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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

TEX­TILE ART

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

CHILD’S PLAY

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

SUM­MER CIN­EMA

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

RIVIERA JAZZ

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

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