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May 06, 2017
October 14, 2017
Gardens on stage
PICARDY. “Jardins en Scène” is a festival where music, visual arts, theatre, dance and circus shows slip into more than forty gardens. Perched in a tree or floating on water, artists are not where we expect to find them. They give unusual performances offering visitors snatches of poetry, humor and enjoyment in the midst of natural settings sculpted by other artists excelling in a discipline of their own. For this ninth edition more than eighty shows are scheduled in gardens scattered around the Picardy region. Admission : free or from €2 to €12 depending on the garden and the show. Information and bookings :
www.jardinsenscene.fr
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May 27, 2017
November 04, 2017
Jazz in the vineyards
VAUCLUSE. Ten jazz concerts are held in vineyards or in wineries. Afterwards, spectators are offered wine tasting and toasts. Concerts are given by the Pierre Christophe Quartet at the Domaine Colline Saint Jean in Vacqueyras (May 27th), the Drom Blanchard Quartet at Domaine Berthet Rayne in Cairanne (June 24th), the Tipo Combo Quartet at the Domaine Brusset in Cairanne (July 15th), the Nora Kamm Quartet at the Domaine Rabasse Charavin in Cairanne (August 5th), several bands in the frame of the Jazz dans les Vignes Festival in the vineyards of Visan (August 24th), the Alfio Origlio Quartet in the vineyards of Cairanne (August 25th), the O.Hutman Trio in the vineyards of Sérignan (August 26th), the Mariannick Saint-Ceran Quintet at the Cave Cooperative of Roaix Séguret (September 16th), the Jean-Philippe Bordier Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Vacqueyras (October 14th) and the Philippe Duchemin Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Cairanne (November 4th). Admission : €15 per concert. Information and bookings:
www.jazzdanslesvignes.fr
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June 03, 2017
July 25, 2017
Nohant Romantic Festival
NOHANT. INDRE DEPARTMENT. Held in the village where romantic novelist George Sand and pianist Frédéric Chopin lived, this festival consists of piano recitals, concerts, talks and master classes. Recitals are given by renowned musicians as well as by young promising ones such as pianists Elisso Virsaladze, Nokolai Lugansky, Martha Argerich, Akiko Ebi, Marie-Ange Ngucci, Kotaro Fukuma, Cheng Zhang and Nelso, Goerner, soprano Axelle Fanyo, clarinetist Karl Leister, violinist Renaud Capucon and the Trio Wanderer. Bergerie Frédéric Chopin. 36400 Nohant. Admission : €15 to €100. Information and bookings : 0254484640
www.festivalnohant.com
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June 04, 2017
October 01, 2017
Ephemeral gardens
WESSERLING. ALSACE. A reminder of the textile industry in Alsace, the former Wesserling factory boasts one of the finest gardens in this region. Here, visitors can discover an English-style garden, Mediterranean terraces, a French-style garden and a kitchen garden. Every summer, the park hosts the "Festival des Jardins Métissés" (Mixed Gardens Festival), which invites experienced artists and students to create temporary plant-based works of art and to keep to a theme that is closely linked to the history of the Wesserling site. This year, the chosen theme is “At the Earth’s Core” and visitors discover short-lived gardens made up of vegetables, fruits, textiles, aromatic plants and of course flowers. Parc de Wesserling - Musée Textile. Rue du Parc, 68470 Husseren-Wesserling. Open every day from 10 am till 6 pm, till 6.30pm on Sunday and in July - August. Admission : €8.50 / €4. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 16, 2017
September 09, 2017
The Marriage of Figaro, open-air opera
FRANCE. One of Mozart’s most famous pieces, “The Marriage of Figaro” will be performed at six exceptional venues around France in June, July and September. Performances will take place at the Parc de Sceaux near Paris (June 16th and 17th), the Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Le Neubourg, near Evreux (June 24th), the chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 30th), the Cité of Carcassonne (July 13th), the chateau de Haroué, near Nancy (September 1st) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 7th to 9th). Tickets are already on sale and to secure a seat it is better to book well ahead of time. Tickets prices ranges from €39 to €95. Information and bookings :
www.operaenpleinair.com
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June 17, 2017
July 30, 2017
Paris Jazz Festival
