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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 11, 2020
February 02, 2020
Hip-hop dance
SURESNES. NEAR PARIS. The Suresnes Cités Danse festival celebrates hip-hop dance for a whole month. It comprises more than thirty performances featuring twenty-two choreographers and about hundred dancers including internationally recognized ones such as Mourad Merzouki, Nawal Lagraa Aït Benalla, Abou Lagraa, Bouziane Bouteldja and Mickaël Le Mer. Théâtre de Suresnes Jean Villar. 16 place Stalingrad, 92150 Suresnes. Admission : from €15 to €30 per show. Information and bookings : 0146979810
www.suresnes-cites-danse.com
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January 16, 2020
January 26, 2020
Circus festival
MONACO. Patronized by Monaco's Prince Albert, the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival is the most important circus event in the world. It has become the annual rendezvous of the international circus community and is a must-go for circus lovers. It features spectacular animal acts, uproarious comedic performances, and masterfully choreographed acrobatic feats. Each act is judged on its technical difficulty and creativity by a panel composed of circus professionals, journalists, and specialists from around the world. Chapiteau de Fontvieille. 5 avenue des Ligures, 98000 Monaco. Admission fees. Seats : €60 to €190. Upper level benches : €30 to €50 for adults. Information and bookings : 00 / 377 92052345
www.montecarlofestival.mc
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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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January 23, 2020
January 26, 2020
Thermalies
PARIS. Only fair entirely dedicated to well-being, the Thermalies gathers together more than 300 exhibitors specialized in thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy, balneotherapy and spa. It also includes a tea-shop, a nail bar, a massage space, conferences, and workshops. Carrousel du Louvre. 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. Open Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €10. Information :
www.thermalies.com
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January 24, 2020
February 01, 2020
Paris Cocktail Week
PARIS. Fifty top Parisian cocktail bars participate in the sixth Paris Cocktail Week and each one offers a 30% discount on cocktails especially created on this occasion. The event also features master classes in the art of cocktail making. Information :
pariscocktailweek.fr
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January 25, 2020
January 26, 2020
Wine festival
BURGUNDY. Paying homage to Saint Vincent, the patron saint of winegrowers, the Saint Vincent Tournante is held in a different village every year. Located in the Côte d’Or department, worldwide famous for its wines, the village of Gevrey-Chambertin plays host to the 2020 edition of this festival whose highlights are a colorful procession with wine brotherhoods and mutual aid associations as well as a mass in honor of Saint-Vincent. An assembly of the brotherhoods, art performances, musical shows and wine tasting in all cellars are also on the agenda. Cellars are open Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission : €17 online / €20 on the spot including a glass and 7 tasting vouchers. Information :
gevreychambertin-svt2020.fr
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January 2020
January 29, 2020
February 02, 2020
Fantasy film festival
GERARDMER. VOSGES DEPARTMENT. The Gérardmer Fantasy Film Festival is dedicated to the fantasy genre in all its different forms: sci-fi, horror, the supernatural, etc. Nearly forty films will be screened including those taking part in the feature fiction films and short films competitions. This 27th edition also features a retrospective of French fantasy films from the last 30 years and an evening dedicated to films produced by British studio Hammer. Admission rates. One film : €10, Thursday or Friday pass : €31, Saturday or Sunday pass : €47, Week-end pass : €62, Festival pass : €99. Information and bookings : 0329609821
www.festival-gerardmer.com
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January 29, 2020
February 02, 2020
Folle Journée
NANTES. Every year the “Folle Journée” (Crazy Day) festival offers some 250 concerts and welcomes some of the greatest international performers. “Beethoven” is the theme of this edition as 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of his birth. Soloists, orchestras as well as ensembles mainly render works by the German composer but also a few by composers such as Schumann, Haydn and Mozart. This event also features conferences and activities for kids. Cité Internationale des Congrès. 5 rue de Valmy, 44000 Nantes. Admission : from €4 to €30 per concert Information and bookings : 0892705205
www.follejournee.fr
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January 30, 2020
February 02, 2020
Comic strip festival
ANGOULEME. CHARENTES DEPARTMENT. If you are a fan of comic strips then the place to be at the end of January is Angoulême. This city indeed hosts an extremely popular comic strip festival that gathers together artists from all over the world. Exhibitions, workshops, autograph sessions, meetings with artists, as well as screenings of comics are held in different venues throughout town. Open Thursday and Friday 10am to 7pm, till 8pm on Saturday, till 6pm on Sunday. Admission : 1 day : €16 to €22 for adults, €11 for children between 10 to 17 years old and 4 days pass €40/€25 if booked through the internet. €19 to €25 and €45 for everybody on the spot. Free for children under 10 years old. Information and bookings : 0892390100
