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The Tarba en Canta festival

Our international polyphony festival is open to all and is a great opportunity to bring the town centre to life for almost a week with festive, polyphonic singing. So come on, sing along with us!
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At the Tarba en Canta festival, visitors can discover some new regional groups, with an eclectic programme of events that guarantees a very festive experience, and a combination of tradition and modernity!

Dates for the diary: 6th to 11th June 2023
Tarbes, Ibos, Juillan and Séméac

This international festival invites groups from southern Europe to get together in the town centre with regional polyphony groups.
Every year, there is an impressive programme of events, open to beginners as well as experienced singers.
Come and enjoy the sounds of polyphony at a concert, while enjoying a drink out on the terrace of a café or at the market… This festival is a friendly and enjoyable event, open to all!

Polyphony, a tradition that is gaining in popularity

Polyphony is an ancient singing practice that showcases songs that are superb to watch, to learn about culture and social links that are always evolving.
The Polyphonies Pyrénéennes de Bigorre, when combined with the groups from Béarn and the Basque Country, form one of the most significant polyphony traditions in southern Europe, alongside the groups from Corsica, Bulgaria and Sardinia. But unlike in Corsica and the Basque Country, this practice in the Pyrenees is still largely unknown.

On the programme of events


Evening concerts, cantèras, afternoon concerts, concerts at the markets of Tarbes, evening aperitif concerts, Mainats en Canta, conference, master classes…

See the detailed programme of events (in French)

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Added bonus

All the concerts and entertainment during the festival are free-of-charge except for the Master class (fixed price of €25 / day) – Registration Form


The Tarba en Canta festival is organised by Tarbes Animations, the Town Hall and Tarbes Tourist Office.

With support from the Occitanie Region and the Total Festum Occitanie initiative, the Conseil Départemental, the Town Hall and the Collegiate church of Ibos, the Town Hall and the CAC of Séméac as well as the Town Hall of Juillan.

Contact details

Tarbes Tourist Office
3, Cours Gambetta 65000 TARBES

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+33 5 62 51 30 31

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Disabled access: YES except for some of the cafés

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Pets welcome: YES except for concerts at indoor venues

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