Major events 2019
In Toulouse, vibrant city of science, festivals are held throughout the year. Cosmopolitan and Latin American, its cultural life gives free rein to creativity and emerging new trends in arts, music and gastronomy. Major art exhibitions, world-famous cycling events and out of this world moments come together in 2019!
Air and Space: A jubilee year for the European capital of air and space
50 years since the 1st flight of Concorde
On 2nd May 1969, Concorde carried out its first ever flight when it took off from Toulouse Airport. This legendary supersonic aircraft still represents a major technical achievement to this day. After around thirty years in operation (commercial flights between 1976 and 2003), Concorde continues to make us dream and can be visited at the Aeroscopia Museum. The Concorde on the tarmac outside allows us to see the unique design of this aircraft with the pointy nose. The second aircraft inside the museum is accessible to visitors who can step aboard and discover the layout of the cabin at the time of its launch. A programme of specific entertainments will unfold on 2nd and 3rd March 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this legendary airplane: visits, concerts, etc. Note that in the 2nd semester, a new aircraft display zone of 20,000m2 « Tarmac Nord » will be home to the very first prototype of the Airbus A320, an Airbus A340-600, an ATR 42, an ATR 72 as well as the Airbus A380 MSN002, which will be entirely refitted to allow visits from the general public.
This expansion will double the total exhibition area available at the Aeroscopia Museum.
50 years of Airbus
On 29th May 2019, the European aviation giant will celebrate its 50th birthday. This is a key date for French and German aviators as it marks the creation of Airbus.
Airbus employs nearly 16,000 people in Toulouse at 5 industrial sites, as well as at its headquarters, Airbus Central Entity. This represents 30% of all Airbus employees globally. To mark its jubilee year, a major event will be held during May.
50 years Moon landing
Next year will mark 50 years since man first set foot on the moon on 20 July 1969. In honour of this momentous occasion, Toulouse’s aerospace museum, the Cité de l’espace, will launch a new exhibition, Moon: Episode II, and a special Moon Party on 20 July 2019. The exhibition, which starts on 20 April 2019, will allow visitors to relive the mission of Apollo 11 and learn about the challenges NASA had to solve 50 years ago.
The Moon Party will bring back to life the chronology of the stages which enabled Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk across the lunar surface. Events will be on offer all day to help explain the key moments of the lunar voyage and meet witnesses of this grand human and technological adventure.
Tour de France 17-18 July 2019
From 17 July 2019, the Tour de France will descend on Toulouse for the first time in a decade. Stage 11 of the famous race will start in the small city of Albi and, after 167 kilometres of peddling, the cyclists will arrive in the Pink City. A particularly tight sprint around the Capitole building to the finish line is sure to create a dramatic atmosphere in the main square. Stage 12 starts the next day from Toulouse and heads into the Pyrenees for gruelling mountain climbs. Just a short flight from the UK will take visitors to experience the thrill of the Tour de France where they can cheer on the peloton. For those keen to get active themselves, what better way to see the city than by bike? Cyclists can follow one of Europe’s best cycle routes, the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rose béton Street art festival
The biennale dedicated to urban cultures and practices in Toulouse is back from April 2019.
This edition, under the artistic direction of Toulouse graffiti artist TILT, will be mentored by artist Tania Mouraud. A new mural will be revealed every month in Toulouse, allowing international artists free rein to express their imaginations. To mark the occasion and in the context of the twinning of the city with Atlanta, Toulouse will host the artist Hense, among others, who will create a piece in a public space.
Alongside these murals, other installations will be on display across the city, whilst Les Abattoirs (the museum of modern and contemporary art) will host an exhibition dedicated to the godmother of this edition and her guests from September 2019 until January 2020. The coming year promises to explode with colour and art in Toulouse!
We are rugby #2023
The Rugby World Cup 2023 will take place from 8th September to 21st October 2023. In addition to matches held at the municipal stadium of Toulouse (33,150 seats), this also promises to be one big party lasting 45 days that will bring different nations together around one amazing event.
