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January 11, 2020
April 19, 2020
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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January 19, 2020
Mars 29, 2020
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.limoux.fr/ad_attachment/D%C3%A9pliant%202020%20carnaval.pdf
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February 11, 2020
February 18, 2020
Asian cinema
VESOUL. HAUTE-SAONE DEPARTMENT. The Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema showcases the cinemas of Asia and has been held since 1995. About seventy films coming from all over Asia, from Middle East to Far East will be screened including premieres as well as feature films and documentaries never released in France that take part in the official competition. This 26th edition features a focus on Tibetan cinema featuring fourteen films, a selection of twenty-four films having as theme «Liberty, Equality, Creativity», an homage to Israeli actress Roni Elkabetz, Japanese films inspired by Shakespeare’s works as well as three animated films. Screenings at the Cinéma Majestic and at the Edwige Feuillère Theatre. Admission : €7.50 / €6 per film. Five films pass : €30. Festival pass : €70. Information : 0384971085, 0384765582
www.cinemas-asie.com
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February 13, 2020
Mars 05, 2020
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 13th, 20th and 27th as well as on March 4th and 5th. Information : 0147908002
www.courchevel.com
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February 15, 2020
Mars 03, 2020
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 : €12 to €25 for adults, €6 to €10 for children. Garden : €15 / €12 for adults, €8 / €6 for children. Information : 0492417695
www.fete-du-citron.com
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February 15, 2020
February 29, 2020
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 2020 theme is “King of Fashion”. Program varies every day. Admission : €12 to €26 for adults, €5 to €10 for 6 to 10 years old children. Free for children under 6 years old. Information : 0892707407
www.nicecarnaval.com
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February 2020
February 21, 2020
February 23, 2020
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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February 21, 2020
February 25, 2020
Granville carnival
GRANVILLE. MANCHE DEPARTMENT. Held since 1872, the Carnaval de Granville is the oldest in Western France. At the origin, it was dedicated to fishermen as a sendoff ceremony prior to they leave to go fishing for cod in Newfoundland waters. Nowadays it attracts 120 000 revelers and features several concerts and parades. Taking place on the Sunday, the main one comprises about forty satirical floats and fifteen brass bands. Information :
www.carnaval-de-granville.fr
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February 23, 2020 Paris Carnival
PARIS. Once very famous, the Paris Carnival had disappeared. Brought back to life nineteen years ago, it is growing in size every year and attracts more and more groups, both from Paris organizations as well as from outside the city, not to mention from other towns in France and from other countries. Led by a Limousine breed cow embodying the Fatted calf, the parade will be made up of 15 floats and 15 000 participants are expected. It will start at 2pm from Gambetta square and will end in Republique square around 6pm. The theme of this edition is “A fabulous aerial world”. Information :
www.carnaval-paris.org
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February 26, 2020
Mars 03, 2020
Foreign films
PARIS. For the seventh 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 “First films” and it features sixteen films produced in sixteen different countries. Screenings take place at the Ecoles Cinema Club. Admission : €6 per film. Information : 0142841434
www.ficep.info
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Mars 2020
Mars 13, 2020
Mars 22, 2020
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 focuses on the work of two filmmakers, Portuguese Pedro Costa and French Mosco Boucault. Admission : €6 / €4. Information :
www.cinemadureel.org
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Mars 13, 2020
Mars 17, 2020
Saint-Patrick's Day celebration
PARIS. On the occasion of Saint-Patrick’s Day, the Irish Cultural Centre hosts a festival featuring various events. Several concerts given by Kila, Cuig and Ensemble Eriu bands, street performance by Lords of Strut company, a Saint Patrick’s parade and free activities for kids. Centre Culturel Irlandais. 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. Concert on March 13th, 15th and 17th at 7.30pm, on March 14th at noon and on March 15th at 2.30pm. Admission : €18 to €20 / €15. Information and bookings : 0158521030
