Musicalarue in Luxey, the story of a village festival that has become a big festival

The 29th edition of the Musicalarue festival ends this Sunday, August 12th. Once again this year, the 700 inhabitants of the small village of Luxey (Landes) perpetuated a festive tradition started in the 60s. The village festival has become a festival that attracts more than 45,000 people attracted by the state of mind and by a poster that mixes Big Flow and Oli, Pierre Perret or Shaka Ponk.

Musicalarue is certainly one of the oldest festivals in France, one of the most convivial too. It all started in 1968. At the time, young people from Luxey (pronounced “Luxeille”!) Decided to organize a village party around August 15th which mixed music of all kinds, street shows and carnival parade.

“It’s a family!”

From one thread to another, the patronal feast became a festival in the 90s but without losing this spirit “great artistic country buffet” as François Garrain describes it. Today president of the association Musicalarue and director of the festival, he was part of the group of young people who launched this adventure. “Musicalarue is a different kind of party, with the live performance in high point and the meeting between all the generations,” he explains. “It’s a family” added Johanna Turpeau, one of the 150 volunteers mobilized for the festival. “Once we’ve done one, we all do it!”
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Reportage: Mr. Vial / J.-C. Duclos / J. Michaan / E. Goldstein

A year in Paris is as bad for your health as smoking 183 cigarettes 

A study by the European Transport & Environment association published on Friday confirmed that spending a few days in various popular European capitals is equivalent to smoking between one and four cigarettes.

Spending a long weekend in Paris could be as bad for your health as smoking two cigarettes. But this is at least a lot less polluted than in Prague, where your mini-break could be the equivalent of smoking four cigarettes, or even worse in Beijing, where it could be same as puffing up to 16 cigarettes.

You no longer need to sit next to a dedicated smoker to be a victim of passive smoking. Air pollution is such that you only have to walk around for a few days to breathe the toxic equivalent of several cigarettes. This study obviously has serious implications for tourists, who typically spend their days wandering the streets visiting sites, but it also will cause concern for native cyclists and joggers striving for a healthier lifestyle but instead exposing themselves to toxins.

The Transport & Environment study compared the contamination from fine particles of the ten largest European tourist cities by converting it into the number of cigarettes smoked. The NGO used a method of calculation created by Berkeley Earth, an international climate association [ . . . ]

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