Festival Berlioz 2016


Berlioz Festival 2016... A bewitched occasion !

The next Berlioz Festival will take place from 19th to 30th of August ; the theme will be "Les Fleurs du mal or Berlioz at the witches’ ball".
Opening of the ticket office and programming online in April !

Festival Berlioz > Presentation

The Festival Berlioz’ national and international reputation makes it one of the biggest classical music appointments of the season. It is also one of few symphonic music festivals in France. This yearly summer festival takes place in late August at La Côte Saint-André, birthplace of the great Romantic genius Hector Berlioz.

The symphonic concerts are given in the court of the Château Louis XI, under a unique structure which combines both concert hall acoustics and outdoor benefits, and protects the audience from potential bad weather. Musicians always take great pleasure in performing major Romantic pieces in such an unusual venue.

Many concerts are also held in the surrounding area, mostly in churches or other smaller venues showcasing various repertoires : recitals, chamber music, contemporary creations etc. During two weeks, La Côte-Saint-André vibrates to the beat of street performances, lectures, exhibitions, workshops and other festivities.

Thanks to an affordable pricing policy, the festival welcomes each year a wide range of spectators to enjoy its outstanding scenery, friendly atmosphere and informal spirit.

The Festival is organized by the AIDA - Agence Iséroise de Diffusion Artistique (Artistic Diffusion Agency of Isère).
This organization is a public cultural cooperation establishment founded in 2004 and subsidized by the Conseil Général de l’Isère (General Council of Isère), the municipality of La Côte-Saint-André and the Bièvre Isère Community of Commons. The AIDA is chaired by Pascal Payen, Vice-President of the Conseil Géneral in charge of Culture and Heritage. Its board includes government representatives and qualified personalities who work closely with the director, Bruno Messina. In addition to the Festival Berlioz, the AIDA organizes other major cultural events of the Isère department.


Booking opens April 2016 !

Box Office of the Festival Berlioz
38 place de la Halle - 38260 La Côte-Saint-André
Telephone : 04 74 20 20 79
Email : billetterie aida38.fr
Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 6pm. Saturday 10am to 1pm.
During the Festival : open daily from 9am to 7pm and at the Château Louis XI from 8pm.
Payment : cash or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, CB).

It is possible to buy tickets on site, by phone, mail or online.
All concerts are available for online purchase (no additional costs).
Warning : if you would like to purchase a pass, please get in touch with the box office for they are not available online. No refunds or exchanges possible.


Closest train stations
Grenoble TGV station : 40 minutes away
Lyon Part-Dieu TGV station : 40 minutes away
Lyon Saint-Exupery TGV station : 30 minutes away
Chambéry TGV station : 75 minutes away

By car
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From Grenoble
A48 highway to Lyon ; exit 9 (Grenoble-Isère Airport) ; take the D119 ; after the airport, take the D71.

From Lyon
A43 highway to Grenoble-Chambéry ; A48 highway to Grenoble ; exit 9 (Grenoble-Isère Airport) ; take the D119 ; after the airport, take the D71.

From Chambéry
A43 highway to Lyon ; A48 highway to Grenoble ; exit 9 (Grenoble-Isère Airport), take the D119 ; after the airport, take the D71.

By plane
Grenoble-Isère Airport : 15 minutes away from La Côte-Saint-André
Lyon Saint-Exupery International airport : 30 minutes away from La Côte-Saint-André

By bus
Regular lines are provided by Transisère, departmental network.
To have information call : (+33) (0)8 20 08 38 38
or visit website of Transisère (www.transisere.com)

NEW : shuttle from Grenoble
From August 22nd to August 31st, the shuttle will depart each day at 7pm.
Departure points : Place Victor Hugo / l’Esplanade (Grenoble).
Roundtrip : 5€
Under 12 years old : FREE
RSVP : call 04 74 20 20 79 or online
No tickets will be sold by the bus driver.

Parking in La Côte-Saint-André
For safety reasons, parking is not allowed at the Château Louis XI. We invite visitors to follow the traffic rules, volunteers will be guiding vehicles to the dedicated car parks.

Free shuttle to the castle
A free shuttle is available from the Tourist Office of La Côte-Saint-André (Place Berlioz) to the Château Louis XI.


Doors open
Concerts at the Château Louis XI : 45 minutes before the concert
Concerts in churches : 20 minutes before the concert

When to arrive
We advise you to arrive at La Côte-Saint-André at least one hour before the beginning of the concert, especially if you need to withdraw your tickets.
For the smooth running of the concerts and in compliance with the artists, latecomers cannot access the room, except possibly during breaks or between two movements.

The court of the Château Louis XI is completely covered. The audience is protected from potential bad weather. However, we invite you bring warm clothes for late summer evenings can be cold.


It is absolutely forbidden to smoke or eat during concerts. The use of any shooting device is prohibited. Mobile phones must be turned off. The Festival Berlioz cannot be held responsible for any changes in programming. The Festival Berlioz has the right, if necessary, to change the date, time, program, or distribution of places of a concert. Those changes cannot open claim to compensation. The resale of tickets is prohibited (Act of June 27th, 1979). The indicated prices do not include any agency fees.


Bars and restaurants welcome you. Starting at 7pm on the terraces of the Château Louis XI, you can enjoy a drink and have dinner before the concert.
For more information, visit http://tourisme-bievrevalloire.com, "Se restaurer".


Whether you wish to stay in a hotel or a Bed & Breakfast, you will find accommodation options here :
www.isere-tourisme.com / http://tourisme-bievrevalloire.com

Office de Tourisme Bièvre Isère, La Côte-Saint-André
Place Hector Berlioz - 38260 La Côte Saint-André
Tel 04 74 20 61 43 - Fax 04 74 20 56 25
tourisme bievre-isere.com

Festival Berlioz : figures

- 11-day festival
- more than 50 events : symphonic and chamber music, recitals, serenades, banquets, conferences, conventions...
- more than 1000 artists invited
- more than 24,000 spectators
- 150 volunteers
- 22 sponsors

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