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May 06, 2017
October 14, 2017
Gardens on stage
PICARDY. “Jardins en Scène” is a festival where music, visual arts, theatre, dance and circus shows slip into more than forty gardens. Perched in a tree or floating on water, artists are not where we expect to find them. They give unusual performances offering visitors snatches of poetry, humor and enjoyment in the midst of natural settings sculpted by other artists excelling in a discipline of their own. For this ninth edition more than eighty shows are scheduled in gardens scattered around the Picardy region. Admission : free or from €2 to €12 depending on the garden and the show. Information and bookings :
www.jardinsenscene.fr
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May 27, 2017
November 04, 2017
Jazz in the vineyards
VAUCLUSE. Ten jazz concerts are held in vineyards or in wineries. Afterwards, spectators are offered wine tasting and toasts. Concerts are given by the Pierre Christophe Quartet at the Domaine Colline Saint Jean in Vacqueyras (May 27th), the Drom Blanchard Quartet at Domaine Berthet Rayne in Cairanne (June 24th), the Tipo Combo Quartet at the Domaine Brusset in Cairanne (July 15th), the Nora Kamm Quartet at the Domaine Rabasse Charavin in Cairanne (August 5th), several bands in the frame of the Jazz dans les Vignes Festival in the vineyards of Visan (August 24th), the Alfio Origlio Quartet in the vineyards of Cairanne (August 25th), the O.Hutman Trio in the vineyards of Sérignan (August 26th), the Mariannick Saint-Ceran Quintet at the Cave Cooperative of Roaix Séguret (September 16th), the Jean-Philippe Bordier Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Vacqueyras (October 14th) and the Philippe Duchemin Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Cairanne (November 4th). Admission : €15 per concert. Information and bookings:
www.jazzdanslesvignes.fr
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June 04, 2017
October 01, 2017
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 “At the Earth’s Core” 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 on Sunday and in July - August. Admission : €8.50 / €4. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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August 12, 2017
September 30, 2017
Luminessences
AVIGNON. Using cutting-edge sound and image technologies, this light show reviews the dramatic history of the Avignon Popes and the central role of the Palace. Accompanied by music, monumental images cloak the four wings of the palace and surround the audience that in taken back to medieval time. There are three shows a week in English – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Shows every day at 9.15pm in French and at 10.15pm in English. Admission : €12 / €10. Information and bookings :
www.lesluminessences-avignon.com
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September 01, 2017
October 01, 2017
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 equestrian and musical show by the Théâtre du Centaure, the Amsterdam Barokopera rendering “Queen Mary” by Purcell, the Rouen Normandy Opera orchestra playing pieces by Prokofiev and Beethoven, violinist Rosanne Phlippens and pianist Julien Quentin performing sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Strauss, the Normandy Orchestra rendering Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, the Sinfonieta Cracovia performing pieces by Polish composers, harpist Tjasha Gafner rendering pieces by Bach, Haydn, Smetana and Chertok, the Normandy Orchestra and soprano Léa Desandre rendering works by Mozart, Haendel and Rossini. Admission : €8 to €30 per concert Information and bookings : 0233269999
www.septembre-musical.com
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September 14, 2017
September 27, 2017
Puppet Festival
CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES. ARDENNES. The 19th World Festival of Puppet Theatres brings together over 95 companies coming from 25 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. Special features of this edition include an exceptional Indonesian show held on the town main square, a selection of show for kids less than 3 years old and a focus on puppet theatre in Finland. The town also hosts an Off festival and several exhibitions related to puppet. Admission : €18 per show for adults, €10 for children less than 12 years old. Three shows pass : €45. Six shows pass : €66. Ten shows pass : €100. Twenty shows pass : €180. Information and bookings : 0324599494
www.festival-marionnette.com
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September 22, 2017
October 01, 2017
Cultures of the world
PARIS. For a week Paris beats to the rhythms of foreign cultures on the occasion of the 16th edition of the Week of Foreign Cultures. Having as its theme “The Street”, it features dozens of events taking place in about 30 cultural centers that give visitors the chance to cross cultural lines and travel around the world with exhibitions, concerts, shows and debates. Information :
www.ficep.info
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September 23, 2017
