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Events in France
April to early October


"Grandes Eaux Musicales de Versailles" - Every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., plus Saturdays at same hours, July & August. Grand display set to music of the numerous fountains of the Versailles gardens. "Fêtes de Nuit", historical scenes and "tableaux" at the grand "Bassin de Neptune": Saturday nights at 10:30 pm, in July as well as nights in August and early September.
Mid-April/End Sept.


"Les Imaginaires du Mont-St-Michel" - A sound-and-light itinerary through the maze of corridors and stairways of the abbey. Weekends and holidays Mid-April through May, and every evening early June through en of September.
April 27 through January 7, 2001


"Jules Verne and Imaginary Worlds" - An exhibition on the relationship between science and fiction will be held in several venues in Nantes, birthplace of Jules Verne. The Fine Arts Museum will exhibit 20th-century artists who created imaginary worlds (Kandinsky, Max Ernst along side Lithuanian painter Ciurlonis and Romanian sculptor Paciurea. The jewel of Nantes, the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, will showcase "Extraordinary Journeys" and 3-tiered exhibition of the world under the seas, the subterranean world and the heavens, all inspired by the major work of Jules Verne.
April 29 to September 4


"Les Rivages du Monde" - Major retrospective of the Nice-born artist Yves Klein. 130 works and paintings, including his remarkable 1950s monochromes and 1960 & 1961 monochromes and Monogold. Collections from the Yves Klein Archives in Paris MAMAC (Musée d’art Moderne et d’art contemporain)


May 20 to September 2

Les Epesses

"Cinéscénie du Puy-du-Fou/Jacques Maupillier paysan vendéen" - Monumental multi-media sound and light spectacle in the ruins of the Château du Puy-du-Fou, recounting the life of a Vendée family from the French Revolution to our day - 650 actors from 11 area villages create over 3000 characters. Fridays and Saturdays info@puydufou.tm.fr
May 31 to Sept. 11


"Picasso Sculpteur" - Exhibition of sculptures by Picasso Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou
June 1 to July 31


Millenium Edition of the "Festival International d’art lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence" - International Music and Opera Festival - Classical Operas and concerts in the European tradition as well as music from Africa, Asia, the Middle East. Featured artists : Pierre Boulez, William Christie, René Jacobs, Gustav, Leonhardt, Sir Simon Rattle
June 5 to July 14

Seine St-Denis

" Festival de St Denis" - Classical music festival.
June to early August


"Nuits de Fourvière"- Theater and music in Lyon’s old quarter Roman theaters.
Mid-June to late October


9th Annual International Gardens Festival
Mid-June to late Sept.


"Saison Musicale 2000 "- a series of concerts ranging from medieval contemporary music in the Abbaye de Royaumont.
June 21 to September 21


"A Summer in Bourges" - Concerts of Classical Music , Jazz and music from around the world Every evening at monuments and other locations in the city
June 24 through Sept. 30


Sound and light show every Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m.on the facade and in the nave of the celebrated Saint-Rémi Basilica, the 11th and 12th century basilica landmarked as a UNESCO World Heritage monument.
June 25 to October 15


"Chaïm Soutine - Céret 1919/1922" - Retrospective of works gathered from collections worldwide of the artists paintings (portraits, still lifes, and landscapes) Musée d’Art Moderne
June 29 to July 9


21st "Rencontres Musicales d'Evian" - International classical and chamber music festival.
June 30 to July 2


"Jumping International" - One of France’s major equestrian competitions.
June 30 to July 13


"Jazz à Vienne" - 19th annual International Jazz Festival which takes place in the city’s Roman amphitheater.
June 30 to August 27


"Flaneries Musicales d’Eté" - a program of over 150 concerts, most of them free of charge, in the most unexpected locations in Reims (courtyards, gardens) and most prestigious monuments, including the Cathédrale Notre Dame, the St-Rémi Basilica or the Palais de Tau.
June 30 to July 30


"Festival International de Musique Baroque et classique" - Masterpieces of Baroque music staged in the 15th century Hospices de Beaune. Hospices de Beaune
Late June to early-July


La Villette Jazz Festival - International Jazz Festival featuring well known artists and emerging talent - Concerts, jazz workshops Cité de Musique/Grande Halle at La Villette
Late June to mid-July


16th Annual Chopin Festival - Concerts and piano recitals Orangerie de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne
Late June/end August


"Saison Musicale" - Chamber Music Festival in the ruins of the famed St-Guilhem-le-Désert Abbey (New York’s Cloister is a replica built with stones from St-Guilhem and St-Michel-de-Cuxa - Languedoc-Roussillon region).
Late June to late August


"Fête des Tuileries" - Summer-long fair in the Tuileries Gardens, with games, carousels and the giant Ferris wheel Espace des Feuillants, Jardin des Tuileries
Late June to early Sept.


