From June 3 to 5, cast off in Saint-Malo and let yourself be told about the Orient by the writers invited to the 17th season of Étonnants Voyageurs. The first literary festival in France, the Saint-Malo event offers around a hundred activities related to books, but also to cinema, the stage and gastronomy. A spicy edition of a festival unlike any other… which has never ceased to amaze us!
A very popular invitation to travel
“Amazing travelers! What noble stories we read in your eyes as deep as the seas! With a name taken from these verses by Charles Baudelaire, the beautiful Étonnants Voyageurs festival has anchored for sixteen years in the port of Saint-Malo, the privateer city from which so many explorers have left. Drop anchor to better let us cast off, in the company of these amazing travelers who are writers ...
Taking part "for a literature that tells the world ...", the Saint-Malo event, led by the writer Michel le Bris, reminds us that literature, which has no borders, is an invitation to travel always started again. An invitation that attracts more and more writers and amateurs each year to such an extent that this festival, with more than 50 visitors, has become the leading literary event in France. And since its beginnings in 000, the astonishing travelers with the soles of wind have been emulated in Bamako, Missoula (Montana), Dublin and Sarajevo.
The Orient spelled out
For its 17th edition, which takes place during the Pentecost weekend, Étonnants Voyageurs invites the Orient to the gates of Saint-Malo. The Orient which, in Europe, has always looked like Elsewhere. The writers present in Saint-Malo, coming from elsewhere or returning from there, all testify to a modern Orient, where the future is being invented, from the shores of the Mediterranean to the China Sea. A universe very different from fantasies and prejudices.
More than 190 writers are invited to this edition, during which some 150 debates and meetings (in three days!) Are planned. Among the topics covered: “Poets and travelers on the roads of the Orient” and “Birth of a world literature”. The whole team will also share its favorites for the year: young writers who are still confidential but presented as “the greats of tomorrow”. Remember their names: Indrajit Hazra, Rattawut Lapcharoensap and Vikas Swarup.
The Literary Café will be the heart of the festival, with many round tables bringing together great feathers such as Dominique Fernandez, Dany Laferrière, Jean-Noël Pancrazi, Benoîte Groult, Jean Rouaud, Jean Raspail, Patrick Raynal, Érik Orsenna ... literary activities are planned, including a youth festival, a short story and slam (oral poetry show) competition with Rouda and Grand Corps Malade.
Books, and more so similar ...
A literary festival, Étonnants Voyageurs is also opening up to other arts: stage, cooking and cinema. Orient obliges, the programming pays tribute to a huge Cambodian director Rithy Panh, survivor of the Khmer Rouge death camps. Festival-goers will be able to see seven of his documentaries on the tragic history of Cambodia, from Pol Pot to today. A close-up on Afghanistan, with a tribute to Christophe de Ponfilly (Massoud l'Afghan) completes the program. Finally, the Maison des associations, transformed for the occasion into the Maison de l'Orient, will broadcast a dozen documentaries directly related to the theme of the festival.
In terms of gastronomy, the words of the Orient will be in unison with spices in the “All the flavors of the world” space under the leadership of the great chef Olivier Roellinger. The master of Cancale, three-starred, will awaken our taste buds during gourmet encounters and tastings. To join earthly foods and spiritual feasts ...
Last but not least, Étonnants Voyageurs is innovating this year with the “Books on stage” space, where guest actors (Ariane Ascaride, Bruno Putzulu, Bernard Giraudeau, Jacques Bonnaffé, etc.) will read works presented during the festival. Resolutely mixed and open to the wide world, these travelers from Saint-Malo have never ceased to amaze us!
Festival Astonishing Travelers
June 3-5, 2006
Admission: € 8 and € 6.
Free for children under 10. Pass for the 3 days: 18 €.
Informations au 02-99-31-05-74.
Where to sleep ?
- Hotel Port Malo: 15, rue Sainte-Barbe. Phone. : 02-99-20-52-99. Fax: 02-23-18-48-93. Double rooms from 36 to 45 € located in a very beautiful XNUMXth century residence, in the lively quarter of old Saint-Malo.
Where to eat ? Where to have a drink?
- Le P'tit Crêpier: 6, rue Sainte-Barbe. Phone. : 02-99-40-93-15. Count 14 € for the full meal. Simply the best creperie in town. Inventiveness and kindness as a bonus!
- Bar of the Universe: place Chateaubriand. Phone. : 02-99-40-89-52. Open daily until 2 a.m. “Corsair” atmosphere, steeped in history, full of salt, while keeping a certain chic.