Tatihou: the festival of music from the open sea holds its course… Attend a concert… to the rhythm of the high tides. For more than 26 years now, this idea has seduced many festival-goers who love world music and traditional music. Make a date today for the next Tatihou, from 20 to 24 August.

Tatihou is holding its own


year, with 23 concerts in total, compared to the usual 35 (10 days of concerts in 2019). But the festival will still take place, to the delight of the many music lovers in the region, despite the health situation. For each year, the high tides order the dates of this unique festival. A Tatihou festival that never takes place on the same dates. And this music festival depends on the tides to welcome its crowds. However, one thing is certain: it will take place.

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A musical island

On this small island of 28 hectares, the public is invited to attend the various concerts to the rhythm of the ebbing tides. They reach the island on foot along the foreshore. The festival-goers pass through the neighbouring oyster beds. The oyster farmers are obviously involved in this cultural event, which is eagerly awaited in the region. As a result, the concerts cannot exceed the period of time that elapses during low tide.

Mandatory music

Property of the Conservatoire du Littoral, Tatihou has thus found a new artistic dimension. In the heart of the Manche department, this confetti located near Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, has been the subject of several developments in recent years in order to be able to welcome a faithful audience around a concert program. Our programme was initially oriented towards Celtic music,” explains the Festival Director, Laurence Loyer-Camebourg, who is also the Director of Culture for the Département de la Manche. Then we evolved towards traditional and world music. It’s a bit of a trademark

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for us!” she insists. Quelques minutes à pied suffisent pour rejoindre l'île à pied depuis Saint-Vaast-la- Hougue<img width=”640″ height=”427″ src=”image/svg+xml,%3Csvg%20xmlns%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2000%2Fsvg%22%20viewBox%3D%220%200%20640%20427%22%3E%3C%2Fsvg%3E” alt=”Some minutes to walk to the island from Saint-Vaast-la- Hougue” data-src=”https://www.jet-lag-trips.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Tatihou-2.jpg” />A few minutes on foot are enough to reach the island from Saint-Vaast-la- Hougue Les festivaliers rejoignent toujours l'île à marée descendanteLes festivaliers rejoignent toujours l'île à marée descendanteFestival-goers always reach the island on the ebb tide

Women in the spot


This year, the summer festival wanted to give pride of place to women artists and their singularities, with, for example, Sharon Shannon, an Irish artist and icon of the diatonic accordion. Tatihou will also present two creations, resulting from artist residencies: “Sahariennes” or the meeting of Berber and Tuareg singers, as well as “Les Chœurs des Pygmées Aka de la Lombaye et Les Trompes Ongo Brotto”, coming from the Central African Republic. Also noteworthy, among others, the presence of a Sami artist of shamanic inspiration, Olena Uutai, originally from Siberia. An artist who this year will have to spend several days in France before being able to perform on the Tatihou stage


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