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Parcours Lumiere in Tours

Dec 1, 2018 - Nov 17, 2019

Who says son et lumière season has to end at the first whiff of daylight savings? Keen to prolong the fun, the city of Tours has unveiled France's first (as far as we can make out) year-round nightly light show: the Parcours Lumière.

Birthday Celebration: Gustave Courbet at the Musée Courbet in Ornans

January 1 - December 31

On the bicentenary of his birth, Courbet's native Ornans is poised to lift the veil on the provocateur behind the world's most reviled, and revered, painting. His artworks were  nothing if not controversial, L'Originie du Mondre is statement example.

Science Village at the City of Science and Industry in Paris

Jan 1, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020

This area is a unique space for actively experimenting and exploring offers a series of fun and educational activities divided into five thematic areas. The three major themes focus on the development of the child and their physical, cognitive and spatial skills. Image credit: S.Sonnet-EPPDCSI

Atelier des Lumières: Starry Night in Paris

February 22 - December 31

Blending eye-popping digital collages and projections of Van Gogh's key works, this exhibition is a spellbinding (and eminently snappable) journey into the star-crossed painter's pictorial world and incredible mind. Image credit: Atelier des Lumières

Viva da Vinci 2019 Anniversary

March 22 - December 31

In case you hadn't heard (unlikely with all the hullabaloo surrounding the anniversary), it's been 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci breathed his last at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise. And the Loire Valley town (and the rest of the region for that matter) is not about to let the milestone go by without a full year of events, concerts and light shows. Enter the Viva da Vinci! 2019 festival, an anniversary celebration of epic scale.  

International Garden Festival 2019 at the Domaine de Chaumont

April 25 - November 3

France's answer to the Chelsea Flower Show (with an extra sprinkling of whimsy), Chaumont's Festival International des Jardins is a breeding ground for green-fingered mavericks. This year's 'Gardens of Paradise' edition is sure to be heaven on earth.

Lille Eldorado

April 27 - December 1

Riding its 'European Capital of Culture' high, Lille is poised to seal its rep as a cultural gold mine with the lille3000 Eldorado festival. Borrowed from Mexican folklore and South America legend, Lille will treat locals and visitors to the Latin Fiesta of the decade.

Titanic: The Promise of Modernity at the Panorama XXL in Rouen

Jun 1, 2019 - May 1, 2020

Discover the Titanic like you've never seen it before! Come and discover the wreck of the most tragically famous boat of the twentieth century, at a depth of 3,800 metres beneath the sea.

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms at the Caen Memorial Museum, Normandy

June 7 - October 27

A one of a kind exhibition will be dedicated to displaying the works of, American painter, Norman Rockwell's works. Devoted in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of both the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Image credit: rockwellfourfreedoms.org

Olivier Theyskens, in Praesentia at the Cité Dentelle Mode, Calais

Jun 15, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020

The Museum of Lace and Fashion marks its 10th anniversary by giving free reign to acclaimed Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens, once creative director for Rochas and Nina Ricci, to create an "unprecedented emotional experience" (the term for this is 'In praesentia') in which clothing takes centre stage.

Buddha, the Golden Legend at The Guimet Museum in Paris

June 19 - November 4

The life of the Buddha and the spread of Buddism in Asia will be displayed for the first time ever in France. It will put a spotlight on the rich iconography and stylistic traditions applied to representations of the religious leader.

7 Million! Soldiers who were prisoners in the Great War

June 26 - December 20

During the Great War, around 6.6 million soldiers were captured. What was life like for them? The Verdun Memorial presents a major exhibition with personal items, public archives and prisoners' own testimonies.

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