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January 07, 2017
April 29, 2017
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 :
www.carnaval-de-dunkerque.info
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Mars 01, 2017
April 30, 2017
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 :
www.printempsartdeco.fr
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April 01, 2017
May 01, 2017
Garden festival
FRENCH RIVIERA For the first time the French Riviera hosts a Garden Festival having 'Awakening the Senses' as its theme. Its main feature is an ephemeral garden competition for professionals who will create 200 sq meters gardens in the centre of five towns : Grasse, Cannes, Antibes, Nice and Menton. In addition around eighty private beautiful gardens will be exceptionnally open to the public and many activities will be on the agenda of this festival such as tasting, culinary events flower art and gardening techniques workshops, plant markets, exhibitions, conferences and guided tours. Information :
www.cotedazur-tourisme.com
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April 01, 2017
April 27, 2017
Kid’s Folies
SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS. VENDEE. Kid’s Folies is a children's festival aiming to bring children and parents together in a whirlwind of activities featuring entertainment, shows, exhibitions, workshops, games, sports, an evening party including a firework and lots of surprises. The theme of this year’s edition is “Paul Klee’s keys”. Information : 0826887887
www.saint-jean-de-monts.com/kids-folies.html
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April 27, 2017
May 01, 2017
Fashion and photography
HYERES, NEAR TOULON. Through two competitions, the International Fashion and Photography Festival showcases young promising artists in the fields of fashion and photography. Ten fashions designers present to the public their first collection in a series of fashion shows while an exhibition brings together the works of the ten selected photographers. The event also features conferences and workshops. Villa Noailles. Montée Noailles, 83400 Hyères. Open Thursday from 6pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm, Monday from 11am to 2pm. Information : 0498080198
www.villanoailles-hyeres32.com
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April 2017
April 29, 2017
May 14, 2017
Joan of Arc festival
ORLEANS. Each year, Orleans commemorates the lifting of the siege of the city by the English army on May 8th, 1429. Festivities include a medieval market, a medieval party, a military parade and an historical procession led by a girl in armor on horseback evoking Joan of Arc going through the city, the handing over of the Standard ceremony, a sound and light show on the façade of the cathedral and a set electro with famous DJs. Information :
www.orleans-metropole.fr/989-6672/fiche/fetes-de-jeanne-darc-2017.htm
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April 29, 2017
May 01, 2017
Roman games
NIMES. For a weekend, the city of Nîmes takes you back to the roman age with the “Grand Jeux Romains”. Parade of troops, imperial cult ceremony, themed visits, documentary screenings, demonstrations, exhibitions and conferences are held in different venues throughout the city. The highlight is the show taking place each afternoon in the arena, one of the nicest in Europe. Having the Celtic Queen Boudica as its theme, it features an uprising of the Celts against the Romans as well as horse races and gladiator fights. In addition, several workshops introduce kids to Roman mythology, Roman board games and archeology. Opening of the Arena from 10am. to 6pm. Admission to the circus games : from €15 to €49 for adults, from €5 to €29 for kids under 12s. Information : 0466218256
www.arenes-nimes.com
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April 29, 2017
May 01, 2017
Saint-Emilion open days
SAINT-EMILION, NEAR BORDEAUX. More than 90 wineries from the Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion appellations open their doors and offer free wine tasting, architectural or historical themed visits, playful activities, art exhibitions, cooking or artistic workshops and tasting of local produces. Wine tasting introductions and workshops led by the wine school of Bordeaux are also held at the Maison du Vin of Saint-Emilion and a diner vigneron (winemaker dinner) is organized the Saturday at 8pm at Saint-Emilion. Wine tasting introduction and workshop : €25 / €20 per person. Winemaker dinner : €30 per adult, €14 per child. Information and bookings : 0557555055
www.vins-saint-emilion.com/saint-emilion-portes-ouvertes-2017
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May 2017
May 11, 2017
May 22, 2017
Saint-Germain Jazz Festival
PARIS. The love affair between jazz and Saint-Germain-des-Près goes back to the post-War years when Boris Vian, Miles Davis, Sidney Bechet and Duke Ellington introduced France to New Orleans music. Each spring, this district of Paris revives its mythical musical past with a festival featuring concerts, exhibitions and encounters. Evening concerts of this seventeenth edition feature international stars such as Baptiste Trotignon, Stefano di Battista, Avishai Cohen, Hugh Coltman, Airelle Besson, Vincent Ségal, Jowee Omicil and Linda Lee Hopkins. The festival also features concerts by young talents such as Joran Cariou and Kicca. Concerts are held in different venues throughout the Saint-Germain des Prés district. Admission : from €13 to €39 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com
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May 13, 2017
May 14, 2017
Open door weekend at wine cellars
COTES DE BOURG. NEAR BORDEAUX. More than hundred châteaux of the Côtes de Bourg appellation welcome visitors wishing to taste their wines, discover art exhibitions and tour their properties on foot or on horseback. In addition the Maison du Vin des Côtes de Bourg hosts a temporary wine bar and organizes river cruises, wine tasting and wine blending introductions as well as bike tours through the vineyards of the appellation. Information and registrations : 0557948020
www.cotes-de-bourg.com/2017/03/24/portes-ouvertes-les-13-14-mai-2017/
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May 20, 2017
May 21, 2017
Gourmet hike
SAINT-GILLES, GARD DEPARTMENT. Vignes Toquées is a 6.5 kilometres long hike through the vineyards of the Costières de Nîmes appellation punctuated with six stops where participants can enjoy fine dishes prepared by starry chef Cyril Attrazic who runs a starred restaurant in Aumont-Aubrac. At each stop they can also taste a selection of red, rosé and white wines from 39 wineries of the appellation. Price : €57 per person, €53 for under 26s. Departures from 9.45am to 1.15pm. Information and registrations : 0466369625
www.costieres-nimes.org/#!vignes-toquées/vignes-toquées-présentation
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May 20, 2017
May 21, 2017
Grands Crus weekend
BORDEAUX. Owners and winemakers from more than 110 renowned Grands Crus of the Bordeaux wine region offer tasting of their vintages. In addition, there are gala dinners during which a different wine will be served with each course in order to show the diversity of Bordeaux grands crus as well as three vineyard tours including lunch and tasting in chateaux. One along the right bank of the Garonne river, passing by Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, one going through the Graves and Sauternes appellations, one focusing on Medoc. The event also features a visit of the Cité du Vin followed by a Grand Cru lunch cruise on the Garonne and a golf tournament ending with a lunch accompanied with wines from participating chateaux. Hangar 14. Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux. Tasting from 10am to 5pm. Admission : €60 to €75. Gala dinners : €140. Vineyard tours : €99. Cité du Vin and cruise : €90. Information :
ugcb.net/fr/wgc
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May 20, 2017 Mysteries night
MULHOUSE. ALSACE. In Mulhouse the museums night is also the mysteries night. From 2 pm till midnight, individuals and teams of three people go around the city centre and in nine technical museums in search for a lost treasure. The theme of this year’s edition is “Travel around the world” and this treasure hunt first consists to solve dozens of riddles. Then, the four best teams face each other in a final game mixing adventure and reflection, and the winners are rewarded with a prize. Teams and people willing to participate in this competition need to buy a €2 “passport” containing all instructions and giving free access to all museums as well as to the public transports. Information : 0800940360 (free call from the end of April)
www.nuitdesmysteres.fr
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June 2017
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 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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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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