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2018 NEWS

The Maritime and Sea Museum

Bordeaux - Nouvelle Aquitaine

Opening – June 2018 This marine and seafaring museum, housed in a novel structure by Norbert Fradin, will draw visitors into an exciting and interactive experience of the sea in all its rich complexity. The museum will open with an impressive inaugural exhibition titled Monet and the Sea featuring 40 works from the Impressionist master. Read more

Museum of Roman Civilisation

Nîmes - Occitania (Languedoc-Roussillon)

Opening June 2, 2018

The city of Nîmes is notable for its well preserved Roman sites and edifices, including the Maison Carrée, its two-tiered 2000-year old amphitheater and the nearby Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard.Opening June 2, 2018, the Musée de la romanité will be dedicated to the Roman civilization. Read more

Marseille and Aix-en-Provence: Marseille-Provence 2018

Marseilles-Provence 2018

February 14 - September 1, 2018

A profound proclamation of love for the arts, the artists, and the entire area, MP2018, Quel Amour! is the rendezvous for culture and festivities in 2018. Street parties, exhibitions, artistic residencies, installations, theater, opera, concerts, contemporary dance, circus, distinctive happenings both in cities and out in nature…Read more

Aix-en-Provence: 70th anniversary - July 3 to 22, 2018

A world renowned opera and classical music festival. The spectators who come to take part in the Festival of Aix leave each year with memories of a festival experience that is unique in its own way and during which they attended musical performances of a high quality in the unique context of an open-air festival under the sky of Provence. Read more

Toulouse: European City of Sciences 2018

Toulouse: European City of Science

For the first time in France, after Copenhagen in 2014 and Manchester in 2016, Toulouse has been chosen to host this European biennale of Science. Read more

Nantes: Le Voyage à Nantes (30 June - 26 August)

Saint-Etienne: 30th anniversary of the MAMC (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain)

Grenoble: 50th anniversary of the Winter Olympic Games 1968

Clermont-Ferrand: 40th anniversary of the Festival international du Court métrage + candidature Unesco chaine des puys


FIFA Women's World Cup: Le Havre, Rennes, Reims, Grenoble, Nice, Montpellier (+ Paris, Lyon, Valenciennes).

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will be the 8th edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA between 7 June and 7 July 2019. Read more

Metz: first hotel entirely designed by Philippe Starck, Maison Heler (1st in France)

At the heart of the new Messin district of the Amphitheater, Philippe Starck has fully designed this an extraordinary hotel in resonance with the Center Pompidou Metz, like a habitable work of art, surreal and poetic which is a strong sign of the city of Metz. Read more

Lille: Eldorado (lille3000) 27 April - 15 October

Greater Lille and Lille Design have adopted the theme “Eldorado: the greatest design experiment” for the city’s bid. Between now and 2020, the partners plan to give design a more prominent role in the metropolis, using it as a tool to transform the region. Read more

Montpellier: Opening of MOCO – June

The MoCo, the "Montpellier Contemporary" is a structure that will walk on 3 feet: the School of Fine Arts, La Panacée and the latest, the Hotel de Montcalm. The Métropole wants to master all the professional field of art, from the training of students to the exhibition, through the production. The structure will be helmed by style icon Vanesso Bruno.

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Mulhouse: The Potasse Route - May

The Potasse route, launched in May 2017, will allow you to discover remarkable sites (Joseph Else, Marie-Louise, Rodolphe and Théodore tiles), as well as mining towns and emblematic sites of the mining adventure that shaped the landscape. of the potassic basin! Read more

Nantes: Re-opening of the Musée des Beaux-Arts/Fine Arts Museum - June

Musée d'Arts de Nantes reopens following a six-year, €48.8m refurbishment by Stanton Williams Read more

Tours: Opening of the CCCOD - Olivier Debré Centre of Contemporary Creation – March

Created in 1984 by its current director, Alain Julien-Laferrière, it is one of the first centers of contemporary art under the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the only one in the Center-Val de Loire region. Read more

Avignon: Opening of the Carré du Palais

As described by Lonely Planet: "The historic Hôtel Calvet de la Palun building in central Avignon has been renovated into a wine center promoting and serving Côtes du Rhône and Vallée du Rhône appellations." Read more


Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency
New York, 10022
United States