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October 30, 2019
November 30, 2019
Jazzycolors
PARIS. Jazzycolors is an international jazz festival organized by the Ficep (Forum of Foreign Cultural Institutes in Paris). This 17th edition features 19 concerts and brings together 19 bands and singers coming from all over Europe. They are mostly young talents who are not yet well known outside their own country. Concerts take place in the cultural institutes of Wallonia Brussels, Hungary, Serbia, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and Czech Republic as well as in the Goethe Institut, at the Sacem, at the Columbia Global Center, at the Danish Church and at the Embassy of Bulgaria. Admission : from €5 to €10. Information :
www.ficep.info/jazzycolors
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November 19, 2019
November 26, 2019
Cinemas of the world
NANTES. Each year since 1979 Nantes hosts the “Festival des 3 Continents”, a showcase for fiction and documentary films from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Films never released in France compete for the Grand Prix rewarded by the “Montgolfières d’Or” while films recently released are presented for the first time in France in the out competition program. The agenda also includes a selection of American films having as theme Afro-americans, a retrospective of Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark, a focus on the Costa Rica cinema as well as a selection of films aimed at 4 to 10 years old kids. Screenings take place in the cinemas Katorza, Gaumont place du Commerce, Bonne Garde, Cinématographe, Concorde, Grand T and at the Espace Cosmopolis. Admission : One screening : €6.90 / €5.50, five screenings : €30, ten screenings : €55, day pass : €18, festival pass : €75. Information and bookings :
www.3continents.com
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November 20, 2019
November 24, 2019
Beaujolais Nouveau celebration
BEAUJEU. RHONE DEPARTMENT. Beaujolais Nouveau is traditionally released at midnight on the third Wednesday of November. Known as the Sarmentelles, the biggest festival takes place in Beaujeu, the capital of the Beaujolais region, and attracts locals as well as thousands of guests from France and abroad. Festivities start at the end of the afternoon and feature a tasting competition with prizes, a gastronomic dinner and a show held in a giant marquee, a torch-lit parade through the streets of the town, the piercing of the barrels of Beaujolais Nouveau at the stroke of midnight and dance till dawn. The celebrations continue through the weekend with a Beaujolais wine fair gathering together winemakers of all twelve Beaujolais appellations, a wedding fair, traditional Beaujolais meals and a country music night. Information :
www.sarmentelles.com
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November 2019
November 28, 2019
December 01, 2019
Wines from all over France
PARIS. About 1 000 independent winemakers of all the French wine regions participate to the Salon des Vignerons Indépendants (Independent Winemakers Fair). For a small entry fee, the public get the chance to taste their wines for free – more than 6000 ones on taste – and talk to the winemakers. This fair is also a potential goldmine for the off the beaten track wines that are hard to find in shops. Best days tend to be Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday are very busy with Parisians who stock up for Christmas and New Year. Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. Hall 7.3. Open from 10am to 8pm on Thursday and Saturday, till 9pm on Friday and till 7pm on Sunday. Admission : €6 / €3. Information :
www.vigneron-independant.com
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November 29, 2019
December 22, 2019
Cultural Christmas in Alsace
ALSACE REGION. Created in 2002, The Noëlies are held all over Alsace and comprise a broad range of entertainment and events. Shows, exhibitions, classical music concerts and choir performances carry audiences off on a spiritual voyage through the heart of the Alsatian Christmas. Musicians and bands giving concerts include the Aurelius Sängerknaben boy choir from Calw, in Germany, rendering “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, The Oxford Clerks, a British male voice quintet performing Christmas works by Haendel, Praetorius, Ravenscroft and Cornelius, The Gentlemen Singers, a Czech ensemble choir that sings traditional English, German, Danish and Czech Christmas pieces, the Cantemus Children’s Choir from Hungary whose repertoire includes works by Britten, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Kodaaly and Kocsar, the Metaboles, a French ensemble choir that will perform works by Praetorius, Brahms, Reger, Kaminski and Lang, and the Alsace Lyric Choir that will render works by Schubert, Verdi, Mendelssohn, Debussy and Rutter. Information and bookings : 0390410202
