The Berlioz Festival is an essential summer event of the Isère department and more widely of the Rhône-Alpes Region. Its international fame makes it one of the biggest appointments of classical music festivals’ season. It is also one of few symphonic music festivals in France.
It takes place each summer at the end of August at La Côte Saint-André, birthplace of the great romantic genius Hector Berlioz.
Main place of symphonic concerts, the court of Louis XI Castle is fitted during the festival of a structure unique in France that protects public and musicians in case of bad weather, combining acoustics quality of a concert hall and outdoors benefits. The largest national and international orchestras take the greatest pleasure to perform major works of the Romantic repertoire.
Many concerts are held in the department and the neighboring municipalities, mostly small concerts, recitals and chamber music.
For fifteen days, the city of La Côte Saint-André wears the colors of the Berlioz Festival and takes the rhythm of street concerts, in the Medieval Halle, Hector Berlioz Museum, at the cinema, etc..
An accessible pricing policy allows everyone to enjoy great musical moments in a spectacular setting, in a friendly and popular atmosphere.
The Festival is organized by the Agence Iséroise de Diffusion Artistique (Artistic Diffusion Agency of Isère), also named the a.i.d.a.
The a.i.d.a. is a public cultural cooperation (EPCC) in place since 2004 and subsidized by the Conseil Général de l’Isère (General Council of Isère), the municipality of La Côte-Saint-André and the Community of Commons of Bièvre-Liers. The a.i.d.a. is chaired by Pascal Payen, Vice-President of the Conseil Géneral in charge of Culture and Heritage. It is administered by a board composed of representatives of the governments that subsidize it and qualified personalities. It is directly related to these people that works the director Bruno Messina. Close to the Conseil Général de l’Isère, the a.i.d.a. is his main tool for the diffusion of performing arts. The Conseil Général occasionally uses it for setting up other cultural events. In addition to organizing the Berlioz Festival, a.i.d.a. organizes other major cultural events of the Isère department.
Booking open May 2, 2013 !
Box Office of Berlioz Festival
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 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 6pm. Saturday 10 am to 1 pm.
During the Festival : open daily from 9 am to 7 pm and at the Château Louis XI from 8 pm.
Methods of Payment : cash, credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, CB), checks.
It is possible to buy tickets on site, by phone, mail or online.
Directly access the program of the Festival and buy tickets online. This service is available to all the concerts. No additional costs will be invoiced at the time of purchase of tickets on the Festival website. Warning : this service does not allow online sales of formulas subscription or flat fee, or with specific rates of tickets. We could not proceed to any refund or exchange for tickets bought online which could be subject to specific rates (subscriptions, reduced fee, groups ...).
To get to the festival, think about sustainable transport (public transport, carpooling).
Grenoble TGV station at 40 minutes
TGV station at Lyon Part-Dieu at 40minutes
TGV station at Lyon Saint-Exupery at 30 minutes
Chambéry train station at 75 minutes
Think about carpooling !
Link to website Covoiturage.fr : http://agenda.covoiturage.fr//festi...
Highway A48 towards Lyon ; exit 9 (Grenoble-Isère Airport) ; take the D119 ; after the airport, take the D71.
Highway A43 towards Grenoble-Chambery to Grenoble ; highway A48 ; exit 9 (Grenoble-Isère Airport) ; take the D119 ; after the airport, take the D71.
Highway A43 towards Lyon, then A48 towards Grenoble ; exit 9 (Grenoble-Isère Airport), take the D119 ; after the airport, take the D71.
Grenoble-Isère Airport at 15 minutes from La Cote-Saint-André
International airport of Lyon Saint-Exupery at 30 minutes from La Cote-Saint-André
A shuttle is offered from Grenoble Bus Station, in front of the hotel TERMINUS at 5 p.m. (arriving in La Cote-Saint-André, Place Berlioz at 6 p.m.). The return to Grenoble after the concert it is agreed with the driver (depending on the duration of the concert).
Price : € 30 per person round trip, payable from Grenoble by check, cash, credit card, American Express.
Reservations : 06 20 37 39 81 and jeanmbats bbox.fr
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)
Parking in La Côte-Saint-Andre
For safety reasons, parking is not allowed at the Château Louis XI. The visitors are invited to observe the traffic rules and use car parks provided for this purpose . Access to various car parks are signposted, volunteers are responsible for guiding vehicles depending on the capacity to receive.
It is advisable to arrive at La Côte-Saint-André one hour before concerts.
Free shuttle to the castle
A free shuttle is available from the Tourist Office of La Côte-Saint-André (Place Berlioz) and the Château Louis XI.
Concerts at Château Louis XI : 45 minutes before the concert
Concerts in churches : 20 minutes before the concert
When to arrive
All concerts start at the correct time, so expect a sufficient time for parking and possible withdrawal of tickets.
For the smooth running of the concerts and in compliance with the artists, latecomers can not access the room, except possibly during breaks or between two movements.
The court of Château Louis XI is completely covered. The public is protected from the weather. However, we invite you to cover yourself well because late summer evenings can be cool.
At day and night, bars and restaurants welcome you between a concert and another. Starting at 7 pm, on the terraces of the Château Louis XI, you can enjoy a drink and have dinner waiting for the concert.
For more information visit http://www.tourisme-bievre-liers.fr, heading saveurs & terroir.
If what you want is the comfort of a hotel or you prefer the conviviality of a chambre d’hôte (a French type of bed and breakfast), you will find accommodation options for every taste :
Office du Tourisme du Pays de Bievre-Liers in La Cote-Saint-André
Place Hector Berlioz - 38260 La Côte Saint-André
Tel 04 74 20 61 43 - Fax 04 74 20 56 25 / [info tourisme-bievre-liers.fr]
The Berlioz Festival in figures
more than 50 events : symphonic and chamber music, recitals, serenades, banquets, conferences, conventions...
more than 1000 artists invited
more than 20,000 spectators
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