With 60 works of art spread over 20km and linked together by a green line on the ground, Le Voyage à Nantes has been part of Nantes' cultural landscape since 2012. Every summer, the course is reopened and enhanced to give the city and its surroundings an artistic facelift. This year sees the festival's 10th anniversary, running from July 3 to September 12, 2021.
Organised along a green line snaking through the city, the Voyage à Nantes takes visitors on an artistic journey throughout the summer months. Artists and creators, gardeners and cooks are all invited to express themselves in public spaces, and with some 60 'stages' linking the entire cultural programme, the city will feel even more crazy than usual!
The range and contrast is vast: there are works hidden on street corners, impressive heritage landmarks, city must-sees and unknown treasures, adornments of historic alleyways and contemporary architecture, urban viewpoints and incredible sunset vistas over the estuary.
Details on the 2021 festival
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the festival is set to take place from July 3 to September 12.
For two months, art will take over the Cité des Ducs. On Place Royale, Ugo Schiavi's Le Naufrage de Neptune will adopt the symbolism of water, travel and prosperity by staging the sinking of a boat. A giant Roller Derby track will cover almost the whole of Place Graslin - an installation called Versus, by Titan - where city slickers can skate to their hearts' content.
At the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, renowned perfumers Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, Bertrand Duchaufour and Mélanie Leroux have been invited to reinterpret the city in a perfume. Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite fragrance, which will be launched by the end of the year.
Take advantage of the Voyage à Nantes to discover the city's surroundings, notably by following the different stages of the Voyage dans le vignoble, from Nantes to Clisson, or the Estuaire route, which offers cruises from Nantes to the port of Saint-Nazaire. During the crossing, you can admire the works of internationally renowned artists in dialogue with the landscape.
Some of the city's own permanent works have become true emblems of Nantes, such as Paysage Glissé, the slide at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, or Les Anneaux by Daniel Buren and Patrick Bouchain adorning the Quai des Antilles.
This year, you can also enjoy artistic flair from Romuald Hazoumè, Bianca Bondi, Ulla von Brandenburg, Tony Ousler, Aram Kebabjian and Stéphane Perraud in iconic places around town.