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June 09, 2019
October 13, 2019
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 “Mowgli’s gardens” as the Westerling has a focus on India in 2019 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 in July - August. Admission : €10 / €5. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 14, 2019
September 07, 2019
Tosca, open-air opera
FRANCE. One of Puccini’s most famous pieces, “Tosca” will be performed at five exceptional venues around France in June, July and September. Performances will take place at the Parc de Sceaux near Paris (June 14th and 15th), the chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 28th and 29th), the Cité of Carcassonne (July 2nd), the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris (July 5th and 6th) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 4th to 7th). Tickets prices ranges from €45 to €95. Information and bookings :
www.operaenpleinair.com
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July 01, 2019
August 31, 2019
Art & Wine
VAR DEPARTMENT. For two months, dozens of independent winemakers from the Var department host exhibitions by sculptors, painters, photographers, drawers and others artists or works of they produced in-situ inside the wineries or in the vineyards, Information :
www.art-et-vin.net
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July 04, 2019
August 29, 2019
Night wine tasting
NIMES. In July and August, every Thursday evening, winemakers from the Costières de Nîmes appellation set up an ephemeral bar on the square facing the Notre-Dame et Saint-Castor cathedral of Nîmes. There, tourists can taste their wines as well as local dishes and delicacies while bands entertain them with various music genres. Called Jeudivin, the event lasts from 7pm to 10.30pm. Glass and voucher for two tasting : €5. Information :
www.costieres-nimes.org
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July 06, 2019
August 25, 2019
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 12, 2019
August 30, 2019
Night in the Invalides
PARIS. Recently renovated, the honour courtyard of the XVII century Hôtel National des Invalides hosts a 45 mn night sound and light show giving a brief summary of the history of Paris and of this monument. Using latest technologies, high quality superb videos accompanying the historical commentaries are screened on three walls of the building. In addition, as an option, it is also possible to visit the place where French Emperor Napoleon I is buried, the Dôme Church lit by one thousand candles. Hôtel National des Invalides. Esplanade des Invalides. 129 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris. Show at 10.30pm in July, at 10pm in August. Admission : €18 to €25. Translation headset : €5. Entrance to the church : €9. Information and bookings :
www.lanuitauxinvalides.fr
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July 17, 2019
August 18, 2019
Open-air cinema
PARIS. Like every summer, from Wednesday to Sunday, the Prairie du triangle of the Parc de la Villette is turned into an outdoor cinema. Twenty-five films by renowned filmmakers such as Sydney Pollack, Andrew Niccol, Charlie Chaplin, Bong Joon-ho, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg and Denis Villeneuve are on the agenda. All movies are screened in original versions with French subtitles. Parc de la Villette. Prairie du Triangle, 75019 Paris. Screenings at dawn. Admission free. Deck chair with blanket : €7. Information :
lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556
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July 19, 2019
August 18, 2019
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 2019 edition welcomes pianists Evgeny Kissin, Beatrice Rana, Bertrand Chamayou, Alexandre Kantorow, Grigory Sokolov, Nelson Freire and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, violinist Renaud Capuçon, singer Barbara Hendricks, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Chamber Orchestra to name but a few. Admission : from €16 to €55 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.festival-piano.com
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August 08, 2019
August 22, 2019
Concert and fireworks
TALLOIRES. NEAR ANNECY. ALPS. The Talloires Pyroconcert brings together fireworks and live music. On a stage built on the waters of Lake Annecy, musicians and singers give concerts while all kind of fireworks illuminate the night sky. This edition features English folk and rock band Joshua Burnell, violinist Gilles Apap and the Sidney Bechet Quintet led by the son of the famous clarinettist. Port de Talloires. Route du Port, 74290 Talloires. Show from 7.30pm and 9pm. Admission : €19 to €80 Information and bookings : 0450450033
www.pyroconcert.com
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August 10, 2019
August 18, 2019
Jazz in the Vosges
LA PETITE-PIERRE, ALSACE. A little village of about 600 inhabitants located in the Northern Vosges mountains, La Petite-Pierre hosts a surprisingly rich jazz festival called “Au Grès du Jazz”. It features sixteen concerts with a mix of up and coming talents and renowned musicians such as Vent Debout, Big Daddy Wilson, Mossa et Zoya, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio, Steeve Lafont Trio, Cécole McLorin Salvant and Mathias Lévy. Concerts are held on the square facing the castle or in the cultural centre if it rains. Admission : €21 to €36 per concert, festival pass : €216. Information and bookings : 0388704230
