FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN FRANCE
Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities and official ceremonies are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests.
Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, Paris, Bastille Day
Photograph: Celeste Hutchins
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. It is the world's most prestigious and publicized film festival. Ever since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The festival has become an important showcase for European films. Additionally, given massive media exposure, the non-public festival is attended by many movie stars and is a popular venue for film producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe. The Cannes Film Festival is organised in various sections. The Official Selection is the main event of the festival. The Parallel Sections are non-competitive programmes dedicated to discovering other aspects of cinema. Other sectiones of the festival are produced by outside organizations during the Cannes Festival. The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or ("Golden Palm") for the best film.
Address: Festival De Cannes, 3, rue Amélie,
75007 Paris - France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 59 61 00
The Eurockéennes de Belfort is one of France's largest rock music festivals. The Eurockéennes, a play on words involving the words rock and européennes (Europeans), is a festival based in a nature reserve beside Lac de Malsaucy near Belfort. Les Eurockéennes takes place on the peninsula of Lake Malsaucy, 10 kilometres from Belfort. A number of different stages are present – la Grande Scène, le Chapiteau, la Loggia and la Plage. Most of the time there are simultaneous concerts on different stages. A campsite, 3 km from the main site, is the free temporary home to 15000 festival-goers, with a free shuttle bus running between the campsite and the entrance to the main area. The Eurockéennes is France's top summer event in terms of size and quality. Past editions has featured Massive Attack, Calvin Harris, Sebastien Tellier, MGMT, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Lykke Li and Gnarls Barkley amongst others.
Paris Fashion Week
Paris Fashion Week is an apparel trade show held semi-annually in Paris, France with Spring / Summer and Autumn / Winter events held each year. Dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation. Currently, Fashion Week is held in the Carrousel du Louvre, as well as at various other venues throughout the city. Paris Fashion Week is part of the Big 4 fashion weeks internationally, the others being London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week. The schedule begins with New York, followed by London, and then Milan, and ending the events in Paris. In addition to Ready to Wear shows, there are Men's and Haute Couture shows, which are held semiannually for the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter seasons.
Address: Fédération française de la Couture, du Prêt à Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode
100/102 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8e
La Route du Rock Festival
This 22th birthday of the festival has a characteristically daring lineup of internationally renowned artists. Held in and around the beautiful walled seaside city of St. Malo on Brittany’s Emerald Coast. La Route Du Rock has seen headline sets from Sonic Youth, Portishead, PJ Harvey, The Cure, Sigur Ros, My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, The National, TV On The Radio and Tindersticks in recent years, and always has a great international supporting bill of up-and-coming bands. With a beach stage in the daytime and a spectacular castle stage by night, La Route Du Rock mixes amazing lineups with a truly stunning setting. Over the years, La Route du Rock has carved out a place in the cultural landscape of European festivals, becoming an unmissable summer gathering for curious, open minded festival goers who are eager for exciting sounds. Thirty bands will perform in three amazing venues on the glorious Emerald Coast: the beach stage, the auditorium of Le Palais du Grand Large on the seaside and the castle stage.
Address: Festival La Route du Rock,
Association Rock Tympans,
4, mail François Mitterrand,
35000 Rennes, France
La Route du Rock Festival
The Festival d'Avignon, or Avignon Festival, is an annual arts festival held in the French city of Avignon every summer in July in the courtyard of the Popes' Palace as well as in other locations of the city. Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, it is the oldest extant festival in France and one of the world's greatest. The festival consists of two parts, "In" and "Off". The festival is organised by a non-profit organisation (since 1980), which is administered by a board of trustees composed of: the French state, the city of Avignon, the Département of Vaucluse, the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, and seven public figures competent in the field of theatre. Amongst other places, the "In" Festival is performed in the "Cour d'Honneur" - the honours courtyard - of the Palais des Papes, the place of residence of the Avignon papacy during most of the 14th century. The "Off" festival is also organised by a non-profit organisation composed mostly of theatre companies and is performed in theatres schools, streets and all places suitable for performing.
Address: Office of the Festival d'Avignon,
20, rue du portail Boquier,
Tel info: +33 (0)4 90 14 14 60 (from May to the end of July)