The Collioure Festival, organized and produced by the City in very close collaboration with Mathieu Madénian, will be organized for the very first edition in Square Caloni, opposite the bell tower, on July 29, 30 and 31.
This time, it’s official. For several months Mathieu Madénian has made no secret of his comedy festival project in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The troublemaker made in Saleilles finally gives birth to his new “baby” as he calls it. The F’estival de Collioure will see the light of day on July 29, 30 and 31, 2022. A very first edition which benefits both from the comedian’s address book and from the municipal desire to create a lasting event. “Honestly ? I absolutely wanted this event to belong to the town hall and not to a production box, explains Mathieu Madénian. However, we have been approached by very big names in the business. But it was a direct no. Because when a producer is in the game, if one day he wants to change location, he breaks with the festival and the city is left with nothing“.
Thanks to an investment of 145 to 150,000 € carried by the City of Collioure, 18 artists will succeed one another on the stage of the Festival which will be deployed in front of the bell tower, in the square Caloni. Arnaud Ducret (July 29), Booder (July 31) and, of course, Mathieu Madénian (July 30) will play the headliners. Ahead of their respective shows, a set of young artists will warm up the crowd. But many of these talents are already known to the general public. Gérémy Crédeville (France Inter columnist), the humorous singer famous for his Tristitude Oldelaf or even Christine Berrou (Télématin columnist on France 2 and Piquantes! on Téva) will be among the driving forces behind the new scene.
A festival “the feet in water”
Mathieu Madénian believes that these confirmed comedians were especially seduced by the setting of this village on the Catalan coast. “It’s not the cachet that attracts them because a Booder or a Ducret fills big rooms. But having played in many places, I can assure you that almost every time you are told of a ski or beach festival, you end up in a party hall or a cinema. There, it is really facing the sea, feet in the water. Personally, this is the first time I’ve seen this. The idea is that the artists scheduled this year can then go and preach the good word to fellow comedians“.
Collioure already tripling its population during the summer period, did it really need a festival to liven up its town and perhaps attract new holidaymakers during this period of the year? For Guy Llobet, the first magistrate, the answer is obvious: “Collioure is an important historical and cultural heritage. But it is also a festive city. We are in a troubled world. We need to get out of this ambient slump, we need to diversify and I think people want to laugh“.
Fans and the curious who want to discover the event will have to pay €10 for the set of five young talented artists and €32 for the headliners. 450 seats will be available per show.