Festival: «Les Petits Asticots 2017» (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

«Les Petits Asticots» – the yearly children’s festival au Pays du Mont-Blanc – will be back again for another amazing season from the 21st to 26th October 2017!  Six days of theatre, music, circus and workshops for little people!

The MBFF team absolutely LOVE «Les Petits Asticots» – not only are the shows of high quality, the festival is local and its timing during the Toussaint holidays is just so welcome . . . the October holidays can seem especially long here au Pays du Mont-Blanc, if the weather is bad; it’s often cold and rainy, and without the fun of the yet-to-arrive snow!  Over the last couple of years, we have been able to choose lots of spectacles to suit the whole family – some for the older brother, some for the younger brother, some for both, and some for the whole family. We’ve really appreciated having such a wonderful festival on our door-step!

The ticket offices are opening on 2nd October this year . . . and the spectacles and workshops fill up quickly; to avoid disappointment, have a peruse of the programme online, and then book!

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Locations

«Les Petits Asticots» uses seven communes au Pays du Mont-Blanc to host its spectacles and workshops, meaning that there will always be something relatively nearby:

  • Chamonix – l’École de musique;
  • Les Houches – Espace Olca;
  • Servoz – Salle Jean Morel;
  • Vallorcine – Cour de l’École, Bibliothèque;
  • Passy – Parvis des Fiz;
  • Sallanches – Salle Léon Curral, Pré Curral;
  • Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – Espace Mont-Blanc;

Programme

«Les Petits Asticots» is offering another rich and varied programme this year, incorporating theatre, music, puppets, circus and more creativity and magic . . . see the online programme for more details.


Workshops

As well as the spectacles, the festival is offering some workshops in the Chamonix valley this year, aimed at different age-groups:

Tuesday 24th October«Lectures et bricolages» by Gudule Wyser (librarian)BibliothèqueVallorcine13h to 14h30“histoires de lunes, de planètes, d’étoiles, de rencontres d’ici et d’ailleurs. Des lectures de contes, poèmes et album, suivies d’un atelier créatif de fabrication d’un mobile” – «Les Petits Asticots» / 4+ years / price: 5€ / duration: 1h30;

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Wednesday 25th OctoberEveil Musical: «Création Sonore» by Anne Gaillard (pianist)École de musique (rue du Lyret) – Chamonix11h to 12h“exploration des sons par les enfants en utilisant leurs propres ressources: leurs voix, leurs corps. Écoute des instruments, toucher, jouer. Création d’une ambiance musicale.” – «Les Petits Asticots» / from 8 months to 3 years, with an accompanying adult / price: 5€ / duration: 1h;

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Wednesday 25th OctoberEveil Musical: «Paysage Sonore» by Anne Gaillard (pianist)École de musique (rue du Lyret) – Chamonix13h to 14h“composition d’une petite pièce musicale à partir d’un thème et des idées de chacun. Création d’un paysage sonore”«Les Petits Asticots» / from 8 months to 3 years, an accompanying adult / price: 5€ / duration: 1h;

Wednesday 25th OctoberTheatre workshop: «Viens, on joue!» by Melanie Baxter JonesÉcole de musique (rue du Lyret) Chamonix9h to 11h“découverte du théâtre en douceur par des exercices de jeu, de rythme, s’inventer des histoires… ludique et adapté aux enfants” – «Les Petits Asticots» / from 3 to 6 years / price: 10€ / duration: 2h;

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Wednesday 25th OctoberTheatre workshop: «Jouer à jouer!» by Melanie Baxter Jones École de musique (rue du Lyret) – Chamonix11h to 14h30“en partant de jeux théâtraux, aller à la découverte de soi et des autres en abordant l’improvisation. S’amuser à jouer, à raconter… à se surprendre!” – «Les Petits Asticots» / from 7 to 10 years / price: 15€ / duration: 3h;

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Wednesday 25th OctoberTheatre workshop: «Même pas cap!» by Melanie Baxter JonesÉcole de musique (rue du Lyret) – Chamonix15h30 to 18h30“Improvisation théâtrale et jeux, le tout dans le plaisir, la joie et sans jugement!” – «Les Petits Asticots» / from 11 years / price: 15€ / duration: 3h;

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Wednesday 25th October – «Street Photomaton» with Association Image Temps (with Clémence) – École de musique (rue du Lyret) – Chamonix15h to 17h“Faites-vous tirer le portrait avec un appareil photo ancien «Afghan Box», et repartez avec votre image tirée sur place “ – «Les Petits Asticots» / all ages, families / FREE! / no reservations necessary;

Wednesday 25th OctoberBalade Contée with Jérôme Douplat (le Pêcheur d’histoires) – École de musique (rue du Lyret) – Chamonix 17h30“Balade ornithologique (mais pas que…). D’un pas léger, le nez au vent, venez découvrir l’avifaune du pays avec un drôle d’oiseau auquel il sera difficile de clouer le bec. Entre anecdote, récit d’affût et croyance populaire, un regard ethnozoologique à porté de tous … Jumelles bienvenues.” – «Les Petits Asticots» / +5 years / price: 5€ / duration: 40 mins;

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Buying tickets

«Les Petits Asticots» spectacles and ateliers fill up very quickly, so I do advise you to book in advance, if possible. A billetterie is set up on the day at each event, but I have witnessed disappointed parents and children being turned away when shows have been full!  Here is where you can purchase your tickets in advance: in person, by telephone, or on the internet (from 2nd October):

  • Chamonix – Service Culturel de Chamonix, 101, place du Triangle de l’Amitié, 74400, Chamonix / tel: 04 50 53 75 17 (Monday to Friday from 9h to midday, and from 14h to 17h);
  • Sallanches – Salle Léon Curral, avenue Albert Gruffat, 74700, Sallanches / tel: 04 50 91 56 46;
  • Sallanches Tourist Office – 32, quai de l’Hôtel de ville, 74700, Sallanches;
  • Internet from 2nd October 2017: www.les-petits-asticots.com;

Price: all the spectacles are priced at 5€; the workshops range from FREE up to 15€;


 Advice

The «Les Petits Asticots» website has some helpful advice to prepare you and your little ones for sitting through a spectacle: see here.

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