www.bdangouleme.com
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January 30, 2020
February 02, 2020
Contemporary circus
PARIS. The 41st Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain presents a cornucopia of world-class contemporary circus acts, from juggling and flying trapeze to Chinese pole and contortion. It gathers together 24 troupes and artists coming from 18 countries worldwide who perform their acts in two totally different shows in front of the audience and an international Jury of circus professionals. Cirque Phenix. Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012 Paris. Shows at 8.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 2.30pm on Saturday and at 3pm on Sunday. Admission fees : from €25 to €73 per show, €20 to €25 for students. 2 and 3 shows passes from €62 to €170, from €30 to €55 for students. Information and bookings : 0140555056
www.cirquededemain.com
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January 31, 2020
February 02, 2020
Paris Hidden Face
PARIS. “Paris Face Cachée” (Paris Hidden Face) is an event giving tourists and Parisians the opportunity to enter places that are usually closed to the public like a Masonic Temple or a traffic control-centre and to discover unusual activities taking place in the city. Places to visit are located in Paris and in the surrounding departments of Seine-Saint-Denis, Val de Marne and Hauts-de-Seine. Booking from January 21st. Information and bookings :
www.parisfacecachee.fr
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February 2020
February 02, 2020 Chinese New Year Parades
PARIS. On the occasion of the Chinese New Year celebrations, Paris hosts two parades featuring decorated floats, elaborated traditional costumes, lion dancers and of course giants dragons accompanied by thousands of firecrackers. The first one is scheduled in the 3rd arrondissement departing at 2pm from Republique square. The second in the 13th arrondissement, starting at 1.30pm from 44 avenue d’Ivry and passing by avenue de Choisy, place d'Italie, avenue d'Italie, rue de Tolbiac, avenue de Choisy, boulevard Masséna and avenue d'Ivry.
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February 05, 2020
February 09, 2020
Classic cars show
PARIS. Retromobile gathers together over three hundred exhibitors displaying a fabulous variety of classic cars, automobilia, motorcycles and young timer vehicles from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. This year’s highlights include the display of a selection of Bugatti cars, of a selection of Peugeot 404 models to celebrate this car sixtith birthday, of several MacLaren GT F1. There is also a unique Simca do Brasil, a Sunbeam Alpine MK1, a selection of iconic sport cars of the 1990s and a selection of vehicles of the Czech manufacturer Tatra. Lastly, exceptional auction sales of automobilia and vintage cars and motorcycles are scheduled on February 7th and 8th. Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. Halls 1, 2 and 3. 75015 Paris. Open from 10am to 7pm, till 10pm on Wednesday and Friday. Admission : €19 to €21 on internet, €23 on the spot. Free for under 12s. Information :
www.retromobile.fr
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February 07, 2020
February 16, 2020
Valentine’s Day celebration
STRASBOURG. On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, Strasbourg organizes an event aimed at lovers. Called “Strasbourg mon amour”, it features a “Café des Amours", an ephemeral space located on Kleber square where you can enjoy daily concerts and shows, unusual visits and guided tours of the city, exhibitions having love as theme, aperitifs, evening parties, concerts taking place in various venues, meetings, gastronomic activities and so on. In addition, hotels and restaurants have special offers for couples. Information :
www.strasbourg-monamour.eu
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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 14, 2020
February 16, 2020
Thermalies
LYON. Only show entirely dedicated to well-being, the Thermalies gathers together more than 300 exhibitors specialized in thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy, balneotherapy and spa. It also includes a tea-shop, a nail bar, a massage space, conferences, and workshops. La Sucrière. 49-50 quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon. Open from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €5. Free tickets available on the website Information :
www.thermalies.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 17, 2020 Naval Battle of Flowers
VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER, NEAR NICE. Carnival in the pretty little port of Villefranche- sur-Mer is not only a parade through the town. The highlight of the event takes place at 2.30pm in the port where sailors bedeck twenty traditional fishing boats called «Pointus" with mimosas and carnations being in bloom at that particular time. After passing in front of the spectators gathered along the quays they throw the flowers at them. Information : 0493017368
www.tourisme-villefranche-sur-mer.com
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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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Mars 2020
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 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 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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