Marciac

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Marciac
The central square, with the bell tower of the church in the background
The central square, with the bell tower of the church in the background
Coat of arms of Marciac
Coat of arms
Marciac is located in France
Marciac
Marciac
Coordinates: 43°31′30″N 0°09′45″E / 43.525°N 0.1625°E / 43.525; 0.1625Coordinates: 43°31′30″N 0°09′45″E / 43.525°N 0.1625°E / 43.525; 0.1625
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Gers
Arrondissement Mirande
Canton Marciac
Intercommunality Bastides et Vallons du Gers
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Louis Guilhaumon
Area1 20.60 km2 (7.95 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,231
 • Density 60/km2 (150/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 32233 / 32230
Elevation 142–247 m (466–810 ft)
(avg. 154 m or 505 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Marciac is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France. It is known for its annual international jazz festival, which runs for a fortnight every summer.

Features[edit]

The town is characteristic of the bastides in the area - central village square with the town hall a main feature, with the village shops clustered along the four sides of the square. Wide arched pavements allow dining out of doors in the summer, when music is piped around the square. The town convent (now the town hall and cinema) and church steeples are lit up at night. The town is also home to many restaurants, including "Le Monde A L'Envers" (The World Upside Down), run by London chef Victoria Heath. A reference book ("The fabulous destiny of Marciac : from the dream of the founders to the passion for jazz") displays (in French) the story of the city, from its foundation in 1298 to the birth and the development of its famous jazz festival.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 996 —    
1968 1,065 +6.9%
1975 1,131 +6.2%
1982 1,119 −1.1%
1990 1,211 +8.2%
1999 1,160 −4.2%
2008 1,231 +6.1%

Jazz[edit]

Jazz in Marciac 2005

A great emphasis is placed on jazz in the town, which is taught as a regular subject in local schools. The town itself is known for its annual Jazz in Marciac festival, held for a fortnight in August. A marquee ("le chapiteau") capable of seating 6,000 is erected on the rugby field, with concerts hosted there every night for the duration of the festival, and free music from 11:00 till 20:00 every day. Stalls selling a variety of related and non-related merchandise are erected in and around the centre of the village square, where free concerts are given during the day. Other musical events take place around the town at the same time, such as the "Atelier de Jazz".

Businesses and artisans[edit]

- Agriculture: sunflower, corn

- 1 gîte: CAP de BOUEOU (bouéou = beef in Gascon dialect) - Vacation rental in a 18th-century farmhouse - 10 km from Marciac and its festival Jazz in Marciac.

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