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MAY 2018 April – May

Foot­ball: FC Girondins and French League 1 Cham­pi­onship

Heat. Come to a foot­ball match at Bordeaux’s stun­ning new Mat­mu­tat­lan­tique sta­dium, lo­cated in the heart of the Bordeaux-lac district. Cham­pi­onship matches in­clude Bordeaux vs Toulouse (week­end of May 12). Ex­act date and time an­nounced a cou­ple of weeks prior to the match. www.mat­mut-at­lan­

8th-13th May Bordeaux Cité Tango Fes­ti­val

Fes­ti­val in­cludes four days of lessons and work­shops at Es­pace St Rémi, a beau­ti­ful 11th-15th cen­tury church now used as a cul­tural space, and open-air mi­longa, at the Place du Palais. Events in­clude a movie at the art­house cin­ema Utopia and a show at Rocher de Palmer. www.bor­deaux­tan­gofes­ti­

14th-18th May Opera : Pinoc­chio

Mu­sic by Philippe

Boes­mans. This is a new col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Joël Pom­merat and Philippe Boes­mans. Far from sen­ti­men­tal, it re­news the un­flinch­ing im­age of poverty from Col­lodi’s novel (1881).

14th-20th May Chal­lenger BNP Paribas Prim­rose Ten­nis Tour­na­ment

This in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment is the most im­por­tant in the re­gion, at­tract­ing play­ers in the top 100 as well as fu­ture tal­ent. The tour­na­ment is held at the Villa Prim­rose ten­nis club, founded in 1897. www.tournoi-prim­rose

19th May The Night of the Mu­se­ums

For one even­ing a year, mu­se­ums through­out Europe stay open late, of­fer­ing spe­cial pro­grams. In Bordeaux, this is a fes­tive even­ing with around a dozen mu­se­ums par­tic­i­pat­ing — ex­hi­bi­tions, events, work­shops, and guided tours, there is some­thing for all ages.

29th May-3rd June Opera-con­cert : Elek­tra

The mu­sic of Richard Strauss. This is Strauss’s adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic Greek­myth.

JUNE 1st-3rd June Re­gard 9 Graphic Novel fes­ti­val

This pop­u­lar and lively graphic novel fes­ti­val of­fers work­shops, op­por­tu­ni­ties for cre­ation, ex­hi­bi­tions by graphic nov­el­ists, and shows and con­certs. It will take place at Dar­win.

25th May-9th June Les Epi­cu­ri­ales

Held in the city cen­tre on the Al­lées de Tourny, this out­door food fes­ti­val show­cases pop-up restau­rants, star chefs, and re­gional gas­tron­omy in a con­vivial at­mos­phere. www.epi­cu­ri­

10th-13th June L’hermione, stopover in Bordeaux

This lov­ingly re­stored

18th cen­tury frigate al­lowed La Fayette, in

1780, to join the Amer­i­can in­sur­gents fight­ing for their in­de­pen­dence. Prized for its speed and ma­neu­ver­abil­ity, L’hermione was equipped with 26 guns fir­ing 12-pound bul­lets, and took 11 months to build. A guide wel­comes you on­board to tell sto­ries about life at sea.

14th-18th June Bordeaux Fête le Vin and Tall Ships Re­gatta

This fes­ti­val en­livens the left bank of the Garonne with a 2 km wine route with wine-tast­ing pavil­ions, tast­ing work­shops, even­ing mu­sic, a gi­ant sound and light show and fire­works. Other pos­si­ble ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the Week­end des Grands Crus, Grands Crus tast­ing and cock­tail buf­fet at Hangar 14, and châteaux vis­its.

And this year the fes­ti­val has the honor of host­ing about twenty tall ships. www.bordeaux-fete-le-vin. com

21th June Fête de la Musique

This is the 37th edi­tion of this pop­u­lar mu­sic fes­ti­val with venues through­out Bordeaux in the pub­lic parks, the Place des Quin­conces, and the Cour de l’hô­tel de Ville. The pro­gram of­fers tremen­dous va­ri­ety: pop, rock, clas­sic, baroque, jazz, rap, folk, hip hop…

26th June Rock Con­cert: Guns N’roses “Not in this Life­time Tour”

The leg­endary rock band Guns N’roses per­forms at Bordeaux’s stun­ning sta­dium. The sta­dium is lo­cated in the heart of the Bordeaux-lac district. There is free park­ing at the Fair Grounds (Parcs des Ex­po­si­tions) but it’s eas­i­est to reach the sta­dium by tram line C. Stade Mat­mut At­lan­tique stop. www.mat­mut-at­lan­tique. com

June – Au­gust Jazz and Wine Fes­ti­val

This an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val com­bines jazz by tal­ented mu­si­cians and wine from pres­ti­gious châteaux — a win­ning com­bi­na­tion!

