Do you like the Avignon Festival? You will love the Norman Summer Meetings, dedicated to theater and reading in the four corners of Normandy and the Pays d’Auge. An event to share with friends or family.

Meet from July 20 to August 25, 2024 for the next Summer Theater & Reading Meetings!

The young audience meeting Leaving in Pound will begin on June 19 and end on July 20.

The 2023 edition is:

  • 115 : appointment for young and old alike
  • 50 : this is the number of places that will host the different events
  • 23 : this is the number of towns and villages in Normandy where you can experience the festival: Houlgate, Arromanches-les-Bains, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Lion-sur-Mer, Hermanville-sur-Mer, Ouistreham, Merville -Franceville-Plage, Dives-sur-Mer, Villers-sur-Mer, Deauville, Trouville-sur-Mer, Montivilliers, Gonfreville l'Orcher, Pont-l'Évêque, Saint-Ouen-le-Pin, Crèvecœur-en- Auge, Belle-Vie-en-Auge, Mézidon-Canon, Ifs, Thaon, Blainville-sur-Orne, Colombelles, Caen.

A subject that is more topical than ever

"intimate / intimate ”: This 22nd edition is dedicated to the different facets of self-writing: diary, correspondence, autobiographical narrative, autofiction.

A grain of sand, an impalpable little diamond blown by the wind, rolled by the sea... Was it necessary to be modest, reckless, ambitious, to name a young company... Twenty years of existence, of stubborn presence, prove Philippe Müller right and Vincent Vernillat who allowed a now loyal public to follow demanding tracks. A tight schedule, authors to discover or rediscover differently, under the summer foliage, around a solid Norman table. Poetry, adventure and dreams slipping everywhere, impalpable as a grain of sand. Choice guests, a chosen audience, a summer festival that is perhaps unlike any other. A rigorous work that is forgotten, a lot of stubbornness, a lot of verve, sensitivity.

Arlette Albert-Birot, iconic literary critic and honorary president of the festival.

The big children's book festival, named “Leaving in Pound” will take place on June 22. In the program ? Workshops, shows and performances. Drawing workshops, reading aloud workshops, shows, musical readings… An excellent introduction, before discovering, from 1er July, the rest of the program of summer meetings. 

A five-star program 

On the literature side, several meetings are organized throughout the event. Getaways are also designed to (re)discover the heart of the Pays d'Auge.

Carole Aurouet, Patrick Autréaux, Céline Azorin, Claire Baglin, Olivier Barrot, Julien Billaudeau, Muriel Bloch, Didier Blonde, Carine Bratzlavsky, Rozenn Brécard, René de Ceccatty, Marie Colot, Gaëtan Dorémus, David Dumortier, Nadine Eghels, David Ernaux-Briot Léa Viana Ferreira: many other authors, illustrators, illustrators, mediators, mediators, and artists will be present for this 22eme edition

On the occasion of the 150e anniversary of the birth of Colette (1873-1954), the immense writer is honored to explore the singularity and modernity of her work.

To write, to be able to write! Pour with rage all the sincerity of oneself on the tempting paper...

Colette, The Wanderer, 1910

An event that is (already) celebrating its 21st anniversary 

Shows, musical readings, meetings with authors, literary brunches, conferences, artist residencies or even writing competitions: since 2002, the Compagnie PMVV Le Grain de Sable has brought together an anthology of actors from the world of culture every summer. A literary and theatrical festival that testifies to the attachment of writers and creators to Normandy.

“At the beginning, the festival took place only in Houlgate, where the theater company was located […] as the event seduced the surrounding towns. Institutional partners, such as the Normandy Region or the Ministry of Culture, have supported us. There is a real enthusiasm around the Summer Meetings and the fact that Normandy is a literary land necessarily plays a role”,

Philippe Müller, co-founder of the event, during an interview granted to Ouest France.

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