Works, festivals, sports… What awaits Albigensians in 2023

The closure of the Pont-Vieux, the opening of the new Madeleine park, the sorting of waste, the simplification of sports and cultural events: La Dépêche du Midi gives a (not exhaustive) overview of what awaits Albigensians for this new year 2023.

As of January 1, 2023, the sorting instructions for residents of the Albigensian conurbation have changed. Paper, metal packaging, paper, cardboard, food bricks and all plastic packaging are now placed in yellow boxes without exception. They should be emptied into the trash, the contents emptied thoroughly, but without the need to wash them.

Work planned for 2023

The big project that started this year is, of course, the renovation of Pont-Vieux, which will be completely closed to traffic from March for a period of 4 months. The second phase of the work, which should last 16 months, will only allow a partial reopening in the direction of the Cathedral – Madeleine. Rue Rinaldi will also be closed to traffic during the works.

Another large-scale project to continue in 2023: the rehabilitation of the Cantepau district as part of the Anru “Cantepau Demain” project. In addition to the renovation and construction of new residential houses, several urban development projects will begin from the second half, such as the construction of a new media library at the entrance of the district, on Boulevard Maréchal Lannes. All work continues until 2025.

By this summer, Albigensians will also have a Madeleine park at the entrance of Avenue Albert-Thomas. A 2,000 m2 plot of land purchased by the municipality and offering additional greenery and recreational space on the right bank of the city.

Another project that could start this year: the creation of two Nordic basins in Atlantis and Taranis, which was approved by the agglomeration council last June, but which caused opposition from several elected officials. The budget should be voted on in March next year.

Finally, the file of the famous pedestrian bridge, which was supposed to connect the cathedral to Pratgraussals and is the subject of a forensic examination after a dispute between the architectural firm and the company responsible for the work, is still pending. Agglo is to open a new call for tenders in the first half of the year for the installation of 37 sections of the footbridge, which has been maintained at Pratgraussals since 2020.

Music festivals

Music lovers will have fun this year as well. There is something for every taste. Festivals will return, in addition to concerts and shows planned throughout the year at Parc des Expos and Cordeliers. The Albi Jazz Festival from January 14 to 23 kicks off. Six great concerts in the department’s three beautiful halls, the Grand Théâtre d’Albi, the Maison de la Musique de Cap’Découverte and the Apollo de Mazamet, as well as a free OFF program, meetings, master classes, public rehearsals…

In March 2023, Kicking Fest will delight punk rock fans. Organized by the Pollux association, the event will take place on March 17th and 18th at the Salle de l’Athanor, with great headliners: Burning Heads, Poésie Zero, Ben and Fist, Les $heriff, Dirty Fonzy or even Dead Krazukies.

Finally, the unmissable Pause Guitare festival in Pratgraussals from July 4-9. If the Indochina concert is already sold out, the audience will be able to attend the great return to the stage of Shaka Ponk and Jain, not forgetting Michel Polnareff, BigFlo & Oli, Cali, Ibrahim Maalouf…

sporting events

Albi will host the French Elite Athletics Championships in July. Another big sporting event: the women’s Tour de France, which will pass through the episcopal city this summer. On July 27, for the 5th stage, the riders will start from Onet-le-Château in Aveyron and arrive in Albie, the starting city the next day, on a 122 km course to Blagnac in Haute-Garonne.

Several major events will be offered throughout the year for the most athletic Albigensians. The 2nd edition of the Bike & Run organized by Albi Triathlon on the Plaine des Sports de la Guitardié will take place on February 5th. The principle is simple: a route to be completed in 2 years with one mountain bike per team.

On April 21, 2023, the Albi Run Urbain will offer races of 7 and 12 km, starting from Place du Vigan, with an ephemeral course that will allow participants to discover unusual places inaccessible in normal times.

Then join the Albi Marathon on April 30. The route passes through the pedestrian streets at the foot of the Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, the Tarn Valley and two tunnel passages before ending with the final lap at the Albi Stadium. Registrations are now open online.

Finally, the Ekiden Albi, an unmissable team and relay race, will be held on October 7 in the city center streets at night. An event that fans, friends, families and co-workers look forward to in addition to regional athletes. To your sneakers!

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