The con­certs are held in Bordeaux châteaux, at the Cité du Vin and the Opera Na­tional of Bordeaux. www.jaz­zand­

21st June-21st Septem­ber Relâche mu­sic fes­ti­val

This ur­ban mu­sic fes­ti­val runs for three months through­out Bordeaux.

The out­door venues an­i­mate the city with a va­ri­ety of mu­sic and fea­ture in­ter­na­tional artists. The con­certs are free.

JULY 10th-26th July Les Grands Crus Mu­si­caux

This an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val com­bines clas­sic mu­sic per­formed by renowned mu­si­cians and some of Bordeaux’s most pres­ti­gious and beau­ti­ful wine es­tates. There will be nine con­certs in 2018, held at châteaux such as Château d’yquem, Château Angélus, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Do­maine de Che­va­lier, and Château Pape Clé­ment. Each con­cert in­cludes a wine tast­ing.

www.grand­scrus­mu­si­caux. com

11th-17th July Les Es­ti­vales de Musique en Mé­doc

This sum­mer­time mu­sic fes­ti­val is a spring­board for young win­ners of

in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, show­cas­ing emerg­ing tal­ent. The venues are some of the most pres­ti­gious wine châteaux in Bordeaux’s Mé­doc re­gion.­ti­valesmusiqueme­

AU­GUST 3rd-5th Au­gust Reg­gae Sun Ska mu­sic fes­ti­val

The 21st edi­tion of Europe’s largest reg­gae mu­sic fes­ti­val is held in the Mé­doc at the Do­maine de No­dris in Vertheuil. Come and put up your tent a few miles from the ocean, in the shade of the pines, near to the great châteaux of the Mé­doc vineyards, Reg­gae Sun Ska in­vites you for a week-end with your fam­ily and friends in a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral set­ting. At night you’ll en­joy con­certs un­der the stars. The first names an­nounced are SOJA, Jimmy Cliff, Groun­da­tion, Naâ­man, Touré Kunda, Demi Por­tion, Ha­vana meets Kingston, Samory I, Hol­lie Cook, Chan­nel One, Congo Natty, Adrian Sher­wood and Le­gal Shot Sound Sys­tem.


SEPTEM­BER 7th-9th Septem­ber Cli­max fes­ti­val

Con­certs, skate­board and BMX com­pe­ti­tions and con­fer­ences – the theme for Cli­max 2018 is the sixth mass ex­tinc­tion of species on Earth. This art, cul­ture and mu­sic fes­ti­val takes place at Dar­win. Mu­sic from in­ter­na­tional artists – in­die, elec­tro, hip hop, pop and more.


8th Septem­ber Mé­doc Marathon

This 42.195 km marathon is great fun. Most par­tic­i­pants wear cos­tumes — this year the theme is amuse­ment parks — as they race their way through scenic paths of the Mé­doc wine es­tates. Through­out the day, there are over fifty side events, in­clud­ing a walk for non­run­ners, and the day is capped off by a ball, open to every­one, and fire­works dis­play. www.marathon­dume­

15th-16th Septem­ber Euro­pean Her­itage Days

This 33rd edi­tion will fo­cus on the theme “Her­itage and Ci­ti­zen­ship”. Nu­mer­ous places, nor­mally closed to the pub­lic, are open for vis­its, and there’s of­ten a guided tour. Take this op­por­tu­nity to visit city hall, pri­vate houses, court­houses, banks, mu­se­ums, churches, cham­bers of com­merce and his­tor­i­cal sites.

OC­TO­BER 6th-24th Oc­to­ber FAB – Bordeaux In­ter­na­tional Art Fes­ti­val

Three weeks of artis­tic ex­u­ber­ance! FAB’S motto: ‘‘Res­o­lutely mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary, Deeply hu­man­is­tic, Openly In­ter­na­tional, Boldly Cross-sec­tional’’. More than 30 shows both on stage and in pub­lic spa­ces held through­out greater Bordeaux. Look for the­ater, dance, per­for­mances, cir­cus, mu­sic and vis­ual arts with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists. Many free events are suit­able for the whole fam­ily. www.fab.fes­ti­val­bor­


Pinoc­chio by Joël Pom­merat and Philippe Boes­mans.


Les Epi­cu­ri­ales food fes­ti­val.


L’hermione in Bordeaux.


Reg­gae Sun Ska mu­sic fes­ti­val.


Mé­doc Marathon.

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