September 25, 2017
A treat for whisky connoisseurs
PARIS. Whisky Live Paris brings together more than 160 distilleries and brands of whisky from all countries of production as well a selection of the best producers of spirits such as cognac, armagnac and calvados. Visitors can taste new releases, rarities and classics, participate in master classes and encounters with the finest experts, explorers and tasters from the world of spirits and gastronomy. Les Docks. Cité de la Mode et du Design. 34 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. Open to the public from 1.30pm to 7.30pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th. Open for professionals and press only from 10am to 6pm on Monday 25th. Admission fees. Standard tickets : €68 per day. VIP tickets including premium whisky tasting : €120 per day, €195 for the weekend. Information and bookings :
www.whiskylive.fr
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September 2017
September 27, 2017
October 01, 2017
British film festival
DINARD. BRITTANY. Devoted to British cinema, this five days festival gives viewers the chance to discover all the new British film releases in the presence of actors and directors. Each year, it awards the Golden Hitchcock prize to the best film in competition. Besides, the public is invited to preview screenings, as well as retrospectives and tributes to the great names of British cinema. This 28th edition pays homage to actors Jim Broadbent and Phil Davis as well as to director Christopher Smith. It also features a short film competition and 19 premieres. Information :
www.festivaldufilm-dinard.com
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September 29, 2017
October 01, 2017
Muscadétours
NANTES REGION. During three days a wide range of events gives tourists the chance to discover the Muscadet vineyard in depth as well as the gastronomy and the heritage of the region. Wine tasting accompanied by a concert, market of local products, hike through the vines, introductory wine tasting courses, guided tours, wine and food pairing, cellar visits, art exhibitions are some of the activities on the agenda. Information :
www.lesmuscadetours.com
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September 29, 2017 Researcher’s night
FRANCE. Each year the Researchers’ Night is an invitation for the public to meet the researchers. During an evening, participants have the opportunity to meet the men and women involved in research and to learn about their work and the skills involved, and thus to gain a better understanding of what they deal with everyday in their quest to expand our knowledge and make technological progress. The 2017 edition features dozens of events taking place in 12 cities such as meetings and exchanges with researchers, shows involving artists, film screenings, games and tests, scientific cafes and workshops. Information :
www.nuitdeschercheurs-france.eu
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September 30, 2017
October 08, 2017
Cartoon festival
SAINT JUST LE MARTEL, NEAR LIMOGES. For the 36th year the small town of Saint Just le Martel hosts Europe’s largest cartoon festival, the Salon International du Dessin de Presse et d’Humour. Hundreds of French and international caricaturists including the most renowned ones demonstrate their crafts or have their work on display. This edition pays homage to Swiss caricaturists Burki, Mix and Remix, Italian Marilena Nardi and Israeli Boris Erenburg. It also features collective exhibition on the theme of Donald Trump, of the 2017 French presidential election and of the British seen by the French and the French seen by the British as well as a selection of political caricatures of Georges Clemenceau. Information : 0555092670
www.st-just-humour.fr
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September 30, 2017
October 01, 2017
Secret gardens
LE MANS. The old town of Le Mans, known as the Plantagenet City, is a 9 ha district of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. It also boasts a large number of small beautiful gardens, mostly private and unknown to the public. On the occasion of the “Entre Cours et Jardins” event, twenty of them exceptionally open their doors to the visitors while several public gardens and venues throughout the town host plants markets, workshops and conferences. Open from 10am to 6pm. Admission : a €5 pass giving access to all gardens is on sale at the tourist office. Information : 0243474030
www.entrecoursetjardins.com
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October 2017
October 04, 2017
October 10, 2017
German film festival
PARIS. Films by famous directors, recent feature films, short films, documentaries, a selection of the best short films by students of German film schools,…. The 22nd Festival du Cinéma Allemand gives spectators the opportunity to watch about thirty German films. Cinéma L’Arlequin. 76 rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris. Admission : €6.50 / €5.50 per film. Original versions with French subtitles. Information :
www.festivalcineallemand.com
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October 05, 2017
