Events and festivals in Corsica
Events and festivals during the summer not to be missed
Immerse yourself in the cultural diversity of Corsica during the summer, a season punctuated by a multitude of festivals and colorful events. Lovers of art, music, gastronomy and history will be able to revel in the many celebrations that dot this island of beauty.
Patrimonio’s Guitar Nights
One of the most popular events in the Corsican summer is undoubtedly the Patrimonio Guitar Nights festival. This event, which is held every year in the village’s open-air amphitheater, attracts internationally renowned artists. You will discover an exciting mix of musical genres, from classical music to jazz, blues and rock.
Calvi on the Rocks
For lovers of electronic music, Calvi on the Rocks is a must. This festival takes place over several days and offers a rich program of international DJs and artistic performances. The beaches and the port of Calvi offer an idyllic setting for wild dancing nights.
A Filetta, Musical Meetings of Calenzana
This festival, dedicated to chamber music, offers an eclectic selection of concerts in the Saint-Blaise de Calenzana church. By inviting internationally renowned artists, this festival is a real showcase of Corsican musical talent.
Fair of the Alivu in Montegrosso
The Fiera di l’Alivu is a festival dedicated to the olive, which is held every year in Montegrosso. This is a unique opportunity to discover Corsican olive growing and taste local products. On the program: olive tree pruning demonstrations, olive oil tastings and musical entertainment.
Porto Latino Festival in Saint-Florent
Saint-Florent hosts the Porto Latino festival every summer, dedicated to Latin music and world music. The concerts are held in the citadel, providing a historic setting for festive evenings under the stars.
Corsica Raid Adventure
For lovers of adventure and sport, the Corsica Raid Aventure is the event not to be missed. It is a 5-day multisport race that crosses the island, combining swimming, running, mountain biking, canyoning and orienteering.
Sorru in Musica Festival
The Sorru in Musica festival celebrates classical music in the villages of Sartenais. With free concerts in area churches and chapels, it’s a great way to experience Corsican culture. Creazione Festival
Honoring fashion, design and art in general, the Creazione festival is a key event in Corsican cultural life. Based in Bastia, this festival takes place in June and highlights innovation and creativity. Each year, local and international artists, designers and creators are invited to exhibit their works, sharing their innovative visions and creations with the public. Creazione offers a rich mix of artistic performances, fashion exhibitions, art installations and exciting discussions, all in the picturesque setting of the citadel of Bastia.
Jazz in Aiacciu Festival
For jazz lovers, the Jazz in Aiacciu Festival is a must. Since its creation, this festival has established itself as one of the major events of the jazz scene in the Mediterranean, attracting internationally renowned artists and a crowd of music lovers. The rich and varied program offers concerts, jam sessions and workshops, and offers a platform for local and emerging talent. Located in Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, the festival offers a unique jazz experience under the Mediterranean sun.
Festivoce is a music festival that honors the vocal heritage of Corsica. The concerts are divided between the Saint-Martin church and the town hall square in Pigna, offering spectators a journey through the history of Corsican vocal music. The festival strives to present a variety of genres and styles, ranging from traditional polyphonies to contemporary creations. The concerts are often followed by discussions between the artists and the public, adding an interactive dimension to the event.
Erbalunga Piano Nights
Considered a must on the Corsican music scene, Les Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga offers a unique and intimate atmosphere. This festival is held every year in July and August in the idyllic setting of the Erbalunga Green Theater, an open-air amphitheater overlooking the sea. This event attracts music lovers from all over the world for unforgettable evenings of music under the stars. The concerts feature internationally renowned pianists and up-and-coming young talents, with a varied program ranging from classical to jazz. The warm atmosphere and friendly welcome make this festival an experience not to be missed during a stay in Corsica.
International Theater Meetings
Pioggiola, a picturesque little village located in the mountainous region of Balagne, hosts the Rencontres Internationales de Théâtre every year in August. This renowned event provides a platform for artists from all walks of life, inviting theatrical troupes from all over the world to present their creations. In addition, this festival offers workshops for adults and children, facilitating an enriching interaction between artists and the public. The unique location of the festival, nestled between sea and mountains, offers a serene atmosphere conducive to artistic inspiration. It’s a unique opportunity to dive into the world of theater while enjoying the authentic charm of Corsica.
Lama Film Festival
The Lama Film Festival is one of Corsica’s biggest film celebrations, held every year in late July and early August. Nestled in the small village of Lama, this unique festival offers a selection of films by European authors, screened outdoors, in a breathtaking setting. The festival also emphasizes the promotion of emerging talents and offers workshops and debates, thus fostering a dynamic exchange between filmmakers and the public. The nocturnal projections under the stars, with the Corsican mountains as a backdrop, make this festival an unforgettable cinematic experience.
These events are just a glimpse of what Corsica has to offer during the summer season. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find a festival or event to your liking on this island of beauty. Take advantage of the summer in Corsica to immerse yourself in its rich and varied culture.