The festival grew
from a passion for showcasing the Roya & Bévéra Valleys’ baroque heritage
Katia Chanson, president of the Roya Bévéra Tourism Development Association, came up with a festival to promote the valleys’ wealth of history and architecture in 1998. The foundation of a baroque-based cultural event came into its own on the baroque route in Sospel. The line-up by Gilbert Bezzina, who directed it for the first six years, and the involvement of local cultural and historical figures made the festival famous nationwide. The festival made a comeback with Silvano Rodi at the helm in 2007. Jean-Sébastien Beauvais has been in charge of artistic direction for two years.