Marciac is a small, peaceful, oval-shaped bastide with a rampart walk following the old surrounding wall.
Marciac – Bastide and Jazz Capital !
Marciac is a small, peaceful, oval-shaped bastide with a rampart walk following the old surrounding wall. It has a vast central square, once the site of a covered market, lined with shops and paved with stones featuring musical notes. The square is still the dynamic centre of the village and the venue of a traditional market on Wednesdays and many other events.
Since 1978, this small town has become the capital of jazz thanks to the festival created by André Muller and developed by Jean-Louis Guilhaumon. During the festival (29 July - 14 August), around 6,000 people attend a concert every evening in a specially-erected huge marquee. Marciac welcomes the greatest names in jazz and the festival is now internationally famous. In 2018 performers included Winston Marsalis and Ibrahim Maalouf, the great guitarist Pat Metheny, author-composer-singer Melody Gardot, pianist Brad Mehldau, Marcus Miller bassist with Miles Davis, Santana and Joan Baez. The Astrada, opened in 2011, is a modern concert hall and the venue for around 50 performances annually during the festival and throughout the year : drama, circus, classical music, dance, singing, comedy… and jazz of course !
Jazz lands :
The Musée du Jazz is a museum devoted to the history of jazz and the only one of its kind in Europe. It is open to everyone, from jazz novices to the most discerning of fans and uses cutting-edge technology. The twelve sets, each depicting a stage in the history of jazz, are associated with a musical illustration or a video. This superb exhibition takes you from Africa to Louisiana and New Orleans, from Blues and Spirituals to New York clubs before arriving in Europe, the adopted home of many jazzmen.
Sight-seeing in Marciac :
Our selection of accommodations
Gîte de caractère Au Nan
in JUILLAC - Gers
in PEYRUSSE GRANDE - Gers
Our new accommodations
Les chambres de Puchouaou
in MONTESQUIOU - Gers
in TRONCENS - Gers
Au P'tit Bonheur
in SAINT-ARAILLES - Gers