Over the past decade, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival has redrawn itself, transforming from a niche event into the epicenter of the animation world. Founded in 1960, the festival -- which runs June 15-20 -- and its MIFA film market have become a major European launchpad for Hollywood, with the studios frequently on hand to premiere their latest animated releases or offer previews. So how does the event lure such major players? Location, location, location. Perched in the Haute-Savoie region in southeast France, the tiny alpine village is so picturesque that it could have been drawn by Walt Disney himself.
From Salma Hayek's lustful heart-eating to Michael Fassbender's portrayal of Macbeth, here's a look at some of the most eagerly anticipated – and potentially prize-winning – performances from this year’s Cannes competition.
Printemps de Bourges, Cher, April 24-29 A popular annual rock festival starring 150 artists and groups this year across seven concert venues and including four free outdoor stages. Tickets cost from €13-€36.
Site web officiel de l'association 'Le Printemps des Poètes
Printemps des Poètes, celebrating insurrection at poetry readings throughout France, from March 7 to March 22 2015 This annual event offers readings, shows, writing workshops and competitions organised in towns across France.
La plus grande reconstitution historique antique réunit près de 500 reconstituants dans les Arènes de Nîmes. l'édition 2015 est consacrée à Hannibal, le célèbre général et homme politique carthaginois qui osa défier Rome.
Au programme : défilés de troupes, combats de gladiateurs, courses de chars et une grande bataille finale, pour un spectacle historique de 2h dans les Arènes de Nîmes. Et pendant deux jours, c’est toute la ville qui vibrera au rythme des légionnaires.
Berck-Sur-Mer international Kite Festival Visitors gather here from around the world to fly kites of many colours and shapes – from giant pandas and crabs to state-of-the-art stunt kites. The sand dunes accommodate some half a million spectators each year
Tory minister and tax office boss told parliament failure to prosecute was due to restrictions imposed by French authorities...
In an interview with Le Monde, published on Friday, he said: “I have not understood the comments made by the British authorities. The data on HSBC was transmitted to them in 2010, in the framework of the bilateral conventions that bind us. Nothing has been said to them since. These conventions do restrict the use of the information to tax purposes.
“But if the British tax office wants to bring court cases, it is entitled to do so. The rest is a matter of judicial co-operation.”
He denied France had been approached by HMRC this week, and appeared to suggest the decision on whether to bring criminal prosecutions was entirely in the hands of the UK authorities.
The more than 1,000 musicians and dancers who turn out for Nice's fete make this one of the largest carnivals in the world, with a daily offering of colourful parades, flower battles -- with thousands of mimosas, carnations and lilies -- among the main attractions Free entry on opening and closing days.
EQUESTRIA, festival de la création équestre 21ème édition En 20 ans, EQUESTRIA est devenu LA véritable référence internationale de la création équestre. Aventure humaine exceptionnelle, le festival a vu naître nombre de talents incroyables et s’affirmer des artistes magnifiques, dans un lieu propice à la création. Les plus grands virtuoses de l’art équestre sont venus à EQUESTRIA. Une parenthèse estivale et familiale inoubliable… Avec le cheval, le haras national est incontestablement l’autre star de l’événement. Plus de 50 000 festivaliers se retrouvent chaque été, dans cet écrin de verdure, berceau de l'angloarabe, dans lequel s’enchaînent des propositions équestres et artistiques tout public.
Recently retired Parisian designer Jacques Pinturier donated examples of his work to this museum which is located in a converted felt hat factory. Some of his eccentric and even bizarre hats have been seen at places such as Ascot the premier UK horse race event , Exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday 14.00- 18.00, Sundays 14.30-18.30. for the period
This medieval village is close to Paris but far enough to shake off the city hum and feel like the true campagne. Once per year, it’s transformed into a veritable classical musical sanctuary and a seedbed of contemporary talent by one of the most prestigious musical events in France, the Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2015. As is customary, the line-up of the festival’s ‘Opus 35’ edition features established luminaries and also embraces the discovery of young interpreters and composers. The programme resonates with such names as Hélène Grimaud, Maria-João Pires, Laurence Equilbey and Renaud Capuçon, and consists of over 20 concerts – opening with Handel’s Messiah under conductor Robert King, who’s celebrated as one of Britain’s greatest. The grand closing concert, meanwhile, will offer Beethoven’s sublime Missa Solemnis, his longest composition, under the direction of Jean-Christophe Spinosi and choirmaster Gildas Pungier.
Auvers-sur-Oise holds a special place in art history and is linked to a number of celebrated artists, most intimately to Vincent Van Gogh, whose genius will be honoured during this year’s festival.
Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, May 29 – July 9. Various venues, Auvers-sur-Oise, Île-de-France. Ticket price: €10-€90. Tel: +33 1 30 36 77 77
Alliance Française recently released the official film selection for the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2015 in New Zealand. The line-up is dynamic, engaging and entertaining, and this year marks the festival’s largest and most diverse film selection to date.
The selection, which features 32 feature films, includes successful French titles that have recently premiered at international film festivals, notably Toronto and Cannes.
16 and 17 May this year, the Principality of Sedan prepares to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to celebrate the 20th eidtion of the medieval festival. Featured throughout the week end : camps , craftsmen , animations for children, musicians, shows and hundreds of exhibitors on the market. What make an unforgettable travel time of the Princes of Sedan. The medieval market will be installed around the castle and the courtyard where you will discover the old professions : étainier , lace, wood gilding , illumination , bookbinding, forge ... Restauration on the festival in the different taverns.
Fête du Citron, brings more than 200,000 visitors to Menton each year to admire displays that use more than 145 tons of citrus. Biovès Garden in the centre of Menton is filled with statutes, models and tableaux, made from oranges and lemons. Street parades offer wind musicians, acrobats, drummers and citrus-decorated floats.
The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday called for "the reconsideration of the organization of the Islamic community in France." In a speech to the French Senate on Thursday, Valls said: "We seek to establish a model of Islam that is fully integrated, fully compatible with the values of the Republic." Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will hold "in the coming days" a series of broad consultations to ask "all necessary questions" about the future of Muslim religious organizations in France, Valls announced. The questions to be addressed include: How imams will be trained, how mosques will be funded, and to what extent foreign financing may be permitted. "How can we accept that Islam in France receives funding from a number of foreign countries, no matter who they are? This is the first question that we must ask. This means that it is necessary to take a number of steps as soon as possible to prevent such funding, especially when the organizations reinforce certain types of behaviors," Valls explained. Valls proposed that a dialogue with Muslim countries be established on these subjects.
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