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Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, the term sounds mystery to us. The Erdre is a river in Nantes but what does that have to do with a Jazz Festival?
When we arrive at the festival area, the secret thins itself out slowly. People ashore and boats on the river! In between stages with jazz ensembles.
When it gets dark, the mixture is perfect: People, lights and colors, tones and language tangle, plus various smells of the countless sales booths for food and drinks. Everything embedded in jazz music – a unique experience!
The origin of the festival dates back to the year 1987, when the city of Nantes, inaugurated the island of Versailles and the docks at the Erdre accompanied by jazz. Since then, the Jazz Festival Rendez-vous de l’Erdre takes place every year on the weekend before first day at school. The festival, one of the most atypical encounters between all different Jazz styles and traditional boats, lasts 4 days and more than 150,000 visitors celebrate this unique convergence of jazz and traditional boats in 6 cities (Nantes, Nort-sur-Erdre, Sucé-sur-Erdre, La Chapelle- sur-Erdre, Carquefou and Petit-Mars) on the banks Erdre.
The city of Nantes has provided a separate area for the TBU participants. The director of the Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre Jazz Festival, Loïc Breteau holds a short speech and Nantes Tourisme provides us with delicious sandwiches and drinks. Too much to eat was a mistake, as we should notice. Because there are plenty of culinary delicacies outside the reserved area prepared by people in good mood.
The unique atmosphere lets itself be seen also around midnight when we leave the festival area. The spectator ranks in front of the stages are still crowded and the artists does not seem to be tired at all. We have the impression that the entire population of the city of Nantes is still on the go at the festival grounds.
Even if we were invited by Nantes Tourisme, all opinions, all views and opinions are our own.
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