The most visited festivals of France

Cannes Film Festivals Palace

Cannes Film Festivals Palace, photo by Bex.Walton/flickr

Visiting France on your holiday? It is the best choice! France has a rich natural and cultural heritage. After visiting some of its natural beauties, Paris or other gorgeous cities of the country or the fantastic resorts, don’t forget about the events and frenetic festivals of France! The French love the festivals! Join them and explore the traditional and modern festivals, local events or celebrations. From music- to film festivals, from medieval- to gastronomical festivals, from sport- to floral- or arts festivals, there are dozens of events in France. Below I will present some of the most visited and most popular French festivals.


Cannes Film Festival


One of the most popular events of France, the Cannes Film Festival is a very famous film festival. It was held for the first time between the 20th of September and the 5th of October 1946 in the coastal city of Cannes, in the south of France. It takes place in the Palais des Festivals and attracts the attention of the media. The festival previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. Famous Hollywood actors and directors and many independent film makers visit the festival every year. Although it is a non-public festival, the city of Cannes attracts every year dozens of visitors during the festival. It includes several events of which some are open for the public. Make sure to visit the spectacular coastal city!


Cannes Film Festivals Palace

Cannes Film Festivals Palace, photo by Bex.Walton/flickr



The Bastille Day

The well-known Bastille was a prison in the capital city of France, Paris. The prison is best-known today due to the storming of the Bastille on the 14th of July, 1789. The assault resulted the end of the French monarchist rule and the establishment of a new French Republic. The storm of the Bastille is still a day of celebration for the French and there is held a festival every year called the Bastille Day or the French National Day (La Fête National). On the 14th of July there are festivities and official ceremonies held all over France. Probably the most spectacular event is held in Paris. There is also a military parade held in Paris called the Bastille Day Military Parade.


Ladies celebrating the Bastille Day

Ladies celebrating the Bastille Day, photo by Lebara Mobile/flickr



The Festival d’Avignon


The Avignon Festival (Festival d’Avignon) is an annual arts festival held in the city of Avignon every July. For three weeks the whole city turns into a fantastic giant theatre during this month. The main location of the event is the courtyard of the Popes’ Palace, but there are also other locations in the city where you can join the crowd. It is the oldest extant festival in France and one of the world’s greatest ones. The festival consists of two parts: the “In” (main festival) and the “Off” (fringe) Festival. The “In” festival is organized by a non-profit organization and seven public figures. Among other places, the “In” Festival is performed in the “Cour d’Honneur” (the honor’s courtyard) located in the Palais des Papes. This is the residence of the Avignon papacy from the 14th century. The “Off” festival is also organized by a non-profit organization and is performed in theatre schools, on the streets of the city and other suitable places for performing.


Nice Jazz Festival

The city of Nice is located in the southern part of France. One of its main annually held events is the Nice Jazz Festival. This is the first jazz festival of international importance. The Festival of Jazz takes place in the Gallo-Roman Arenes et Jardins de Cimiez (Arenas and Gardens of Cimiez) every summer. During the 8-day event there are many concerts held every night. Along the years, many musical legends participated at the festival such as Jimmy Cliff, Joe Jackson or Jamiroquai. For jazz-lovers this festival is surely an unforgettable experience!


Singer, Nice Jazz Festival

Singer, Nice Jazz Festival, photo by bastien09/flickr


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