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Chaumont in Bloom

April 24 - October 31

From a slumbering giant ‘feature’ and zen sandpit to a vertical veggie patch and the odd field of freshly-potted parasols, since 1992 the International Garden Festival in Chaumont-sur-Loire has regaled the masses with its zany flights of fancy, jumble of outlandish topiaries and highly-conceptual oases. A self-touted “laboratory for contemporary design”, over the decades the edgy gardens cornucopia on the sprawling grounds of the Château de Chaumont has earned kudos as a breeding ground for creatives and green-fingered mavericks –…

La Gacilly Photo Festival

June 2 - September 30

Activism meets thought-provoking photography at La Gacilly Festival in Brittany. From climate change to the plight of sub-Saharan people, the open-air photo festival explores the often fraught relationship between humans and their environment.

Avignon Festival

July 6 - July 24

The big kahuna of performing arts, the Avignon Festival doesn't shy away from controversial or left-field drama. From genre-bending shows to headline-grabbing political satire, the art fest doesn't do light and fluffy.

Festival Sinfonia in Perigord 25th August to 1st September 2018

August 25 - September 1

From back to Vivaldi, the pioneers of Baroque Music are honoured every year at the festival Sinfonia en Perigord. More than 20 artists perform a selection of the era's most symbolic polyphonies and masterpieces and the "Cycle Jeunes Talents" programme showcases the best of his generation's own young talent. www.sinfonia-en-perigord.com

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