Each year over Whit weekend, the city of Belfort and university students from the metropolitan area organise FIMU, the International Festival of University Music.
For three days, FIMU hosts nearly 2,700 amateur musicians and choir members. The festival is open to any French or foreign music ensemble comprised for the most part of students of universities, conservatories or music schools and to any music group which performs at the amateur level. It is a chance for an increasingly large audience (currently about 8,000 people) to engage with a wide variety of groups.
The festival welcomes all styles of music: classical, new, jazz, popular, marching band, choir, opera, etc.
Access to all of the concerts is totally free. This makes it possible for families, music lovers or the merely curious to discover new sounds or savour more traditional musical performances.
The festival takes place on 14 indoor and outdoor stages against the unique backdrop of the Old Town of Belfort. Because the events are totally free, some will stop to take in one of the 130 groups representing some 30 countries, while others will wander from stage to stage and street to street, guided by their ears.
For visitors with reduced mobility, FIMU now features a special accessibility plan with reserved parking, adapted toilets, access to concert venues and more.