Every year on Whitsunday, the streets of Saint-Geniès-de-Fontedit are turned upside down. During “La Foire des Grenouilles” festival, the centre of the lovely circular village becomes the stage of street theatre, concerts, art and much more. And all the performances are for free. That’s right! It doesn’t cost a thing. As in zilch, zero, nada.
Together with friends and a bunch of kids of all ages, our happy family went off. I had never heard of this festival, until last year. Apparently, I was the only one, as La Foire des Grenouilles is a well-known event in the Hérault region. Let’s say we weren’t alone… The first obstacle was difficult to overcome with the children: giant wooden games immediately caught their attention. After a fair bit of playing, we continued our stroll and passed a great market with all kinds of local products. No lingering around though, as we came for the theatre.
Follow the arrows
At the information centre in the middle of the village, we got the conveniently set up program for the day. A colour marked each performance, which corresponded to a street arrow painted in the same colour. You only had to follow the right arrow to get to the performance you wanted to see. The theatre shows started in the afternoon from 14h00. And the party went on until late into the night. While enjoying a drink and a bite, you can listen to and dance to the final concert of the festival.
Saint-Geniès-de-Fontedit is one of those typical southern French villages, located in the hinterland of Béziers. We went on an expedition through the small alleyways filled with charming houses to find our performances. Along the way, we encountered all sorts of art and objects. Last year this included some very large underpants. According to the kids, someone had probably lost them and would come looking for them…
The nice thing about the performances we saw last year was that they all included interactions with the audience. Some shows included classical music; others combined circus with slapstick. However, all of them brought a big smile to the little ones’ faces. And the grown-ups’ too. Did I already mention that all the performances of La Foire des Grenouilles are free??? Here you can see a promotional video. We can’t wait till this year’s edition!