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January 07, 2018
Mars 18, 2018
Limoux Carnival
LIMOUX Running for about ten weeks, the Limoux carnival takes place every Saturday and Sunday as well as on Ash Tuesday and every day during its final week. It features various exhibitions and events, the main ones being the parades taking place through the old town at 11am, 4.30pm and 10pm. Playing traditional music and wearing spectacular dresses, the bands of revelers called guilds sing satire in the ancient Occitan language making fun of society and its rules.The carnival ends with the Nuit de la Blanquette when a straw effigy of the King Carnaval is burnt at the stake in the main square taking the blame for the sins people have committed during the festival. Information :
www.carnaval-limoux.com
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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 :
www.carnaval-de-dunkerque.info
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February 15, 2018
Mars 08, 2018
Fireworks in the mountains
COURCHEVEL. ALPS. Unique in Europe, the International Pyrotechnic Art Festival is a competition of firework shows taking place in different villages of the Courchevel ski area with snow and pine trees in background. Teams compete on February 15th and 22nd as well as on March 1st, 6th and 8th. Information : 01479080029
www.courchevel.com
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February 17, 2018
February 25, 2018
Chinese New Year Parades
PARIS. On the occasion of the Chinese New Year celebrations, Paris hosts two parades featuring decorated floats, elaborated traditional costumes, lion dancers and of course giants dragons accompanied by thousands of firecrackers. The first one takes place on Saturday 17th in the 11th and 19th arrondissements, departing at 2.pm from Belleville and passing by boulevard de la Villette, rue Rebeval, rue de Belleville, rue Louis Bonnet, rue de la Présentation and rue du Faubourg du Temple. The second one is scheduled on Sunday 25th in the 13th arrondissement, departs at 1pm from 44 avenue d’Ivry and passes by avenue de Choisy, place d'Italie, avenue d'Italie, rue de Tolbiac, avenue de Choisy, boulevard Masséna and avenue d'Ivry. Information :
www.chine-informations.com
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February 17, 2018
Mars 04, 2018
Lemon festival
MENTON. FRENCH RIVIERA The three weeks long Lemon Festival features various events. Colorful parades comprising music bands and floats of every size and shape entirely covered with citrus fruits take place every Sunday afternoon and every Thursday evening. Dozens of sculptures made up of lemons, limes, and oranges, some of them up to 10 m high, are erected in the Bioves garden that is illuminated by light shows after dark. The agenda also includes a children carnival and parade, as well as orchid and handicraft exhibitions. Admission fees. Parades : €10 to €25 for adults, €6 to €10 for children. Garden : €13 / €10 for adults, €8 / €6 for children. Information : 0492417695
www.fete-du-citron.com
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February 17, 2018
Mars 03, 2018
Nice Carnival
NICE. The Nice Carnival is one of the largest carnivals in the world. The city comes alive during nearly three weeks of festivities, with processions, flower parades, prestige soirées, concerts and fireworks, attracting over a million spectators. The carnival processions, comprising 16 floats and over 1 000 musicians and dancers as well as the “flowers battles” are part of the Carnival not to be missed. They take place in a unique setting, on the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna. The 2018 theme is “King of Space”. Program varies every day. Admission : €12 to €26 for adults, €5 to €10 for 6 to 12 years old children. Free for children under 6 years old. Information : 0892707407
www.nicecarnaval.com
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February 2018
February 23, 2018
February 25, 2018
Games for everyone
CANNES. Gathering together hundreds of exhibitors, players, authors and illustrators, the International Games Festival showcases traditional games, board games, video games and simulation games as well as collectible cards. It features hundreds of freely accessible games rated by a jury of amateurs and professionals, demonstrations, gaming tournaments, meetings with game authors and so on. Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes. Open from 10am to 7pm. Admission free. Information :
www.festivaldesjeux-cannes.com
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Mars 2018
Mars 02, 2018
Mars 04, 2018
Thermalies
LYON. Only show entirely dedicated to well-being, the Thermalies gathers together more than 300 exhibitors specialized in thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy, balneotherapy and spa. It also includes a tea-shop, a nail bar, a massage space, conferences, and workshops. La Sucrière. 49-50 quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon. Open from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €5. Free tickets available on the website Information :
