Montpellier: With the second edition of the Mosaïque Gipsy Bohème, Roma culture is opening up to the world

La Halle Tropisme transforms into gypsy style for five days. (© CN/Metropolitan)

After the success of the first edition last year, Mosaïque Gipsy Bohème مهرجان Festivalorganized by Cap Gély Figuerolles Association With the support of local authorities and private partners, it returns to Haley Tropez in Montpellier The Wednesday 28 September to Sunday 2 October. For five days, Roma culture opens up to the world through a rich program consisting of exhibitions, events, performances, concerts … with the particularity highlighted by Stephane Hernandez: “In France, it is the only Roma festival organized by Roma.”

among the neighbors

Within a few meters of each other, it was only natural that Halle Tropisme and Cité Gély would make connections. In 2021, members of the Cap Gély Figuerolles Association knocked on Vincent Cavarroc’s door, perhaps not expecting such a welcome. The first version in everyone’s mind, the children’s fair market at Christmas, the gypsy party evenings, the gypsy languages ​​during the summer … “Gypsy culture is a very common interest. When we see the success of these events and the eclecticism of the audience, we tell ourselves that it is much more related than it is a large part of French culture.” To his side, Stéphane Hernandez, president of the Cap Gély Figuerolles Association greets: “We speak the same language as the culture and it has no boundaries. Roma culture has its place in Montpellier for you to celebrate it here.”


So, a year later, the wish is still the same at the time this second edition was released. “What we love about our program is that there is a very broad spectrum. This broad spectrum manifests itself particularly well with this festival that bears its name so well. We are talking about mosaics, they are full of little pieces that add to the great history of Roma culture. From the perspective of performances, exhibitions, and music , and gastronomy … The program succeeds in presenting a 360-degree face of this very ancient culture “explains Vincent Cavarroc.

Five major exhibitions

“For us, this is the year of the dedication. We wanted to go up. The term mosaic fits better,” explains Stefan Hernandez. Thus, a wide range of gypsy culture will be presented to the public through gypsy tales, workshops, demonstrations, fair market, cabaret, round table, equestrian show, dance performances, gypsy lunch … “All functions of Halle Tropisme reinterpreted through Cap Gély Figuerolles’ association with gypsy sauce. All this combined with the musical program makes the festival even more interesting.”

Vincent Cavarroc (right) and Stéphane Hernandez (second from left) present the second edition of Mosaïque Gipsy Bohème.
Vincent Cavarroc (right) and Stéphane Hernandez (second from left) present the second edition of Mosaïque Gipsy Bohème. (© CN/Metropolitan)

Another important component is the five main exhibits. “For me, there is no festival if there are no exhibitions. It is necessary to introduce the often misunderstood gypsy culture. These exhibitions are part of that light, “stresses Stefan Hernandez. Schoolchildren will also come to visit them in the morning. 50 portraits of historical figures of Catalan rumba, portraits of Pierre Parquet on gypsies Lothier Paul Aurel making custom rumba guitars, paintings of gypsy painter Mona Mitbach or even gypsy camps in models from France and Arango will be presented thirteen this year.

Without forgetting the event that represents the presentation, for the first time in Occitania, of the exhibition “Gypsy Worlds, Photo Factory 1860-1980” in partnership with the Museum of Migration History in Paris. Its former director, Bab Ndiaye, supported this before he was appointed Minister of National Education.

music program

The important musical part is it sweeps all volume recordings. Catalan rumba with Los Graciosos from Perpignan and Sabor de Gracia from Barcelona (which ignited the previous version), gypsy jazz with Tchavolo Schmitt and Dallas Baumgartner Quartert, flamenco pop with gypsy singer Sebastian El Chateau or in “Puro” the great singer’s record, originally From Montpellier but has spent her entire career in Spain, Luisa Munoz better known as “La Gitan”.

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The “children” of Gili City are clearly being honored with Los Quemados Gypsy of two young men who combine traditional and modern instruments to create a gypsy sound or Jean-Marc Baliardo, better known as Nanaso, the nephew of Manitas de Plata whose musical prowess bears as a legacy. Well known in Montpellier, another talented but this time on the violin, Paul Guta will give a colorful music and dance show with Anne-Juliette Vassort. And since the guitar isn’t too far from the gypsy, musicians will enjoy Halley Tropezm’s four corners at all times.