www.centreculturelirlandais.com
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Mars 13, 2020
Mars 15, 2020
Tattoo Fair
PARIS. Hundreds of world’s leading tattoo artists gathers together at the Mondial du Tatouage including American Bill Canales, Todd Nobles and Dan Gilsdorf, Irish Chris Crooks, Polish Karolina Willczewska, French Mikael de Poissy, Alex Gotza and Benjo San, Italian Andrea Pallocchini, Canadian Amy Mymouse and Zema, Chinese Meng Xiangwei, Japanese Horiyo, Mutsuo and Horishin, Taiwanese Ching, Thai 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 13, 2020
Mars 22, 2020
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. Maison des Arts Place Salvador Allende, 94000 Créteil. Rates : €8 / €6 per film, 6 films pass : €27, 10 films pass : €40, unlimited pass : €70 Information :
www.filmsdefemmes.com
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Mars 15, 2020
Mars 21, 2020
Concerts on the slopes
ALPS. The Porte des Soleil ski area hosts the unusual “ Rock the Pistes Festival”. French and international singers and bands Deluxe, Nada Surf, Iam, The Stranglers and Skip the Use 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 20, 2020
Mars 23, 2020
Book fair
PARIS. India is the guest of honour of the Paris Book Fair now called Livre Paris that welcomes over thirty authors from this country. This edition also highlights litterature from Romanian cities Bucarest and Timisoara. 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 6pm. Admission : €10 / €8 online, €12 / €10 on the spot, free for under 18s. Information :
www.livreparis.com
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Mars 22, 2020 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 25, 2020
Mars 30, 2020
Drawing Fair
PARIS. The Salon du Dessin brings together twenty-two French and nineteen 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 depicting nature from three museums of Marseille and an exhibition of drawings by Achille Duchêne on loan from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation Prize for contemporary drawing will be awarded on March 26th. It rewards a work on paper or cardboard created exclusively with graphic means. Palais Brogniart. Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris. Open from noon to 8pm, till 10pm on Thursday, from 11am on weekend. Admission : €15 / €7.50. Free for under 18s. Information :
www.salondudessin.com
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Mars 25, 2020
Mars 31, 2020
Short film festival
FRANCE. Organized by the "Faites des Courts, Fête des Films" association, the festival called “La Fête du Court” takes place all throughout France. For a week, many cinemas, theatres and media libraries as well as websites and TV channels screen short films. In addition, thirty-five cities host conferences, meetings, debates and workshops on this subject. Information :
www.lafeteducourt.com
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April 2020
April 02, 2020
April 05, 2020
Contemporary Art Fair
PARIS. A modern and contemporary art fair, Art Paris gathers together about one hundred and fifty of the most dynamic French and international galleries marketing paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos and installations. The exhibitors come from 20 countries with more than 40% of them from abroad. This editions has an overview of the French art scene and a focus on Spanish and Portuguese Art from the 1950s to the present days. There are also a section called “Promises” dedicated to young galleries and twelve “Solo Show” each one dedicated to an artist. 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 : €28 / €14. Information : 0156265234
www.artparis.fr
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April 21, 2020
April 26, 2020
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 42nd 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 Matt Pokora, Jeanne Added, M, Renan Luce, Trio, Calypso Rose, Deluxe, Dionysos, La Grande Sophie, Miossec, Boombap, Michael Chapman, Isaac Delusion, Eva, Clara Ysé…. 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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June 2020
June 18, 2020
June 21, 2020
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 two vineyard tours including lunch and tasting in chateaux. One going through the right bank appellations including Saint-Emilion, one focusing on Medoc. The event also features a golf competition. Hangar 14. Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux. Tasting from 10am to 5pm. Admission : €65 / €45 / €30. Gala dinners : €140. Vineyard tours : €99. Golf competition : €95. Information :
www.ugcb.net/en/le-weekend-des-grands-crus-2020
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