PARIS. The 2017 Paris Jazz Festival takes place over seven weekends and for the first time comprises some evening concerts. Twenty-four concerts are on the agenda and feature well-known artists such as Thomas Savy, Anne Paceo, Andy Emler, Nicolas Folmer, Ray Lema, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Erik Truffaz and Lisa Simone. Parc Floral du Bois de Vincennes. Esplanade Saint Louis, 75012 Paris. Admission : €6 / €3. Information :
www.parisjazzfestival.paris.fr
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June 19, 2017
June 25, 2017
Air Show
LE BOURGET. NEAR PARIS. Alternating with Farnborough Airshow as Europe's premier commercial and military aviation event, the Paris Air Show celebrates its 52nd edition, having first been held in 1909. The general public is given access to an area next to the runway equipped with a grandstand and giant screens, from where they can enjoy 4 hours of flying displays every day. It gives the opportunity to discover recent and brand new aircrafts. The air show is an international event, thus commentary during the flying display is alternated between French and English, and the majority of the static display descriptions are dual-language. Le Bourget Airport and Exhibition Centre. 93350 Le Bourget. Open for professionals only from Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd and to the general public from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th from 8.30am to 6pm. Entrance : €14. Information :
www.siae.fr
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June 19, 2017
August 05, 2017
Opera in a Roman theatre
ORANGE. PROVENCE. Among the opera and classical music festivals, no one in the word has a better setting than the Orange’s Chorégies. Lyrical and musical performances indeed take place in a perfectly preserved Roman theatre still boasting its stage wall. The festival typically comprises two or three performances of two operas as well as recitals and concerts. Highlights of the 2017 program are operas Aida and Rigoletto by Verdi, Beethoven’s IXe Symphony featuring soprano Ricarda Merbeth, mezzo soprano Sophie Koch, tenor Robert Dean Smith and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a concert of the French National Orchestra rendering The Planets by Horst. Admission : €20 to €250 per opera, €7 to €120 per concert Information and bookings :
www.choregies.fr
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June 21, 2017
July 16, 2017
Open-air concerts
COMPIEGNE.OISE. The Festival des Forêts de Compiègne features open-air concerts held in unusual locations, in natural peaceful settings. For instance spectators are invited to do a short walk in the forest to meet the musicians who perform under the trees. The program also includes short concerts for families suited for 4 years old kids as well as workshops for kids between the age of 4 and 10 taking place during the concerts. Admission : €13 to €30 per concert. Information and bookings : 0344402899
www.festivaldesforets.fr
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June 22, 2017
June 25, 2017
Minerals and gems
SAINTE-MARIE-AUX-MINES. ALSACE. Held in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, in the heart of the Vosges mountains, Mineral & Gem is the second largest mineral-fossil-gem show in Europe and the best in France. It brings together nearly 1 000 exhibitors from about sixty countries, including most of the top European dealers, and 25 000 mineralogical enthusiasts are expected. The site of the exhibition is divided into the Mineral & Fossils zone and a Gem zone, with specialized dealers. The streets surrounding the theatre are full of tents and marquees filled with a huge range of minerals, fossils, meteorites and gems, for wholesalers and collectors. The atmosphere is likened to a bazaar. The exhibition is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm (till 6pm on Sunday) but Thursday and Friday are reserved to professional dealers. Admission : €9 / €5 per day, €13 for two days. Information : 0389583360
www.sainte-marie-mineral.com
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June 24, 2017
June 25, 2017
Board games
PARIS. Devoted to board games, the Paris est Ludique festival enables visitors to discover a wide diversity of ancient and modern board games during an entire weekend. Animated by associations, game editors or federations, hundreds of stands give the opportunity to play single, two or multiplayer games, race, negociation, educational, role-playing, fantasy, war, strategy games and so on. Pelouse de Reuilly. 75012 Paris. Open Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €5, free for under 8s. Information :
www.parisestludique.fr
