Postcards from... Tempo Latino, great Latin music festival in Vic Fezensac, France

July 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Tempo Latino is arguably the best Latin music festival in Europe, taking place every year around the last weekend of July in the (usually quiet) small town of Vic Fezensac (South-West of France). The concerts are great… (my poor phone pictures don't do them justice - next year I'll try to get an accreditation to be able to bring my camera into the arena…) [Version française de cet article ici]

Vic Fezensac 2017
Vic Fezensac 2017

… but for a majority of the people who converge here from all over France and even Europe, the most exciting attraction actually lays in the streets, where salsa and other Latin beats take over the whole village for 4 days.

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The days are actually merely a warm up...

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... for the nights, when it feels like all the passionate Latin dancers of France and beyond have converged ...

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... the cafés blast music in the streets ...

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... and the crowd dances the night away on salsa, bachata, reggaetón, merengue, kizomba and other rhythms.

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The atmosphere is warm, and dancers of all levels are encouraged to participate.

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Mojitos flow…

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DJs bring out their A game to a discerning, enthusiastic crowd... 

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... the heat rises ...

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... and heads spin.

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Sometimes, slightly strange crowd behaviors emerge…

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… but the beat goes on, rain …

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Unsurprisingly, such a popular event also attracts a few strange characters…

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… and not all food stands have particularly good taste!

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But overall, Tempo Latino is a warm, inclusive, fun and friendly festival, the unmissable rendezvous of Latin dancers in France and beyond.

Tempo Latino 2017Tempo Latino 2017 As the night progresses, the crowds thin, until only the most committed still stand…

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… and spin, while the others sit, or retreat to their beds/tents.

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Too soon, the festival becomes a beautiful memory…

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Stay tuned for more!

P.S. If you recognize yourself on one of the pictures, contact me, I'll be happy to give you a high-res version!


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