The association eclat


The story of the Festival of Aurillac is particularly unsusual in the cultural French landscape. Created in 1986, deliberately in a rural area, it went on being one of the main events of live performance in France, a reference for the public authorities, Europe-wide reference as well regarding street theatre.

While opening the programme to very different forms, Michel Crespin , then Jean-Marie Songy and their teams have built with the street artists strong and long-term relationships. This festival started thanks and with the artists of this form of live performances. The number of companies keeps on increasing since the beginning : In 1986, 6 official companies and 1 company of passage came to Aurillac ; today, the official programme consists of about 20 companies, a programme well known altogether for its quality and its opening to all and to any form of expression. In addition come about 500 companies of passage to create the big market of street performance. They make of the festival of Aurillac an extraordinary event for creation, research and artistic diffusion

A complete success with the public. During the Festival, Aurillac triples its population : more than 100 000 persons during 4 days. The public is very various, inter-generational and of all social classes. The inhabitants of the area of Aurillac also appropriated the Festival. Through the numerous editions , the local public got to know and appreciate street theatre. Straight away the Préalables, program initiated in 1999 in anticipation of the Festival in the cities and villages in the urban community of Aurillac, of the department and region, have been very successful.

In 2004, the Association ECLAT, Producer of the Festival, built the PARAPLUIE - International Center for artistic creation, research and diffusion of street theatre and first National Center of Street Arts (CNAR) totally dedicated to street theatre. The parapluie is located in Naucelles and within the urban community of Aurillac.


For further information, please click here to access the educational resources of the Association ECLAT





1988 - 1989
1990 - 1992
1993 - 1994
1995 - 2004
yvon-bec mireille-lacombe pierre-jean-andrieu jack-caldefie
Yvon Bec Mireille Lacombe Pierre-Jean Andrieu Jack Caldefie
2005 - 2010 2011 - 2014 Depuis 2014
 joinet-louis  catherine-tasca
 Louis Joinet  Catherine Tasca Philippe Meyer




ECLAT est une association type loi 1901 :

Un membre fondateur :
Michel Crespin, disparu en 2014
Un membre d'honneur : Louis Joinet

8 membres de droit :
 - Deux représentants du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, dont le Directeur Régional des Affaires Culturelles d'Auvergne
 - Le Président du Conseil Régional d'Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes ou son représentant
 - Le Président du Conseil Départemental du Cantal ou son représentant
 - Le Président de la Communauté d'Agglomération du Bassin d'Aurillac
 - Un Conseiller Communautaire de la Communauté d'Agglomération du Bassin d'Aurillac
Un Conseiller Communautaire (issu du Conseil Municipal) de la Communauté d'Agglomération du Bassin d'Aurillac
 - Le Maire d'Aurillac

4 membres associés :
 - La Compagnie associée et conventionnée avec la commune d'Aurillac
 - Le lycée Emile Duclaux
 - Les CEMEA Auvergne

5 membres qualifiés :
 - Un représentant des Partenaires Privés
 - Une personnalité exerçant les fonctions de programmateur
 - Une personnalité artiste issu des Arts de la Rue
 - Deux membres qualifiés

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