www.noelies.com
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November 29, 2019
November 30, 2019
Grand Tasting
PARIS. Le Grand Tasting is an event offering wine tasting, tasting and champagne master classes, wine and food pairing workshops and so on. Around 350 wineries from the French regions plus a few from Italy and other foreign countries are represented, both established names and worthy newcomers selected by Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, two of France’s most pre-eminent wine critics. Carrousel du Louvre. 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. Open from 10.15am to 8pm on Friday 29th, from 10.15am to 6pm on Saturday 30th. Admission : €30 per day, €35 per two days on internet. €35/€40 on the spot. Master classes from €35 to €100. Information and bookings :
www.grandtasting.com
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December 2019
December 04, 2019
December 08, 2019
Horse fair
PARIS. The Salon du Cheval de Paris (Paris Horse Fair) brings together 2 000 horses, donkeys and ponies as well as a wide range of exhibitors presenting and selling equestrian equipment, horse vehicles, products for horse care and riding vacations. It also includes a children’s village offering pony rides, shows and workshops. Several events take place during the Fair. The Longines Masters, the World Arabian horses championship that allows visitors to discover one hundred or so of the world most beautiful thoroughbred Arabian horses and a Horse Night featuring an equestrian show followed by the Devoucoux Derby Cross that will take place on December 7th from 8.30pm,. Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte. Halls 5a and 5b. 93420 Villepinte. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 10pm, Sunday from 9am to 7pm. Admission : €19 / €10 Horse Night : €55 / €49 including admission to the fair. Information and bookings : 0892707307
www.salon-cheval.com
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December 04, 2019
December 08, 2019
Transmusicales
RENNES. France’s main cutting-edge music festival, the Transmusicales celebrates its 40th edition. This festival has the reputation of being able to recognize upcoming big names and it features nearly a hundred concerts embracing all music trends performed by French and international groups. They take place within the Exhibition Park and in different venues in the city centre. Admission fees : Day pass : €12 to €31. Three days pass : €35 to €69. Information and bookings :
www.lestrans.com
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December 05, 2019
December 08, 2019
Lyon’s Festival of Lights
LYON. For four days dozens of contemporary light installations illuminate Lyon and draw a nocturnal picture of the urban landscape. Innovative and astonishing light works and shows created by young artist and internationally renowned light designers enhance the architectural heritage of the city. However it is not all neon and laser lights as artists also use more traditional lighting such as candles, fire and flames for their works. In addition, on December 8th the inhabitants of Lyon put thousands of candles on their window ledges and balcony. A tradition that dates back to 1852 when they first did it to celebrate the inauguration of a statue of the Virgin Mary next to the Basilica overlooking the city. Information :
www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr
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December 07, 2019
December 15, 2019
Boat show
PARIS. About 1 400 boats including nearly 300 new models, 600 motorboats and 500 sailboats are on display at the Porte de Versailles exhibition park. As usual all the major shipyards are on hand with their new models while marine outfitters and components manufacturers present an ever-increasing number of new products and innovations. In addition, all travel companies of the market offering cruises and sailing vacations and activities are at the show. Nautic. Salon nautique de Paris. Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. Halls 1, 2, 3and 4. 75015 Paris. Open everyday from 10am to 7pm, till 10pm on Friday 13th, till 6pm on December 15th. Admission : €14 on internet, €17 / €14 on the spot. Free for children under 16 and for students under 26 who register on the website. Information :
www.salonnautiqueparis.com
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December 14, 2019 Skiing and free concert
VARS. ALPS. To celebrate the opening of its ski area, the ski resort of Vars hosts a free concert by reggae band UB40. Free ski and snowboard introductory courses, guided tours of the ski area and snowshoe treks are also on the agenda of this weekend. Concert at 7pm. Information : 0492465131
www.vars.com
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