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June 01, 2019
July 23, 2019
Nohant Romantic Festival
NOHANT. INDRE DEPARTMENT. Held in the village where romantic novelist George Sand and pianist Frédéric Chopin lived, this festival consists of piano recitals, concerts, talks and master classes. Recitals are given by renowned musicians as well as by young promising ones such as pianists Nelson Freire, Fazil Say, Jérôme Ducros, Christian Zacharias, Andreas Staier, Sergei Redkin, Akiko Ebi, Beatrice Rana, Nicolai Lugansky and Francesco Piemontesi, soprano Irina Kyshliaruk, cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Akilone Quatuor. Bergerie Frédéric Chopin. 36400 Nohant. Admission : €15 to €60. Information and bookings : 0254484640
www.festivalnohant.com
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June 09, 2019
October 13, 2019
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 “Mowgli’s gardens” as the Westerling has a focus on India in 2019 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 in July - August. Admission : €10 / €5. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 14, 2019
September 07, 2019
Tosca, open-air opera
FRANCE. One of Puccini’s most famous pieces, “Tosca” will be performed at five exceptional venues around France in June, July and September. Performances will take place at the Parc de Sceaux near Paris (June 14th and 15th), the chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 28th and 29th), the Cité of Carcassonne (July 2nd), the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris (July 5th and 6th) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 4th to 7th). Tickets prices ranges from €45 to €95. Information and bookings :
www.operaenpleinair.com
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June 19, 2019
August 06, 2019
Opera in a Roman theatre
ORANGE. PROVENCE. Among the opera and classical music festivals, no one in the word has a better setting than the Orange’s Chorégies. Lyrical and musical performances indeed take place in a perfectly preserved Roman theatre still boasting its stage wall. The festival typically comprises two or three performances of two operas as well as recitals and concerts. Highlights of the 2019 program are operas Don Giovanni by Mozart and Guillaume Tell by Rossini as well as Romeo and Juliette a choreographic performance by Jean-Christophe Maillot and a Spanish Night grouping together on stage some of the best Spanish singers and flamenco dancers. Admission : €23 to €278 per opera, €20 to €123 per concert Information and bookings :
www.choregies.fr
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July 01, 2019
August 31, 2019
Art & Wine
VAR DEPARTMENT. For two months, dozens of independent winemakers from the Var department host exhibitions by sculptors, painters, photographers, drawers and others artists or works of they produced in-situ inside the wineries or in the vineyards, Information :
www.art-et-vin.net
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July 03, 2019
July 22, 2019
Aix's Festival of Lyric Art
AIX-EN-PROVENCE. One of the cultural highlights of the year in Provence, Aix-en-Provence's Festival of Lyric Art matches up with those of Glyndebourne, Salzburg and Bayreuth. Mozart’s works “Requiem” opens the 2019 edition that also features Puccini’s opera “Tosca” as well as more recently created ones such as “Jakob Lenz”, by Wolfgang Rihm, “Les Mille Endormis” by Adam Maor and “Blank Out” by Michel Van der Aa. Several concerts are also on the agenda. Operas, classical music concerts and other performances take place on several sites, including the Courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace, the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Théâtre du Jeu de Paume and Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède. Admission : from €30 to €290 per opera. Information and bookings : 0820922923
www.festival-aix.com
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July 04, 2019
July 23, 2019
Avignon Theatre Festival
AVIGNON. Founded by Jean Vilar in 1947, the Festival d’Avignon is one of the oldest and most famous theatre festivals in the world and focuses on contemporary European creations. It presents over 40 performances in twenty different venues ranging from small chapels to the famous honour courtyard at the Palace of the Popes. 
