Festivals and Carnivals

Cannes Film Festival History – is it all binge and bling?

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals
Cannes Film Festival History – is it all binge and bling?

A review of the Cannes Film Festival – it isn’t all bling and binge, it’s also an event in which cultural and political influence are evident says journalist and fan of the festival Mohammad Reza Amirinia… Cannes in the south of France has gained great importance from being home to one of the most prestigious […]

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Famous Festivals in Nice France – The Gourd is celebrated

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
Famous Festivals in Nice France – The Gourd is celebrated

In the city of Nice it is said that “a home without a gourd is like an empty nest”. Margo Lestz investigates the famous festivals of Nice France and visits the quirky gourd festival that takes place in the hills above the city… Nice is a French city, of course, but it also has a […]

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Kite Festival Berck sur Mer France |Probably the best in the world

Kite Festival Berck sur Mer France |Probably the best in the world

There’s something about seeing a kite flying high in the sky that makes you feel happy. That liberated bit of material on the end of a line, pulling away and soaring up into the blue sky promotes a feeling of optimism and it’s easy to stand there and wonder what it feels like to be […]

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Frejus celebrates the Bravade

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
Frejus celebrates the Bravade

Fréjus is in the Var department of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France and neighbours with Saint-Raphaël, effectively forming one town. It is popular for its pretty seaside resort and it’s a medieval city but its history goes back much further – to the Romans who created it. Reza Amirinia takes a visit to Frejus […]

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The Menton Lemon Festival

Written by on February 6, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
The Menton Lemon Festival

  What sort of recipe calls for 145,000 kgs of oranges and lemons? Where can you see a car or a train made of fruit? Our intrepid reporter Margo Lestz looks at the colourful and flamboyant Menton Lemon festival on the French Riviera… There is a saying that when life gives you lemons, you should […]

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Nice Carnival France – the Big One!

Written by on January 7, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
Nice Carnival France – the Big One!

  The Nice Carnival France is one of the major festival events in the world and it can only mean one thing: Carnival Kings, silly strings and blooming things… Margo Lestz looks at the history of the Nice Carnival, the famous flower battles and just why silly string is so popular at this fabulous event […]

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New Year’s Eve in France

Written by on December 28, 2013 in Events, Festivals and Carnivals
New Year’s Eve in France

  New Year’s Eve in France is held on 31st December  but it wasn’t always that way. From the 6th Century, New Year’s Day in France would have been celebrated on the 1st March. In the 9th Century Charlemagne changed the New Year date to Christmas, in the 10th Century the Capetian kings changed it […]

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British Week Le Touquet – Celebrating Entente Cordiale

British Week Le Touquet – Celebrating Entente Cordiale

British Week in Le Touquet is a peculiarly French affair that celebrates everything British. Le Touquet is the chic and fun seaside resort on the Opal Coast of northern France that was first created by a British entrepreneur a century ago and it remains positively Franco-British in its outlook. From the fabulous Belle Epoque villas […]

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The Biggest Puppet Show in the World

Written by on September 24, 2013 in Festivals and Carnivals, Quirky Stuff
The Biggest Puppet Show in the World

What’s big or small? Solid or a shadow? Held up by string, a stick or even a crane? Puppets! Every two years (uneven numbers) – the lovely town of Charleville-Mezieres in Champagne-Ardenne hosts the world’s largest gathering of puppeteers and if you think that means a whole load of Punch and Judy type shows – […]

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Hallowe’en Pumpkin Festival in France

Hallowe’en Pumpkin Festival in France

Hallowe’en starts early in the town of Marchiennes in Northern France, where one of the last witch trials took place. Péronne Goguillon, her daughter and three other women were burnt at the stake in 1679. On the first Sunday of October since 1991, the tourist office organises the Cucurbitades Festival held on the site of […]

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