Top Reasons to Visit France in 2013
Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture
One of this year's biggest happenings is Marseille-Provence as the Capital of Culture, a major year-long celebration bringing in countless art installations, new museum openings like the MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations), concerts, spectacles and much more.The region will see the opening of 10 new cultural venues, 40 restoration projects, 100 exhibits and 500 events from theatre to music and more. A huge art event, Le Grand Atelier du Midi, will bring together two exhibits simultaneously, featuring the works of Van Gogh, Bonnard, Cezanne, and Matisse, among other iconic painters who depicted Provence. Find more information on the events here
Notre Dame's 850th Birthday
For the iconic cathedral's birthday, Notre Dame will get new bells in March bells and there will be an array of exceptional programs throughout the year, including exhibits and concerts. On May 6, 850 organ concerts will be given on all five continents in honor of her anniversary.
Year of Le Notre
France’s most famous gardener is being celebrated this year in honor of his 400th birthday. André Le Notre has designed over a dozen gardens around France, including the Paris Tuileries, Vaux-le-Vicomte, the Chateau de Fontainebleau, and the Palace of Versailles, where he served as King Louis the 14th's principal landscape designer and gardener. To mark his birthday, chateaus and gardens around France that Le Notre influenced will celebrate his accomplishments. The Palace of Versailles is hosting exhibits dedicated to Le Notre throughout the year, and will bring the palace’s gardens back to their 17th century splendor through restoration projects, recreating some of Le Notre's original designs.
Nord-Pas de Calais
Opened: December 2012
Just opened at the end of 2012 was the Louvre's new outpost in Northern France, offering a great opportunity to view 200 of the Louvre's masterpieces in a stunning new light.
Normandy's Impressionist Festival
April 27 - September 29, 2013
This year marks the festival's second edition, bringing impressionism to life through over 600 events including notable exhibitions, concerts, films, installations, riverside picnics and other festivities. As impressionism’s birthplace, Normandy boasts two of the largest collections in France, one in Rouen and the other in le Havre, where two of five major exhibits will take place for this exceptional event.