April 2011 - Live in
the Roman age for a weekend!
On April - (23 - 24 April 2011), the city of Nîmes and Culturespaces, the
administrator of the arena, present A Gathering of the Roman
Antiquity in France as never seen before. Gladiator combats,
parades, shows, Roman encampments, themed visits and much more
live in the Roman age for a weekend!
Numerous events, spectacles, exhibitions, demonstrations and shows
suited for both young and old have been planned within the Arena and
also at other key locations in Nîmes - the Languedoc-Roussillon's great
Roman city. Be sure not to miss the main highlights*:
The Greatest Show Circus Games in the Arena
23rd and 24th April from 16:30 to 18:00
For the second time in 2000 years, the spectacular Roman Games will
return to the Arena of Nîmes. A unique show with more than 200
performers from all over Europe!
This one and a half hour show allows us to relive the ludi, (Roman
Games) that made the Roman Empire famous, with scene after scene leading
to the Grand Finale. This ceremony will be celebrated in latin by the
flamen, the Great Priest of the imperial cult. The spectacular Roman
parade, orchestrated by the praecco, (games animator), recounts the
return of a campaign, in which will take part: legionnaires, Celts,
gladiators, horsemen presenting their war trophies.
Equestrian exercises involving Romans versus Gauls will give the public
the possibility to vote for their favorite troupe, followed by a
demonstration of chariot fighting (races, javelin throwing and
ground-fighting), gladiator fights on horseback and on foot. The most
valiant gladiator will be chosen by the public and presented with a
laurel crown He will then be accompanied to the Grand Finale, by a
procession marching with the Emperor and his praetorian guard.
The parade in the streets of Nîmes
23rd and 24th April at 12:00
This great triumphant procession will take place in the streets of Nîmes
with the Emperor Hadrien seated on his chariot and accompanied by all
the fighters. He will be preceded by his Praetorian Guard and followed
up by different foreign legions, horsemen and Gauls.
The Roman Camp inside the ring of the Arena
23rd and 24th April from 10:00 to 15:00
A Roman encampment will be set up for the pleasure of the public in the
ring of the Arena. Discover the legionnaires camp site and take part in
their training, try their arms and admire their equipment. And the
gladiator school opens its doors to the children!
This great event is conjointly produced by the city of Nîmes and
Culturespaces, with the University and the Tourist Board of Nîmes.
* Please note that certain events during this weekend festival are
ticketed events and require booking in advance or payment on the day.
For more information and booking please visit www.arenes-nimes.com or
the Nimes tourist office website.