La Montgolfier Nocturne: sounds exciting and sophisticated, such as many words and expressions in French. What does it mean though? Let’s start with ‘nocturne’. According to Wikipedia, “A nocturne (from the French which meant nocturnal, from Latin nocturnus) is usually a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night.” Something about night and music right? The other word ‘Montgolfière’ refers to the French name of hot-air balloons. The Montgolfière brothers were paper manufacturers from Annonay, in Ardèche, France best known as inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon. In France, it is still usual to call the balloons simply Montgolfière.
Okay. After all, what is going to happen that night?
After understanding the meaning of the name, let’s discover what it is actually about. On the night of November 3rd (Sun) and November 4th (Mon.), 2019 the balloons will take part in an extraordinary show. The best way to describe the event is to read what the official website of the fiesta writes about it:
Spread out along the riverside, the balloons shine against the darkness of the night to the music, and illuminated by the red flames of their burners. At this awe-inspiring spectacle, you can experience a dramatically different side of these balloons, transformed from their daytime appearance.
In the stunning finale, fireworks soar over the Kase Riverside as all of the balloons light up at once to the call of “burners on!”
Sounds exciting right?
To fully grasp what it actually looks like, we recommend you to watch some videos on the official YouTube channel of the Saga International Balloon Fiesta Organization.