www.festival-augresdujazz.com
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August 14, 2019
August 24, 2019
Circus in Limousin
NEXON. HAUTE-VIENNE DEPARTMENT. Home to a circus school, the small town of Nexon hosts a circus festival focusing on contemporary creation. Named “La Route du Sirque”, it gathers together companies performing shows mixing acrobatics, dance, juggling, comedy, humor, tightrope walking and so on. A meeting between artists and spectators follows some of them. During the day there are circus workshops aimed at old and young alike, tales for kids, screenings of circus themed films, concerts, exhibitions and a temporary bookstore offering a selection of books about circus. Admission : €8 to €14 per show. Information and bookings : 0555581079
lesirque.com/la-route-du-sirque/
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August 15, 2019
August 21, 2019
Piano Folies
LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE. PAS DE CALAIS DEPARTMENT. A music festival dedicated to piano, “Piano Folies” brings together dozens of musicians from all over the word including famous pianists such as Alexandre Tharaud, Benjamin Grosvenor, Tsubana Tatsuno, Boris Berezovsky, Nicolas Celoro and Nikolaï Lugansky. Concerts take place all day in various venues throughout the town and there are free ones every morning and early afternoon. Admission : from €10 to €40 per concert. 3 to 5 concerts pass from €68 to €160. Information and bookings :
www.lespianosfolies.com
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August 17, 2019
September 01, 2019
Berlioz festival
ISERE DEPARTMENT. One of the few symphonic music festivals in France, the Berlioz Festival takes place in several places venues throughout the Isere department, the main one being the Château Louis XI in La Côte Saint-André, birthplace of the great musician. It features symphonic and chamber music concerts as well as recitals and musicians and orchestras perform works by Berlioz and other composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Offenbach. Admission : €12 to €75 per concert Information and bookings : 0474202079
www.festivalberlioz.com
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August 2019
August 20, 2019
August 24, 2019
Baroque music festival
SABLE. SARTHE. The Festival de Sablé is a top event for baroque music. It features conferences, lunches on grass, shows and concerts, sometimes performed along with ballets and plays, given in halls, churches and chapels located in and around Sablé sur Sarthe. Artists participating in this edition render works by famous composers such as Bach, Leclair, Vivaldi, Teleman and Diego Ortiz. Admission : €18 to €38 per concert. Information and bookings : 0243622222
www.lentracte-sable.fr/festival.html
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August 22, 2019
August 25, 2019
Kids Festival
MONTBELIARD. DOUBS. The “Festival des Mômes” is a festival entirely dedicated to kids. During four days children 6 months to 13 years old are offered a wide range of shows and activities especially created and designed for them. The program features puppet and circus shows, concerts, musicals, one-man show, plays, one hour workshops to learn prehistoric painting, dance, magic, scrap booking, … and short activities lasting between 10 and 30 minutes where kids can paint on glass, make pottery, adorn t-shirt and purses, etc…. Lastly, there are also specific workshops for babies and parents. Advance booking is required for most activities and shows. Information and bookings : 0381918626
www.festivaldesmomes.fr
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August 23, 2019
August 25, 2019
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 The Cure, Alice Merton, Two Door Cinema Club, Mahalia, The Murder Capital, Deerhunter, Jeanne Added and Jorja Smith. Tickets are already on sale. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €159 One day ticket : €69 / €49 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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August 25, 2019
August 30, 2019
Fun for kids
LE GRAND BORNAND. ALPS. “Au Bonheur des Mômes” (Fun for Kids) is a week-long festival where little ones call the shots and are kings. It features dozens of French and international companies offering around 300 shows and activities such as puppet shows, theatre, circus acts, mime, juggling, improvisations, workshops, exhibitions, giant games areas and merry-go-rounds. Prices : Pass Festival : €5 per day, €20 per week, shows from €4 to €12, workshops from €8 to €18. Information and bookings : 0450027800, 0450027904
www.aubonheurdesmomes.com
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August 29, 2019
September 10, 2019
The world of Jazz
PARIS. The annual “Jazz à la Villette” festival offers a program ranging from classic jazz to experimental jazz and African music. This year edition features artists and bands such as Marcus Miller, Joshua Redman, Omara Portuondo, Yaron Herman, Emma-Jean Thackray and Oumou Sangaré. The festival also includes concerts especially aimed at children and screenings of films about jazz. Concerts are held at the Cité de la Musique, the Philarmonie and the Grande Halle de la Villette. Admission : €25 to €45 per concert. Reduced rates are available for people booking at least three concerts. Information and bookings : 0144844484 / 0144037575
