The 74th edition of the Besançon International Music Festival, as well as the final rounds of the 57th International Competition for Young Conductors, will take place from 10 to 25 September 2021.

A year ago, we presented a “limited edition” of the 73rd Festival.
It is with optimism that we will soon unveil the programme of the 2021 edition, hoping for a happy reunion with the artists and the concert venues. Not all the clouds have lifted, and there may still be restrictions may still exist in September, but we will do our best to offer you the best possible conditions.
You will find some programmes or artists postponed from 2020, but also many other projects, young talents or ensembles that you love.
We will be celebrating the anniversaries of Saint-Saëns and Stravinsky, among a host of other composers, and Camille Pépin, who will be finishing his residency with us.
Jazz, world music, free concerts and concerts for young audiences will always have a good place in Besançon, while the Festival reinforces its presence in the region.
Finally, the 57th Young Conductors’ Competition, an unmissable highlight, will leave its mark on this cultural season full of hope!

Jean-Michel Mathé, Director
Myriam Grandmottet, President
and the Festival team

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With the 74th edition of the Besançon Music Festival and the 57th Young Conductors’ Competition, it is not only art and culture that are in the limelight, it is our entire social life that is being celebrated!

The benefits are even more apparent after a year of pandemics, even if certain precautions still need to be taken.
Since 1948, this international event has been the rhythm of our end of summer, offering us unforgettable moments. One only has to leaf through the album of memories to realise that the festival and its competition are distinctive elements of our common heritage. A living heritage that is enriched each year by the performances of great interpreters, prestigious ensembles and emotionally discovered talents.
You don’t need to be an experienced music lover! Of a demanding quality, while being accessible to all, the programming is open to all forms of expression, including world music, weaving links through time
and cultures. It multiplies free concerts, goes out to meet different audiences, and spreads from Besançon to Belfort via Lons-le-Saunier, Vesoul, Baume-les-Dames…
The richness and diversity of this event, its cultural, but also social and economic, roots, give full meaning to the constant commitment of our local authorities to its organisers.
To paraphrase Georges Duhamel, we can say that music “is what makes a working day a living day”!

Anne Vignot
Mayor of Besançon, President of Grand Besançon Métropole

Marie-Guite Dufay
President of the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region

Christine Bouquin
President of the Doubs Department

Aymée Rogé
Regional Director of Cultural Affairs Bourgogne Franche-Comté