2015 Major Cultural Events
The people and visitors of France experience extraordinary cultural events all year around. Music, dance, paintings, sculptures, contemporary art, architecture, circus, and theatre take over the streets, museums, castles and magnificent gardens, UNESCO heritage sites, and major cities.
Route Napoleon Bicentenary
The legendary and historical Route Napoleon runs through unique natural sites in the French Riviera, Haute-Provence, and the Alps. Celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's march to Paris will take place from February 28 to March 1, 2015. Festivities will begin in Golfe-Juan with the re-enactment of a battle, a soldiers' bivouac, military parades and concert, a cavalry performance, and manoeuvre demonstrations. Throughout the year, other sporting and cultural events will also take place along the Route.
World War I Centennial Commemorations
Several commemorative events will be held throughout 2015, marking the second year of the Great War Centennial. Memorial sites located in the north and north-east of France —where most of the 1915 battles took place— are expecting a great number of visitors.
The 500th Anniversary of King Francis I's Reign
In 2015, France will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Francis I's rise to the throne in 1515. The Loire Valley, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, will mark this historical period with an exceptionally rich cultural programme built around the theme of the Renaissance.
The Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne
From March 12 to April 12, 2015
For a month, the 2015 Saint-Etienne Biennial International Design festival, a one-of-kind event, will bring design at the heart of Saint-Etienne, life in the city, and its economy. For the ninth edition, the fair's theme, Les Sens du Beau (Meanings of Beauty), questions the importance of designs and their effect on their function, their usage, the quality of life, as well as on the values conveyed by aesthetics. Over 60 events and exhibitions will be organised in Saint-Etienne and the surrounding area.
Le Voyage à Nantes
From July 3 to August 30, 2015
The "Le Voyage a Nantes" (A Journey to Nantes) festival showcases the remarkable heritage of the city in western France as art installations are displayed along the urban trail. In 2014, A Journey to Nantes featured Japan with a Samurai exhibition installed in the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. The 2015 theme is yet to be revealed. However, as in previous years, visitors will be thrilled to discover Nantes through a cultural itinerary where art meets landscape, where both old and new architecture come together.
The Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon
From September 10, 2015 to January 3, 2016
The 2015 Lyon Biennial Contemporary Art festival announced a new trilogy centred on the word "modern." In keeping with the tradition since the Biennial's inception in 1988, curators are invited to reflect on a word that is not a theme but rather the common thread of their discussions. The focus of biennial trilogies leads to a multitude of interpretations that vary with each panel. Lyon's 13th Biennial will take place on three platforms:
- an international exhibition held in 4 to 6 venues, including the macLYON and the Sucrière;
- Veduta, the platform for amateurs, exhibitions organized by resident artists, enthusiasts, and more;
- and Résonance, the platform for cultural players of Rhone-Alps, which includes exhibitions, concerts, performances...
From September 26, 2015 to January 17, 2016
lille3000 reveals cultural diversity through local and international modern artists. Art from renowned collectors — the François Pinault Foundation, the Saatchi Gallery, the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), or even Perrotin Gallery— take over unusual venues in Lille such as the Tripostal and Gare Saint Sauveur. The 2015 edition of lille3000 takes the cultural dynamics even further, with the Renaissance theme. The city of Lille looks forward to meeting you at many exciting new events.