This year, the Fete a Voltaire will take place on Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m. It is the highlight of the Voltaire season and the usual form.
On Thursday, June 2, at 2 PM, a press conference took place in the Maison du Pays de Voltaire's courtyard. Daniel Raphoz the mayor was thrilled to have been able to "reconnect more meaning with Fete a Voltaire" as well as to discover the associative universe that runs the food- and drink stands.
The Fete a Voltaire has an uncompromising quality program. Its goal is to "transmit the values of humanism and openness dear to Voltaire," adds the mayor.
Florence Emery, a scenographer, wanted to focus on the link, or the word. She reached out to people from Ferney High School, recycling organizations, and students. There were 500 students who helped him dress the Fete a Voltaire.
Catherine Canivet, the artistic director, presented the program, which featured about fifteen shows from various forms, including street arts, theatre, dance, music, circus, wanderings, and other professional troupes.
A hairdresser will offer mysterious hairstyles to passers-by and transform them into a countess or marquise for a day. Or "The Umbrella Patrol", where an actor will read texts from the privacy of his umbrella. In a grand finale parade with all the artists, the 20th anniversary celebrations of Fete a Voltaire are held.