|The challenge of the towns in the amphitheatre.|
Staged in July on every odd-numbered year, the festival - which attracts around 30,000 visitors to the town of 6,000 over the four days - is the brainchild of its current president, and former Nice Matin journalist, Georges Yevadian.
|Georges Yevadian (front right) and members of his committee. Photo: Var Matin.|
The town's saint, Ste Roseline, whose mummified body rests in a glass case in the chapel bearing her name just outside Les Arcs, became the basis for the original performance, which took place beside the chateau where her first 'Miracle of the Roses' occurred.
Since then, the festival has grown exponentially, with a committee of volunteers who work throughout the two years leading up to each son et lumiere - creating the storyline, writing the play - and music if required, crafting the scenery, designing and sewing the costumes, designing the lighting, the sound effects, the special effects - such as animated animals, and this year's giant griffins and mythical beasts, also practising jousts, sword fights, dances, designing labyrinths and so much more.
|One of the twice-daily parades along Boulevard Gambetta.|
|The baker was kept busy using traditional ingredients and methods.|
There are art exhibitions, demonstrations of medieval illumination, displays of paints and pigments, plays and stories for children, 13th century marionettes, and medieval board games to try as well as ropes to ply and the pillori - stocks - for anyone misbehaving.
A giant animated dragon, called 'Dragonium' - patron of Draguignan, the large town just north of Les Arcs - breathes real fire at various times.
|Even swordsmen have to rest between bouts.|
Beside this is a village where the animals - sheep and geese - are kept, blacksmiths work on creating spears, arrows and lances, while lepers and those afflicted with the plague are quarantined.
|The fox, the lion, the cat, the wolf and the chicken.|
Amongst all this are the wandering minstrels - some dressed as animals acting out a farmyard fable, others incorporating jugglers, dancers, all playing medieval instruments, singing bawdy and sometimes wistful songs.
|Preparing to fire the engin de guerre.|
Then there are the horseback challenges in the amphitheatre where surrounding towns pit their skills against Les Arcs to roars of excitement from the crowd.
Each day of the festival - in the morning and afternoon - the participants parade through the town creating music, mayhem and excitement.
The committee works hard to make sure all bases are covered - that there is always something happening in the town centre, by the Real river, in the medieval camps, in Place Paul Simon and high up in the Parage, overlooking the town. Festivities start at 10am and continue through to midnight.
|Musicians and a juggler entertain in the square.|
This year's was the 28th festival staged in the town - so make sure you don't miss the next one. Pencil in the 29th Les Festes du Castrum D'Arcus on your calendar for July 2017.
* Once again apologies to French speakers for the lack of accents on French words.