Dates 2019 to be announced (biennial event, odd years, last held in 2017)
Drevant (Centre-Val de Loire region)
a festival to celebrate and relive the rich Gallo-Roman heritage through craftsmanship, daily life scenes, battle reenactments, historical camp life, an exciting glimpse for the whole family of what life was like every day at the time of our ancestors…
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Drevant is a farming town located by the banks of the river Cher, about 42 km south of Bourges, in the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France. It is notable for the archaeological site of Gallo-Roman remains, which includes an amphitheatre, the largest Gallo-Roman arena in the Center Val-de-Loire region, several baths and villas and an aqueduct.
Event description and programme
This very site comes alive like it was in ancient times by hosting a spectacular reenactment festival, the Derventiales. Participants from all over Europe portray military and civil daily life and ancient crafts of the 3rd century BC. The visitors are invited to participate in various interactive demonstrations, games and workshops, meet the fierce Gaulish warriors amd the mighty Roman legionares on the battlefield, watch the chariots races and witness the remarkable piece of fluvial activity on the waterway of Cher. Living history displays about the everyday life in the Roman Gaul, costumes, jewels, weapons, faithful replicas of objects or reproductions from texts or engravings of the past, and yet legionaries’ maneuvers and drills at the military camp, battle reenactments, a Gallo-Roman banquet and a magnificent Celtic musical show to complete the festive look of the event.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Association Conservation et Animation du Patrimoine (CAP) de Drevant & La Groutte
Address: c/o Mairie, 2 Place de l’église, 18200 Drevant, France
Tel.: +33 248961342
Image: Patrimoine CAP de Drevant & La Groutte
Text sources: Patrimoine CAP de Drevant & La Groutte, Wikipedia
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