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January 07, 2017
April 29, 2017
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 22, 2017
April 02, 2017
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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Mars 01, 2017
April 30, 2017
Focus on Art Deco
HAUTS-DE-FRANCE. A dozen of towns from the Hauts-de-France region boasting a rich Art Deco heritage offer a wide range of activities to discover this art style from the Roaring Twenties. Guided tours, special opening of buildings usually closed to the public, film screenings, conferences and workshops are on the agenda. Information :
www.printempsartdeco.fr
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Mars 03, 2017
Mars 31, 2017
Jazz in the suburbs
SEINE-SAINT-DENIS DEPARTMENT. A must for all jazz lovers, the Banlieues Bleues Festival consists of twenty-eight concerts and showcases French and international bands performing from traditional swing to the most exuberant sounds. This year edition features Tony Allen, Vincent Courtois, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Mette Rasmussen Quintet, A-Wa, Spoek Mathambo, Noura Mint Seymali and many other artists. Concerts take place in several towns of the Seine-Saint-Denis department. Admission : €10 to €16 per concert. Three to five concerts pass available. Information and bookings : 0149221010
www.banlieuesbleues.org
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Mars 22, 2017
Mars 27, 2017
Drawing Fair
PARIS. The Salon du Dessin brings together twenty-three French and sixteen international art galleries among the best of the profession. They present more than 1000 original works from the Renaissance to 1970 including drawings from the French, Italian, German, Flemish and English schools. This edition also features an exhibition of drawings bought during the last ten years by the Cabinet des Amateurs de Dessins of Paris Fine Arts School and an exhibition of preparatory studies by Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson. The Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation Prize for contemporary drawing will be awarded on March 23rd. It rewards a work on paper or cardboard created exclusively with graphic means. Palais de la Bourse. Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris. Open from noon to 8pm, till 10pm on Thursday 23rd. Admission : €18 / €9. Information :
www.salondudessin.com
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Mars 23, 2017
Mars 27, 2017
Book fair
PARIS. Morocco is the guest of honour of the 37th Paris Book Fair now called Livre Paris that welcomes thirty-four authors from this country. This edition also highlights litterature from a dozen African countries. The fair includes themed areas dedicated to culinary books, works about religion, culture and society, juvenile literature and books focusing on knowledge as well as literary and comics stages where take place debates with authors. Livre Paris. Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. Hall 1. 75015 Paris. Open Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm, Monday from 9am to 7pm. Admission : €12 / €6. Information :
www.livreparis.com
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Mars 24, 2017
April 02, 2017
Documentary Film Festival
PARIS. Open to a wide diversity of writing, forms, and ideas, “Cinéma du Réel” is an international documentary film festival where the public and professionals discover the films of experienced authors as well as new talents, the history of documentary cinema as well as contemporary works. Through its various sections, the festival presents about two hundred films screened at the Centre Pompidou, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Forum des Images, the Luminor Hotel de Ville and few other cinemas located in Paris. About forty French and international films participate in the International competition and a “First Films” section focuses exclusively on first works. Admission : €6 / €4. Information :
www.cinemadureel.org
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Mars 26, 2017
Mars 27, 2017
Hundreds of beers to taste
PARIS. For its third edition, Planète Bière (Planet Beer) gathers together dozens of worldwide craft and industrial breweries that give visitors the opportunity to taste more than 500 different biers. Conferences, debates, beer and food pairing workshops and beer tasting introductory courses are also on the agenda. Tapis Rouge. 67 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris. Open to the public on Sunday from noon to 7pm. Admission : €25 for one person, €40 for two and €51 for three. Open Monday for professionals only from 11am to 6pm, by invitation. Information :
www.planete-biere.com
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Mars 27, 2017
April 24, 2017
Discover Languedoc wines
