French Festivals Guide #3: From Toulouse to Nantes

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For our third edition of our French festivals guide, we propose two new destinations which are rich in festivals and celebrations: Toulouse and Nantes. Two landmarks in terms of culture and atmosphere, these regional capitals offer two very different and original festivals, one dedicated to history and cinema, the other to Jazz music and sailing.

Toulouse: International Film Festival of Historical Fiction

Not as well-established as the Cannes Film Festival, this new focuses primarily on history. The films the spectators will be able to enjoy cover all periods of history and all sorts of famous, or not so famous historical characters. It should be noted that the Radisson Blu Toulouse will be a partner of this festival.

Practical information: September 25th-30th. Full program: FIFFH

More about the festival : The International Festival for Historical Fiction Films presented on our website.

Bonus :

>Latino-style: In Toulouse, quite a few events are dedicated to Latino culture.

**Cinélatino festival (in March) or Cinespaña (September 29th to October 8th).

**The Flamenco Festival (in March) or the Tangopostale (June 30th to July 9th).

>Rio Loco: a festival dedicated to world music (June 15th to 18th).

Nantes: Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre Festival

A festival that combines sailing and music! However improbable this may sound, the combination of both has actually been an extraordinary success since 1987. The “Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre” Festival attracts sailing and Jazz enthusiasts alike. The principle is to sail a boat on the Erdre river all while enjoying the musicians that play on the river banks. This festival tends to attract big names of the Jazz scene, as well as new up-and-coming talents. The big plus of this festival is that it's free, thus making Jazz music truly accessible to a large audience.

 

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Practical information: From August 31st to September 3rd: Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre

More about the festival: Les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre presented on our website.

Bonus :

On a completely different note, the “Folle Journée de Nantes” (February 1st-5th) which is one of the major classical music festivals in France. What is original about this festival is that the concerts are short (on average 45 minutes) and held in various locations around the city. Coupled with the fact that the tickets are rather inexpensive, this makes the festival a big hit.

More information on our website: Folle journée.

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