In my previous post, I told you we went to France to attend the Festival du Houblon, a festival dedicated to music and dance from five continents. We only caught a few hours of what goes on in the town of Haguenau for almost a whole week, and did not get to see and hear groups from all five continents, but what we did see was amazing and wonderful.
My photos can of course only give you a poor impression of the whirl of colours and sounds, but you are also spared the hot, humid air in the hall and getting stuck to a plastic chair for hours ;-)
If you want to know more about the groups, simply click back one post, follow the link to the festival's website and there, go to the page about the musicians and groups - they provide links to youtube videos from each group there.
I particularly liked some of the ladies' costumes and just wish I had better photos to show you. All music was played live by their own accompanying bands.
Here they are! First, a group from Uruguay:
Next was a group of Swabian folk dancers, dressed in traditional costumes of various towns (not all of them wearing the same costumes). In traditional Swabian peasant's dances, there is quite a lot of cheerfulness, but in comparison to what the preceeding group from South America had been showing, it all looked rather tame. Still, they are traditions in their own right, and not be esteemed any less for just being different.
An Italian group of drummers and flag spinners were very impressive - even though their fanfare trumpets (not sure whether this is the right term for their brass instruments) were rather out of tune. Of course them wearing my favourite colours of yellow and light blue was an extra bonus!
Bolivia started off with a somewhat scary dance of masked dancers:
But I really, really liked those skirts and blouses the ladies wore:
They ended their performance with a warrior dance:
The show went on; China was next, I believe, but it was already 10:30 pm and our bus was waiting to take us all back home across the border to Germany. It was a very different Saturday night for me!