Culture

Come with us on a journey into French culture to discover the true art of French living. Regional gastronomic treats such as wine and cheese. Fashion, jewellery, architecture, museums, cinema, theatre and literature. All which makes France a country with a unique cultural diversity.
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01 August 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

Cinéma Le Colisée in Carcassonne

Mythical Carcassonne cinema, it has just been ranked among the 50 most beautiful cinemas in the world by a famous British magazine "Time Out". It sits in 34th position. An architectural treasure hidden for more than a year, since it was closed to the public due to renovation and the health crisis.

31 July 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Culture, Tourism

Amphoralis, the museum of pottery

The Sallèles antique pottery workshop dating back to the start of the High Romain Empire was a site where a huge volumes of clay pottery was produced. Situated near the Canal du Midi not far from the village of Sallèles-d'Aude, excavations began in 1976 and the Amphoralis museum designed by Roland Castro and Jean-Pierre Gary opened its doors to the public in December 1992.

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20 July 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Spike Lee, Cinéma à la plage

The Cannes Film Festival finished with a special screening of Spike Lee's 'American Utopia' a concert / theatrical film of Talking Heads' singer David Byrne. Shown on the big screen on the beach, free for eveyone to watch. Spike Lee introduced the film himself and said goodbye to everyone in Cannes.

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12 July 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Events, Culture

Film Festival 2021 - Cannes Fait Le Mur

In partnership with Paris Match, the exhibition "Cannes fait le mur" presents large formats of cinema celebrities installed on building facades and on aerial tarpaulins located all along the rue d'Antibes. The theme chosen this year is "The Kiss", a nice way to bring a dose of optimism this summer.

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05 July 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Events

Who's coming to Cannes next week ?

The Cannes Film Festival starts on Tuesday, July 6th and runs until the 17th. It's a welcome return after last year's festival was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. So the stars are returning to Cannes ! Who are we looking forward to seeing ?

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13 June 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

Nice Street Art

Street Art has been slow to find its place in the big cities of France. But, today it is recognized as an art in its own right, especially in Nice. Supported by the cultural assistant of Nice, passionate about Street Art, urban and contemporary arts.

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05 June 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture, Events

Photojournalism festival 2021

The dates of the next international photojournalism festival are published. Take advantage of this event to visit the Perpignan region. The exhibitions take place in emblematic places of the city, particularly in the historic center.

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25 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Culture

Villefranche-sur-Mer and The Rolling Stones

Villefranche-sur-Mer is undoubtedly the prettiest and most charming of the smaller towns on the Cote dAzur. Falling from the hills to the seafront and its beautiful bay, Villefranche sits comfortably between Monaco and the Italian border. Like Cannes in the late 19th century and early 20th century, Villefranche was a poular winter destination for royalty and wealthy visitors. And then, in April 1971, the wealthy rock and roll royalty arrived - The Rolling Stones.

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23 May 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture, Events

Pablo Casals Festival, July 30th - August 13th 2021

Book your place now at the Pablo Casals festival in the Pyrénées Orientales. The chamber music festival takes place this summer from July 30 to August 13, 2021. The famous cellist Gautier Capuçon will be amongst the artists performing. Come and spend your holiday in the south of France and enjoy the festival one evening.

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10 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Art History Mystery

Everyone loves a good art history mystery. From the back streets of Nice to the international art auction houses of Paris, here’s a story concerning a small painting, puchased for almost nothing that sold for a huge amount. But was it real ? And who stole it ?

08 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Tourism

The towns and posters of World Cup 1998

France first hosted The World Cup in 1938. The prestigious tournament returned to France in 1998 and the host nation triumphed in the final, winning 3-0 against Brazil. The games in the tournament were played at selected stadiums in 9 major cities. Can you name them ? Here they are, together with the unique posters made for each city. And don't forget 'Footix', the World Cup mascot...

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03 May 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

The Matisse Museum in Nice

While on vacation on the Côte d'Azur, Pure France suggests that you visit the Matisse museum in Nice. Henri Matisse, a French painter resided in Nice and died there. From fauvism to his cut-out paper collages, discover this genius artist. Andy Warhol declared in 1956 "I want to be Matisse".

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27 April 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture, Tourism

Thomas Pesquet, the astronaut who makes us dream

Thomas Pesquet, the astronaut who makes us dream, has returned to space for a 6-month mission. Thomas Pesquet, our astronaut at heart Thomas Pesquet was born in 1978. He is the 10th French to conquer space and the 2nd to make a long stay. First in 2016, for the Proxima mission. He left on board the Soyuz MS-03 from the Baikonur launch base in Kasakhstan and joined the International Space Station (ISS).

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23 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Gastronomy, Wines, Culture

Autumn in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie

Autumn is a fabulous time to visit the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie. In the Languedoc-Roussillon, the weather is still warm and the region is full of life as harvest is under way. The area is buzzing with activity and colour, as this is not only one of the largest wine regions in the world but it is also one of the most diverse in terms of grape varieties available. Each vine variety has leaves that, once the fruit is harvested, turn a different colour so the rolling fields are awash with a stunning combination of reds, oranges, russets, browns and golds.

12 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Paul Éluard, Picasso, Poésie, Poésy et Paris

Paul Éluard, Picasso, Poésie, Poésy et Paris. A story of the most gifted French surrealist poets, his continued infatuation with his Russian girlfriend and wife, Gala. Their association with Pablo Picasso and Salavador Dali, and an emotional recital of of a love letter by Clémence Poésy from the Isle de France in Paris.

07 March 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

French Fried Vacation - a cult French comedy classic

'French Fried Vacation 2' ('Les Bronzés Font Du Ski') is a 1979 film directed by Patrice Leconte written reuniting the cast of a previous film with eight friends who met on holiday in the Ivory Coast. The film has become a classic in France with a huge cult following. A great film to watch while the ski resorts remain closed !

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07 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport, Culture

A Rare Discovery

A chance conversation led to a rare discovery last month of a classic Citroen H van - found abandoned after 15 years in a old barn in a small wine-producing town among the vineyards north of Béziers in Occitanie. Here's the story of an eye-witness account of what happened.


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