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 –…
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.
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.
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