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May 12, 2018
December 01, 2018
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 Switch Trio at the Domaine Colline Saint Jean in Vacqueyras (May 12th), the Barend Middelhoff Quartet at Château Jonquier in Séguret (June 8th), the Noé Reine Trio at Domaine Berthet Rayne in Cairanne (June 30th), the Frédéric Viale Quartet at the Domaine Brusset in Cairanne (July 20th), the Tricia Evy Quartet at the Domaine Rabasse Charavin in Cairanne (August 4th), the Antonio Farao Trio in the old village of Cairanne (August 25th), the Frédéric Monino Quartet at the Cave Cooperative of Séguret (September 22nd), Jeb Patton and Dmitry Baevsky at Sérignan du Comtat (October 20th), Les Doigts de l’Homme band at Visan (November 10th) and the Cédric Chauveau Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Cairanne (December 1st). Admission : €16 per concert. Information and bookings:
www.jazzdanslesvignes.fr
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June 03, 2018
October 14, 2018
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 “Princesses and Samurais. Adventures in the Gardens of the Rising Sun” 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 : €9.50 / €5. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 09, 2018
July 24, 2018
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 Andrei Korobeinikov, Vincent Larderet, Seong-Jin Cho, Marc-André Hamelin, Fazil Say, Ingolf Wunder, Michel Dalberto, François Dumont and Miroslav Kultyshev, cellist Marc Coppey and Henri Demarquette, violinist Nicolas Dautricourt. Bergerie Frédéric Chopin. 36400 Nohant. Admission : €15 to €80. Information and bookings : 0254484640
www.festivalnohant.com
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June 15, 2018
September 08, 2018
Carmen, open-air opera
FRANCE. Georges Bizet’s most famous piece, “Carmen” 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 15th and 16th), the Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Le Neubourg, near Evreux (June 22nd and 23rd), the Chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 29th and 30th), the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (July 6th and 7th), the chateau de Haroué, near Nancy (August 31st and September 1st) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 5th to 8th). 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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June 20, 2018
August 04, 2018
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 2018 program are operas Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini and Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito as well as The Magic Flute by Maurice Béjart, a choreographic performance based upon Mozart’s opera, and a Russian Night grouping together on stage some of the best Russian opera singers. Admission : €20 to €250 per opera, €7 to €120 per concert Information and bookings :
www.choregies.fr
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June 30, 2018
July 22, 2018
Paris Jazz Festival
PARIS. The 2018 Paris Jazz Festival takes place over four weekends and eight concerts are on the agenda. They feature well-known artists such as Hugh Coltman, Mark Eliyahu Ensemble, Erci Seva, Franck Tortiller, Guillaume Perret, Avital, Armel Dupas and Ikui Doki. Parc Floral du Bois de Vincennes. Esplanade Saint Louis, 75012 Paris. Admission : €2.50 / €1.50. Information :
www.parisjazzfestival.paris.fr
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July 04, 2018
July 24, 2018
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. Richard Strauss’ works “Ariane à Naxos” opens the 2018 edition that also features Prokofiev’s opera “L’Ange de Feu”, Mozart’s opera “La Flûte Enchantée”, Henry Purcell’s’s opera “Didon et Enée” as well as two recently created operas, “Seven Stones”, by Ondrej Adamaek and “Orfeo & Majnun by Moneim Adwan, Howard Moody and Dick van der Harst. 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 €270 per opera. Information and bookings : 0820922923
www.festival-aix.com
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July 05, 2018
August 30, 2018
Night wine tasting
NIMES. In July and August, every Thursday evening, winemakers from the Costières de Nîmes appellation set up an ephemeral bar on the square facing the Notre-Dame et Saint-Castor cathedral of Nîmes. There, tourists can taste their wines as well as local dishes and delicacies while bands entertain them with various music genres. Called Jeudivin, the event lasts from 7pm to 10.30pm. Glass and voucher for two tasting : €5. Information :
www.costieres-nimes.org
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July 06, 2018
July 29, 2018
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 06, 2018
July 24, 2018
