Statue de Jeanne d'Arc dans la cour de l'Hôtel Groslot © Christophe Mouton Statue de Jeanne d'Arc dans la cour de l'Hôtel Groslot © Christophe Mouton
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Joan of Arc Festival

Every year, between 29 April and 8 May, the inhabitants of Orleans gather to celebrate the feast of Joan of Arc, their heroine.

Joan of Arc celebrations in Orleans

One of the key events oh Johannine city

A not-to-be-missed event in Orleans, the Johannine celebrations began on Thursday 29 April 2021.

Due to the health crisis, Orleans paid tribute to Joan of Arc with three traditional highlights.

Défilé pendant les Fêtes de Jeanne d'Arc à Orléans © Orléans Val de Loire Tourisme

A key event

in Orleans

A key event in the cultural life of the people of Orleans, the Johannine Festivals of Orléans are among the oldest traditional events in France.

Recognised as part of France’s intangible cultural heritage, this event pays tribute to the woman who liberated Orléans centuries before. Guided by divine voices, the “Pucelle d’Orléans”, who became a national heroine, liberated Orléans, which was torn apart by the Hundred Years’ War, on 8 May 1429.

The liberator of Orleans is celebrated each year during ten days of festivities. Parades and commemorative processions, a medieval market at the Campo Santo, a sound and light show at the Sainte-Croix Cathedral and an Electro Set bring the people of Orleans together every year.

Due to the current sanitary conditions, the Joan of Arc Festival 2021 took place in a different way and were punctuated by three traditional highlights.

 

A new programme for the Johannine Festival 2021

3 highlights

Several highlights marked this edition of the Joan of Arc celebrations:

  • The presentation of the sword took place under reduced attendance conditions in Holy Cross Cathedral on the evening of 29 April.
  • The ceremony of the presentation of the sword (29 April in the evening) and the return of the standard (1 May in the early afternoon) have also been redesigned on the Place Sainte-Croix and without the usual spectacle at the end of the ceremony.

During these ceremonies, the singer Luc Arbogast presented two new compositions and the women’s choir Ensemble vocal Ephémères also made its voice heard. The female guard of honour was also present at these three major events, accompanied by the chefs de corps.

JOAN OF ARC’S RIDE

Saturday 1 May from 9am and all morning.

Jeanne was in armour but in a car between each meeting place.
A crossing of the Loire by boat took place from the Châtaigniers port in Saint-Jean-de-Braye, to the Charlemagne island, after a walk from the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Saint-Jean-de-Braye.

RELIGIOUS SERVICE

Saturday 8 May at 10.30 am, Holy Cross Cathedral.

AND ALSO

Exhibitions and guided tours also marked this tribute to the Maid of Orleans.

The electro set

OF THE JOHANNINE CELEBRATIONS

Are you a fan of electronic music? Every year, the city of Orléans invites international DJs in the city centre, on the square in front of the Orléans theatre.

This year, due to the health context, the electro set of the Joan of Arc 2021 Festival will be 100% digital.

Broadcasting of the videos on the FG radio show (Cloud Party programme) on 7 May / shared simultaneously by Orléans Métropole: 

7pm: mix of OFFENBACH

11pm: mix of the two winners DJ Cast / Volte/Face and Mack Swell

In the footsteps of Joan of Arc

TO REDISCOVER ORLEANS

The Joan of Arc Festival is a perfect opportunity to follow the historic ride of the “Maid of Orleans” through the historic heart of the city.

Sainte-Croix Cathedral, Maison de Jeanne d’Arc, Place du Martroi, Hôtel Groslot, Musée des Beaux-Arts… Take the time to visit the unmissable places dedicated to her epic and go and meet the many representations of Joan of Arc throughout the city (some places are likely to be closed at the moment due to the health situation).

 

Défilé dans le centre historique d'Orléans pendant les Fêtes de Jeanne d'Arc © Orléans Val de Loire Tourisme

Guided tours

To make the most of the Johannine festivities, set off to discover the must-see sites in Orleans and follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc!

From Sainte-Croix cathedral to the house where she stayed during the battle, relive Joan’s historic epic!

Relive the 2019 edition of the Joan of Arc celebrations from 29 April to 8 May in Orleans!

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