Car­naval de Nice

Living France - - DÉCOUVREZ -

One of the largest car­ni­vals in the world is held ev­ery year in Nice; an event which can be traced back cen­turies to 1294. For more than two weeks, from 12-28 Fe­bru­ary, the city is a blaze of colour, mu­sic and danc­ing as the cel­e­bra­tions ban­ish win­ter blues and get peo­ple look­ing for­ward to spring at the Car­naval de Nice ( pic­tured top right). This year, dec­o­rated floats in­spired by the cho­sen theme – the King of Me­dia – will make up the car­ni­val pro­ces­sions which take place day and night. The car­ni­val pa­rade is ac­com­pa­nied by street theatre and mu­sic. nice­car­naval.com Bring­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic to a wider au­di­ence is the aim of La Folle Journée, a fes­ti­val held ev­ery year in La Cité Event Cen­tre in Nantes, which this year will run from 3-7 Fe­bru­ary. The theme for this the fes­ti­val’s 22nd year, is the rich di­ver­sity of na­ture. With in­di­vid­ual con­certs last­ing no longer than 45 min­utes, au­di­ences are freed from the con­straints of tra­di­tional con­cert-go­ing and are en­cour­aged to move be­tween the recitals and en­gage the per­form­ers and con­duc­tors in con­ver­sa­tion be­tween per­for­mances. folle­journee.fr

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