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Have you ever experienced “Jazz in Marciac?” It is a truly unique musical event with a warm atmosphere under a starry August sky. Be quick to book your ticket for Gers and head straight for Marciac. In the midst of its sunfl ower fi elds and vineyards, this welcoming village will share the ’sweet madness’ of its jazz festival with you.

The prestigious artists who perform at the Jazz in Marciac festival say it all: “When you come here, you never forget it”.
Marciac is a 13th-century walled town, hidden away in the valleys of the Gers. Its atmosphere, architecture and spirit are typical of Gascony, where D’Artagnan was born. It has an authentic charm and its people take the time to live well. In Marciac, the foie gras, the wine from the Côtes de Saint-Mont and the Armagnac set the scene for a party with a jazz flavour.

In Marciac, it’s all that jazz!
Started over 30 years ago by a few friends, Jazz in Marciac has become one of Europe’s major festivals. Every summer in the fi rst two weeks of August, around 200,000 spectators come to cheer along the stars of jazz in an electric atmosphere. Diana Krall, Bireli Lagrene, Didier Lockwood, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins and Wynton Marsalis are just some of the exceptional artists who have made Marciac a home base.

In the village square, the setting for the “festival Bis” (or fringe festival), you will have a chance to discover some of today’s best musicians for free. Advanced courses and master classes are an opportunity for the musicians to get together. Sharing a passion and passing on knowledge - the idea has even reached the classrooms of Marciac’s lower secondary school, where the pupils can choose a jazz option!

Marciac is alive all year round. If you come here out of season, you will also be greeted by music for the autumn, winter and spring sessions (one concert per month). You can visit the Territoires du Jazz, a museum space where you can take a journey of initiation into the history of jazz. Art galleries, shops and restaurants abound. Here you will discover a remarkably animated village with a rich heritage, where the jazz banner has become the symbol for a lively local lifestyle.

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