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The summer agenda

Summer’s heat, lengthening days, beautiful sunsets, and many events that contribute to the excitement and enthusiasm of the crowds!
Let yourself be swept up in the whirlwind of celebration!

Les Paul, the sound of rock turns 70

Exhibition curator: Julien BITOUN
Exhibition sponsor: Yarol POUPAUD

In 2022, the Les Paul guitar celebrates its 70th birthday and MuPop pays tribute to it in its temporary exhibition. This legendary guitar may have been invented for a jazz star in 1952, but it has become inseparable from the history of Rock, from Bill Haley to ZZ Top via Bowie, the Sex Pistols, Bob Marley, John Lennon or Peter Frampton. Thanks to its rediscovery by Eric Clapton in 1965, then Jimmy Page who will build Led Zeppelin’s sound around this instrument in 1969, the Les Paul has become the ultimate symbol of a style that did not exist when it was created.

Find here the Press Kit of the exhibition.
+ info on MuPop:

Exhibition Shakers: 20 Years of Residency
Château des Ducs de Bourbon

The Château des Ducs de Bourbon hosts this contemporary art exhibition, showcasing 20 years of hosting visual artists in residence, from June 18 to September 25, 2022.

Artists participating in the exhibition “20 years of residency”: Olivier Auguste, Yassine Balbzioui, Laure Barillé, Marion Bataillard, Jade Boissin, Jean Bonichon, Adrian Caïcedo, Coline Casse, Anthony Duranthon, Ylva Fowler, GabrielF, Yves Gobart, Rafael Grassi, Laure Guilhot, Zhu Hong, Roxane Kisiel, Sylvain Konyali, Florent Lamouroux, Thomas Lévy-Lasne, Jérémy Liron, Anna Lopez Luna, Julie Maquet, Maude Maris, Judith Millot, Carmen Novo, Kasia Ozga, Nathalie Pitel, Aurélie Poinat, Nazanin Pouyandeh, Mathieu Rouget, Claire Tabouret, Ariane Yadan, Hernan Zambrano.

For twenty years, the Shakers residence in Montluçon will have welcomed and supported more than fifty artists, who have been able, in return, through their creations, the realization of exhibitions, the organization of meetings or workshops of practices to the attention of schoolchildren, to open the montluçonnais to the art of their time and to the most diverse practices and approaches. In fifteen or twenty years, the first residents, young graduates, novice artists, have gone from being emerging artists to confirmed ones, when not stars or icons. Their tenacity has been recognized, as has the value of their work, making them references or figures of contemporary creation.

Practical information:
– exhibition open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm
– free admission

Lumières sur le Bourbonnais 2022 – New show

During the summer season and the end-of-year holidays, Lumières sur le Bourbonnais is a show that allows you to discover or rediscover the rich history of the 2nd largest city in Auvergne, through a projection of images set in light and scenographed on the facade of the Old Castle.

The light show allows the castle of the Dukes of Bourbon to fly into the air. In a story freed from thez constraints of reality and thinking, it takes the start of a colorful fantasy adventure through the emblematic landscapes of the montluçonnais: the bocage with the well-cut fields, the Cher valley and its gorges…

Interludes in 3D create the link between each picture where reality and dreams end up merging as in the forest of Tronçais, which, at nightfall, gives way to magic and enchantment. When MuPop appears, the music speeds up, turning heads and bodies in an unexpected dance. Then the castle finally reaches the milky way thanks to a sophisticated control panel, reminiscent of those of Safran. Oneirism sprinkles the show until its final notes in a great fireworks, refusing gravity and verisimilitude, for the greatest happiness of the spectators.

See you on the place Édouard Piquand, at the foot of the Castle of the Dukes of Montluçon.


From May to September, screenings from dusk until 11:30 pm.
In May, June and September: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
In July and August: every day

Duration: each session lasts about twenty minutes and follows one another.

Lumières sur le Bourbonnais can also be seen in Néris-les-Bains, Commentry, Bourbon l’Archambault, Châtel-Montagne, Cusset and Moulins.

In case of severe weather or technical malfunctions beyond our control, the projection of the show may not be ensured.

Bourbonnais Festival
Luminous drone show, at dusk

The Department is opening a new chapter in the “Lights on the Bourbonnais” program with a totally new 15-minute family show, combining luminous drones and pyrotechnics. After a countdown giving the starting signal, 200 luminous drones take flight for a twirling ballet evoking the natural and architectural riches of the Allier, as well as the strong symbols of its identity. They trace imaginary scenes in the starry nights, punctuated with spectacular pyrotechnic effects, before a breathtaking finale where the sky is colored with a thousand lights. 8 free and itinerant performances of the show “Bourdonner en Bourbonnais – lighted drone show” are scheduled from nightfall:

09/07: Plan d’eau de Vieure
16/07: Natural Wake Park of Paray-sous-Brailles
23/07: Etang de Sault in Prémilhat
30/07 : Plan d’eau de St-Clément in Mayet-de-Montagne
06/08 : Etang de Goule in Valigny
13/08 : La Bassin in Pierrefite-sur-Loire
20/08 : Etang de St-Bonnet-Tronçais
27/08 : Etang d’Herculat in Treignat

Remp’Arts Festival – 2022 edition
From May 14 to September 18, 2022

Remp’Arts is an outdoor theater festival organized by the Community of Communes of the Val de Cher on remarkable heritage sites.

On the program:
Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.: Maelström, l’aube du monde by the UBURIK company, in Audes at the Musée du Canal de Berry
Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m.: Choir by the Compagnie Les Voix de la Roche, men’s choir, at the church of Estivareilles
Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.: Verdi’s Le Grand Amour, with Hiromi Omura 大村博美 and Brigitte Fossey at the Prieuré de Reugny
Friday, July 8 at 2:30 p.m.: Le maître de magie by the Manorick Magicien company at the Centre de Loisirs de Vaux
Tuesday, July 12 at 3 p.m.: Violette Laprune et le Pukeko by Isabelle Arnoux at the Salle des Fêtes de Vaux
Sunday, September 18 at 3 p.m.: Le “causeux du canal” conference by Pierre Lemercier at the Péniche Espanola, allée des Soupirs in Vallon-en-Sully

A lively summer in Montluçon, for all tastes!

All summer find the esplanade and the banks in celebration, from July 9 to August 27, 2022

After 2 years marked by the COVID and the restrictions imposed by the health crisis, Montluçon is going to live a full, rhythmic and freedom-loving summer. From Friday, July 9 to Saturday, August 27, the city of Montluçon has prepared a rich program with must-sees but also surprises and novelties: there will be something for everyone!”

Find the full program here.