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"Share with the visitor our passion for the region, express things with words that talk to people, succeed in easily conveying the reality of what were are living… That all that matters to me".
Marie-Pierre Aubert - Welcome to the Farm in the Aisne.
They are gardener, restaurant-owner, sand yacht instructor, guide or baker. They are from Picardy... or not. With touching words, they open their secret garden : listen to the testimonials of these passionates and, you too, talk to us about the Picardy that you love !
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People talking about the Picardy they love
Picardie is Woignarue, my village is Vimeu, my playing field, it’s the history of strong friendships and warm encounters. Someone who sticks in my mind is a man who was part chemist, part archaeologist and part philosopher. He taught me about respecting nature, spoke about the origin of the earth and men, told me about beekeeping and millions of other things...
My childhood in Picardie is also about Picardian, the language that my parents didn’t want me to speak and that I learnt by going to the farm every Wednesday. Down there was the Spanish inn where the door is always open and the table is always laid for people passing by. I still remember the 12-egg omelettes...
I left Paris to pursue my studies. Because I was removed, I rediscovered my region as a tourist or foreigner would see it. I then saw the amazing things that people who stay don’t see any more. It was at that moment that I realised I had a role to play: to show other people the diversity of Vimeu - the green, wooded and undulating Vimeu, the wild, tourist and historical coastal Vimeu, or the industrial Vimeu where enterprise and nature live side by side, where business life is an important family history.
Myself and two music-loving friends used music as a reason for inviting people to discover the region during the weekend. The concept of the dinner-concert, discovery walk and onsite accommodation was then born. Thanks to the support of local businessmen and hunters who are passionate about nature, these invitations to Picardie grew into what has now become the ‘Jazz in Vimeu’ festival. This festival is a musical walk full of encounters that enable small stories and important traditions to be passed on by mouth. During the events or soirées, a few businessmen tell attentive visitors about the history of the locksmith trade and the hunters pass on their knowledge about their guns, their values and their deep respect for nature.
I’m living in Paris at the moment, but I’d like to return to my roots and come back to live here. It’s something I need. My space for creation and inspiration is right here.
Christophe PREUX (WOIGNARUE)
Organiser of the Jazz in Vimeu festival