Summer is finally upon us, which means it is one of the best
times to be visiting France. The beautiful weather, accompanied by multiple
festivals across the country make for a perfect holiday destination, so if you
are look at staying at one of our villas
in France this July, take a look at some of the events that are happening
across the country.
Main Square Festival
– Arras, 1st-3rd July
The Main Square Festival returns to Arras, Pas-de-Calais on
the first weekend of July. Acts this year including headliners Iggy Pop,
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Offspring, Disclosure and Les Insus.
Other acts include Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding and the Cayman
Kings, who all take to the stage in Vauden Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, which promises a unique festival experience without the muddy fields!
Festival of Baroque Opera – Beaune, 8th-31st July
If you are looking for something a little more traditional,
the International Festival of Baroque Opera in the walled city of Beaune opens
this year on the 8th July with a recital of Handels Cantates
Italiennes by acclaimed countertenor Andreas Scholl.
Other notable performers include Solemn Vespers and Vivica
Genaux, who will interpret the role of Dido in Purcells Dido and Aeneas and
the Accentus Choir singing Mozarts The Coronation Mass. Concerts take place in
the fifteenth century almshouse Hospices de Beaune and in the Basilique
La Villette Open-Air
Cinema Festival – Paris, 13th July-21st August
Every year, the Parc de la Villette open its gates for the
largest open-air cinema festival in Paris. Whats more, you can enjoy the
festival for free, unless you opt to pay for a deckchair.
This year, expect to see a mix of modern blockbusters including
Interstellar and Casino Royale alongside cult classics such as Miami Vice and
Zefferellis Romeo and Juliet. You can also expect to see short films by
up-and-coming directors shown on Saturday evening.
Bastille Day Paris,
On 14th July 1789, the discontent in Paris
finally bubbled over and led to an angry crowd storming Bastille Prison and
demanding the release of the prisoners. At the time, there were only seven
inmates, but the act was a symbol of the abuse of the monarchy.
Every 14th July since 1880, the day has been
celebrated as a national holiday across the country, but the focal point of the
festivities is Paris.
On the 13th and 14th, the fire
stations in Paris open their doors to celebrators for the Bals des Pompiers
and on the 14th, a military parade descends on the Champs Elysée in
front of a huge, flag-waving crowd.
Later on, expect to see a beautiful
firework displayed from the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro gardens will light
up the skies of Paris.
Provence, various dates
If you are a lover of lavender, July is the perfect time to
visit Provence, with the fields carpeted in purple, and the multiple fragrant
lavender festivals taking place around the region.
The Lavender Museum located in Coustellet also offers free
demonstrations of lavender distillation from the 1st July to the 25th
August. For more information on the lavender festivals, take a look at this
Photo courtesy of Pierre-Yves
Beaudouin, under Creative Commons
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