Discover the program and news of the 2022 edition of the Historical Hours of Sully-sur-Loire

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“For the first edition, there were 250 of us,” says Éric Borny, vice president of the Sully-sur-Loire festival committee. By the fifteenth of the Historic Hours, there will be about 1,350 reenactors. “Every new party is a new adventure!”

Less than two months before the big day, the organizing association has unveiled the program of celebrations, which promises to be rich and attractive. (see below). After a 2021 edition disrupted by Covid-19, France’s largest multi-epoch meeting meets traditions and It will be held in May, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, at the Château de Sully-sur-Loire.

The 2022 edition will be marked by the absence of Russian troops, all times combined. A joint decision of the festival committee and the municipality. “We welcome Ukrainians to Sully-sur-Loire. So it seemed logical to us not to bring the Russian troops.”, justifies Patrick Helaine, co-chairman of the festival committee and deputy mayor in charge of communication and animation. “Boxes” will be placed at the park entrance, to collect donations for the Ukrainian cause.

Belgian gendarmes among the novelties…

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The year 2022 marks the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean. The Cherbourg 44 association will offer a great tableau vivant around the famous ocean liner.. “She is working, in particular, on the reconstruction of a cabin. The volunteers will be in 1912 costumes”, reveals Éric Borny.

“There will also be a significant Scottish presence,” announces the vice president, justified by the battle of Old Byland, which pitted the kingdom of Scotland against the kingdom of England, in 1322. A decisive battle won by Robert I against King Edward II of England .

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Thirteen new bands will participate in Historical Hours, including four from Belgium. “A great novelty!” They will represent the Belgian gendarmes, present at the Franco-Belgian border posts, in 1940.

…and Roman “Caesar-style”

It is worth noting the arrival of the Romans to the “Caesar style”.

We didn’t have this version of the Roman, that we see in Asterix, says Éric Borny. They will not be numerous, they come as explorers.

As usual, the multi-season market, made up of a hundred exhibitors, will present gourmet products and traditional objects. A catering with drinks will also be offered. Visitors can taste grilled ham, truffles, Gallic sandwiches, pancakes and waffles.

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The Hours of History will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 11 p.m. on Saturday), on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, in the grounds of the Château de Sully-sur-Loire. Free entrance. Information at comitesully@orange.fr or at the facebook page.

Ask for the program!

Saturday May 21

10:30 a.m. Inauguration of the Historical Hours and costume parade in the town.

11:30 a.m. Official opening of the camps.

12:30 p.m. “Animation and Squad Second Empire”. A fire hose demonstration will take place on the Sange. In parallel, the dances of the second Empire will be discovered on the ground.

1:30 p.m. Executioner’s sentence.

14 hours. Show “In the times of great empires” in the arena.

15 hours. “Dancing with History”. Medieval, Second Empire dances and swing on the floor.

16 hours. Executioner’s sentence.

4:30 p.m. “Make the dust talk.” Demonstrations of firing weapons and cannons from all eras in the ring.

5:30 p.m. “Swing Melody” in the sand.

18 hours. Executioner’s sentence.

19 hours Great historical costume parade, from Antiquity to the 60s.

9:15 p.m. Musical show “Gaitas”, in swing mode, animated by a military brass band.

10:15 p.m. Pyrotechnic show.

Sunday May 22

10 hours. Jousting inter-epochs in the arena.

11:00 Mass in the open air in the grounds of the castle.

12:30 p.m. Executioner’s sentence.

13 hours. “Animation and Squad Second Empire”. A fire hose demonstration will take place on the Sange. In parallel, the dances of the second Empire will be discovered on the ground.

14 hours. Show “In the times of great empires” in the arena.

2:30 p.m. Executioner’s sentence.

15 hours. “Dancing with History”. Medieval dances and swing on the floor.

16 hours. “Make the dust talk.” Demonstrations of firing weapons and cannons from all eras in the ring.

4:45 p.m. Executioner’s sentence.

17 hours. Final historical parade in costumes, with greetings to the public.

Elodie Pradel

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