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May 06, 2017
October 14, 2017
Gardens on stage
PICARDY. “Jardins en Scène” is a festival where music, visual arts, theatre, dance and circus shows slip into more than forty gardens. Perched in a tree or floating on water, artists are not where we expect to find them. They give unusual performances offering visitors snatches of poetry, humor and enjoyment in the midst of natural settings sculpted by other artists excelling in a discipline of their own. For this ninth edition more than eighty shows are scheduled in gardens scattered around the Picardy region. Admission : free or from €2 to €12 depending on the garden and the show. Information and bookings :
www.jardinsenscene.fr
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May 27, 2017
November 04, 2017
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 Pierre Christophe Quartet at the Domaine Colline Saint Jean in Vacqueyras (May 27th), the Drom Blanchard Quartet at Domaine Berthet Rayne in Cairanne (June 24th), the Tipo Combo Quartet at the Domaine Brusset in Cairanne (July 15th), the Nora Kamm Quartet at the Domaine Rabasse Charavin in Cairanne (August 5th), several bands in the frame of the Jazz dans les Vignes Festival in the vineyards of Visan (August 24th), the Alfio Origlio Quartet in the vineyards of Cairanne (August 25th), the O.Hutman Trio in the vineyards of Sérignan (August 26th), the Mariannick Saint-Ceran Quintet at the Cave Cooperative of Roaix Séguret (September 16th), the Jean-Philippe Bordier Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Vacqueyras (October 14th) and the Philippe Duchemin Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Cairanne (November 4th). Admission : €15 per concert. Information and bookings:
www.jazzdanslesvignes.fr
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June 04, 2017
October 01, 2017
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 “At the Earth’s Core” 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 : €8.50 / €4. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 08, 2017
August 25, 2017
Wine tasting and more
DROME DEPARTMENT. Meals prepared cooked by winemakers, tapas party, picnic, after works, jazz and rock concerts,…. During summer many events take place in the vineyards and wineries of the Grignan-les-Adhemar appellation, all of them featuring wine tasting. In addition, every Thursday winemakers from this appellation welcome tourists at the Caveau des Vignerons de Grignan and offer a commented tasting of 5 wines accompanied by local delicacies. Information :
www.grignan-adhemar-vin.fr/instants-vins
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June 16, 2017
September 09, 2017
The Marriage of Figaro, open-air opera
FRANCE. One of Mozart’s most famous pieces, “The Marriage of Figaro” 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 16th and 17th), the Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Le Neubourg, near Evreux (June 24th), the chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 30th), the Cité of Carcassonne (July 13th), the chateau de Haroué, near Nancy (September 1st) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 7th to 9th). 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 20, 2017
August 20, 2017
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. Thirty-one films by renowned filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Blake Edwards, Naomi Kawase, Jacques Demy, Federico Fellini, Abdellatif Kechiche, Claude Chabrol, Sam Mendes and Jim Jarmush 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-2017/
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August 07, 2017
August 26, 2017
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 : €6 to €20 per show. Information and bookings : 0555581079
www.sirquenexon.com
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August 12, 2017
September 30, 2017
Luminessences
AVIGNON. Using cutting-edge sound and image technologies, this light show reviews the dramatic history of the Avignon Popes and the central role of the Palace. Accompanied by music, monumental images cloak the four wings of the palace and surround the audience that in taken back to medieval time. There are three shows a week in English – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Shows every day at 9.15pm in French and at 10.15pm in English. Admission : €12 / €10. Information and bookings :
www.lesluminessences-avignon.com
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August 17, 2017
August 20, 2017
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. PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, Alex Cameron, Mac Demarco, Soulwax, Froth, Temples and Magnetic Friends are some of the artists and bands participating in this edition. Admission : from €23.50 to €46.50 per day. Three days pass : €95. Information and bookings :
www.laroutedurock.com
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August 18, 2017
September 03, 2017
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 Britten, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, Haendel and Beethoven. Admission : €12 to €75 per concert Information and bookings : 0474202079
www.festivalberlioz.com
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August 18, 2017
August 26, 2017
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, Arcadi Volodos, Nikolaï Lugansky, Boris Berezovsky and Dmitry Masleev. 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 8 concerts pass from €68 to €280. Information and bookings :
www.lespianosfolies.com
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August 20, 2017
August 25, 2017
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 €3 to €12, workshops from €10 to €15. Information and bookings : 0450027800, 0450027904
www.aubonheurdesmomes.com
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August 2017
August 22, 2017
August 27, 2017
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 Lully, Rameau, Bach, Couperin, Vivaldi and Teleman, a focus on 17th – 18th centuries works inspired by Orientalism as well as exhibitions, conferences and lunches on grass. Admission : €18 to €35 per concert. Information and bookings : 0243622222
www.lentracte-sable.fr/festival.html
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August 23, 2017 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 rock musician Joshua Burnell and the Super Trooper band performing Abba’s most famous songs. Port de Talloires. Route du Port, 74290 Talloires. Show from 8.30pm. Admission : €19 to €59 Information and bookings : 0450450033
www.talloires-lac-annecy.com/fr/accueil/agenda/252-pyroconcerts-de-talloires
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August 24, 2017
August 27, 2017
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 25, 2017
August 27, 2017