Finally, at the end of the festival, the film “L’enfant sauvage” by François Truffaut is shown, in which Jean-Pierre Baliardo de Rey, having come as a neighbor, proposes a meeting with the audience during which he will talk about shooting and will evoke other memories before taking the guitar at the party .

For five days, it will be a complete immersion in a country that has no limits in its nature and essence. We will make our little kingdom a gypsy enclave open to all,” sums up Vincent Kavarroc. The last point, the musical evenings, with three or four headlines, are charged (10€ / 15€). A necessity for the association in order to maintain this quality in its programs and to ensure that the festival remains in Next years.

the program

Wednesday 28th September
10 AM › 8 PM – Exhibitions – 4 main exhibitions about the world of gypsies
10 a.m. › 8 p.m. – Entertainment – fair market, fairgrounds, workshops, demos…
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – The Gipsy Tales – with Nouka Maximoff and Anne-Juliette Vassort
6:30 pm – Opening of the festival and exhibitions
8:30 pm – Paul Guetta Band – Gypsy Music and Dance
9 PM – JEAN-MARC “NANASSO BALIARDO” – gypsy guitar
9:30 PM – LOS GRACIOSOS – Roomba from Perpignan

Thursday September 29
10 AM › 8 PM – Exhibitions – 4 main exhibitions about the world of gypsies
10 a.m. › 8 p.m. – Entertainment – fair market, fairgrounds, workshops, demos…
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – The Gipsy Tales – with Nouka Maximoff and Anne-Juliette Vassort
5 PM – LIFE OF GYPSY PEOPLE, Yesterday and Today – Round Table with Gérard Gartner
7:30 PM – COMPAGNIE ROMANO DJI – Cabaret & Gypsy Dance
8:15 PM – LOS KEMADOS – Gypsy Pop
9:15 PM – TCHAVOLO SCHMITT – Gypsy Jazz Trio

Friday 30 September
10 AM › 8 PM – Exhibitions – 4 main exhibitions about the world of gypsies
10 a.m. › 8 p.m. – Entertainment – fair market, fairgrounds, workshops, demos…
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – The Gipsy Tales – with Nouka Maximoff and Anne-Juliette Vassort
5 PM – LIFE OF GYPSY PEOPLE, Yesterday and Today – Round Table with Gérard Gartner
6:30 PM – Equestrian Show – by Francine Girard Papa and her horse
8:30 PM – DALLAS BAUMGARTNER QUARTET – Gypsy jazz
9:15 PM – Sebastian “EL CHATO” – gypsy singer

Saturday 1 October
10 AM › 8 PM – Exhibitions – 4 main exhibitions about the world of gypsies
10 a.m. › 8 p.m. – Entertainment – fair market, fairgrounds, workshops, demos…
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – The Gipsy Tales – with Nouka Maximoff and Anne-Juliette Vassort
3pm – Equestrian Show – by Francine Girard Papa and her horse
4 PM – COMPAGNIE ROMANO DJI – Gypsy Dance
5 pm – EL SOL DE ESPAÑA – flamenco dance
8:30 PM – Luisa Munoz “LA GITANA” – pure flamenco singing
9:15 pm – SABOR DE GRACIA – Catalan Rumba

Sunday 2 October
10 a.m. › 5 p.m. – Exhibitions – 4 main exhibitions about the world of gypsies
10 a.m. › 5 p.m. – Entertainment – fair market, fairgrounds, workshops, demos…
11 am › 3 pm – Gypsy Brunch – Brunch for Gypsy families!
2:30 pm – Examination – The Wild Child of François Truffaut
4:15 pm – Interview – “Rey” Billiards, Actor in The Wild Child
5 PM – “REY” BALIARDO – in concert

Mosaïque Gipsy Bohème International Festival from September 28 to October 2. Halle Tropisme, 121 rue Fontcouverte, Montpellier. Free and free entry to the site, activities and exhibitions during the day and evening. Indoor concerts at the ticket office: 10 EUR / 15 EUR. Book online at Tropisme.coop. Follow the festival on social networks: Facebook and Instagram.

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