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June 24, 2017
June 25, 2017
Medieval festival
PROVINS. NEAR PARIS. During a weekend the medieval town of Provins plunges you back into the atmosphere of the 13th century trade fairs when merchants from all over Europe used to meet there. Troubadours, acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers and jesters invade the streets and rustic camps are set up at the foot of the ramparts. There are also musical improvisations, a wool village, exhibitions related to the Middle Ages and workshops of craftsmen showing their traditional know-how such as stained glass window making. Admission : €11 for one day, €15 for two days. Free for children less than 12 years old. Information : 0164003939
www.provins-medieval.com
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June 25, 2017 Belle Epoque Festival
BAGNOLES DE L’ORNE. A spa town in Normandy, Bagnoles de l’Orne commemorates its Belle Epoque heydays, an era when it was a favourite destination for the bourgeoisie and a whole new quarter comprising gorgeous villas was built. This festival features a late 19th century parade and fashion catwalk, musical and theatre performances, introductions to Belle Epoque’s games and dances, a luncheon on the grass and guided tours of the Belle Epoque quarter. Information :
www.bagnolesdelorne.com
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June 2017
June 29, 2017
July 13, 2017
Vienne Jazz Festival
VIENNE. ISERE DEPARTMENT. Like every year the Vienne Jazz Festival offers a gigantic program. Great names such as Zucchero, Archie Shepp, Herbie Hancock, Jamie Cullum, Mr Sipp, Roberto Fonseca, Youn Sun Nah, Tri4th, Stacey Kent, Shabaka, Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Neals, Keziah Jones and Lianne La Havas will perform on the festival main stage. In addition, there are brass bands and jazz bands parades through the town. Free concerts are also given every day in several venues throughout the town from 2 or 3 pm till late in the night. Tickets from €36. Information and bookings : 0892702007
www.jazzavienne.com
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June 30, 2017
July 02, 2017
Hundreds of worldwide beers
PARIS. The “Mondial de la Bière” is a beer festival held in Montreal since 1994 and for the first time the European edition takes place in Paris. Open to the general public and professionals alike, it brings together craft brewers as well as large brewing groups from all over the world. All of them will have kiosks and each visitor will have the opportunity to sample some 700 tasty and unique beers produced worldwide. The festival also features tasting master classes, workshops and conferences aimed at the general public as well as at brewers. Maison de la Mutualité. 24 rue Saint Victor, 75005 Paris. Open from 2pm to 10pm on Friday, from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission : €12. Information :
www.festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca
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June 30, 2017
July 02, 2017
International Festival of Military Music
SAUMUR. Held every two years, this festival brings together an array of worldwide military musicians. Armies from Denmark, Belarus, Spain, Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukrainia, Austria and Cameroon are represented along with local and national French military brass bands. The event features parade and concerts in the town streets as well as shows at the National Horse Riding School. Saumur. Entrance to the shows : €15 to €30. Information : 0241402060
www.comitedesfetes-saumur.fr
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July 2017
July 01, 2017
July 18, 2017
Classical music in chateaux
MEDOC. NEAR BORDEAUX. Les Estivales is a music festival offering to young classical musicians and singers the chance to perform in some of the most beautiful chateaux and wineries of Médoc, near Bordeaux. All these artists have recently won famous international music awards. Concerts will be held on July 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 18th. Invited artists are pianists Hervé N’Kaoua, Ismaël Margin and Lukas Geniusas, violinist Yura Lee, cellist Bruno Philippe, tuba player Thomas Leleu, marimba player Kai Strobel, tenor Yusuke Kobori, baritone William Hernandez, the Arod Quatuor and the Chinese female orchestra Beauty & Melody. A wine tasting follows each concert. As seating is limited it’s wise to book early. Rates. One concert : €32 / €16, three concerts pass : €78, six concerts pass : €145. Information and bookings : Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac, 0556590308