International Organ Festival - Concerts every Sunday at 4:45 p.m. on the great organ of the Chartres Cathedral - the last Sunday is the acclaimed International Organ Music Competition. Chartres Cathedral
1st 2 weeks of July


"Jazz à Juan" 39th Annual International Jazz Festival Pinède Gould
July 1 to 23


The 87th Annual Tour de France bicycle race.
July through September


"Festival Musique en l’Ile" - Classical music concerts, oratorios and chamber music in 3 prestigious Paris churches. Sainte-Chapelle, Eglise St-Louis-en-l’Ile, Eglise St-Germain-des-Prés
July (3 weeks)


Festival d'Avignon : 52st edition of avant-garde summer festival, presenting new productions and talent, in theater, dance and music.
July (3 weeks)


"Les Chorégies d'Orange" - major Provence music and opera festival, set in one of the world's best preserved Roman theaters.
Early-July (2 days)


International Equestrian Competition.
Early-July (3 days)


"Eurokéennes" - 10th anniversary of the International and French Rock festival which takes place 5 miles from Belfort in the Franche-Comté.
July 13 to 17

Brest (Brittany)

Brest 2000 - Huge gathering of over 3,000 ships from past and present-day e-mail: contact@brest2000.asso.fr
July 14\ Bastille Day

Paris & France


July 13 : Grand Paris Ball

July 14 : traditional military parade down the Champs-Elysées - followed at sundown by prestigious fireworks. The Trocadéro (facing the Eiffel Tower) - Elsewhere in France : parades, balls and fireworks in most cities, towns and villages.

Place de la Bastille
Also July 14 Bastille Day 2000


"The Incredible Picnic"- Over 3 million people will attend what will most certainly be the world’s largest picnic, to be held between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along the 620 mile-long Méridienne Verte. This epic "déjeuner sur l’herbe" will take place from Dunkerque--via Paris-- to the Pyrénées town of Prats-de-Mollo, through 8 regions and 337 towns and villages. www.francetourism.com
Weekends from July 14 through August 31


"Festival International d’Art Pyrotechnique " - International Fireworks festival.
Mid-July to Mid-August


"Paris Quartiers d’Eté" - Paris neighborhoods Festival - Theater, dance, concerts and events Tuileries Gardens, Palais Royal, Arènes de Lutèce, La Villette, banks of the Seine, Buttes-Chaumont Park
Mid-July (10 days)


Nice Jazz Festival Cimiez
Mid-July (1 week)


"Rencontres Internationales de harpe celtique" - International Celtic Harp Festival held in one of Brittany’s most charming inland walled-towns, perched above the Rance River.
Mid-July (2 days)


"Fetes du Grand Fauconnier" - Medieval Festival.
3rd week/July (6 days)


"Festival de Cornouaille" - Traditional folk art, music, dance and celebrations.
Late July (10 days)


"Nuits Musicales du Suquet" - Chamber music festival in Cannes’ historic Suquet district which overlooks the old port.
Late July to mid August


"The 49th Annual Pablo Casals Festival" - Over 20 concerts performed by the world’s finest chamber music ensembles.
Late July till mid-August


Classical Music Festival.
Late July to mid-August


17th annual "Eté de Noirlac" - Classical, sacred, and medieval Chamber music festival held in the renowned Cistercian abbey near Bourges. Cistercian abbey
1st week in August


36th Annual Folkloric Festival of the Pyrenees - Dance, music, arts and crafts.
Early August (10 days)


Marciac Jazz Festival - 20th Annual International Jazz festival set in a 13th century Gascony town.
August 4 to 13


"Festival Inter-Celtique de Lorient" - Celebration of Celtic folklore and heritage in Brittany, featuring 4000 traditional and musicians, singers, dancers and painters from all Celtic nations. E-mail: festival@azimut-com.fr
August 24 to Sept. 3

La Chaise-Dieu

"Festival International de Musique de la Chaise-Dieu" - International Classical and Baroque Music Festival in this ancient Auvergne village know for its 14th century "Abbaye St-Robert" www.leprogres.fr/festival-chaise-dieu
Late August/early Sept.


