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January 07, 2018
Mars 18, 2018
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.carnaval-limoux.com
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January 11, 2018
January 20, 2018
Flamenco festival
NIMES. One of the main events of this kind, Nimes’ flamenco festival gathers top flamenco Spanish stars as well as local young talents who give singing, guitar and dance performances. This year’s artists include La Fabi, Angel Munoz, Israel Galvan, Rafael Riqueni, David Carpio, Pepe de Pura, David Coria, Andres Marin and Mari Pena. The festival also features a series of conferences and exhibitions. Admission : €6 to €32 per performance. Information and bookings : 0466366500, 0466356510
theatredenimes.com/festival-flamenco/
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January 12, 2018
February 11, 2018
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 David Drouard, Sonia Duchesne, Blanca Li, Andrew Skeels, Jann Gallois, Mourad Merzouki and Farid Berki. Théâtre de Suresnes Jean Villar. 16 place Stalingrad, 92150 Suresnes. Admission : from €15 to €28 per show. Information and bookings : 0146979810
www.suresnes-cites-danse.com
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January 13, 2018
April 08, 2018
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 16, 2018
January 21, 2018
Comedy film festival
L’ALPE D’HUEZ. ISERE DEPARTMENT. One of the leading comedy film festivals in Europe, the Alpe d'Huez Comedy Film Festival presents some of the best comic creations recently released and always features several movies’ premieres. It also comprises a full-length film and a short film competition. This festival has the particularity to be open to everyone. There is no admission price, no tickets to pick up, no invitations to request. Viewers just show up for the films, but space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Films are screened all day at the Palais des Sports et des Congrès and at the two movie theaters of the ski resort. Information :
www.festival-alpedhuez.fr
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January 17, 2018
January 21, 2018
Equestrian event
AVIGNON. Cheval Passion is now considered the third biggest equestrian event in Europe with over 250 exhibitors displaying their wares in six different buildings, activities and entertainment. It features the Crinières d’Or gala, a dressage competition that is the benchmark for international equestrian performance and draws an international crowd of connoisseurs and amateurs. Various shows and competitions are on the agenda as well as a pony club festival. Stud shows also present the different breeds of horses and organizers of equestrian performances come from all over Europe to see the latest offerings at the International Market for New Equestrian Performance Creations (MISEC). Cheval Passion. Parc des Expositions. 84000 Avignon. Open every day from 9am to 7pm. Admission : €13 / €10. Crinières d’Or shows at 8.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission : from €26 to €48. Information and bookings : 0892053005
www.cheval-passion.com
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January 2018
January 18, 2018
January 28, 2018
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 : €30 to €190. Upper level benches : €20 to €50 for adults. Information and bookings : 00 / 377 92052345
www.montecarlofestival.mc
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January 20, 2018
January 27, 2018
Paris Cocktail Week
PARIS. More than seventy top Parisian cocktail bars participate in the fourth Paris Cocktail Week. Each bar offers a reduced price on two of its cocktails and cocktail tasting exceptionally take place in unusual places. The event also features master classes in the art of cocktail making. Information :
pariscocktailweek.fr
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January 25, 2018
January 28, 2018
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 / 4 days passes : €16 / €35 for adults, €11 / €24 for children between 10 to 17 years old if booked through the internet. €19 / €39 for everybody on the spot. Free for children under 10 years old. Information and bookings : 0892390100
www.bdangouleme.com
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January 27, 2018
January 28, 2018
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 Saône-et-Loire department, in the area of the Saint-Veran appellation, the village of Prissé play host to the 2018 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 : €15 including a glass and 8 tasting vouchers. Information :
svt2018.fr
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January 30, 2018
February 06, 2018

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 five premieres as well as seventeen feature films and documentaries never released in France that take part in the official competition. This 24th edition features a selection of twenty films having women as key figures, a focus on Mongolian cinemas featuring sixteen films, homages to Syrian filmmaker Mohamad Malas and to Chinese filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai as well as two Japanese animated films. Screenings at the Cinéma Majestic and at the Edwige Feuillère Theatre. Admission : €7.50 / €5.50 per film. Five films pass : €27.50. Festival pass : €70. Information : 0384971085, 0384765582
www.cinemas-asie.com
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January 31, 2018
February 04, 2018
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 25th edition edition pays homage to Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia who will attend the festival and the screening of some of his films. Admission rates. One film : €10, Thursday or Friday pass : €30, Saturday or Sunday pass : €45, Week-end pass : €58, Festival pass : €98. Information and bookings : 0329609821
www.festival-gerardmer.com
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January 31, 2018
February 04, 2018
Folle Journée
NANTES. Every year the “Folle Journée” (Crazy Day) festival offers some 250 concerts and welcomes some of the greatest international performers. “Dance - Toward a New World” is the theme of this edition and soloists, orchestras as well as ensembles render works by composers who left their country to live in another one during part of their life such as Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartók, Schoenberg, Granados and Albéniz. This event also features conferences and activities for kids. Cité Internationale des Congrès. 5 rue de Valmy, 44000 Nantes. Admission : from €7 to €25 per concert Information and bookings : 0892705205
www.follejournee.fr
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February 2018
February 01, 2018
February 04, 2018
Contemporary circus
PARIS. The 39th 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 15 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 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd at 8.30pm, on Saturday 3rd at 2.30pm and on Sunday 4th at 3pm. Admission fees : from €25 to €95 per show, €15 to €20 for students. 2 and 3 shows passes from €65 to €165, €25 to €45 for students. Information and bookings : 0140555056
www.cirquededemain.paris
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February 01, 2018
February 04, 2018
Thermalies
PARIS. 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. Carrousel du Louvre. 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. Open Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €10. Free tickets available on the website Information :
www.thermalies.com
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February 02, 2018
February 04, 2018
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 17th. Information and bookings :
www.parisfacecachee.fr
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February 07, 2018
February 11, 2018
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 highlight is the display of a selection of Renault's, Porsche’s and Honda’s most iconic models to celebrate the French car manufacturer’s hundred and twentieth birthday as well as the German car maker and the Japanese car and motorcycle manufacturer seventieth birthdays. In addition, there are focuses on famous Peugeot 203 and 504 as well as on three Citroën cars, the 2 CV, the Mehari and DS models used by French presidents. There is also a selection of about twenty Abarth sport cars from the 50s and 60s on loan from the Engelbert Möll collection, four very rare cars coming from the National Motor Museum of Beaulieu, a 1913 Argyll, a 1930 Bentley 4,5 Litres Supercharged, a 1931 GN Martyr Instone Special and a 1933 Morgan Racer Atomic Orange, as well as a selection of Renault tanks produced between 1918 and 1941. Lastly, exceptional auction sales of automobilia and vintage cars and motorcycles are scheduled on February 9th and 10th. 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 : €18 on internet, €20 on the spot. Free for under 12s. Information :
www.retromobile.fr
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February 19, 2018 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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Mars 2018
Mars 02, 2018
Mars 04, 2018
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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