www.estivales-musique-medoc.com
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July 01, 2017
July 09, 2017
Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival
FONTAINEBLEAU AND SAMOIS-SUR-SEINE. NEAR PARIS. This annual festival is held in memory of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt who developed an original style, mixing jazz and European gypsy music. Concerts take place in Samois on July 1st and in Fontainebleau the other days Artists of this year edition include French bands and musicians Fapy Lafertin Quartet, Simba Baumgartner Trio, Tcha Badjo, Les Doigts de l’Homme and Stephane Wrembel as well as international artists such as Sanseverino, Larry Graham, Lucky Chops, Avishai Cohen, Roberto Fonseca, Asaf Avidan and Youn Sun Nah. Entrance : 4 days pass : €89, day tickets : from €26 to €33. Admission free on July 1st. Information and bookings :
www.festivaldjangoreinhardt.com
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July 03, 2017
July 22, 2017
Aix's Festival of Lyric Art
AIX-EN-PROVENCE. One of the cultural highlights of the year in Provence, Aix-en-Provence's Festival of Lyric Art matches up with those of Glyndebourne, Salzburg and Bayreuth. Based upon famous Carlo Collodi’s works “Pinocchio” a new opera by Philippe Boesmans and Joël Pommerat opens the 2017 edition that also features Bizet’s opera “Carmen”, Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni”, Cavalli’s opera “Erismena” as well as Stravinski’s opera “The Rake’s Progress” and concerts by Matthew Herbert, the Paris Orchestra and several other artists. Operas, classical music concerts and other performances take place on several sites, including the Courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace, the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Théâtre du Jeu de Paume and Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède. Admission : from €30 to €270 per opera. Information and bookings : 0820922923
www.festival-aix.com
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July 04, 2017
July 08, 2017
Cognac Blues Passions
COGNAC. Originally devoted to blues and blues-derived music, this festival has now broadened their repertoire to include other music from across the world and especially afro-American music. Kenny Neal, Lisa Simone, Blues Caravan, Imperial Crown, Siska, Peter Harper, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tasha Taylor, Norma and Larry Graham are among the artists on stage during this edition. Admission : from €35 to €62 per evening. Information : 0545361181
www.bluespassions.com
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July 05, 2017
July 14, 2017
Colmar International Festival
COLMAR, ALSACE. The 29th edition of this festival devoted to classical music pays homage to director Michel Plasson. It welcomes several famous musicians and orchestras. Russian director Vladimir Spivakov who will conduct concerts with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, director Lev Kontorovich who will conduct a concert with the Great Choir of Moscow, violinists Fanny Clamagirand, Timur Pirvediev, Petr Gladysh and Renaud Capuçon, pianist François-René Duchable, Sofja Gulbadamova, Hélène Mercier and Grigory Sokolov who will give a recital of Mozart and Beethoven pieces. This festival also features young artists and concerts take place in some of town’s the most beautiful religious and civil monuments. Admission : from €7.50 to €80 depending on the concert and the seat category. Information and bookings :
www.festival-colmar.com
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July 05, 2017
July 09, 2017
Enghien jazz festival
ENGHIEN, NEAR PARIS. Once again the Enghien Jazz Festival welcomes several famous musicians. Morcheeba, Macy Gray, Keziah Jones, Faade Freddy and New Power Generation are on the agenda of the 2017 edition and will perform at the casino’s theatre or on the lake stage. In addition, about thirty free concerts will take place throughout the town within the framework of the Off Festival. Admission : €15 to €80 per concert. Information and bookings : 0139341080
www.hotelsbarriere.com/fr/enghien-les-bains/l-hotel-du-lac/actualites/barriere-enghien-jazz-festival.html
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July 06, 2017
July 26, 2017
Avignon Theatre Festival
AVIGNON. Founded by Jean Vilar in 1947, the Festival d’Avignon is one of the oldest and most famous theatre festivals in the world and focuses on contemporary European creations. It presents over 40 performances in twenty different venues ranging from small chapels to the famous honour courtyard at the Palace of the Popes. 
