These are some of the major local events which take place each year.
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Blues Passions - Cognac
6 days and 6 nights of concerts featuring international artists.
Held every July
European Hot-Air Balloon Championship - Mainfonds (Nr Angouleme)
4 days, 60 balloons, 35,000 spectators, La Patrouille de France (France's "Red Arrows") all amongst the vines of the Charente countryside.
European Cup is held here in odd years (2013, 2015, 2017, etc).
World Music and Dance - Confolens
The largest annual festival of traditional dance and music from around the world. Troupes in recent years have come from many different countries:- Brazil, Niger, South Africa, Tahiti, USA, Scotland, Ecuador, Columbia, Mexico, Cuba, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Several Russian provinces, China and France
Held in second week of August
Avant Scène - Cognac
Free 2 day festival of street entertainment - International artists from the circus, theatre, dance, music ...
Held in September
Le Circuit des Remparts - Angoulême
Vintage cars racing around the historic city ramparts. A full weekend of parades, Concours d'Elegance, a rally through the Charente countyside and numerous races on the unique street circuit.
Usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend in September
Le Festival International de la Bande Dessinée
Angoulême hosts the annual international Comic Strip Festival , which takes place in venues throughout the city centre.