surrounding the exhibition, you can enjoy a variety of complementary activities: traditional dance workshops, demonstrations of instruments, conferences, competitions, “open mic” stages and dancefloors. In the evening concerts you’ll have a chance to discover established groups and up-and-coming artists.

The festival community is completed by a village of traditional music and dance association stands, beer tents, and local artisanal food producers’ stalls, as well as a “pop-up” campsite just outside the castle grounds making it easy to take full advantage of everything on offer, by day, by night and into the small hours of the following day.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Programme 2017

The programme of concerts and other events will be published in Spring 2017.
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Practical Information

« Le Son Continu » Festival
A Celebration of Traditional Instruments and Music
Château d’Ars – 36400 Lourouer-Saint-Laurent
GPS Coordinates: N46.59997° / E00200336°

Association « Le Son Continu »
134 rue Nationale 36400 La Châtre

Take advantage of the “Festival Campsite” right beside the castle grounds!
Open from 12 July (from 14h) to 17 July (until 14h)

Rate: 5€ for the duration of festival (included in all-in tickets)

For additional facilities, two permanent campsites can be found nearby:

Camping Val Vert en Berry in la Châtre; and Camping municipal Solange Sand in Montgivray

You’ll find other accommodation options on the Tourist Office website.

By train:
Gare SNCF in Châteauroux.
Then take the local bus service Aile Bleue, route F from the station to the “Special Festival” bus stop.

By bus :
From Paris to Chateauroux
Autoroute A20 –

Think about car-sharing! Check out the dedicated threads on:

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The association « Le son continu » needs volunteers for different roles throughout the festival. Join our team of more than one hundred volunteers and experience an entirely different side of the event!

Instrument-maker's Expo

More than one hundred instrument-makers – from France and elsewhere – demonstrate their work, give you a chance to listen to and play new isntruments, offer advice and take orders. All the instruments used in traditional and folk music are represented: those with reeds and drones, plucked and bowed strings, and percussion. You can also find all kinds of accessories, consumables and (for these modern times!) microphones and other amplification devices.

The festival village includes assocation, institutional and commercial stands. Here, you’ll find producers, artists, workshop organisers and event planners. Local associations can point you towards opportunities to learn – or teach – music and dance in your area. This is also the place to find stands selling CDs, magazines, secondhand instruments and musical oddities.


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