October 14, 2017
Oktoberfest in Paris
PARIS. You dream to participate in the Oktoberfest but have no time to go to Munich ?... Don’t be disappointed Paulaner brings the event to you. The German brewery indeed organizes a Parisian Oktoberfest setting up a giant marquise where bands play traditional Bavarian music while waiters and waitresses serve Paulaner’s beer and Bavarian dishes. You can even rent or buy traditional Bavarian clothes. Paris Event Center. 20 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Admission : €34.90 to €44.90 including €15 for drinks. From €24.90 on Sunday evening. Information :
www.oktoberfestparis.fr
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October 07, 2017
October 15, 2017
Science Festival
FRANCE. Share in the knowledge, gain a better understanding of the world we are all part of, discuss the challenges facing our society, push back the frontiers of ignorance. These and others are the goals of the Fête de la Science that comprises more than three thousand conferences, debates, exhibitions, visits and workshops held all over France. Information :
www.fetedelascience.fr
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October 07, 2017 White Night
PARIS. This year’s edition of the White Night has most of its events concentrated between the City Hall and Republique square as well as in the Northern part of the city, from the district of La Chapelle to the Rosa Parks RER station where the public will discover all kinds of art installations and shows.. Information :
www.paris.fr/nuitblanche
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October 11, 2017
October 15, 2017
Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival
PARIS. There is still one vineyard in Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. On the occasion of the grape harvest, this district hosts a wide range of events such as aperitifs, concerts, exhibitions, cabaret performances, wine and food tasting, school of taste and so on. As usual, the highlight is the great parade taking place the Saturday afternoon and featuring wine brotherhoods from all around France, music and brass bands that winds its way through the 18th arrondissement. Departure at 11.45am from Montmartre’s vineyard. Information :
www.fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com
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October 13, 2017
October 15, 2017
Plant days
CHANTILLY, NEAR PARIS. Bringing together some 250 exhibitors from around Europe, the Journées des Plantes (Plant days) allow visitors to discover the knowledge of horticulture and the arts of botany. The variety and quality of the plants on display and on sale are truly inspiring. In addition experts in plants and landscaping give tricks and tips to grow them.
 Workshops are also held in both French and English. Domaine de Chantilly. Jardin Anglais. 60500 Chantilly. Open from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €20 / €12 (€17 / €10 online). Information : 0344273180
www.domainedechantilly.com/fr/journees-plantes/
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October 14, 2017
October 15, 2017
Vintage cars
LE BOURGET, NEAR PARIS. About two thousands vintage cars and motorbikes are on display at the 17th Automédon show. As usual visitors can see a large variety of vehicles and this edition celebrates the French automobile body makers with about 20 cars from the early 20th century by Kellner, Labourdette and Rotschild as well as the 40th anniversary of the Porsche 928. The show also presents a selection of customized rods and a collection of Super Sport Ducati bikes. Lastly, it features a market bringing together more than 200 spare part dealers and professional artisans selling everything needed to restore and maintain vintage cars. Parc des Expositions de Paris – Le Bourget. Hall 4. 93350 Le Bourget. Open from 9am to 7pm. Admission : €14 / €12. Free for kids under 12. Information :
www.automedon.fr
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October 21, 2017
October 22, 2017
Open doors weekend in Graves
GRAVES. NEAR BORDEAUX. More than seventy châteaux of the Graves appellation welcome visitors and offer wine tasting, exhibitions, concerts, workshops and producers markets as well as games and donkey rides for kids. In addition the Maison des Vins de Graves hosts various activities including a dinner as well as introductory courses to wine tasting. Information : 0556270925
www.vins-graves.com
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October 26, 2017
October 30, 2017
Fair devoted to children
PARIS. Part tradeshow, part fun park, Kidexpo is a source of ideas and solutions in all matters related to the bringing-up of children. There are a lot of sports and games for kids to play, guided workshops, as well as forums to debate prevalent issues in childrearing today. Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. Halls 4. 75015 Paris. Open every day from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €14 per adult, €8 per child, €18 for one adult + one child., €36 for 2 adults + 3 children. Information :
www.kidexpo.com
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