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May 12, 2018
December 01, 2018
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 Switch Trio at the Domaine Colline Saint Jean in Vacqueyras (May 12th), the Barend Middelhoff Quartet at Château Jonquier in Séguret (June 8th), the Noé Reine Trio at Domaine Berthet Rayne in Cairanne (June 30th), the Frédéric Viale Quartet at the Domaine Brusset in Cairanne (July 20th), the Tricia Evy Quartet at the Domaine Rabasse Charavin in Cairanne (August 4th), the Antonio Farao Trio in the old village of Cairanne (August 25th), the Frédéric Monino Quartet at the Cave Cooperative of Séguret (September 22nd), Jeb Patton and Dmitry Baevsky at Sérignan du Comtat (October 20th), Les Doigts de l’Homme band at Visan (November 10th) and the Cédric Chauveau Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Cairanne (December 1st). Admission : €16 per concert. Information and bookings:
www.jazzdanslesvignes.fr
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June 03, 2018
October 14, 2018
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 “Princesses and Samurais. Adventures in the Gardens of the Rising Sun” 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 : €9.50 / €5. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 15, 2018
September 08, 2018
Carmen, open-air opera
FRANCE. Georges Bizet’s most famous piece, “Carmen” 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 15th and 16th), the Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Le Neubourg, near Evreux (June 22nd and 23rd), the Chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 29th and 30th), the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (July 6th and 7th), the chateau de Haroué, near Nancy (August 31st and September 1st) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 5th to 8th). 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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July 05, 2018
August 30, 2018
Night wine tasting
NIMES. In July and August, every Thursday evening, winemakers from the Costières de Nîmes appellation set up an ephemeral bar on the square facing the Notre-Dame et Saint-Castor cathedral of Nîmes. There, tourists can taste their wines as well as local dishes and delicacies while bands entertain them with various music genres. Called Jeudivin, the event lasts from 7pm to 10.30pm. Glass and voucher for two tasting : €5. Information :
www.costieres-nimes.org
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July 07, 2018
August 26, 2018
Summer of the canal
PARIS AND SEINE-SAINT-DENIS. L’été du Canal (The Summer of the Canal) is a series of events taking place mainly along the Ourcq canal that runs from the Parc de la Villette in Paris to the north-eastern tip of the Seine-Saint-Denis department. It features Saturday and Sunday open air evening public dances, workshops and concerts held on the banks of the waterway or on board of barges, boat services linking Paris to Pantin, Bobigny and Aulnay-sous-Bois, kayak trips, street art exhibitions, water and beach sports as well as themed day and night cruises. Information :
www.tourisme93.com/ete-du-canal/
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July 18, 2018
August 19, 2018
Open-air cinema
PARIS. Like every summer, from Wednesday to Sunday, the Prairie du triangle of the Parc de la Villette is turned into an outdoor cinema. Twenty-five films by renowned filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Tim Burton, Alain Resnais, Pedro Almodovar, Otto Preminger, Maren Ade, Gus Van Sant, Jacques Demy and Damien Chazelle are on the agenda. All movies are screened in original versions with French subtitles. Parc de la Villette. Prairie du Triangle, 75019 Paris. Screenings at dawn. Admission free. Deck chair with blanket : €7. Information :
lavillette.com/evenement/cinema-en-plein-air-2018/
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July 20, 2018
August 18, 2018
Piano festival
LA ROQUE D’ANTHEON, PROVENCE. La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival offers performances ranging from piano, harpsichord, organ and electric piano recitals to concerts for piano and orchestra, as well as chamber music. It also covers all styles : classical, contemporary and baroque music, with incursions into jazz and even electronic music. Between one and three, and sometimes four, concerts are scheduled every day across a dozen stages, the main one being in the Parc du Château de Florans, on the banks of the river Durance. Invited artists include talented international performers as well as up and coming talents and the 2018 edition welcomes pianists Boris Berezovsky, Nicholas Angelich, Seong-Jin Cho, Romain David, Nelson Freire, Marie-Catherine Girod, Momo Kodama, Daniil Trifonov, Alexei Volodin and Dana Ciocarlie, violinist Renaud Capuçon, mezzo soprano Marina Rodriguez Cusi, the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Tatarstan National Symphonic Orchestra to name but a few. Admission : from €16 to €55 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.festival-piano.com
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August 06, 2018
August 25, 2018
Circus in Limousin
NEXON. HAUTE-VIENNE DEPARTMENT. Home to a circus school, the small town of Nexon hosts a circus festival focusing on contemporary creation. Named “La Route du Sirque”, it gathers together companies performing shows mixing acrobatics, dance, juggling, comedy, humor, tightrope walking and so on. A meeting between artists and spectators follows some of them. During the day there are circus workshops aimed at old and young alike, tales for kids, screenings of circus themed films, concerts, exhibitions and a temporary bookstore offering a selection of books about circus. Admission : €8 to €14 per show. Information and bookings : 0555581079