jazzalavillette.com
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August 30, 2019
September 07, 2019
Short film festival
PARIS. About hundred French and international short films participate in an international competition and screenings take place after dusk in the park of the Butte du Chapeau Rouge. Each evening, up and coming pop, hip-hop or reggae bands and singers give a concert before the beginning of the screenings. Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge. 5 avenue Debidour, 75019 Paris. Concerts at 7 pm. Screenings after dusk. Admission free. Information :
www.association-silhouette.com
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August 31, 2019
September 01, 2019
Europe’s largest flea market
LILLE. The famous “Braderie de Lille” is an open-air flea market that exists since the 12th century. During thirty-three hours 100 km of streets are packed with stalls and the event attracts between one and two million visitors. The main streets are lined with most of the professional stalls, designer boutiques pulling out bargain rails, or brocanteurs showing off their burnished, expensive antiques. The street party atmosphere of the Braderie is at its best in the narrow side streets where vendors sell the contents of suburban attics, beers, sandwiches and other delicacies. This is also where you are most likely to find a bargain. In addition there are street entertainers, musicians, exhibitions and much more. On Saturday morning the event kicks off with a semi-marathon, attracting thousands of competitors. Information : 0359579400
www.lilletourism.com
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August 31, 2019
September 01, 2019
Vineyards hikes
LOIRE VALLEY. The annual event « Vignes, Vins et Randos » (Vineyards, Wines and Hikes) invites you to discover the vineyards of the Loire valley through seventeen hikes led by winegrowers and some of them offer commentaries in English. They share with you their know-how and their passion for their work and their land, and guide you through landscapes listed by Unesco as part of Mankind's world heritage. Short snack breaks are organized along the way as well as musical, artistic and educational activities. When the walk is over, you can have a picnic with the winegrowers and enjoy the region’s best wines. Hikes are 4.5 km to 9 km long and take place Saturday afternoon in the appellations Saumur Champigny, Jasnières Coteaux du Loir, Coteaux d’Ancenis, Saumur, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Touraine Mesland, Haut-Poitou, Savennières and Chinon as well as Sunday morning in the appellations Touraine Chenonceaux, Vouvray, Bonnezeaux, Chinon, Muscadet Coteaux du Vendômois, Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame and Anjou Village-Brissac-coteaux de l’Aubance. There are also some itineraries for disabled persons, families and cyclists. Price : €7 per person, €2 for under 18s. Information and registrations : 0811119540
www.vvr-valdeloire.fr
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September 2019
September 01, 2019 Ganesh Festival
PARIS. As every year the Hindu community organizes the Ganesh Festival, an events that attracts devotees from all over Europe. After a ceremony led by priest in the temple, a procession takes the statue of the God through the 18th and 10th arrondissement of Paris. All along the route of this colorful parade, devotees break hundred of coconuts in front of the chariot carrying the statue of the God, a symbolic act meaning they offer their heart to Ganesh. Ganesh Temple. 17 rue Pajol, 75018 Paris. Ceremony at the temple from 9am. Procession from 10.30am till 3pm. Route : rue Pajol, rue Perdonnet, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, rue Marx Dormoy, rue Ordener, boulevard Barbès,rue Labat, rue Marcadet, rue Ordener, rue Philippe de Girard. Information : 0142095045
www.templeganesh.fr
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September 01, 2019
September 16, 2019
Visa pour l’Image
PERPIGNAN. World’s largest photojournalism and press photography festival, this event features exhibitions taking place in several venues throughout the city as well as screenings, retrospectives, award ceremonies, conferences and meetings. Exhibitions present stories or anthologies of a photographer's work, reporting on wars, nature, the environment, people, religious issues, social phenomena and so on. On the evening shows and screenings cover the main events of the past year. The festival also includes a professional week offering professional photojournalists to meet with their peers and talk about the evolution of their profession. Admission free. Information :
www.visapourlimage.com
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September 06, 2019
October 06, 2019
Eclectic music festival
ORNE. “Septembre Musical” is a music festival that takes place over five weekends in various venues throughout the Orne department. It offers a musical journey flying past flamenco and oratorio, sailing by jazz and chamber music and gliding over contemporary dance and opera. This year edition includes an Offenbach opera, The Trip to the Moon, a Gipsy evening featuring Rhoda Scott and the Choirs of Maine University, the Normandy Regional Orchestra and the Rouen Choir Chamber rendering works by Mozart, pianist François Dumont and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Republican Guard rendering works by Ravel and Dvorak, the Caravanserail ensemble and organist Jean-Baptiste Monnot playing works by Bach, trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin-Vary and the Normandy Regional Orchestra rendering works by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Piazzolla and Gershwin, .... Admission : €10 to €34 per concert Information and bookings : 0233269999
