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Carcassonne in south-west France is famed for its Unesco-listed medieval citadel, but during the summer there is another big attraction when the town organises a month-long celebration of the arts.
The Festival de Carcassonne, being held from 1-30 July, features around 120 performances of contemporary music, theatre, opera and dance, many of which are free. Venues are spread out through the hilltop cité and the slightly more modern ville basse (lower town), with the main acts appearing at the open-air arena, Grande Scene la Fajèolle, which holds 15,000 spectators.
The festival was launched in 2006 and is now one of the most hotly anticipated musical events in the south of France, drawing around 250,000 visitors.
This year’s line-up includes veteran French singers Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell and Jacques Dutronc, performing as Les Vieilles Canailles (the old rascals). Tel: (Fr) 4 68 11 59 15 festivaldecarcassonne.fr
Ten communes in the Pays de Caux in Normandy are getting together once again to celebrate traditional and contemporary textile art. The 26th Festival du Lin et de la Fibre Artistique, being held from 7-9 July, is spread over 30 sites and features more than 20 exhibitions. Other highlights include linen fabric fairs, fashion shows and tours of the Terre de Lin factory in Saint-pierrele-viger. festivaldulin.org
Every July since 1990, the small commune of Moiransen-montagne in the Jura département has been taken over by fairy-tale gardens, parades and street theatre for the international children’s festival known as Idéklic ( pictured above). From 11-14 July, youngsters will be able to let their creative streak run wild at more than 50 workshops focusing on everything from making violins to learning about the different sounds made by stones when they hit the floor. ideklic.fr
While away a balmy summer evening in Paris at the Cinéma en Plein Air, the free open-air cinema at Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement ( pictured top). The big screen will be raised from 12 July20 August, showing modern action thrillers as well as Hollywood and French classics. Movie buffs are encouraged to bring their own picnic to enjoy under the starry skies. lavillette.com
When Nice Jazz Festival began in 1948, Louis Armstrong was the headline act, the first of many international stars to perform in the Riviera capital’s big music event. This year’s festival is being held from 17-21 July, with singer Mary J Blige and bandleader Herbie Hancock among the line-up. Concerts are held in the Théâtre de Verdure and on the Masséna stage ( pictured left), which can hold up to 9,000 fans between them. nicejazzfestival.fr