From 23 to 26 June 2016, Calais is the stage of an exceptional event, unique in Europe. Long Ma, the Spirit of the Dragon-Horse is a street show featuring two monumental mechanical creatures: Kumo the spider and Long Ma the dragon-horse, the latest in a long line of awe-inspiring shows staged regularly since 1994. This event is free of charge and intended for all audiences.
Come and join the crowd to enjoy this unique event. You will follow the creatures through the town of Calais and witness the story unravel before your eyes. The atmosphere, the magnificent sounds and special effects will blow you away.
Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event. Just come for the day or take advantage of our hotel exclusive offers and make the most of your time in the area.
From the ninth level of heaven, Long Ma, a cosmic creature who is half-horse, half-dragon, watches over mankind.
Kumo, the giant spider, has made off with the sacred temple of Long Ma. So the dragon-horse criss-crosses the seas and oceans seeking his lost temple. The giant spider has taken refuge in Calais, a place the creature has previously visited. It is here that she has hidden the temple. Alerted by her appearance, Long Ma arrives in the town with the intention of recovering its temple...
© Credit : Stephan Muntaner
Created in 2004 in Beijing as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between France and China, this event is staged by the production company La Machine, François Delarozière, the Town of Calais and the national arts centre, Le Channel.
(1) Channel theatre, Boulevard Gambetta At 1100/1500//1900 hours
Kumo the spider has stolen the Temple. Long Ma makes its first appearance in Calais in the “Quartier des Cailloux”, near the Channel theatre.
Kumo is hiding, Long Ma is on its way. Whatever happens next, make your way to the “Hôtel de Ville” (Town Hall)
(1) Channel theatre, Boulevard Gambetta, 1400 hours
The ground of Boulevard Gambetta and La Fayette will shake under the weight of the creatures…
(2) Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), 1600 hours
The creatures hunt for each other.
(4) Place Crèvecoeur, 1800 hours
Just follow the crowd at Place Crèvecoeur and you will find the creatures.
(5) & (6) Place d’Armes et Norvège, 2200 hours
Will Long Ma and Kumo find each other to do battle in the maze of Calais streets…
(3) Bassin Ouest, 1200 hours
(5) Place d'Armes, 1200 hours
(3) Bassin Ouest, 1630 hours
(7) Eglise Notre Dame, 1630 hours
(2) Hôtel de Ville, 2200 hours
(2) Hôtel de Ville, 1100 hours
(3) Bassin Ouest, 1100 hours
Final performance, 1700 hours
(3) Bassin Ouest
Thursday 23 June to 1 November 2016. Exhibition of the machines created by François Delarozière, at the Museum of Fine Arts
Musée des beaux-arts de Calais 25 rue Richelieu
Tel 00 33 (0)3 21 46 48 40
Book your journey
Several car parks are available. See maps above for each day.
Address:Le Channel, scène nationale de Calais
173 Boulevard Gambetta, 62102 Calais
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