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 PJ Harveu, The Shins, The Kills, Timber Timbre, Flume, The Lemon Twigs and Rejie Snow. Tickets are already on sale. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €119 One day ticket : €49 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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August 25, 2017
September 02, 2017
Short film festival
PARIS. More than fifty French and international short films participate in an international competition and screenings take place after dusk in the park of the Butte du Chapeau Rouge. Each evening, up and coming pop, hip-hop or reggae bands and singers give a concert before the beginning of the screenings. A selection of video clips, short documentaries and short films aimed to children are also screened indoor at the Centre d’Animation Louis Lumière, A la Folie in the Villette Park, the Holiday Inn Quai de Seine, the Grand Train and the Espace Khiasma. Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge. 5 avenue Debidour, 75019 Paris. Concerts at 7 pm. Screenings after dusk. Admission free. Information :
www.association-silhouette.com
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August 27, 2017 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 29, 2017
September 03, 2017
Tall ships gathering
LE HAVRE. As a part of the celebrations of its 500th anniversary, Le Havre is the arrival port of the RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Twenty-eight ships built between 1894 and 2014 will arrive on August 29th and 30th including some of the largest tall ships in the world such as the Cisne Branco, the Belem, the Sagres, the Kruzenshtern and the Mir. Then they will be anchored in the Vatine and Eure bassins till Sunday September 3rd when they will leave from 7am for a great parade that will take place in front of the town’s beach from 8.30am to 11.30am. Called “Les Grandes Voiles du Havre” this event also features free visits of the vessels, a parade of the ships’ crews, fireworks and a whole host of activities on the wharves. Information: 0232740404
www.uneteauhavre2017.fr/en/le-havre-tall-ships
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August 31, 2017
September 13, 2017
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 De La Soul Live Band, Thomas de Pourquery & Supersonic, Gregory Porter, Angélique Kidjo, Tony Allen, Curtis Harding, Dianne Reeves, Archie Shepp, Mulatu Astatke and Jeff Mills. 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
www.jazzalavillette.com
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September 2017
September 02, 2017
September 03, 2017
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 02, 2017
September 03, 2017
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 start Saturday afternoon from Carquefou and Corcoué sur Logne (Loire-Atlantique), Saumur and Savennières (Maine-et-Loire), Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil and Ligré (Indre-et-Loire), Ruillé-sur-Loir (Sarthe) and Onzain (Loir-et-Cher), Sunday morning from Bellevigne en Layon, Saint-Saturnin sur Loire and Varrains (Maine-et-Loire), Vertou (Loire Atlantique), Vouvray, Cheillé and Ligré (Indre-et-Loire). There are as well some itineraries for disabled persons, families and cyclists. Price : €5 per person, free for under 18s. Information and registrations : 0811119540
www.vvr-valdeloire.fr
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September 02, 2017
September 17, 2017
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. Darcy Padilla, Stanley Greene, Zohra Bensemra, Angela Ponce Romero, Michael Nichols, Daniel Berehulak and Lu Guang are among the photographers displaying their works during this edition which also presents a selection of images from the World Press Photo contest. 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, 2017
September 10, 2017
Medieval Festival
BOULIAC. NEAR BORDEAUX. Fourteen companies and about sixty artists participate in the Medievales of Bouliac. During three days they enable visitors to experience life in the Middle Ages as it actually was through diverse shows and activities. The event features knight jousts, archery, siege machinery, sword fighting, master builders and traditional games demonstrations and shows, troubadours, jugglers, stilt walkers, circus and fire eaters performances as well as music, songs, dances, craftsmen and workshops. A parade will also go through the town on the Sunday morning and a medieval banquet will take place on the Friday evening. Medieval banquet at 8pm on Friday 8th. Price : €25. Bookings : 0660166169. Shows and activities from noon to 11pm on Saturday 9th, from 11am to 7pm on Sunday 10th. Admission €6, free for children under 10. Information :
www.medievalesdebouliac.fr
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September 09, 2017 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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September 14, 2017
September 27, 2017
Puppet Festival
CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES. ARDENNES. The 19th World Festival of Puppet Theatres brings together over 95 companies coming from 25 countries from every five continents. This event is one of the biggest of its kind and is now held every two years. It has a family-friendly atmosphere with performances taking place in nearly forty theatres, halls, clubs, gymnasia, cafes and courtyards fitted out to receive shadow puppets as well as wire, terracotta, wood or rags puppets. Special features of this edition include an exceptional Indonesian show held on the town main square, a selection of show for kids less than 3 years old and a focus on puppet theatre in Finland. The town also hosts an Off festival and several exhibitions related to puppet. Admission : €18 per show for adults, €10 for children less than 12 years old. Three shows pass : €45. Six shows pass : €66. Ten shows pass : €100. Twenty shows pass : €180. Information and bookings : 0324599494
www.festival-marionnette.com
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September 16, 2017
September 17, 2017
Contemporary knifes
PARIS. For the fourth time, the French capital hosts an exhibition devoted to contemporary knife making. Aimed to collectors, connoisseurs, professionals and merchants, the FiCX-Paris knife show gathers together the most renowned and innovative knife-makers who combine tradition, know-how, technique, creativity and 
inventiveness. Working with traditional materials such as gold, silver, gems, tortoise shell, pearls and ivory but also modern anodized alloys and unexpected composites, they produce knifes with new forms, styles and designs. Le Carreau du Temple. 4 rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris. Open from 10am to 7pm on Saturday, from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission : €10. Free for under 12s. Information :
www.ficx-paris.com
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