Transhumances
Transhumances

The annual music festival “Transhumances Musical” has existed for over 24 years and welcomes over 10,000 spectators to the Château de Laàs park every year. In order to welcome festival goers who love celebrating the “transhumance”, a volunteer-only team of over 1000 are mobilized every year.

2013 was a pivotal year for the festival, which has definitely moved into the big leagues by hosting Manu Chao during the summer season! Big names from the French musical scene who have played at the Transhumance Music Festival have included Calogero, Vianney, Soprano, Les Insus, Yannick Noah, Gerald De Palmas, Nolwenn Leroy, Maxime le Forestier, Hugues Auffray, Murray Head, Nelson Montfort, Liane Foly, Johnny Clegg, I Muvrini … etc.

Info and booking: http://transhumances-musicales.com/

Wheelbarrow Race
Wheelbarrow Race

Created in 1983, the “3h de la brouette” is a 3 hour Wheelbarrow Race that provided an original, unique, and fun event for the people of Laàs and neighboring townships. 

 It is an endurance race that involves teams of six people: 4 who serve as pushers and 2 as passengers on a circuit of 375 meters drawn in the streets of the Principality. A race commissioner is also present to judge the originality of each wheelbarrow design as well as the costumes of the participants. 

The start of the race begins with the wheelbarrows lined up and at a full stop, then relays can intervene whenever they’d like provided that it’s at the relay stands. The checkered flag is used to signal the arrival and, at the podium, we offer the prize of golden, silver, or bronze wheelbarrows.

The “3h de la brouette” was recorded and approved of by the Guinness World Records and the 1986 book of inventions. Each edition has brought in thousands of people and the race was exported to more than 40 municipalities. After a brief break between 1992 and 2017, the event was relaunched as the ” International Grand Prix of the Principality”. It truly is the funnest event of the year!

Fête du Maïs (Corn Festival)
Fête du Maïs (Corn Festival)

The idea for this festival was born in 2000 when the LABYRINTHUS park was created in the grounds of the Château de Laàs. Moreover, food products, particularly corn, have never been such a topical issue (GMO…). These subjects have haunted our eating habits since the start of the century, while overall, food safety and hygiene have never been so good, nor so well regulated in France and Europe. In this particular context, the Principality of Laàs chooses to continue the Corn Festival every year in mid-October during the Heste dou Milhoc. Indeed, Béarn is the home of maize in Europe. Several activities are scheduled to take place in the village and the castle park: a parade, a maize harvest with Béarnaise cattle and old-fashioned tractors, an exhibition featuring old farming equipment, a “Toutenmaïs” meal and, of course, the Olympics, including tossing stems and ears of corn and the espérouquère (gathering and then shucking the corn): it’s a real touch of madness! 

This festival offers children, professionals working in the sector and the general public a chance to discover or rediscover, in an educational, fun and, above all, festive manner, this fascinating which is often found where it is least expected. .

For group bookings: https://www.tourisme-bearn-gaves.com/touristic_sheet/laas-fete-du-mais-salies-de-bearn-fr-2141829/

Get married in the Principality
Get married in the Principality

The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton was followed by almost 3 billion people around the world, 15 million of whom were French. The marriage of Charlene and Albert II, Prince of Monaco attracted an audience of 7 million in France. This phenomenon is coupled with the vast range of reality TV programmes in which weddings compete to be the best, or candidates vie to win someone’s hand in marriage… Anyone would think that most weddings aren’t complete without a touch of opulence and glamour! Ideas are constantly springing up about how to make wedding ceremonies more unusual, based on a specific theme and demanding huge budgets. “French-style” weddings are particularly sought-after. The French way of living and sense of romance appeal to many, but cannot always be exported overseas. And so, it falls to Delphine Monjardet-Dutrion from the Principality to deliver a dream experience to couples in the land of castles and gastronomy! Delphine is a wedding planner and is responsible for organising weddings in Laàs. 

A “princely” wedding has many surprises in store for future married couples: the first kiss at the centre of the Earth, a salute from the castle balcony, the lifting of the customs barriers to let the wedding carriage through, the awarding of citizenship of the Principality of Laàs to the married couple, and more. 

For more information, see https://www.mariage-laas.com/