The chateau de Joux enjoys a rich and diverse programme of artistic and cultural events.

This is based on the history of the chateau and on the fight for freedom: the anniversary of the death of Toussaint Louverture, the abolition of slavery, exhibitions, readings and artistic residences, new plays and theatrical productions, concerts, night-time visits, treasure hunts, cultural heritage visits, historical re-enactments… and also a few events that combine sport and heritage in this magnificent setting.


8th August 2021, 20h30 – Duration : 1h30


apoleon Maddox wished to pay homage to Toussaint Louverture, who died at the Château de Joux. For the musician, sensitive to civil rights and freedoms, this show has a special resonance because the Franco-Haitian struggles inspire us to build a better and more human world. To stage and to music the victories of Toussaint and those of the Haitian people, Napoleon Maddox joined forces with his Bisontin accomplice Sorg, but also two musicians from the international jazz scene, the Malian artist Cheikh Tidiane Seck (collaborator of Jimmy Cliff, Wayne Shorter, Carlos Santana, Manu Dibango…, and greats of the Malian scene like Amadou & Mariam…) and Haitian saxophonist Jowee Omicil (Tony Allen, Roy Hargrove…). A high-flying line-up to celebrate the first performance of this Toussaint Overture, which could only be imagined at the Château de Joux. Unmissable.

A co-production of Rodia (Scène de Musiques Actuelles de Besançon) and Moloco (Scène de Musiques Actuelles du Pays de Montbéliard) with the support of the DRAC de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, the Department of Doubs, the National Music Center


The Joux Nights festival

The society “The Haut-Doubs Events Centre” organises each summer (from late July to mid-August) the Joux Nights festival, which combines theatre, dance and music in the special setting of the main courtyard, at the foot of the dungeon – and also in the streets and auditoriums in Pontarlier.

The Festival site

Events in 2021

From 20th July to 21st August 2020

The history walk " The Chateau de Joux and the battle of La Cluse"

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather dependent – please check with the chateau)
  • 9h00 – 17h
  • From 10 years old
  • Medium difficulty. 12 km, elevation gain + 400 m.

Start at the Pontarlier Museum, to the Chateau de Joux, up the Larmont hill via the Malher fort, and back to Pontarlier.

Walk accompanied by a fully qualified mountain guide, over a day, explore the landscape and the history of the battle of La Cluse, when on the 2nd February 1871, the Prussians attempted to cut off the retreat of the Army of the East.

Event over

From 13th to 29th August 2021

Exhibitions "In Bourbaki country, 150 after the retreat of the Army of the East"


After the abdication of Emperor Napoleon III, the Army of the East, also known as the Bourbaki army, was formed in a hurry and sent towards Belfort. Defeated, the army retreated towards Pontarlir. The general negotiated safe-haven for his men in Switzerland. In January 1871, 80,000 soldiers made their way through the freezing conditions and the snow towards their new home. They passed by the foot of the Chateau but were attacked by the Germans. Artillery at the fort provided support for the French foot troops and cavalry in the battle of La Cluse.

In conjunction with the exhibition at the Pontarlier Museum, the unfolding of these events is presented through stories told by the protagonists themselves.

Contemporary art

Swiss contemporary artist Laurant Guenat brings to life the feelings and emotions of the soldiers of the Army of the East in flight. Using various media including paint and charcoal, and formats such as artists books, the works also aim to echo the reality of 21st refugees, raising questions around the notions of borders and nations.

From 6th July to 19th August 2021

Unusual and theatrical "Lady Cactus" night visits

  • Comedy on the move for all the family by Mathilde Martinage, in collaboration with the CAHD
  • Tuesdays and Thursday in the summer at 21h30
  • Duration: 1h30
  • Booking needed

Two real-false historians each in turn take on the most unexpected roles to take us on a journey with the forgotten women of Joux. They set off to meet the women of the chateau, sometimes inheritors, sometimes prisoners but never insignificant. Ghosts from the past appear and stories are told!

And then, from time to time, our two friends get a bit lost and are caught up in the whirlwinds of their imagination! Follow carefully, and most importantly, do not be afraid of the ghosts!

Sunday 22nd August 2021, 16h00

Stories and music "Old Man River"

  • By the Gakokoé Company with Marcel Djondo and Denis Trutt
  • Duration 1h
  • Free entry – to the extent of the available spaces
  • Reservation strongly recommended
  • From 5 years old

All about the freedom of people and the abolition of slavery

From Minneapolis to New Orleans, the river carries the story of indians,  settlers, adventurers and slaves… that also of Moses, an African slave who became captain of the Daisy-Belle. Amusing, moving and tragic stories. These are the “Cajun blues” as told by Old man river and his musician friend. They are waiting for you on the wharf where the Daisy-Belle is moored.

Sunday 29th August 2021

"To lose your head" The Great enquiry

  • Duration: 3h approx
  • In teams of 2 to 6 people
  • Departure every 30 minutes from 10h to 14h
  • By reservation only

A life sized game!

In 1960, the world renowned archaeologist Duncan Mac Lord carried out resarch about the history of general Toussaint Louverture at the Chateau de Joux. According to the most recent information, it appears that he made a discovery that would have huge historical significance. Come and meet Duncan Mac Lord in order to help him protect his discovery, before it is too late!

Only your insight, your observations and your conclusions will enable the mission to be carried out successfully. In teams of 2 to 6 people, come and meet the protagonists of this affair in order to understand what is causing such an uproar amongst the castle’s residents.

23rd and 24th July 2021

"Strings and Pan Flute" by the Ariolica ensemble

  • Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th July at 21h
  • Duration 1h
  • By the Ensemble Ariolica and the soloist Michel Tirabosco

Enquiries and reservations at the Tourist information office of the Haut-Doubs (+33 (0) or

In the case of bad weather, the concerts will be played in the Pourny auditorium in Pontaralier.

Michel Tirasbosco, world specialist in Pan flute playing will be the invited soloist playing with the Ensemble Ariolica and will perform for an exceptional concert on the theme of film and tango music.

The main courtyard of the Chateau de Joux will echo with the joyful but also gentle sounds of the Pan Flute, giving the impression of flying in a magical way from the sky  to the main courtyard at the Chateau de Joux.

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