www.sirquenexon.com
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August 08, 2018
August 23, 2018
Concert and fireworks
TALLOIRES. NEAR ANNECY. ALPS. The Talloires Pyroconcert brings together fireworks and live music. On a stage built on the waters of Lake Annecy, musicians and singers give concerts while all kind of fireworks illuminate the night sky. This edition features English band Apollo 5, violinist Gilles Apap, pianists Dana Ciocarlie and François-René Duchable. Port de Talloires. Route du Port, 74290 Talloires. Show from 8.30pm. Admission : €19 to €59 Information and bookings : 0450450033
www.pyroconcert.com/
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August 16, 2018
August 19, 2018
Route du Rock
SAINT-MALO. One of Brittany’s top music festivals, the Route du Rock has become somewhat of a benchmark when it comes to British and American pop and rock and welcomes major bands alongside promising newcomers. Concerts mainly take place in the Saint-Père fortress built by Vauban in Saint-Père-Marc-en-Poulet, 10 km out of town, but a few ones are held at the Nouvelle Vague hall and every afternoon there are free performances on the Bon Secours beach below the ramparts of the old town. Etienne Daho, Grizzly Bears, Phoenix, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nils Frahm, The Black Angels and Patti Smith are some of the artists and bands participating in this edition. Admission : from €16.50 to €46.50 per day. Three days pass : €108. Information and bookings :
www.laroutedurock.com
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August 2018
August 17, 2018
August 23, 2018
Piano Folies
LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE. PAS DE CALAIS DEPARTMENT. A music festival dedicated to piano, “Piano Folies” brings together about hundred and fifty musicians from all over the word including famous pianists such as Alexis Goribol, Mikhaïl Rudy, Boris Berezovsky, Jean-Philippe Sylvestre and Andreï Korobeinikov. Concerts take place all day in various venues throughout the town and there are free ones every morning and early afternoon. Admission : from €10 to €40 per concert. 3 to 5 concerts pass from €68 to €150. Information and bookings :
www.lespianosfolies.com
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August 18, 2018
September 02, 2018
Berlioz festival
ISERE DEPARTMENT. One of the few symphonic music festivals in France, the Berlioz Festival takes place in several places venues throughout the Isere department, the main one being the Château Louis XI in La Côte Saint-André, birthplace of the great musician. It features symphonic and chamber music concerts as well as recitals and musicians and orchestras perform works by Berlioz and other composers such as Bach, Haydn, Massenet, Monteverdi, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius and Wagner. Admission : €15 to €60 per concert Information and bookings : 0474202079
www.festivalberlioz.com
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August 21, 2018
August 25, 2018
Baroque music festival
SABLE. SARTHE. The Festival de Sablé is a top event for baroque music. It consists of fourteen concerts, sometimes performed along with ballets and plays, given in halls, churches and chapels located in and around Sablé sur Sarthe. This edition features concerts of works by famous composers such as Bach, Lully, Haendel, Draghi and Teleman as well as exhibitions, conferences and lunches on grass. Admission : €18 to €38 per concert. Information and bookings : 0243622222
www.lentracte-sable.fr/festival.html
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August 23, 2018
August 26, 2018
Kids Festival
MONTBELIARD. DOUBS. The “Festival des Mômes” is a festival entirely dedicated to kids. During four days children 6 months to 13 years old are offered a wide range of shows and activities especially created and designed for them. The program features puppet and circus shows, concerts, musicals, one-man show, plays, one hour workshops to learn prehistoric painting, dance, magic, scrap booking, … and short activities lasting between 10 and 30 minutes where kids can paint on glass, make pottery, adorn t-shirt and purses, etc…. Lastly, there are also specific workshops for babies and parents. Advance booking is required for most activities and shows. Information and bookings : 0381918626
www.festivaldesmomes.fr
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August 24, 2018
August 26, 2018
Rock en Seine
SAINT-CLOUD. NEAR PARIS. Set amongst famed French landscape architect Andre Le Notre’s gardens of the former royal estate of Saint-Cloud, this rock festival is an event with a gathering reputation. First taking place in 2003, over just one day, it has grown impressively and hosts now some big names of the rock scene. This year edition features nearly thirty bands including Post Malone, Macklemore, Bonobo, Mike Shinoda, Tamino, The Psychotic Monks and Justice. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €139 One day ticket : €59 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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August 26, 2018
August 31, 2018
Fun for kids
LE GRAND BORNAND. ALPS. “Au Bonheur des Mômes” (Fun for Kids) is a week-long festival where little ones call the shots and are kings. It features dozens of French and international companies offering around 300 shows and activities such as puppet shows, theatre, circus acts, mime, juggling, improvisations, workshops, exhibitions, giant games areas and merry-go-rounds. Prices : Pass Festival : €5 per day, shows from €4 to €12, workshops from €8 to €18. Information and bookings : 0450027800, 0450027904
