Brioude en fête

The Bienale d’Aquarelle comes to town!

Bilberry and Birch

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Our nearest town, Brioude, is usually very quiet and sleepy. It has a population of just over 6,500, and whilst it does attract some tourists in the summer, it’s not exactly swamped.

All that chamges for a fortnight every other year, during the month of July, when Brioude hosts its biannual watercolour festival – the Biennale d’Aquarelle. It’s a truly international affair, this year featuring artists from countries including Japan, Poland, the UK, Switzerland and Slovenia, as well as all parts of France.

The town has got the bunting out, and it’s crammed with people browsing the exhibitions, admiring the newly-restored cathedral, attending workshops, painting in the street, and enjoying a coffee and a chat outside the cafés.

I tend to associate watercolour with hobby painters turning out pretty views (probably very unfairly), so I’m always amazed by the incredibly diverse range of styles and techniques on display…

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  1. Osyth

    I originally read this on LPMB and really enjoyed it and it was great to read it again … I really must make the time to spend some time in Brioude instead of always haring through it (abiding by the speed limits of course) en route to Lyon or Grenoble. Lovely reblog … thank you 🙂

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