In the early 20th century, Bénévent l’Abbaye, a small Creuse town in the Limousin, specialised in the trade of slaughtered animals, especially sheep. It’s this activity that gave the village its wealth and fame.
If this activity no longer exists, part of this heritage is found in the “Moutonnades Bénéventines”, that honours sheep in both events and local specialities: the “frivolités bénéventines” (‘lamb fries’).
For three days, visitors become acquainted with the skills around sheep and goat farming. The highlight of this event: the night migration between Marsac and Bénévent l’Abbaye. Spectators get dressed in a shepherd costume for a few hours. Then, the evening ends with the heat of summer under the stars or in a barn with a storytelling session.
Since the event is intended for as many people as possible, shows for every age group are scheduled throughout the duration of the festivities. Concerts, plays and storytelling mark this vibrant event.