Participation – Inscription

For a fortnight, the strength, richness, diversity and magic of dance and music allow everyone to create their own Grand Bal in a spirit of freedom  based on respect and consideration for others. The festivals are supported by regulation to ensure, in particular, collective security and respect for the neighbourhood.

In this six-page document we summarize in part the philosophy and development of the Grand Bal de l’Europe. Read the entire leaflet and its supplements on our website Register if you want to participate in our meetings: this is obligatory, with presentation of your ID upon arrival.

We warmly thank the artists, organizers and participants who have built the Grand Bal de l’Europe and invite you to bring to life and share the 2019 festival with us.

Bernard et Julie Coclet

Registration before July 8th is obligatory

Registration before July 8th allows better organisation and the best set-up.
You can register either online from the home page of or by mail by returning the registration form.

Short visits to the festival are discouraged

We advise against short stays.  A short visit will not allow you to benefit fully from the festival community, or participate in its organisation, or fully understand its philosophy.

You choose the duration and the dates of your visit, the only constraint is respect for our organization

No propaganda, no commerce

We are delighted to welcome the many dancers and musicians who accept the festival’s organisational structure and who participate at our invitation in return for their expenses – but we do not accept any form of commerce, propaganda or recruitment on the festival site, on the campsites or in the parking areas. The sole exception is that of local traders who provide a service in the campsite at set times.


For efficiency and fairness to artists, organisers and participants, we must respect all timetables.


Our organisation is simple and transparent, easy to operate for our team of volunteers. It is rigorous for reasons of security and fairness. Please don’t come to Gennetines if you are not in agreement with our operational principle as described below.

Festival Charter

The Association’s aim is that everyone should be able to express their own music and dance with passion and pleasure, and enjoy their own special moments. Respect for and understanding of others are the foundations of Grand Bal de l’Europe.
Dancing with others involves the consideration of real issues, as well as experiencing the irrationality of dance without holding back. The issues to be considered are artistic ownership (always asking artists for permission to record or film), reflections about sources, modes and practices used to transmit dance. It is about allowing oneself to be transported by the music and the dance, adopting a universal language of smile and gesture. It is to attempt to tame the dance.
All our members have the same rights and the same obligations. In creating Bal de l’Europe and setting the essential boundaries, the group’s interest will always come first.
Respecting the codes of conduct and festival regulations is implicit in respecting the work of the Association and all those who carry it out.

Everyone participates in the organisation

To help our team of voluntary organisers, each participant will help out for several minutes or several hours during the fortnight. You can help us in tidying the dance floors, clearing and cleaning tables, washing up, and in filling any other need that arises.