Music festivals

Festival jazz Equinoxe – Bastia (www.jazzequinoxe.com) (April)

A good occasion to have a taste of the best international jazz available, in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. Concerts are held inside the Théatre Municipal.

Festival du jazz – Calvi (www.calvi-jazz-festival.com) (third week of June)

A week full of performances by international jazz musicians, with jam sessions in bars and along the sea promenade.

Festimusica – L’Île Rousse (third weekend of June)

A beautiful festival dedicated to popular music from Corsica, Sardinia and Tuscany.

Calvi on the rocks – Calvi (www.calviontherocks.com ) (July)

A festival combining digital arts, electronic music, rock, hip hop and music made in Corsica

Estivoce/Festivoce – Pigna (www.festivoce.casa-musicale.org) (second week of July)

This festival was founded with the purpose to promote and manage all music activities in the area of Balagne, with special attention to Corsican tradition and instrumental music. Concerts are regularly held in the auditorium, with steady performances by groups coming from all over the island. The music year culminates with the event “Voce in festa”, a 5 days festival which sees involved many traditional artists.

Nuits de la guitare – Patrimonio (www.festival-guitare-patrimonio.com) (last week of July)

International Festival of guitar, drawing every year the greatest guitarists, from jazz to blues, from rock to classical exc.

Au son des mandolines – Ajaccio (www.ausondesmandolines.com) (Last week of July)

The biggest festival in the world dedicated to mandolin, which takes place in the village square.

Jazz au couvent – Cervioni (http://t.loriaut.free.fr/index2.htm)(end of July, beginning of August)

Three jazz nights in the background of the unparalleled frame of a Franciscan cluster, with performances by international artists and collateral concerts organized in the square opposite the church.

Festival de musique – Erbalunga (first week of August)

In the heart of this picturesque corner of Cape Corse takes place a string of open air concerts of jazz, pop, flamenco and instrumental Corsican music.

Festival Pascal Paoli – Bastia (third week of August)

Corsican music festival which sees as protagonists emerging artists of the island.

A festa u viulinu – Sermano, closet o Corte (third week of August)

A festival dedicated to violin and traditional instruments, with performances of artists coming from all over Europe, and dances in the village square. All performances are free.

Settembrinu di Tavagna – Peru Casevecchje, Velone-Olmeto, Taglio Isolaccia, Poggio-Mezzana, Talasani (www.tavagna.com) (end of August)

A lively festival of traditional and contemporary music from all over the world, in the characteristic frame of the villages of the Tavagna region.

Rencontres de chants polyphoniques – Calvi (half of September)

Created in 1989 to preserve and to divulgate the Corsican tradition of polyphonic songs, this festival represents one of the most important events on the island. During the 5 days festival the citadel hosts polyphonic bands from all over the world, Tibetans, Mongols, South-Africans, Cubans exc.. The festival takes place between the cathedral of Saint Jean-Baptiste, the oratory of Saint-Antoine and Place d’Armes. Absolutely not to miss.

Musicales de Bastia – Bastia (www.musicales-de-bastia.com) (first fortnight of August)

Eclectic mix of live music and performances taking place inside the Théatre Municipal and on the stage in Saint-Nicolas square.

Scopri cosa fare in Corsica