La Beaume is a tributary of the Ardèche, flowing at the foot of limestone cliffs. It gave its name to the small village that borders it: a listed troglodyte village, a church, a shady spot under tall plane trees.
The Labeaume en musiques festival, recognized for its artistic quality, was started there 19 years ago by a man who loved nature and music, soon assisted by a team of committed professionals and volunteers.
The festival gained acclaim through the quality of its programming. It also owes its reputation to concerts played in exceptional natural sites: in clearings in oak forests (La Blache de Chapias), musical strolls along the river (Le Chambon), open-air theatres or stages built over the water (La Turlure beach).
The concerts programmed by Labeaume en musiques come from the great classical and world music repertoires, with a bent for cross-fertilization of genres and artists. The programming has aroused the curiosity and whetted the appetite of a growing and increasingly diverse public: people from nearby, tourists, regulars and families.
For over 19 years the association Labeaume en Musiques has been defending access to "culture for all" in the rural area that is southern Ardèche. Outside the festival period, the association uses the churches in the surrounding villages for its "Winter quarters" concerts. Cultural action is central to the project: Labeaume en Musiques also has a "Blue quarters" programme in hospitals and nursing homes, many projects with young audiences, and its "Mars marquee" taking its pocket operas around the neighbouring villages for five years.
A perspective of living art on offer in Ardèche, which is part of the prestigious heritage of the area.This year we are celebrating the listing of the Grotte Ornée du Pont d'Arc (known as theGrotte Chauvet)as a Unesco World Heritage site, and the opening of its replica area. A week of musical roaming is planned along the river from June 22 to 27, 2015, from Valgorge to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc on the theme of "metamorphosis'': from one surprise to another!