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 “Thyeste” by Sénèque, directed by Thomas Jolly, “Iphigénie” by Racine, directed by Chloé Dalbert, “Retour” by Amir Reza Koohestani, “Mama” by Ahmed El Attar, « Tartufias » by Molière directed by Oskaras Korsunovas, « De Dingen die Voorbjgann» by Ivo van Hove and « Kreatur » by Sacha Waltz. Tickets from €12 to €48. Information and bookings (from June 11th) : 0490141414
www.festival-avignon.com
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July 06, 2018
July 29, 2018
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 2018 program includes concert versions of operas or oratorios by Haendel, Charpentier, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini and Vivaldi as well as recitals by renowned countertenors Andreas Scholl, mezzo soprano Sylvia Schwartz and Vivica Genaux. Admission : from €12 to €110 per concert. Information and bookings : 0380229720
www.festivalbeaune.com
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July 07, 2018
August 26, 2018
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 10, 2018
July 27, 2018
Children theatre
AVIGNON. Fifteen theatre companies and storytellers participate in the 2018 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. Admission : €9 for adults, €6.50 for children. Information and bookings : 0490855955
www.festivaltheatrenfants.com
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July 11, 2018
August 01, 2018
Wine & transat
LYON. On four Wednesdays of July and August, the Crozes-Hermitage appellation offers you to come to La Plateforme, a barge anchored along the bank of the Rhône river in Lyon where you can taste its wines accompanied with tapas, learn the basic of wine tasting and participate in wine and food pairing workshops. Called Wine & Transat, this event takes place from 6pm to 1am. Admission free for tasting. Workshops : €8. Information :
www.crozes-hermitage-vin.fr
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July 12, 2018
July 22, 2018
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 Norah Jones, Youn Sun Nah, The Como Mamas, Marcus Miller, Melody Gardot, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lenny Kravitz and André Manoukian 4tet among others. Tickets : from €30 to €170 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.jazzajuan.com
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July 16, 2018
July 27, 2018
Music in the mountains
BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, HAUTES-PYRENEES. Piano Pic is a classical music festival offering concerts in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains. The 2018 edition comprises concerts in several churches featuring recitals by pianists Michael Lévinas, Stéphane Möller, Laurent Martin, Muza Rubackyte, Etsuko Hirose and Shaun Choo among others as well as a concert at the top of the Pic du Midi Admission : €12 to €22 per concert. Concert at the top of Pic du Midi : €70. Information and bookings : 056295507
www.piano-pic.com
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July 16, 2018
July 21, 2018
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 Parov Stelar, Gregory Porter, Jack Johnson, Massive Attack, Rag’n’Bone Man, Kimberose, Rhoda Scott, Eric Legnini, Mélanie de Biasio, Baptiste Trotignon… All around thirty-six concerts are on the agenda. Prices : One day ticket : €35. Two days pass : €60. Five days pass : €130. Information and bookings : 0892683622
www.nicejazzfestival.fr
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July 2018
July 18, 2018
August 19, 2018
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 Jean-Luc Godard, Tim Burton, Alain Resnais, Pedro Almodovar, Otto Preminger, Maren Ade, Gus Van Sant, Jacques Demy and Damien Chazelle 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-2018/
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July 19, 2018
August 03, 2018
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 Roberto Fonseca, Trust, Alain Souchon, Al McKay, Feu Chatterton Sergent Garcia, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Imaarhan and Kyo. This event also features photograph exhibitions related to the artists participating in the festival and a whole day especially dedicated to kids. Admission : €20 to €25 per day. Information and bookings :
www.nuitsdusud.com
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July 19, 2018
July 22, 2018
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 Dépèche Mode, Eddy de Pretto, Iam, Les Négresses Vertes, Liam Gallagher, Massive Attack, Orelsan, Arfus, Lorenzo. 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 20, 2018
August 18, 2018
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 2018 edition welcomes pianists Boris Berezovsky, Nicholas Angelich, Seong-Jin Cho, Romain David, Nelson Freire, Marie-Catherine Girod, Momo Kodama, Daniil Trifonov, Alexei Volodin and Dana Ciocarlie, violinist Renaud Capuçon, mezzo soprano Marina Rodriguez Cusi, the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Tatarstan National Symphonic 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 22, 2018 Classic cars parade