 Highlights include “Architecture” by Pascal Rambert, “Outwitting the Devil” by Akram Khan, ”La Maison de Thé” by Meng Jinghui, “Pelléas et Mélisandre” by Maurice Maeterlnck directed by Julie Duclos, “Lewis versus Alice” by Macha Makeïeff and “120 battements par minute” by Arnaud Rebotini and Don Van Club. Tickets from €12 to €40. Information and bookings : 0490141414
www.festival-avignon.com
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July 05, 2019
July 28, 2019
Avignon OFF Festival
AVIGNON. Self-proclaimed world's largest theatre event, this festival turns the city into one immense stage and brings together more than 800 different French and international theatre companies. They perform all sorts of theatrical interpretations from around the world in about one hundred different venues throughout town : theatres schools, streets, bars,…. Information and bookings : 0490851308
www.avignonleoff.com
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July 05, 2019
July 28, 2019
Baroque music
BEAUNE. BURGUNDY. A prominent feature of Beaune’s cultural calendar, the Baroque Music Festival brings together an international line-up of musicians. It takes place over four weekends in the Hospice de Beaune and the Basilique Notre Dame. The 2019 program includes concert versions of operas or oratorios by Haendel, Lully, Beethoven, Rameau and Purcell as well as recitals by renowned countertenors Andreas Scholl, Lawrence Zazzo and Damien Guillon, sopranos Mari Eriksmoen and Ana Maria Labin. Admission : from €10 to €115 per concert. Information and bookings : 0380229720
www.festivalbeaune.com
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July 06, 2019
July 28, 2019
Paris Jazz Festival
PARIS. The 2019 Paris Jazz Festival takes place over three weeks and comprises afternoon and evening concerts. Concerts on the agenda feature well-known artists such as Anne Paceo, Laura Perrudin, Judi Jackson, Jowee Omicil, Freaks, Melissa Laveaux and Youn Sun Nah. Parc Floral du Bois de Vincennes. Esplanade Saint Louis, 75012 Paris. Day concert : free, evening concerts : €11 to €26. Information :
www.parisjazzfestival.paris.fr
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July 06, 2019
August 25, 2019
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 09, 2019
July 26, 2019
Children theatre
AVIGNON. Thirteen theatre companies and storytellers participate in the 2019 Théâtr’enfants Festival that features creations for children of all ages. Every day more thirteen performances such as plays, musical, storytelling, dance, puppet show and visual arts are offered to the young spectators included one suited to baby from six months old. Children can also participate in workshop teaching how to create art works, how to play music instruments (guitar, trumpet, drum and trombone) or attend acting training courses. Maison du théâtre pour enfants. 20 avenue Monclar, 84000 Avignon. Shows every day except Sunday and July 21st. Admission : €9 for adults, €6.50 for children. Information and bookings : 0490855955
www.festivaltheatrenfants.com
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July 12, 2019
July 21, 2019
Jazz à Juan
ANTIBES. FRENCH RIVIERA. Europe’s longest running jazz festival, Jazz à Juan has hosted the most celebrated jazz musicians in the world and takes place in an idyllic setting, on the Pinède Gould stage, which directly faces the Mediterranean. This year, it offers concerts by George Benson, Ben Harper, King Crimson, Louis Cole, Kittin, Jamiroquai, Diana Krall, Snarky Puppy among others. Tickets : from €30 to €170 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.jazzajuan.com
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July 12, 2019
August 30, 2019
Night in the Invalides
PARIS. Recently renovated, the honour courtyard of the XVII century Hôtel National des Invalides hosts a 45 mn night sound and light show giving a brief summary of the history of Paris and of this monument. Using latest technologies, high quality superb videos are screened on three walls of the building. In addition, as an option, it is also possible to visit the place where French Emperor Napoleon I is buried, the Dôme Church lit by one thousand candles. Hôtel National des Invalides. Esplanade des Invalides. 129 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris. Show at 10.30pm in July, at 10pm in August. Admission : €18 to €25. Translation headset : €5. Entrance to the church : €9. Information and bookings :
www.lanuitauxinvalides.fr
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July 16, 2019
July 20, 2019
Nice jazz festival
NICE. Created in 1948, the Nice jazz festival was the first ever held in France but its second edition only took place in 1971. This edition features concerts by Omara Portuondo, Ibrahim Maalouf, Nile Rodgers, Chic Angele, Black Eyed Peas, Neneh Cherry, Jean-Luc Ponty… All around thirty-six concerts are on the agenda. Prices : One day ticket : €39 / €35. Two days pass : €60. Five days pass : €130. Information and bookings : 0892683622
www.nicejazzfestival.fr
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July 2019
July 17, 2019
August 18, 2019
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 Sydney Pollack, Andrew Niccol, Charlie Chaplin, Bong Joon-ho, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg and Denis Villeneuve 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/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556
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July 18, 2019
July 21, 2019
Vieilles Charrues
CARHAIX. BRITTANY. Attracting more than 200,000 festival-goers every year, this music festival is the largest in France. It welcomes an eclectic mix of international and French artists. This edition headline acts including Iggy Pop, David Guetta, Ben Harper, Zazie, Booba, Tears for Fears, Christine and the Queens. The festival also has a section called “Jeunes Charrues” giving talented young local artists the opportunity to have their music heard. Admission : €45 to €53 per day. Information and bookings :
