children’s day program (Thursday 28 July)

After the first night of the Fêtes de Bayonne, it is the day dedicated to children. Before you go there, don’t forget to revise the lyrics to King Léon’s song and warm up your voice, because after 2 years without parties, you’ll need to have the energy to wake up his majesty from the holiday “Get up, get up, get up Leon”.

Children’s Day at the Bayonne Festival

Young and old alike are all eagerly awaiting the first awakening of these 2022 King Leon holidays. The young festayres also have an agreement at Plakaten, where various activities are offered for them. Introduction to Basque pelota, family treasure hunt, Choco Yamboun morning, Chiquito del toreo are also activities for children.
2 musical events not to be missed this day on July 28 with 11 Place de la Liberté, the concert for the 90th anniversary of the Bayonne Festival: 90 brass conducted by François Gonzalez and Jérôme Capdepont. In a different style, the stage at Paul Bert Square welcomes El Gato Negro at 10:30 p.m.
On the sporting side, it is the continuation of the Basque pelota competitions and, in a more unusual way, the peña Or Konpon organizes its by now traditional throw of espadrilles at the Porte d’Espagne at 5.30pm.

The Basque Country Espadrille Throwing Competition during the Bayonne Festival © Radio France

Bayonne Festival program – Thursday, July 28

In detail, today’s entertainment for children at the Bayonne Festival from 9am to 3am.

  • 9.00, Dianas of Gaiteros in the city center
  • 9.00-12.00, introduction to Basque pelota for children at Trinquet Jean Marie Mailharro
  • 10am to 4.30pm, Family Treasure Hunt (free with booking) at the Basque Museum
  • 10.00-11.30, Choco Yamboun morning from Betisoak rue Gosse
  • 10.00-12.00, parade from King Léon’s Court with Tipitapa from Place Jacques-Portes to the Town Hall
  • 10.00, QI Gong des Fêtes Place de la Liberté
  • 10:30-12, Tamborrada parade and small giants from the Royal Bastion to the Town Hall with Besteak
  • 11.00, 90th anniversary concert with 90 brass conducted by François Gonzalez and Jérôme Capdepont Place de la Liberté
  • 11.00-13.00, Halles’ Apero with the bands at the Carreau des Halles
  • 11.00-03.00, entertainment offered by Baionako gaztexea Place Patxa – Txosna Gunea
  • 11.15 Encierro txiki (bullfight on wheels) from Place Paul-Bert to Place Jacques-Portes
  • 12.00, the first awakening of King Léon on the balcony of the town hall of Bayonne
  • 12.00 to 18.00, children’s day (various free activities) at La Poterne
  • 12:15, Chiquito del toreo Freedom Square
  • 12.30-1.15, men’s choir “Pottoroak” place Jacques-Portes
  • 12.30-14.00, Basque choirs Buhaminak and Haiz’Egoa place de la République
  • 16.00-19.00, Fronton du Rail Bayonnais At 16.00 bare hand pelota demonstration (minimum) – 17.00 bare hand pelota demonstration (senior with the participation of Esku Pilota) – 18.00 Chistera demonstration
  • 16.30-23.00, Karrikaldi with Basque dances and songs on Place Jacques-Portes. On the program: Leinua Eskola, Kriolinak, Dantzazpi with Bilaka, Baionan Kantuz – Tuntuna, Karrikadantza with Otxo
  • 17.00, (a)typical concert with King Léon’s gaiteros and the Bestela Choir at Saint-Esprit Collegiate Church
  • 17.00-19.00, cow race (€5) Place Paul-Bert
  • 17.30, espadrille throwing competition with Or Konpon Porte d’Espagne
  • 18.00-20.00, Halles’ Apéro with the bands at the Carreau des Halles
  • 18.30-21.00, Fronton Jean-Dauger 18.30 Handi Basque Pelota – 20.00 Chistera Joko Garbi
  • 19.00 to 23.00, pétanque tournament Hauts de Bayonne – Avenue André-Malraux
  • 19:30-23:00, Holiday Masters (1/2 barehand final) at Trinquet Jean-Marie Mailharro
  • 20.30-12.00, Jazz spirit 20.00. Swingin’Bayonne then 22.30 Alexander Big Band place de la République
  • 20.30, place de la Liberté 20.00-22.00. Bandas entertainment then 10pm-3pm Orchester Pick Up
  • 20.00-15.00, at Carreau des Halles 20.00-20.30 Zumba with Zumbaiona then 20.30-15.00: DJ Mix Live
  • 20:30 – 03:00, place Paul-Bert a festive scene 20:30 – 22:30 DJ aperitif – 22:30.

France Bleu Basque country live from the Bayonne festival

During the 5 days of the Bayonne Festival, France Bleu Pays Basque will set up its studio and microphones in the Place de la Liberté and let you experience the highlights of this festival, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year!

  • From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Jérémy Desmoulins and Eric Hirschi for “Children’s Day” live from the various activities
  • 11:50: The first awakening of these celebrations for King Léon commented live by Ainhoa ​​​​​​​​​Altuna
  • 12.00-13.00: Magazine on Basque special “Festivals of Bayonne” from Place de la Liberté with Ainhoa ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Altuna

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