Niort agglomeration community


When we listen, we can already hear it... Here again is the very dissipated caravan of Very Great World Council of Clowns in Deux-Sèvres and Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the biggest clown event in France, even in Europe!

The dates

  • See you in 2025 for a new edition! In the meantime, discover the details of the last Very Great World Clown Council 2023!

The Very Great World Council of Clowns in Niort Agglo


The Very Great World Council of Clowns at 20 years old!

Their first time was one day in 2003 where clowns from all over the world gathered at Niort. Since then, this planetary meeting has been annual. In June, the international caravan has been arriving since 2007 in Two Sevres, wandering through fields, villages and neighborhoods, distributing bursts of laughter and slices of hair in schools, middle and high schools, retirement homes, community halls and other places...

Niort and its region saw the landing of nearly 250 clowns,
de 29 nationalities, on foot, by train, by boat,
by parachute or by bike…!

This year it is 70 clowns from Africa,
from Asia, South America, and Europe, who will arrive in the streets of Niort before getting on the St-André Hill, where more than 55 shows will be presented to their dear audience. All this with their desire to breathe poetry and laughter into hearts!

Katia Aumailley

The Matapestes:

Company created in 1978 by Francis Lebarbier et Hugues Roche. Coming from amateur theater and popular education, Les Matapeste created more than 30 clown shows for
all types of audiences and places (circus, theater, street, etc.).
They have always been heavily involved in Niort and the Region Poitou-Charentes with the most diverse partners, while being very present at national and international level through tours and collaborations in more than 50 countries.

The Matapeste imagined the festival to:

  • To create a international event à Niort, riding a
    Two Sevres and in the Region, promoting art
    in all the variety of its forms
    and in its social and political role
  • Make one global gathering favoring
    international exchange between clowns
  • Organize a festival that is also a instead of
    creation and invention
    mixing clowns, artists
    other arts and citizens
  • Bringing partners together the most diverse
    in a spirit of popular education
Rodolphe Berthault

Convenience :


  • Friday June 16 : 19 p.m. > 01:30 a.m.
  • Saturday June 17 : 10 a.m. > 01:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 18 : 10 a.m. > 18:30 a.m.

The arrival

See you Friday, June 16 in the city center for the parade: Ricard and Brisson streets. The Grand Village des Clowns will open its doors for a first evening with 9 sessions.

In case of rain

come ! of the places of retreat are planned for the majority of shows.

The prices

Some events are in free access.
Single price Friday evening
Day pass : adult rate – youth rate 2 years > 14 years
Pass 3 days : adult rate – youth rate 2 years > 14 years


It is possible to eat in at the Du Guesclin center, Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. until the evening. Different stands offer you varied dishes.


THEthe Tourist Office puts at your disposal a accommodation list in order to help you organize your stay.

A look back at the 2021 edition:

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