Colmar International Music Festival.
3rd week-en August


19th Annual Championship of square Bocci Balls.
Late August/Sept


"Festival Berlioz" .
End-August/early Sept


"Folkloriades Internationales et fêtes de la vigne" - Folkloric dances and music from 5 continents, and wine festival.
End August/mid-Sept

St-Jean de Luz

"Maurice Ravel Festival" - Concerts and master classes Académie internationale de musique Maurice Ravel
Late August (2 days)

Céret (Languedoc)

"Festival International de danses de Sardanes" - International Dance Festival of the traditional Catalan dances called "Sardanes", including Catalan music and folkloric events Streets of Céret
September 8 to 30


"Biennale de la danse" - International bienniale dance festival gathering the worlds finest choreographers info@biennale-de-lyon.org
Early September


25th annual American Film Festival.
Early September (1 day)


"Marathon des Châteaux du Médoc et des Graves" - 14th Annual Médoc Marathon - Marathon through the Bordeaux/Médoc area and its legendary wine villages, chateaux estates, and vineyards. Half of the 7500 participants will be costumed, and each village and estate on the itinerary will offer spectators music, wine tastings, parties and other events.
Early September (2 days)


"La Grande Braderie de Lille" -flea market and fair .
Early Sept. (2 weeks)


"Piano aux Jacobins" - 17th Annual Piano recitals Festival at Toulouse’s prestigious 13th century Jacobins Cloisters. Jacobins Cloisters
Mid September (10 days)


FIAC - International Contemporary Art Fair Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles   www.fiac.reed-oip.fr
September 14 to 17


Inauguration of the grand organs of the Saint-Rémi Basilica
September 15 to 24


"Festival International de musique de Besançon/Franche-Comté" - Classical music festival in the capital of Franche-Comté and region. Major symphony orchestras perform during 2 weekends ending with a international competition of young conductors.
Sept. 15 to October 1


20th Biennial International Antique Fair. 120 exhibitors from Europe and the United States Carrousel du Louvre
September 17 to 19


"Fêtes Napoléoniennes" - Feast in honor of the islands illustrious son, Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born in Ajaccio August 15, 1769.
September 21 or 22 to October 7


"Musica ‘99" - International Contemporary Music Festival - New creations. E-mail: musica67@cybercable.tm.fr
3rd week-end Sept.

Paris & France

"Journées du Patrimoine". Open house and free admission to the nation’s historical monuments, including public and private buildings not usually open to the public.
Late September through Late December


"Festival d’automne" - Paris’ autumn festival featuring theater, ballet, film retrospectives, music, opera and exhibitions in different venues throughout the city and close environs.
Sept. 30 to Oct. 15


"Mondial de l'Automobile" - Biennial Int'l Auto Show. Porte de Versailles Convention Center
October 1


"Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe" - One of France’s most prestigious horse races Longchamp Race Track
October 3 through January 8, 2001


"Vision du Futur" - Exhibition retracing the how humanity has envisioned its future from Neolithic times to the 20th century Grand Palais
1st 2 weeks in October


Contemporary Dance and Music Festival
Late October/1week

Antibes-Juan les Pins

"Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-Mariine" - International, Festival of underwater images.
November 1 to 12


International Gastronomic Fair.
November 16 to December 4


"International Dance Festival of Paris" - 9th edition of this biennial event at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
November 18, 19, 20


"Les Trois Glorieuses" - Prestigious three-day international Burgundy wine auction in the renowned 15th Century Hospices de Beaune, with events at the Clos Vougeot and in Meursault

November 18 : "Chapitre au Clos-de-Vougeot"

Hospices de Beaune

November 19 : "Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction" Clos Vougeot
November 20 : "La Paulée de Meursault" Meursault


"Les Lumières de Noël" - Montbéliard’s annual Christmas market offers Christmas shoppers and visitors, gifts, toys, local crafts and specialties from over 100 craftsmen who set-up lively shops around the Protestant Temple Saint-Martin. In the evening 60,000 lights brighten the city. Other festivities include parades of light and the arrival of Saint-Nicolas early December.
End of November through December


Traditional Christmas markets in 35 cities and smaller historic towns throughout the region. The festive outdoor markets offer Christmas trees and decorations, seasonal preserves and sweets, as well as decorative objects for nativity scenes, local crafts, toys and gifts. The oldest Christmas market, held for 430 years, is in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace (December 1999). Other notable markets are in the medieval towns of Kaysersberg (December), Colmar (November), Riquewihr (Dec.) and Selestat (December). Strasbourg. Other notable markets are in the medieval towns of Kaysersberg (December), Colmar (November), Riquewihr (Dec.) and Selestat (December).
End of November through early January 2001


The "Santons Fairs", in Arles, Marseille, Apt & Tarascon - Santons are traditional hand-made clay figurines depicting traditional Provençal life. They are especially used throughout the region for the Christmas season’s Nativity scenes. Arles
December 2 to 24


Christmas Fair.
1st week of December


International Dance Festival. Palais des Festivals.
December 8


"Fête des lumières" - In honor of the Virgin Mary, every city window is decorated and lit with small candles.
Mid-December (2 days)


Christmas Market (Nativity scene displayed throughout the month of December).

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