PARIS. If you live in Paris, from March 27th to April 24th, thirty wine shops invite you to come to discover Languedoc wines through two different workshops for groups of 4 to 6 persons. Called “Premier Flirt”, the first one is aimed at beginners, includes an introductory course to wine tasting and teaches you how to recognize the AOC from Languedoc through the tasting of four wines from various areas of Languedoc. Called “A la Folie”, the second one gives the chance to taste wines from different vintage years and produced on various terroirs. Each workshop lasts 90 minutes and includes the tasting of four different wines. Price : €50 to €60 for 4 to 6 persons. Information and bookings :
www.5a7chezmoncaviste.com
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Mars 2017
Mars 30, 2017
April 02, 2017
Contemporary Art Fair
PARIS. A modern and contemporary art fair, Art Paris gathers together about one hundred and forty of the most dynamic French and international galleries marketing paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos and installations. The exhibitors come from 29 countries with more than 40% of them from abroad. The guest of honour of this edition is Africa with galleries representing some 70 artists from this continent. There are also a section called “Promesse” dedicated to young galleries and about twenty “Solo Show” each one dedicated to an artist. In addition, this edition features video screenings on the Grand Palais north and south façades. Grand Palais. Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris. Open from 11.30am till 8pm on Thursday 30th and Saturday 1st, from 11.30am till 9pm on Friday 31st, from 11.30am till 7pm on Sunday 2nd. Admission : €25 / €12. Information : 0156265234
www.artparis.fr
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April 2017
April 01, 2017
May 01, 2017
Garden festival
FRENCH RIVIERA For the first time the French Riviera hosts a Garden Festival having 'Awakening the Senses' as its theme. Its main feature is an ephemeral garden competition for professionals who will create 200 sq meters gardens in the centre of five towns : Grasse, Cannes, Antibes, Nice and Menton. In addition around eighty private beautiful gardens will be exceptionnally open to the public and many activities will be on the agenda of this festival such as tasting, culinary events flower art and gardening techniques workshops, plant markets, exhibitions, conferences and guided tours. Information :
www.cotedazur-tourisme.com
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April 01, 2017
April 09, 2017
International kite festival
BERCK. PAS-DE-CALAIS. The beach of Berck-sur-Mer hosts Europe's biggest kite festival, bringing together kite-flyers from all over the world. Nearly 2000 kites in all form, design, colors and size will be flown in Berck's skies making it a unique event. The program features the World Championship of Acrobatic Kite, a competition between some of the world best kite-flyers teams, Rokkakus fights and activities aiming at introduce children to kite fun. Visitors can also attend kite-building workshops, take kite-flying classes and try out the latest models. Information :
www.cerf-volant-berck.com
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April 01, 2017
April 27, 2017
Kid’s Folies
SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS. VENDEE. Kid’s Folies is a children's festival aiming to bring children and parents together in a whirlwind of activities featuring entertainment, shows, exhibitions, workshops, games, sports, an evening party including a firework and lots of surprises. The theme of this year’s edition is “Paul Klee’s keys”. Information : 0826887887
www.saint-jean-de-monts.com/kids-folies.html
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April 08, 2017
April 17, 2017
Bird festival
PICARDIE. SOMME BAY. Held every year in April, a period which is favorable for observing birds in the Somme bay, the “Festival de l’Oiseau” is an event offering activities for the whole family. It features more than 250 guided nature walks on foot, horseback, bicycle and in kayak to observe birds and seals. Two international film and photography competitions are also on the agenda as well as screenings of ornithological, animal-related and environmental documentaries, exhibitions of animal art and photos, children’s workshops, lectures, photography and watercolor painting courses. Bookings are mandatory for the nature walks and children’s activities. Prices of activities range from €3 to €36. Information and bookings : 0322240202
www.festival-oiseau-nature.com
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April 15, 2017
April 17, 2017
Easter egg hunts
VAUX-LE-VICOMTE, NEAR PARIS. During three days more than 170 egg hunts take place in the gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte castle where 85 000 chocolate eggs are hidden. Meanwhile, many free activities such as chocolate-based creations, origami, engraving or make up workshop take place in the outbuildings and there is an educative farm with ducks, lambs, bunnies and an incubator where kids can see live chick births. Adults and children can also discover the State apartments. Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. 77950 Maincy. Open from 10am to 5pm. Admission : adults : €17.50 / €15.50, children €12. Free for kids under 6 years old. Information : 0164144190
