THÉÂTRE DE LA MER, SÈTE
We think music is at its most magical when experienced in extraordinary surroundings: after 4 years in the amazing medieval castle in Carcassonne, this year Convenanza is set in the unique location of the Theater of the Sea in Sète, the Venice of the Languedoc region!
Sète is the most fascinating small town on the French Mediterranean coast precisely because it doesn't go out of its way to be charming. It doesn't have the time. This is an attractive – but serious – port full of working people with stuff to ship out and turbot to sell. The site is wonderful. Sète encircles a lone hill, the Mont St-Clair, on the otherwise flat Languedoc coast. And it is all-but an island. There's the sea out front, of course. Behind, though, is the Thau lagoon – a vast expanse of salt water, colonised by oyster- and mussel-beds. Between the two, a network of canals brings the scramble of port and fishing activity right into the town centre.