Revolutionary Festivities at Vizille
Les Fêtes Révolutionnaires de Vizille
29, 30.06 - 01.07.2018
Vizille (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region)
an exciting "revolutionary" weekend to relive, through a rich programme of initiatives and celebrations, the events that led to the French Revolution in the very historical site where the States General of Dauphiné met and history was made forever, July 21, 1788 AD…
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Vizille is a town located in the valley of the river Romanche, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region (Isère department) of south-eastern France, at about 18km from Grenoble, 130km from Lyon, 300km from Marseille, 600km from Paris, and 250 km from Turin in Italy. Once a Celtic settlement, known as Oppidum Antiquum, after the Roman conquest of Gaul Vizille became a Roman military station along a strategic road by name Castra Vigiliae (hence the today name). During the Middle Ages, Vizille became a possession of the Cluny Abbey before developing in a fortified medieval town.
Vizille boasts a rich heritage, but undoubtedly it went down to history as the very cradle of the French Revolution for hosting, on July 21, AD 1788, the States-General, the assembly of the three classes (estates) of French subjects: the clergy (the First Estate), the nobles (the Second Estate), and the commoners (the Third Estate, including the bourgeoisie, the peasants, and everyone else in France). The meeting, which had been forbade in the nearby town of Grenoble by the authorities, took place in the Château de Vizille thanks to the initiative of the then owner, Claude-Nicolas Perier (1742-1801 AD), a wealthy bourgeois fascinated by the new liberal ideas. The Assembly of Vizille, or the Etats Généraux of the Dauphiné, which saw the participation of about 500 members of all the three estates, is considered the real birth of the French Revolution: in launching its solemn appeal to the whole nation, the Assembly defied the royal power, while defining as well the path to social change and a new political and moral order.
Today the Castle of Vizille is home to the to the Museum of the French Revolution, the only museum in the world entirely dedicated to the period of the French Revolution thanks to a rich depository of archival and rare materials, and artworks such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings all placed in their context. The museum illustrates also the artistic creations and cultural transformations that took place in Europe, from Lumières to Romanticism, and hosts evert year several symposiums around the theme of the French Revolution.
Event description and programme
The French Revolution Festival at Vizille, devoted to commemorating this turning point in the French history, invites the visitors to enjoy a real full-immersive time-travel through storytelling, dance and music from the period, plays and various artistic performances, banquets, parades, exhibitions, conferences and workshops on historical subjects related to the French Revolution, as well as living history displays, guided tours at the historical camps, revolutionary bivouacs, street entertainment and theatre, fireworks, sound and light shows in the evening. The rich programme of events includes also a market of local products, and the reenactment of revolutionary scenes in the castle park, such as the storming and capture of the royal Tuileries Palace in Paris, which took place on August 10, AD 1792, and caused the fall of the French monarchy, and famous battles of the so-called French Revolutionary Wars (1972-1802 AD), a series of military conflicts following the French Revolution and fought by the newborn French Republic against several European monarchies.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Fêtes Révolutionnaires de Vizille
Grenoble-Isere Tourism / Office de Tourisme Grenoble-Alpes Métropole
Address: Place du Château, 38220 Vizille, Isère department, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 76681516
Web (in English): https://www.isere-tourism.com/
Vizille Town Council / Mairie de Vizille
Address: Place Stalingrad - CS 30204, 38220 Vizille, Isère department, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 76789900 | Fax: +33 (0)4 76783466
Le Domaine de Vizille - Musée de la Révolution Française
Address: Place du Château, BP 1753, 38220 Vizille, Isère department, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 76680735 | Fax: +33 (0)4 76680853
Images: Fêtes Révolutionnaires de Vizille
Text sources: Fêtes Révolutionnaires de Vizille, Office de Tourisme Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, Wikipedia,
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