The festival has a double mission :

 

  • Present the French audience all the different world cultures thanks to the best traditional dance and music ensembles
  • Create contacts, then exchanges between the audience and the dancers, as well as between these dancers from various regions of the world themselves, despite their different customs, religions, wealths or colours of skin.

 

That is how the festival puts its shoulder to the wheel of brotherhood and peace in the world

The festival today is :

 

  • A large team of 150 volunteers where young and old gather each year to work and have a good time together
  • A huge marquee that can take 2000 people
  • About ten groups from the 5 continents invited every year, among which 4 or 5 for a long tour (4 to 8 weeks), which allows about thirty towns and festivals to appreciate quality ensembles in exceptional circumstances
  • Shows every night in the marquee, exhibitions, lectures given, workshop, typical meals and music, crafts, street entertainment, radio shows open to the public
  • A constantly increasing audience, from the 9000 visitors in 1973 to 20,000 today on average, which makes the festival one of the paramount events in Loir-et-Cher and Région Centre. It is also one of the most important folklore festivals in France (CIOFF network)
  • A time of discovery of other cultures, other languages , other folk...
  • It is also the birth in 1997 of a museum open year round and perpetuates the fleeting moment that is the festival: Musikenfête (see section of the same name)
  • A permanent position created in 2010
  • An afternoon of August 15 in family. It is a very special moment where groups occur outside while the public can move freely in the Quartier Marescot. At that time, other regional groups are joining the program that ends with a farewell parade around the central square of the town