2000 years ago over 1000 people worked for 5 years on the construction of the Pont du Gard, near Remoulins (30 Gard, Occitanie). The objective was to bring water to the city of Nîmes via a 50km long aqueduct.
In June annually there is a firework and light show to enhance the ancient Roman aqueduct with a nighttime concert under the title Les Fééries du Pont 1,7,8,9 June 2018 – and as ever for the French the whole event is embellished with lyric poetry:
Previously – Costumed with light, they play with flames and with fire, fly through the air, walk on the water and project their most secret thoughts on the landscape. Who are they? They go by the name of ‘Les Regardons’! This new species-half human and half flame-can transform space. In 2007, they put on an amazing light show at the Pont du Gard. They liked the place and they’re coming back again like migrant birds. Perhaps they have chosen to return to reproduce? In any case, their dance of love and fire, their ,8,9successful or missed meetings and their magical or scientific experiments form the opening of a saga that traces the myths and fantasies of the Pont du Gard: ‘Lux Populi’. The season opens with the first episode entitled « The Flame of my dreams ». On with the show
Well, whatever, it does promise to be quite a spectacle – a mix of a Son-et-Lumière, Circus and Music! 2-3 and 9-10 June 2017. The aqueduct is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
For more info see www.pontdugard.fr
There is also a great hotel at nearby Beaucaire (25 km)– the Domaine des Clos Hotel in a former winery.