At the moment
January 13, 2018
April 08, 2018
Dunkirk carnival
DUNKERQUE. One of the craziest and most festive carnivals in Europe, the Carnaval de Dunkerque is also one of the longest as it runs over several months with events on weekends and certain weekdays. It features balls and processions of groups of revelers and musicians called “bandes” who are dressed up or wear yellow fishermen's coats, as the tradition dates back to the 17th century when ship owners held a feast for the fishermen and their families before the men departed for six months to fish off the coast of Iceland. The parades last around 4 hours and finish at the Town Hall where the crowds demand 'what they deserve', that is 450 kg of herrings which are traditionally thrown off the belfry. The party culminates in the “Trois Joyeuses”, on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Information :
Mars 01, 2018
April 30, 2018
Focus on Art Deco
HAUTS-DE-FRANCE. A dozen of towns from the Hauts-de-France region boasting a rich Art Deco heritage offer a wide range of activities to discover this art style from the Roaring Twenties. Guided tours, special opening of buildings usually closed to the public, film screenings, conferences and workshops are on the agenda. Information :
Mars 16, 2018
April 13, 2018
Jazz in the suburbs
SEINE-SAINT-DENIS DEPARTMENT. A must for all jazz lovers, the Banlieues Bleues Festival consists of twenty-eight concerts and showcases French and international bands performing from traditional swing to the most exuberant sounds. This year edition features Melingo Anda, Eve Risser, Elodie Pasquier, Sarah Murcia, Antonin Tri Hoang, Eténèsh Wassié and many other artists. Concerts take place in several towns of the Seine-Saint-Denis department. Admission : €10 to €16 per concert. Three to five concerts pass available. Information and bookings : 0149221010
Mars 18, 2018
Mars 24, 2018
Concerts on the slopes
ALPS. The Porte des Soleil ski area hosts the unusual “ Rock the Pistes Festival”. French and international singers and bands such as Stephan Eicher, Rootstudy, Oscar and the Wolf, The Kitches, Plug-In, Smooth Attack and Caledonian Lions give concerts in pop-up ski-to totally wild mountain locations. All performances are free and all you need to see them is a ski lift pass and to hop on your skis to reach the unique sets built overnight. The Porte des Soleil ski area groups twelve French and Swiss ski resorts : Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montrond, Morzine-Avoriaz, Saint-Jean d’Aulp, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val d’Illiez-Les Crosets-Champoussin. Information :
Mars 21, 2018
Mars 26, 2018
Drawing Fair
PARIS. The Salon du Dessin brings together twenty-three French and sixteen international art galleries among the best of the profession. They present more than 1000 original works from the Renaissance to 1970 including drawings from the French, Italian, German, Flemish and English schools. This edition also features an exhibition of a selection of drawings from the Nantes Arts Museum and an exhibition of preparatory drawings made by designers from jewellery house Chaumet. The Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation Prize for contemporary drawing will be awarded on March 22nd. It rewards a work on paper or cardboard created exclusively with graphic means. Palais de la Bourse. Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris. Open from noon to 8pm, till 10pm on Thursday 22nd. Admission : €15 / €7.50. Free for under 18s. Information :
Mars 2018
Mars 23, 2018
April 01, 2018
Documentary Film Festival
PARIS. Open to a wide diversity of writing, forms, and ideas, “Cinéma du Réel” is an international documentary film festival where the public and professionals discover the films of experienced authors as well as new talents, the history of documentary cinema as well as contemporary works. Through its various sections, the festival presents about two hundred films screened at the Centre Pompidou, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Forum des Images, the Luminor Hotel de Ville and few other cinemas located in Paris. About forty French and international films participate in the International competition and this edition also features a retrospective of Ogawa Shinsuke work. Admission : €6 / €4. Information :
Mars 25, 2018
Mars 26, 2018
Hundreds of beers to taste
PARIS. For its fourth edition, Planète Bière (Planet Beer) gathers together dozens of worldwide craft and industrial breweries that give visitors the opportunity to taste more than 500 different biers. Conferences, debates, beer and food pairing workshops and beer tasting introductory courses are also on the agenda. Cité de la Mode et du Design. 34 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. Open to the public on Sunday from noon to 7pm. Admission : €25 for one person, €40 for two and €51 for three. Open Monday for professionals only from 11am to 6pm, by invitation. Information :
Mars 31, 2018
April 02, 2018
Easter egg hunts
VAUX-LE-VICOMTE, NEAR PARIS. During three days more than 170 egg hunts take place in the gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte castle where 85 000 chocolate eggs are hidden. Meanwhile, many free activities such as chocolate-based creations, origami, engraving or make up workshop take place in the outbuildings and there is an educative farm with ducks, lambs, bunnies and an incubator where kids can see live chick births. Adults and children can also discover the State apartments. Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. 77950 Maincy. Open from 10am to 5pm. Admission : adults : €17.50 / €15.50, children : €12. Free for kids under 6 years old. Information : 0164144190
April 2018
April 05, 2018
April 08, 2018
Contemporary Art Fair
PARIS. A modern and contemporary art fair, Art Paris gathers together about one hundred and forty of the most dynamic French and international galleries marketing paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos and installations. The exhibitors come from 23 countries with more than 40% of them from abroad. The guest of honour of this edition is Switzerland with galleries showing the wealth and diversity of its art scene. There are also a section called “Promesse” dedicated to young galleries and thirty-five “Solo Show” each one dedicated to an artist. In addition, this edition features video screenings on the Grand Palais north and south façades. Grand Palais. Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris. Open from 11.30am till 8pm on Thursday and Saturday, from 11.30am till 9pm on Friday, from 11.30am till 7pm on Sunday. Admission : €25 / €12. Information : 0156265234
April 05, 2018
April 20, 2018
Discover Languedoc wines
PARIS. If you live in Paris, from April 5th 20th, twenty wine shops invite you to come to discover Languedoc wines through two different workshops for groups of 4 to 8 persons. Called “Premier Flirt”, the first one is aimed at beginners, includes an introductory course to wine tasting and teaches you how to recognize the AOC from Languedoc through the tasting of four wines from various areas of Languedoc. Called “A la Folie”, the second one gives the chance to taste wines from different vintage years and produced on various terroirs. Each workshop lasts 90 minutes and includes the tasting of four different wines. Price : €50 to €60 for 4 to 8 persons. Information and bookings :
April 24, 2018
April 29, 2018
Printemps de Bourges
BOURGES. CHER DEPARTMENT. Only a few well-known musicians come to this festival that gives to many new talents the chance to make their first major concert. This 41st edition features more than a hundred groups and artists playing rock and pop music, electro music, folk melodies, hip hop or world music. It includes Catherine Ringer, Orelsan, Okonomiaki, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Eddy de Pretto, Nakahane, Lost, Shaka Ponk, Ben Mazué, Isaac Gracie…. Shows are held in twelve different venues from noon to dawn daily. Tickets : from €10 to €50 per concert. Three concerts pass available. Information and bookings : 0248272829