 Highlights include “Antigone” by Sophocle, directed by Satoshi Miyagi, “Memories of Sarajevo” and “Dans les Ruines d’Athènes” two works by the Birgit Ensemble, “La Fiesta”, a show by Flamenco star Israel Galvan, “Les Bonnes”, by Jean Genet, directed by Katie Mitchell, "Le roman de Monsieur de Molière" by Boulgakov, directed by Frank Castorf and several African works such as « Unwanted » by Dorothée Munyaneza, « The last King of Kakfontein » by Boyzie Cekwana and « Femme Noire » by Leopold Sedar Senghor featuring actors Angélique Kidjo and Isaach de Bankolé as well as musician Manu Dibango. Tickets from €10 to €42. Information and bookings (from June 12th) : 0490141414
www.festival-avignon.com
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July 06, 2017
July 09, 2017
Eurockéennes
BELFORT. Taking place on the peninsula of the Malsaucy lake, 10 kilometers outside the city, the Eurockéennes is a music festival offering rock but also electronic, heavy metal, chanson, pop, folk and reggae music. It features nearly concerts sometimes given simultaneously on different stages. The Repérages Eurockéennes section enables young groups from all of eastern France to share the festival's headline with big names on the international scene.
 This edition welcomes more than 70 bands and artists including Iggy Pop, Savages, Thiéfaine, Phoenix, Jain, Booba, The Lelon Twigs, Nina Kraviz…. Admission : €46 per day. Three days pass : €119. Information and bookings :
www.eurockeennes.fr
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July 06, 2017
July 09, 2017
Japan Expo
VILLEPINTE, NEAR PARIS. As every year Japan Expo showcases the Japan’s traditional and contemporary pop cultures and entertainments alongside its ultra-modern technology. This fair features conferences around strong cultural issues, fashion shows, martial arts initiation, cosplay, karaoke contests, video games tournaments, live concerts, animated movies previews, mangas exhibition, Go tournament as well as kyudo, ikebana (Japanese flower art), origami, tea ceremony, calligraphy, painting and traditional games initiations. Parc d’Exposition de Paris – Nord Villepinte. Open from 9am to 6pm. Admission : from €12 to €22. 4 days pass : €56. Information :
www.japan-expo.com
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July 06, 2017
July 08, 2017
Le Mans Classic
LE MANS. Le Mans Classic is one of the four major classic car events in the world. This edition will bring together 1 000 drivers from 25 countries driving 400 historic cars which competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans from 1929 to 1990. For historical and security reasons, these cars are split up by period to form seven ‘grids’ including a new “C Group” for 1980 – 19990 cars. On track events start on Friday morning with daytime practices for all grids, followed by night practices going on until the early hours. Saturday morning is given over to those doing their track laps and demonstrations. The first race takes place at 11.45am and is reserved to Group C. Each of the other six grids races three times during the 24 hours and a driver change during each stint is obligatory. Numerous spectators come to this event with their own classic car and when all are assembled over 8 000 cars are on view to the public. An auction sale of classic cars is also on the agenda. Admission fees. Friday : €27. Sunday : €39. Weekend : €63. Free for children under the age of 16. Information and bookings :
www.lemansclassic.com
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July 06, 2017
July 29, 2017
Nuits du Sud Festival
VENCE, FRENCH RIVIERA. During the thirteen nights of the Nuits du Sud festival, the audience is given the chance to attend concerts by bands, musicians and singers from all over the world. This edition welcomes well-known artists such as Goran Bregovic, Olivia Ruiz, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Alpha Blondy, Tryo, Mome, Keziah Jones, Peter Doherty and Gérald de Palma. This event also features photograph exhibitions related to the artists participating in the festival and a whole day especially dedicated to kids. Admission : €25 per day. Information and bookings :
www.nuitsdusud.com
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July 07, 2017
July 30, 2017
Avignon OFF Festival