www.thermalies.com
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Mars 06, 2018
Mars 15, 2018
Foreign films
PARIS. For the fifth time, the FICEP (Forum des Instituts Culturels Etrangers à Paris) organises the “Semaine des cinemas étrangers à Paris” (Week of foreign cinemas in Paris). The theme of this edition is “Music and Cinema” and it features twenty-three films produced in twenty-two different countries. Screenings take place in eight foreign cultural centres where admission is free as well as at the Mona Bismarck American Center and at the Le Balzac, Cinema Ecole 21, Trois Luxembourg and 5 Caumartins movie theaters where admission costs from €7 to €10 per film. Information : 0142841434
www.ficep.info
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Mars 09, 2018
Mars 11, 2018
Tattoo Fair
PARIS. Hundreds of world’s leading tattoo artists gathers together at the Mondial du Tatouage including American Bill Canales, Aaron Hodges and Dan Gilsdorf, Irish Chris Crooks, Singapore Ael Lim, French Alan Puech, Alex Gotza and Benjo San, Italian Andrea Pallocchini, Canadian Amy Mymouse and Zema, Chinese Meng Xiangwei, Japanese Ichibay, Tomo Horichiro, Mutsuo and Horishin, Taiwanese Ching, Thai AOD and Ball BKK. The event also features a tattoo contest, concerts and exhibitions. Grande Halle de la Villette. 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris. Open Friday and Saturday from 12.30pm to midnight, Sunday from 11.30am to 7pm. Admission : €25 to €30 per day online, €27 to €32 on the spot. Three days pass : €60 online, €65 on the spot. Information :
www.mondialdutatouage.com
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Mars 09, 2018
Mars 18, 2018
Women’s film festival
CRETEIL, NEAR PARIS. Créteil's International Women's Film Festival showcases the talents of female filmmakers with screenings of more than 100 short and long features fiction and documentary films including some premieres. The program focuses on innovation and discovery, featuring meetings with the filmmakers, and there are contributions from all over the world. Rates : €6 per film, 6 films pass : €28, 10 films pass : €40, unlimited pass : €60 Information and bookings :
www.filmsdefemmes.com
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Mars 10, 2018
Mars 18, 2018
Saint-Patrick's Day celebration
PARIS. On the occasion of Saint-Patrick’s Day, the Irish Cultural Centre hosts a week long festival featuring various events. A workshop led by artist Tom Campbell, activities for kids, concerts by Irish traditional group Atlas, by accordionist Sharon Shannon, a star of Irish traditional music and by Moxie, a band revisiting traditional music with touches of jazz, bluegrass, rock and funk. Centre Culturel Irlandais. 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. Concert on March 16th, 17th, 18th at 7.30pm. Admission : €18 to €20 / €12 to €15. Information and bookings : 0158521030
www.centreculturelirlandais.com
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Mars 11, 2018 Women’s Carnival
PARIS. Thousands of women are expected to participate in the Traditional Feast of Laundresses (Fête traditionnelle des Blanchisseuses), the Paris women’s carnival. Everyone can join the parade on condition to wear a costume and men dressed as women are also welcome. The parade starts at 3pm from place du Chatelet, makes a loop through the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and ends place du Chatelet. Information :
carnaval-des-femmes.org
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Mars 16, 2018
Mars 19, 2018
Book fair
PARIS. Russia is the guest of honour of the Paris Book Fair now called Livre Paris that welcomes many authors from this country. This edition also highlights litterature from the emirate of Sharjah. The fair includes themed areas dedicated to culinary books, works about religion, culture and society, juvenile literature and books focusing on knowledge as well as literary and comics stages where take place debates with authors. Livre Paris. Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. Hall 1. 75015 Paris. Open Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm, Monday from 9am to 7pm. Admission : €10 / €6 online, €12 / €7 on the spot, free for under 18s. Information :
www.livreparis.com
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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 :
www.rockthepistes.com
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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 :
www.salondudessin.com
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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 :
www.cinemadureel.org
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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
www.artparis.fr
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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
www.printemps-bourges.com
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