Saturday 26th August 2017, the legend of the “Magic of the Sorgue river” is told through the lights and effects of the Monteux fireworks.
'In 1859, Frédéric Mistral published his major work, Mireille, a long poem in Provençal. As well as recounting Mireille’s romances, it includes the famous legend:
“Having left to go dancing with the girls of l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Basile the old minstrel, fell asleep in the shade of a hot day on the way to Vaucluse. A nymph appeared, beautiful as a clear wave, took the sleeper’s hand and led him to the banks of the lake where the river Sorgue empties. The water parted in front of them, and allowed them to descend between two walls of crystal liquid to the bottom of the abyss”
The scene stages the confident anti-hero Basile’s dream, and extends and enhances it with the tales and legends that the Sorgue has inspired over the centuries.
• General admission: Tickets on sale on the night from 6 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
• Reduced rate, €6, tickets on sale at the tourism office from 1st to 25th August, Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and Friday 25th August from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Free for under 12s PLEASE NOTE! Children under the age of 12 years MUST have entry tickets, available at the tourism office or ticket desks on the night.
• It is strictly forbidden to access the site with tables.
• An area will be reserved for spectators equipped with seats. Under no circumstances can they sit outside of this area. However, spectators will be allowed to sit on the grass in this area.