www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr
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July 19, 2019
August 02, 2019
Nuits du Sud Festival
VENCE, FRENCH RIVIERA. During the thirteen nights of the Nuits du Sud festival, the audience is given the chance to attend concerts by bands, musicians and singers from all over the world. This edition welcomes well-known artists such as Sanseverino, Les Négresses Vertes, Grand Corps Malade, Lucky Peterson, Gilberto Gil, Sister Sledge and Yuri Buenaventura. This event also features photograph exhibitions related to the artists participating in the festival and a whole day especially dedicated to kids. Admission : €22 to €27 per day. Information and bookings :
www.nuitsdusud.com
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July 19, 2019
August 18, 2019
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 2019 edition welcomes pianists Evgeny Kissin, Beatrice Rana, Bertrand Chamayou, Alexandre Kantorow, Grigory Sokolov, Nelson Freire and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, violinist Renaud Capuçon, singer Barbara Hendricks, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Chamber Orchestra to name but a few. Admission : from €16 to €55 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.festival-piano.com
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July 21, 2019 Classic cars parade
PARIS. If you are a classic cars enthusiast don’t miss the Summer Traversée de Paris. Early morning, around 600 classic cars, motorcycles and tractors will gather in front of the Conservatoire National des Véhicules Anciens in Antony, south of Paris. Then, they will depart from 8am and will cross Paris, mainly following the Seine river and passing by some of the most famous bridges of the city. From 11.30am, the vehicles will arrive in Meudon at the Terrasse de l’Observatoire where you will be able to have a close look at them till 4pm. Tours in bus to follow the cars through Paris are available, but there are only a limited number of seats, so book as soon as possible. Bus tours : €10 per person. Information and bookings :
www.vincennesenanciennes.com
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July 23, 2019
July 28, 2019
Celtic extravaganza
QUIMPER. BRITTANY. The Cornwall Festival is an important date in the Brittany culture bringing together thousands of musicians, dancers, artists and craftsmen from all over Brittany and other Celtic nations. It also offers a few concerts by famous singers and bands such as Yann Tiersen, Kendji Girac, Bagddad Kemper and Kement Tu. The closing day is the highlight of the festival with Le Grand Défilé, a traditional procession through the heart of the town featuring more than 2 000 musicians and dancers performing Celtic music and dances. Information and bookings :
www.festival-cornouaille.com
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July 25, 2019
August 15, 2019
Marciac jazz festival
MARCIAC. GERS. “Jazz in Marciac” is now one of the major summer jazz events in Europe. Held in the town of Marciac, in the department of Gers, the festival once again welcome famous jazzmen and bands such as George Benson, Sting, Wynton Marsalis, Ahmad Jamal, Melody Gardot, Thomas Dutronc, Gilberto Gil, Roberto Fonseca, Beth Hart and Angélique Kidjo…. Overall more than fifty artists will give concerts during the festival. Tickets : €24 to €65 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.jazzinmarciac.com
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July 27, 2019
July 28, 2019
Champagne tasting
AUBE DEPARTMENT. Held every year in a different village or a different area of the Côte des Bars, near Troyes, the most southern part of the Champagne appellation, “La Route du Champagne en Fête” is an event offering visitors champagne tasting as well as a large range of activities. Public dance, fireworks, street performances, theatre plays, concerts, photo, painting and sculpture exhibitions, craft and local food market, activities for kids, classic car and motorcycle, wine brotherhood gathering and strolls through the vineyards take place in and around the town of Bar-sur-Seine and the villages of Buxières-sur-Arce, Merrey-sur-Arce, Polisot, Polisy and Ville-sur-Arce as well as in the cellars of the champagne producers that open their door to the public and offer tasting. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €25. Information :
www.routeduchampagne.com
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July 31, 2019
August 04, 2019
Avignon Jazz Festival
AVIGNON. 
This festival proposes concerts with internationally known artists but is also a launching pad for young jazz musicians with the Tremplin, now the number one jazz competition in Europe. This is a great place to discover young bands and this 28th edition brings together musicians from many horizons. Concerts take place in the Carmes Cloister in the centre of Avignon, a magnificent venue that will serve as the backdrop for artists such as Thomas Delor, Rymden, Emile Parisien and Nefertiti Quartet. Admission : €28 per concert. Information and booking : 0490829551
www.tremplinjazzavignon.fr
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August 2019
August 14, 2019
August 17, 2019
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. Silent Servant, Tame Impala, Fontaines DC, Deerhunter, Metronomy, Beirut and Paula Temple are some of the artists and bands participating in this edition. Admission : from €23.50 to €46.50 per day. Three days pass : €108. Information and bookings :
www.laroutedurock.com
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August 23, 2019
August 25, 2019
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 The Cure, Alice Merton, Two Door Cinema Club, Mahalia, The Murder Capital, Deerhunter, Jeanne Added and Jorja Smith. Tickets are already on sale. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €159 One day ticket : €69 / €49 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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