www.vaux-le-vicomte.com
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April 18, 2017
April 23, 2017
Printemps de Bourges
BOURGES. CHER DEPARTMENT. Only a few well-known musicians come to this festival that gives to many new talents the chance to make their first major concert. This 40th edition features more than a hundred groups and artists playing rock and pop music, electro music, folk melodies, hip hop or world music. It includes Renaud, Tim Dup, Placebo, Otzeki, Shay, La Grande Sophie, Camille, Cameron Avery, Vincent Delerm, Aliocha…. Shows are held in twelve different venues from noon to dawn daily. Tickets : from €10 to €42 per concert. Three concerts pass available. Information and bookings : 0248272829
www.printemps-bourges.com
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April 21, 2017
April 23, 2017
Plant festival
SAINT-JEAN-DE-BEAUREGARD, NEAR PARIS. An annual event, the Plant Festival (Fête des Plantes) is the place to go is you are looking for gardening advices. It brings together more than two hundreds specialists selling trees, shrubs, climbing and perennial plants, summer bulbs, ferns and so on. Garden furniture, clothes, accessories and tools are also offered. The theme of this edition is «Scented plants». Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard. Rue du Château. 91940 Saint-Jean de Beauregard. Open from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €14 / €11. Free for under children under 12 years old. Information : 0160120001
www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com
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April 29, 2017
May 14, 2017
Joan of Arc festival
ORLEANS. Each year, Orleans commemorates the lifting of the siege of the city by the English army on May 8th, 1429. Festivities include a medieval market, a medieval party, a military parade and an historical procession led by a girl in armor on horseback evoking Joan of Arc going through the city, the handing over of the Standard ceremony, a sound and light show on the façade of the cathedral and a set electro with famous DJs. Information :
www.orleans-metropole.fr/989-6672/fiche/fetes-de-jeanne-darc-2017.htm
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April 29, 2017
May 01, 2017
Roman games
NIMES. For a weekend, the city of Nîmes takes you back to the roman age with the “Grand Jeux Romains”. Parade of troops, imperial cult ceremony, themed visits, documentary screenings, demonstrations, exhibitions and conferences are held in different venues throughout the city. The highlight is the show taking place each afternoon in the arena, one of the nicest in Europe. Having the Celtic Queen Boudica as its theme, it features an uprising of the Celts against the Romans as well as horse races and gladiator fights. In addition, several workshops introduce kids to Roman mythology, Roman board games and archeology. Opening of the Arena from 10am. to 6pm. Admission to the circus games : from €15 to €49 for adults, from €5 to €29 for kids under 12s. Information : 0466218256
www.arenes-nimes.com
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May 2017
May 20, 2017
May 21, 2017
Grands Crus weekend
BORDEAUX. Owners and winemakers from more than 110 renowned Grands Crus of the Bordeaux wine region offer tasting of their vintages. In addition, there are gala dinners during which a different wine will be served with each course in order to show the diversity of Bordeaux grands crus as well as three vineyard tours including lunch and tasting in chateaux. One along the right bank of the Garonne river, passing by Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, one going through the Graves and Sauternes appellations, one focusing on Medoc. The event also features a visit of the Cité du Vin followed by a Grand Cru lunch cruise on the Garonne and a golf tournament ending with a lunch accompanied with wines from participating chateaux. Hangar 14. Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux. Tasting from 10am to 5pm. Admission : €60 to €75. Gala dinners : €140. Vineyard tours : €99. Cité du Vin and cruise : €90. Information :
ugcb.net/fr/wgc
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June 2017
June 30, 2017
July 02, 2017
Hundreds of worldwide beers
PARIS. The “Mondial de la Bière” is a beer festival held in Montreal since 1994 and for the first time the European edition takes place in Paris. Open to the general public and professionals alike, it brings together craft brewers as well as large brewing groups from all over the world. All of them will have kiosks and each visitor will have the opportunity to sample some 700 tasty and unique beers produced worldwide. The festival also features tasting master classes, workshops and conferences aimed at the general public as well as at brewers. Maison de la Mutualité. 24 rue Saint Victor, 75005 Paris. Open from 2pm to 10pm on Friday, from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission : €12. Information :
www.festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca
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