France is the largest country in Western Europe and one of the founding members of the European Union. Throughout its history, France has played a leading role in the political, literary, musical, artistic, theatrical and cinematic life of Europe. Thanks to the rich and interesting past and a large number of architectural monuments, France is one of the most visited countries in the world.
In the south of France, near the border with Spain in the Pyrenees, the city of Saint-Giron is located. There, in 1931, the cultural association «Les Bethmalais» was created. Its purpose is to preserve the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Bethmale Valley and the Couserans province and to introduce them to the rest of France and the rest of the world. Since 1991 «Les Bethmalais» organizes the folk festival «RITE», which annually brings together more than 250 participants from different countries.
During the years of its activities, the group «Les Bethmalais» has participated in numerous festivals in Algeria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Tunisia, Turkey, Hungary, Croatia, Switzerland, and France. Lviv residents and guests of the city will have a unique opportunity to get acquainted with this famous ensemble in August at the International Folklore Festival «Etnovyr».