AVIGNON. Self-proclaimed world's largest theatre event, this festival turns the city into one immense stage and brings together more than 800 different French and international theatre companies. They perform all sorts of theatrical interpretations from around the world in about one hundred different venues throughout town : theatres schools, streets, bars,…. Information and bookings : 0490851308
www.avignonleoff.com
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July 07, 2017
July 30, 2017
Baroque music
BEAUNE. BURGUNDY. A prominent feature of Beaune’s cultural calendar, the Baroque Music Festival brings together an international line-up of musicians. It takes place over four weekends in the Hospice de Beaune and the Basilique Notre Dame. The 2017 program includes concert versions of operas or oratorios by Haendel, Lully, Charpentier, Mozart, Rossini, Monteverdi and Scarlatti as well as recitals by renowned mezzo soprano Karine Deshayes, countertenors Andreas Scholl and Damien Guillon. Admission : from €10 to €110 per concert. Information and bookings : 0380229720
www.festivalbeaune.com
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July 08, 2017
July 27, 2017
Summer of the canal
PARIS AND SEINE-SAINT-DENIS. L’été du Canal (The Summer of the Canal) is a series of events taking place mainly along the Ourcq canal that runs from the Parc de la Villette in Paris to the north-eastern tip of the Seine-Saint-Denis department. It features Saturday and Sunday open air evening public dances, workshops and concerts held on the banks of the waterway or on board of barges, boat services linking Paris to Pantin, Bobigny and Aulnay-sous-Bois, kayak trips, street art exhibitions, water and beach sports as well as themed day and night cruises. Information :
www.tourisme93.com/ete-du-canal/
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July 09, 2017 Cheese festival
SAINT-OFFENGE. ALPS. Located in Savoie, near Aix-les-Bains, in the heart of the area where Emmental cheese is produced, the village of Saint-Offenge hosts the 13th Fête des Fromages de Savoie (Savoy Cheese Festival). The program focuses on the discovery of seven traditional cheeses from Savoie and Haute Savoie all endowed with the AOP label : Abondance, Beaufort, Chevrotin, Emmental de Savoie, Reblochon, Tomme des Bauges and Tomme de Savoie. The event features hikes through high mountain pastures, guided walking tours of historical sites, cheese making demonstrations, Savoy cheeses and wines pairing workshops, handicrafts and local specialties market as well as activities aimed at kids such as pony rides and workshops. Information :
www.fromagesdesavoie.fr/fr/fete-des-fromages.html
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July 10, 2017
July 16, 2017
World music
ARLES. Devoted to world music, Les Suds music festival features over 100 concerts, events and workshops. Concerts given by established and emerging artists take place in the Antic theatre, in the courtyard of the Archbishop palace and in others venues located throughout the city. Youn Sun Nah, Nino de Elche, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Pedro Soler, DJ Hugo Mendez, Derek Gripper and Calypso Rose are some of the artists participating in this edition. Admission : €10 to €60 per concert. Week pass : €135 to €155. Information : 0490960627
www.suds-arles.com
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July 11, 2017
July 28, 2017
Children theatre
AVIGNON. Fourteen theatre companies and storytellers participate in the 2017 Théâtr’enfants Festival that features creations for children of all ages. Every day more thirteen performances such as plays, musical, storytelling, dance, puppet show and visual arts are offered to the young spectators included one suited to baby from six months old. Children can also participate in workshop teaching how to create art works, how to play music instruments (guitar, trumpet, drum and trombone) or attend acting training courses. Maison du théâtre pour enfants. 20 avenue Monclar, 84000 Avignon. Shows every day except Sunday. Admission : €9.50 for adults, €6.50 for children. Information and bookings : 0490855955
www.festivaltheatrenfants.com
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July 12, 2017
July 16, 2017
Francofolies
