Christmas in France

France’s festive season kicks off on November 25, Saint Catherine’s Day, and runs through the four weeks of Advent up to Christmas, then all the way to Epiphany on January 6. The festivities revolve...

La Folle Journée de Nantes: France’s Largest Classical Music Festival

If you find attending classical concerts or opera performances too intimidating, you can forget everything you know. There’s another, far less formal way to enjoy the experience, without losing any of the rigorous values...

“Save Short Film If You Can”: The 29th International Short Film Festival

There’s no red carpet. The nicest hotel in town is the new Mercure, a chain going for €133 a night at the peak of the event. Film screenings are crowded and sometimes uncomfortable; many...

Comic Timing in Angoulême: Le Festival International de la Bande Dessinée

Billions of blue blistering barnacles! There’s a lady dressed up as Tintin. Sporting a mousy quiff, she’s wearing plus fours, white socks and a light blue jumper. Where’s her trusty little dog, though? Snowy must have been left at...
Le Balcon, Paris

Le Balcon: The Restaurant at the Philharmonie de Paris

Whatever you think of Jean Nouvel’s science fiction-inspired architecture, the recently-opened, €1-billion Philharmonie de Paris in the 19th arrondissement’s Villette quartier has completely changed the geography of the city for music-lovers. Now that the much...
Eddy Mitchell in Paris

Paris Concerts: Eddy Mitchell at the Palais des Sports

Like his compatriot Johnny Hallyday, French musician Eddy Mitchell is famous for adding a distinctly Gallic touch to contemporary American music, and for enjoying a successful career that’s spanned more than half a century....
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal,

Evenings out in Paris: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal

They come from different musical worlds; Mali’s Ballaké Sissoko is a master of the kora, a West African harp lute, while Frenchman Vincent Ségal is a renowned classical cellist. More than six years after collaborating on the critically acclaimed album Chamber Music, the duo have re-embraced their...
Fécos during one of the Carnaval’s afternoon parades

Top French Festivals: Carnaval de Limoux

Mark your calendars for this Occitan celebration in the sunny region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Fall in Brittany: Baroque Music at the Lanvellec Festival

This not-to-miss musical event brings to life a brilliant epoch in music.

See Cats, the Beloved Musical, in Paris

This long-awaited Paris run comes hot on the heels of a recent, triumphant revival in the UK.