www.aubonheurdesmomes.com
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August 26, 2018 Ganesh Festival
PARIS. As every year the Hindu community organizes the Ganesh Festival, an events that attracts devotees from all over Europe. After a ceremony led by priest in the temple, a procession takes the statue of the God through the 18th and 10th arrondissement of Paris. All along the route of this colorful parade, devotees break hundred of coconuts in front of the chariot carrying the statue of the God, a symbolic act meaning they offer their heart to Ganesh. Ganesh Temple. 17 rue Pajol, 75018 Paris. Ceremony at the temple from 9am. Procession from 10.30am till 3pm. Route : rue Pajol, rue Perdonnet, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, rue Marx Dormoy, rue Ordener, boulevard Barbès,rue Labat, rue Marcadet, rue Ordener, rue Philippe de Girard. Information : 0142095045
www.templeganesh.fr
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August 30, 2018
September 09, 2018
The world of Jazz
PARIS. The annual “Jazz à la Villette” festival offers a program ranging from classic jazz to experimental jazz and African music. This year edition features artists and bands such as Selah Sue, Christian Scott, Rhoda Scott, Salif Keita, Jose James, Janelle Monae, Kenny Garrett and Brad Mehldau. The festival also includes concerts especially aimed at children and screenings of films about jazz. Concerts are held at several venues around the Northern arrondissements of Paris such as the Cité de la Musique and the Grande Halle de la Villette. Admission : €20 to €40 per concert. Reduced rates are available for people booking at least three concerts. Information and bookings : 0144844484 / 0144037575
jazzalavillette.com
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September 2018
September 01, 2018
September 02, 2018
Europe’s largest flea market
LILLE. The famous “Braderie de Lille” is an open-air flea market that exists since the 12th century. During thirty-three hours 100 km of streets are packed with stalls and the event attracts between one and two million visitors. The main streets are lined with most of the professional stalls, designer boutiques pulling out bargain rails, or brocanteurs showing off their burnished, expensive antiques. The street party atmosphere of the Braderie is at its best in the narrow side streets where vendors sell the contents of suburban attics, beers, sandwiches and other delicacies. This is also where you are most likely to find a bargain. In addition there are street entertainers, musicians, exhibitions and much more. On Saturday morning the event kicks off with a semi-marathon, attracting thousands of competitors. Information : 0359579400
www.lilletourism.com
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September 01, 2018
September 02, 2018
Vineyards hikes
LOIRE VALLEY. The annual event « Vignes, Vins et Randos » (Vineyards, Wines and Hikes) invites you to discover the vineyards of the Loire valley through fifteen hikes led by winegrowers and some of them offer commentaries in English. They share with you their know-how and their passion for their work and their land, and guide you through landscapes listed by Unesco as part of Mankind's world heritage. Short snack breaks are organized along the way as well as musical, artistic and educational activities. When the walk is over, you can have a picnic with the winegrowers and enjoy the region’s best wines. Hikes are 4.5 km to 9 km long and take place Saturday afternoon in the appellations Saumur Champigny, Coteaux du Layon 1er cru Chaume Quart de Chaume Grand cru, Jasnières Coteaux du Loir, Coteaux d’Ancenis, Saumur, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Touraine Mesland, Haut-Poitou, Muscadet and Chinon as well as Sunday morning in the appellations Vouvray, Bonnezeaux, Chinon, Muscadet and Anjou Village-Brissac-coteaux de l’Aubance. There are also some itineraries for disabled persons, families and cyclists. Price : €6 per person online, €10 on the spot, €1 / €2 for under 18s. Information and registrations : 0811119540
www.vvr-valdeloire.fr
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September 01, 2018
September 16, 2018
Visa pour l’Image
PERPIGNAN. World’s largest photojournalism and press photography festival, this event features exhibitions taking place in several venues throughout the city as well as screenings, retrospectives, award ceremonies, conferences and meetings. Exhibitions present stories or anthologies of a photographer's work, reporting on wars, nature, the environment, people, religious issues, social phenomena and so on. On the evening shows and screenings cover the main events of the past year. The festival also includes a professional week offering professional photojournalists to meet with their peers and talk about the evolution of their profession. Admission free. Information :
www.visapourlimage.com
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September 08, 2018 Great fireworks
SAINT-CLOUD, NEAR PARIS. Taking place in the park of Saint-Cloud, the Grand Feu is said to be Europe”s largest firework display. For two hours, pyrotechnical performances are accompanied by different genres of music. Park of Saint-Cloud. 92210 Saint-Cloud. Show from 9pm to 11pm. Admission : from €32 to €89. Information and bookings :
www.le-grand-feu.com
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