Fri16Jun2017Sun18Jun2017Clisson, Loire Atlantique
If hard rock is your thing, you should definitely head to Clisson for three days where you will be treated to a variety of heavy metal music like you’ve never heard before. And if you are a beginner, you will be in the best place to learn what it means to love metal, as you come face-to-face with artists who have perfected their skills in the field.
Up to seven stages are live at any given moment and you can choose either to remain in one particular location, or to sample what’s happening from all the stages.
The dress code is usually wild and out of this world – prepare to be creative.
Tue20Jun2017Wed21Jun2017The Arena Of Nimes
This is another festival that brings together rock and contemporary music lovers for one month. Held at the historic city of Nimes, close to 20 artists converge here to entertain and celebrate their art. This event has been held courtesy of the city of Nimes, in collaboration with FM Productions, since its inception in 1997.
In Calvi, people gather for six days every year, to celebrate and appreciate culture – this year it won’t be different. Various activities including electronic music, artistic performances and Corsican traditions that are held in various places within the city, its beaches and citadel.
In the afternoons, you can experience blistering sets from the world’s top DJ’s on Calvi’s beaches, while in the evenings you could attend performances at the outdoor Theatre de Verdure or relax at the harbor.
Fri30Jun2017Wed02Aug2017Arras, Vauban Citadel
This is another important three-day event which has been running since 2004. People converge at Vauban to celebrate rock, pop, hip-hop and electro, and with more than 40 concerts running over the course of the event, international and local artists come here to leave a mark.
Big names in music like Elton John, Deep Purple and Indochine are known to entertain an eager crowd of close to 260,000 here at Carcassonne City. A perfect blend of local and international artists is made up of over 100 performers, who keep the electrified crowd on their toes, chanting their hearts out, while putting their best foot forward.
Performances are held at the famous La Fajeolle Main Stage, the Jean-Deschamps Theatre or at the Count’s Castle in the city.
I don’t think there is any outdoor event that can measure up to this one. Since 1989, this festival has never disappointed. It seems like everything has fallen into place to provide the 100,000+ party animals who attend this event an experience like no other. The beautiful location, which is only a short distance from Belfort and surrounded by hills and lakes, makes it the perfect place for those who treasure good times. Usually, there are four stages with live bands performing their hits, with all different genres of music well represented.
This out-of-town event is packaged to entertain and champion the protection of the environment and sustainable development. This does not mean that it’s short of great entertainment, because lovers of pop, reggae, rock and a mix of other types of music are left begging for more after enjoying over 72 hours of nothing but the best of modern music.
This is a perfect opportunity for young talent to learn from experienced artists. The event, which is known to offer contemporary French songs and music, gives emerging artists a platform to showcase their talent and get advice and guidance from their peers. You mustn’t miss the opportunity to listen to what these new artists have to offer.
The Solidays festival is one of a kind, from the huge crowd gathered to the cause being championed. I mean just that, because every year people have found it necessary to gather for entertainment, while still making it a cause to stand in solidarity in the fight against AIDS.
Close to 3,000 volunteers and 160 artists come to Paris every year to make this event happen, and it never disappoints, attracting over 150,000 revelers joining hands to make the event a success.
One of the instruments that has helped to shape the world of music is the accordion. France ensure this iconic instrument’s contribution won’t die out, by putting it on every corner of every street for four days, during which different genres of music fill the air. This is a crucial cultural event dedicated to the accordion, holding more than 90 concerts free of charge.
Two places in Saint-Malo are a hive of activity every year when the world descends on them for a special demonstration of what independent music thinkers have to offer. In summer and winter each year, Fort Saint-Pere and Bon Secours Beach are the places to be. The special thing about this event is its unique theme of holding an open-minded musical festival, driven by creativity. Always full to capacity, people arrive here in droves to enjoy a one-of-a-kind festival like nothing they’ve ever experienced.
There has never been a better way to close the summer season than to see it out at Saint Cloud. Every year at the end of August, over 100,000 people gather in Paris with vigor, as if to thank the gods of summer. The energy experienced in this four-day event is out of this world. Popular French music comprising of pop, rock and electro is played in the historic gardens, as revellers from local and international communities gather to dance and enjoy nature.
Wed13Sep2017Sun12Nov2017Institute du Monde la Cite International des Arts, Arabe, Maison Europeenne de la Photography
This will be the second edition of the Biennial of contemporary Arab World photography. There’s a lot of work on display, offering a multi-layered and diverse perspective of the Arab world as evidenced by contemporary photographers. 50-odd artists are displaying here with Algerians and Tunisian photographers exhibiting.
Thu14Sep2017Sun14Jan2018Marmottan Monet Museum
Marmottan Monet Museum owns the largest Monet collection, paintings by the iconic French artist. The exhibition to be held here will bring together art works from some of the world’s biggest museums and private collections, including drawings, paintings and sculptures. You’ll have a chance to see the works of some of the most famous artists like Renoir, Corot, Manet and others. Works by other little-known artists are on display also.
This exhibition has been around for the past 30 years. It gives the general public access to Parisian monuments to learn about the country’s history and culture. There are various special events taking place in different venues and the exhibition is usually free of charge. Some of the top attractions include Musee d Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and Elysee Palace with some buildings like The Fondation Loius Vuitton, Cite de la Mode et du Design and Philharmonie de Paris being accessible.
To see a list of participating venues follow this link.
Wed20Sep2017Mon08Jan2018Musee de Cluny
The technique of stained glass was perfected in the fifth century by the master glassworkers, and it’s at this time that glass started being used in society. There are over 150 glass works from the middle ages on display in this exhibition, showing how glass has had an impact on scientific discoveries, its symbolism, and importance.
You can follow this link to the event website.
Thu21Sep2017Mon29Jan2018The Grand Palais
MoMA in New York is partnering with the Grand Palais to showcase the works of Irvin Penn, the famous photographer of the 20th century. Penn is remembered for capturing photos of famous personalities like Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso and Alfred Hitchcock among others. The dates for the exhibition coincide with the centenary of his birth, the perfect occasion to honor his legacy. There are more than 240 photos on display picked from his 70-year career.
Click here to visit the exhibition website.