www.septembre-musical.com
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September 06, 2019
September 08, 2019
Medieval Festival
BOULIAC. NEAR BORDEAUX. Fourteen companies and about sixty artists participate in the Medievales of Bouliac. During three days they enable visitors to experience life in the Middle Ages as it actually was through diverse shows and activities. The event features knight jousts, archery, siege machinery, sword fighting, master builders and traditional games demonstrations and shows, troubadours, jugglers, stilt walkers, circus and fire eaters performances as well as music, songs, dances, craftsmen and workshops. A parade will also go through the town on the Sunday morning and a medieval banquet will take place on the Friday evening. Medieval banquet at 8pm on Friday 6th. Price : €25. Bookings : 0660166169. Shows and activities from noon to 11pm on Saturday 7th, from 11am to 7pm on Sunday 8th. Admission €6, free for children under 10. Information :
www.medievalesdebouliac.fr
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September 07, 2019
September 08, 2019
Cycling, music and wine tasting
ENTRE-DEUX-MERS, NEAR BORDEAUX. There is no other festival like “Ouvre la Voie” in France and maybe in the World. It takes place along the 55 km long Roger Lapébie cycling track running from Sauveterre de Guyenne to Lastresne, to the south of Bordeaux. It goes through the Entre-Deux-Mers a wine region so called because it occupies a land located between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. From Saturday morning to Sunday evening many events are organised in the villages located along the Roger Lapébie cycling track and cyclists are offered the chance to enjoy wine tasting, picnic and concerts given by French rock bands, singers and brass bands. It’s also a nice way to discover the landscapes and the architectural heritage of this area. All concerts are free of charge and bicycle rental is available. Information : 0556336603
www.rockschool-barbey.com/60/ouvre-la-voix
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September 08, 2019
September 22, 2019
Horse days
FRANCE. Taking place throughout France over three Sundays, the Journées du Cheval (Horse Days) features hundreds of events organized in equestrian centers. It includes free horse or pony riding for beginners, cart rides, shows as well many competitions. Information :
journeeducheval.ffe.com
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September 13, 2019
September 14, 2019
Contemporary knifes
PARIS. For the fifth time, the French capital hosts an exhibition devoted to contemporary knife making. Aimed to collectors, connoisseurs, professionals and merchants, the FiCX-Paris knife show gathers together the most renowned and innovative knife-makers who combine tradition, know-how, technique, creativity and inventiveness. Working with traditional materials such as gold, silver, gems, tortoise shell, pearls and ivory but also modern anodized alloys and unexpected composites, they produce knifes with new forms, styles and designs. Le Carreau du Temple. 4 rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris. Open from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €10. Free for under 12s. Information :
www.ficx-paris.com
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September 15, 2019
September 16, 2019
Best French spirits
PARIS. Nowadays, France not only produces Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados but also excellent whiskies and gins as well as a wide range of liquors. France Quintessence fair gives you the chance to meet the best producers, newcomers and taste their spirits. The event also features a Dîner des Epicurieux conceived by 3 starred chef Yannick Alléno focusing on food and spirit pairing, debates and workshops focusing on cocktails making as well as on spirit and food pairing. Pavillon Ledoyen. 8 avenue Dutuit, 75008 Paris. Open from noon to 7pm on Sunday, from 11am to 6pm on Monday for professionals only. Admission : €30 per person, €50 for two and €60 for three. Half-day : €15. Dîner des Epicurieux : €150 Information :
www.france-quintessence.fr
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September 20, 2019
September 29, 2019
Puppet Festival
CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES. ARDENNES. The 20th World Festival of Puppet Theatres brings together around hundred companies coming from 28 countries from every five continents. This event is one of the biggest of its kind and is now held every two years. It has a family-friendly atmosphere with performances taking place in nearly forty theatres, halls, clubs, gymnasia, cafes and courtyards fitted out to receive shadow puppets as well as wire, terracotta, wood or rags puppets. The town also hosts an Off festival and several exhibitions related to puppet. Admission : €19 per show for adults, €11 for children less than 18 years old. Three shows pass : €45. Six shows pass : €72. Ten shows pass : €100. Twenty shows pass : €180. Information and bookings : 0324599494
www.festival-marionnette.com
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