2019 Festivals: France

By Caitlin Hornik

It’s almost festival season! Check out a few upcoming festivals happening across France during the next few months.

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Cannes Film Festival

Arguably the biggest film festival in the world, Cannes is known for its worldwide impact. Its purpose is to raise the profile and aid in the development of films and cinema. Cannes is a celebration of films on its most basic level. This year, the festival will run from May 14th - 25th. While the majority of screenings are closed to the public, there are some opportunities for non-industry members to join in on the fun! Beginning May 12th, a “Cannes Classic” is screened at the Cinema de la Plage. These beach screenings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine and enjoy!
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FĂŞte de la Musique

World Music Day is observed in Paris and around France on June 21st. Created in 1982 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, World Music Day has been recognized for almost 38 years! On this day, professional and amateur musicians alike will gather in city streets, bars, and restaurants to make music. All genres are encouraged and celebrated, with the simple common goals of making music.
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Hellfest is the place to be if heavy metal ignites your soul! Held in Clisson, France, there are over 180 bands slated to perform this year. Headliners include KISS, Manowars, Tool, Def Leppard, Lynard Skynard, and more! The festival aims to provide visitors with the sounds of mainstream metal bands as well as some from the underground metal scene. The festival offers additional experiences and expositions, including a metal market and nearly 50 tattoo artists! The 14th edition of the festival runs June 21-23, 2019.
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Main Square Festival

Held in Arras, the Main Square Festival is a multi-genre music festival that welcomes artists from around the world. Citadelle d'Arras is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, creating a unique backdrop for the festival! Headliners this year include Macklemore, DJ Snake, Lomepal, Lizzo, and more. The 15th edition of the festival will be held this year from July 5th-7th.
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Paris L’été

The Paris Summer Festival of Arts runs for a few weeks each July and August. The festival includes performances across various disciplines including dance, theater, music, and circus. The festival began in 1990 and has grown to include other towns in the area surrounding Paris. Some events are free, while others are moderately priced. Many events are held outdoors at monuments and in parks! This year, the festival will run from July 12th to August 3rd.
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Bastille Day

Also known as Le Quatorze Juillet or La Fête Nationale, Bastille Day is celebrated every July 14th. While not an official festival, the day’s festivities are enough for the national holiday to make this list! A military parade, a Firemen’s Ball, a huge free concert, and a brilliant fireworks show are all on the agenda. If you happen to be in Paris for Bastille Day, consider a boat ride on the Seine for lunch or dinner, or a picnic with friends! Bastille Day falls on a Saturday this year, making room for even more fun activities!
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Les Vieilles Charrues

Held in Carhaix-Plouguer, Les Vieilles Charrues is a multi-genre music festival. Known as one of the largest music festivals in the country, this year’s headliners include the Black Eyed Peas, Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, Tears for Fears, and more. The festival is held in an amphitheater and the location is easily accessible from Paris. The festival will run this year from July 18th-21st.
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Les Tréteaux Nomades

From August 26th - September 9th, this theater festival will captivate audiences in Paris. Tréteaux Nomades breathes new life into classics and presents original works with performances in unique places around the city. The festival offers a variety of low-cost, high-quality programming to cater to all age groups. This year, Les Tréteaux Nomades celebrates its 20th anniversary!
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