Source: BISE DU CONNEST
Rigodonaïres Festival, Sud Isère (France)
"Discovering our roots means understanding the present in order to shape the future." Such is the guiding principle of the Rigodonaïres Festival, which has been held every summer since 1998 by six communities in the French Alpes Sud-Isère. Rigodons are peasant dances dating back to the Baroque period which originate from the Dauphiné.
Traditional Culture delights Both Locals and Visitors
The aim of the festival is to stage a cultural journey through the mountain communities, each of which organises village festivities lasting one week, with traditional processions, medieval ballads, games and dances. The organisers’ aim is to foster cultural identity and revive waning peasant traditions. The fact that the cultural festival also promotes green tourism is a positive side-effect. This itinerant festival also serves to boost and develop social resources at each venue where the cohesion of the local communities is very important and each year goes from strength to strength.
BARJOLLE & THÉVENOD-MOTTET (2002)
The authors of this article explain how AOC can foster local economy (mostly through agriculture and tourism) and local identity.
SCHNELL et al. (2002)
This paper deals with the negligence of socio-cultural aspects in the scientific discussion about sustainable tourism.
"Bise du Connest" acts for a sustainable development through the enhancement of the mountain heritage and the rural culture, France (in French).