PARIS. If you are a classic cars enthusiast don’t miss the Summer Traversée de Paris. Early morning, around 700 classic cars, motorcycles and tractors will gather in front of the Château de Vincennes. Then, they will depart from 7.30am and will cross Paris, passing by place de la Bastille, place des Vosges, Place de la République, Montmartre, Champs Elysées, place de la Concorde, Invalides and place Charles de Gaulle Etoile. From 11.30am, the vehicles will arrive in Meudon at the Terrasses 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 : €5 per person. Information and bookings : 0671980019
www.vincennesenanciennes.com
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July 24, 2018
July 29, 2018
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 Vianney, Denez Prigent and Nolwenn Leroy. 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 27, 2018
August 15, 2018
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 Brad Mehldau, Ibrahim Maalouf, Wynton Marsalis, Joan Baez, Pat Metheny, Melody Gardot, Santana, Marcus Miller and Gregory Porter …. Overall more than fifty artists will give concerts during the festival. Tickets : €22 to €65 per concert. Bookings : 0892690277, www.fnac.com Information :
www.jazzinmarciac.com
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July 28, 2018
July 29, 2018
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 villages of Essoyes, Fontette, Landreville, Loches-sur-Ources, Noé-les-Mallets, Verpillières-sur-Ource and Viviers-sur-Artaut 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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August 2018
August 01, 2018
August 05, 2018
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 26th 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 Django Charlie, Own You Bones and EYM Trio. Admission : €27 to €35 per concert. Information and booking : 0490829551
www.tremplinjazzavignon.fr
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August 03, 2018
August 12, 2018
Interceltic Festival
LORIENT. BRITTANY. An event not to be missed for anyone interested in Celtic culture, the Interceltic Festival brings together 4 500 artists from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Asturias, Galicia, the Isle of Man and Brittany. It features more than 250 concerts – including some by famous bands and singers such as Denez Prigent, Gilles Servat, Iona Fyfe, Paddy Keenan and Manic Street Preachers - theater plays, dance performances, exhibitions as well as traditional games and sports. Visitors can experience fiddle and bagpipe lessons, Gaelic workshops and ceilidhs. On Sunday 5th morning the spectacular Grand Parade of Celtic Nations takes place with over 3000 musicians, singers, pipe bands and dancers from all over the Celtic world parading through the city streets in national costume. Brittany’s finest pipe bands and individual pipers also participate in a competition, the National Bagadou Championship. Throughout the festival a Celtic Village is open in the centre of the city offering food, music, literature, clothing and crafts. Information and bookings : 0297640320
www.festival-interceltique.bzh
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August 03, 2018
August 05, 2018
Stars nights
FRANCE. During three days, amateur astronomers from all around France will initiate people to astronomy for free. More than 300 spots offering information about the stars and the possibility to observe the sky will be open to the public for one, two or three nights. This year the event will focus on planet Mars but visitors will also get the chance to watch the Milky Way, the constellations, Jupiter and its moons as well as the Perseids, a famous shower of shooting stars. Information :
www.afastronomie.fr/les-nuits-des-etoiles
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August 16, 2018
August 19, 2018
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. Etienne Daho, Grizzly Bears, Phoenix, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nils Frahm, The Black Angels and Patti Smith are some of the artists and bands participating in this edition. Admission : from €16.50 to €46.50 per day. Three days pass : €108. Information and bookings :
www.laroutedurock.com
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August 24, 2018
August 26, 2018
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 Post Malone, Macklemore, Bonobo, Mike Shinoda, Tamino, The Psychotic Monks and Justice. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €139 One day ticket : €59 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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