LA ROCHELLE. One of the leading summer French music festivals, Les Francofolies welcomes all genres from soul to folk as well as hip hop, electro, blues and rock. This edition lineup features musicians and bands such as Renaud, Superpoze, Christophe Maé, Benjamin Biolay, Imany, Tryo, Vincent Delerm, Camille and Black M. Concerts take place in ten venues throughout town. Admission : from €8 to €70 depending on the concert. Information :
www.francofolies.fr
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July 13, 2017
July 16, 2017
Vieilles Charrues
CARHAIX. BRITTANY. Attracting more than 200,000 festival-goers every year, this music festival is the largest in France. It welcomes an eclectic mix of international and French artists. This edition headline acts including Midnight Oil, Jean-Michel Jarre, Camille, Renaud, DJ Snack, Mome, Manu Chao, Killason, Matmatah, Phoenix. The festival also has a section called “Jeunes Charrues” giving talented young local artists the opportunity to have their music heard. Admission : €45 to €53 per day. Information and bookings :
www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr
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July 15, 2017
July 23, 2017
Jazz à Juan
ANTIBES. FRENCH RIVIERA. Europe’s longest running jazz festival, Jazz à Juan has hosted the most celebrated jazz musicians in the world and takes place in an idyllic setting, on the Pinède Gould stage, which directly faces the Mediterranean. This year, it offers concerts by Sting, Archie Sepp, Buddy Guy, Tom Jones, Macy Gray, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Brandfors Marsalis Quartet and Johnny Gallagher among others. Tickets : from €30 to €170 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.jazzajuan.com
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July 15, 2017
July 16, 2017
Lavender Festival
MONTELIMAR. As every year in July the town of Montélimar celebrates lavender during two days. A market brings together vendors selling all kind of lavender based products, distilling of lavender is carried out on a traditional way, a flower arranging workshop for children and adults is set up as well as a painting workshop profiled against a temporary field of lavender. In addition, on the Sunday, visitors have the possibility to take tours on flowered light four-wheeled carriages. Information : 0475010020
www.montelimar-tourisme.com
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July 17, 2017
July 28, 2017
Music in the mountains
BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, HAUTES-PYRENEES. Piano Pic is a classical music festival offering concerts in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains. The 2017 edition comprises concerts in several churches featuring recitals by pianists Muza Rubackyte, Pierre Réach, Hetsuko Hirose, Abdel Rhaman El Bacha, Jay Gotlieb and Niu Niu among others as well as a concert at the top of the Pic du Midi Admission : €12 to €22 per concert. Concert at the top of Pic du Midi : €70. Information and bookings : 0562955071
www.piano-pic.com
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July 17, 2017
July 21, 2017
Nice jazz festival
NICE. Created in 1948, the Nice jazz festival was the first ever held in France but its second edition only took place in 1971. This edition features concerts by Ibrahim Maalouf, Herbie Hancock, De La Soul Live Band, Roberto Fonseca, Laura Mvula, Youn Sun Nah, Samy Thiébault, Mary J Blige, Tony Allen… All around thirty concerts are on the agenda. Prices : One day ticket : €35. Two days pass : €60. Five days pass : €130. Information and bookings : 0892683622
www.nicejazzfestival.fr
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July 21, 2017
July 30, 2017
Hot air balloons gathering
CHAMBLEY - HAGEVILLE. LORRAINE. One of the largest hot-air balloons gatherings in the world with Albuquerque, in United States, Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons is held every two years and around 1 000 hot hair balloons coming from more than sixty worldwide countries attend the event. It features competitions, mass ascensions, first flights, balloon glow and night take off and mini hot-air balloons demonstrations as well as astronomy and meteorology workshops for kids. Admission free. Aérodrome de Chambley Planet’Air. 54470 Hagéville. Information :
