Reflecting Le Havre’s status as an ocean gateway, port city and a crossroads for trade and merchandise as well as culture, the ‘moZ’aïque’ youth festival has become a leading event for world music over the years.
A friendly atmosphere, diversity, high standards, dialogue, accessibility, variety, relaxation, fun, generosity and proximity are the keywords that perfectly sum up these five days. With 40 concerts combining classical music with jazz, blues, latino, rock and afro, the talented organisers put together a real variety in terms of choice and high quality artists.
Launched in 2010, this festival takes place every year in the Hanging Gardens, a place for a whole range of cultures from all four corners of the globe to come together fleetingly against this amazing backdrop. Located in the hills of Le Havre overlooking the bay, the Hanging Gardens provide fabulous views over the city and estuary. Built in 1856, this former military fort is now a vast planted space which pays tribute to botanist explorers who set sail from Le Havre.
Each bastion features the flora from a different continent: North America, Asia, Oceania... Below the ramparts lie 5,000 m² of conservatories housing collections of wide varieties of rare species from all over the world. Open to the public with a suggested optional admission fee of €1.
The particularly well protected location of this site - an almost completely closed pedestrian zone - encourages contact between the general public and the artists. Having families and different generations amongst the spectators is a priority for the festival management team.
Over the past five years, the music café has become a firm favourite for discussion and relaxation, with brass bands and live background music during the day. Festival-goers are invited to go dancing in the evening to the rhythm of swing, accordion music or tango from the burlesque duo Bart & Baker, accompanied by their dancer and ‘crowd-pleaser’ Christophe Avril.
Finally, refreshments are available from suppliers selected for the quality of their products and the friendly attitude they bring to the event.
Festival for all
As a festival for all, MoZ’aïque aims to keep the admission entry fee
as affordable possible for the general public
- Passes are only €30 for five days of concerts in a fabulous venue
- Single day passes are €10 and entry is free for children under 10.