Toulouse has moved to the rhythm of rugby for over a century. The Stade Toulousain rugby club, for its part, was born out of the merging of two student clubs, and adopted the colours red and black in honour of the Capitouls - responsible for administration in the city at the time of the Counts of Toulouse (from 1190) dressed with long red and black robes-. The club owns its own stadium, in the Sept-Deniers quarter. It bears the name of Ernest Wallon, professor of law and director of the club who invested 10,000 francs in order to purchase the 7ha plot that was the site of the first stadium.
February 2019 – Fête de la violette
Every year in February, during the flowering season of this highly-perfumed little flower, the Festival de la Violette is organised by Les Amis de la Violette.
The violet is the emblematic flower of Toulouse, and has been cultivated by the market gardeners in the north of the city since the 19th century. Nowadays, “La Violette de Toulouse” is a registered trademark, to be found on a wide variety of products (sweets, perfume, liqueur, etc.) and offers an excellent reason to celebrate as well as to explore Toulouse - the City of Violets!
May 2019 - MAP (Photo Festival)
MAP Toulouse is the photography festival for the Ville Rose, a meeting point for young talent and major names in photography.
Over several weeks, the entire city transforms into an immense gallery of images, accessible and free for all members of the public.
June 2019 – FestOval (Rugby event)
Toulouse’s love of rugby will be celebrated when the city’s main square, the Capitole, will be turned into a rugby pitch for the final of the French Championships Top 14 rugby union match. Tournaments and training sessions - to introduce the sport to the youngest fans and for adults to learn more about the sport - will be organised across the weekend, ending with a friendly match for kids and former rugby professionals.
14th-17th June 2019 – Rio Loco (Music Festival)
The 2019 edition of the Rio Loco Festival places the focus on "women musicians in the world". 3 days of festivals on the banks of the Garonne to explore the music and cultures of the world.
27th-30th June – Siestes Électroniques (Electro music Festival)
Siestes Électroniques is a festival in Toulouse devoted to emerging cultures, a niche event with great heart that, since its creation in the Ville Rose, has been taken to Paris and other major cities across Europe. The concept?
Musical discoveries in a relaxed ambiance, stretching out across the lawns of the Compans Caffarelli public gardens.
29th June – 8th July 2018 – Tangopostale 10th edition (Tango Festival)
A nod to Aéropostale, which connected Toulouse and Argentina, and a chance to celebrate singer Carlos Gardel, born in Toulouse, the « Tangopostale » international tango festival is set to make the city pulse once again! More than 80 events, concerts, shows, balls, conferences, exhibitions and films will bring dancers and spectators together in this enchanting world.
July - August – "Open-air Cinema" at Cinémathèque de Toulouse
To experience cinema “differently”, every summer the courtyard of the Cinémathèque de Toulouse transforms into an open-air movie theatre. The Open-air Cinema festival has become one of the highlights of the season at the Cinémathèque and on the Toulouse cultural calendar. Over seven weeks, around forty great films from the history of cinema will grace the big screen on the façade of the building.
July - August – Toulouse d’été (Music Festival)
The Toulouse Summer Festival turned into the unavoidable Toulouse summer musical meeting place. Combining heritage and creation, it displays a music wandering through the most typical places of interest of the city, but also through its most unusual sites, where some confirmed and ready to become famous artists are sharing the show. From classical to jazz music, with worldwide music in between, rock music or songs, over fifty special events are shown to invent or re-invent the various music.
September 2019 – Piano aux Jacobins (Piano concerts) 40th edition
Piano aux Jacobins is the most important festival dedicated to the piano in France.
During the softly lit hours of the concert, Piano aux Jacobins offers a unique alchemy: the Jacobin Monastery, a place full of spirituality and history where the attention of the heart is combined with warm acoustics.
October 2018 – Festival Toulouse les Orgues
Toulouse is the organ capital of Europe and there are plenty of good reasons for this. It is not by chance that this event has been brought to life by the people - and the organs - of Toulouse.
The city has a rich and varied organ heritage, including many different styles of instruments from all periods of history. The exceptional number of organs in the city (30, 9 of which are classified historical monuments) and the surrounding region (370) mean that all kinds of music can be played.
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