www.pilatre-de-rozier.com
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July 21, 2017
August 19, 2017
Piano festival
LA ROQUE D’ANTHEON, PROVENCE. La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival offers performances ranging from piano, harpsichord, organ and electric piano recitals to concerts for piano and orchestra, as well as chamber music. It also covers all styles : classical, contemporary and baroque music, with incursions into jazz and even electronic music. Between one and three, and sometimes four, concerts are scheduled every day across a dozen stages, the main one being in the Parc du Château de Florans, on the banks of the river Durance. Invited artists include talented international performers as well as up and coming talents and the 2017 edition welcomes pianists Lukas Geniusas, Nelson Freire Yulianna Avdeeva, Philippe Hattat, Bruce Brubaker, Seong-Jin Cho and Jonas Vitaud, violinist Renaud Capuçon, singer Barbara Hendricks, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Latvia National Orchestra to name but a few. Admission : from €16 to €55 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.festival-piano.com
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July 28, 2017
August 15, 2017
Marciac jazz festival
MARCIAC. GERS. “Jazz in Marciac” is now one of the major summer jazz events in Europe. Held in the town of Marciac, in the department of Gers, the festival once again welcome famous jazzmen and bands such as George Benson, Gregory Porter, Youn Sun Nah Avishai Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Ibrahim Maalouf, Wynton Marsalis, Hiromi, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrène, Roberto Fonseca and Norah Jones …. Overall more than fifty artists will give concerts during the festival. Tickets : €26 to €65 per concert. Bookings : 0892690277, www.fnac.com Information :
www.jazzinmarciac.com
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August 2017
August 02, 2017
August 06, 2017
Avignon Jazz Festival
AVIGNON. 
This festival proposes concerts with internationally known artists but is also a launching pad for young jazz musicians with the Tremplin, now the number one jazz competition in Europe. This is a great place to discover young bands and this 26th edition brings together musicians from many horizons. Concerts take place in the Carmes Cloister in the centre of Avignon, a magnificent venue that will serve as the backdrop for artists such as Sarah McKenzie, Thomas de Pourquery, Andy Emler and Robert Glasper. Admission : €25 to €35 per concert. Information and booking : 0490829551
www.tremplinjazzavignon.fr
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August 17, 2017
August 20, 2017
Route du Rock
SAINT-MALO. One of Brittany’s top music festivals, the Route du Rock has become somewhat of a benchmark when it comes to British and American pop and rock and welcomes major bands alongside promising newcomers. Concerts mainly take place in the Saint-Père fortress built by Vauban in Saint-Père-Marc-en-Poulet, 10 km out of town, but a few ones are held at the Nouvelle Vague hall and every afternoon there are free performances on the Bon Secours beach below the ramparts of the old town. PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, Alex Cameron, Mac Demarco, Soulwax, Froth, Temples and Magnetic Friends are some of the artists and bands participating in this edition. Admission : from €23.50 to €46.50 per day. Three days pass : €95. Information and bookings :
www.laroutedurock.com
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August 25, 2017
August 27, 2017
Rock en Seine
SAINT-CLOUD. NEAR PARIS. Set amongst famed French landscape architect Andre Le Notre’s gardens of the former royal estate of Saint-Cloud, this rock festival is an event with a gathering reputation. First taking place in 2003, over just one day, it has grown impressively and hosts now some big names of the rock scene. This year edition features nearly thirty bands including PJ Harveu, The Shins, The Kills, Timber Timbre, Flume, The Lemon Twigs and Rejie Snow. Tickets are already on sale. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €119 One day ticket : €49 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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