The Avignon Festival is a major cultural event in France, dedicated to the performing arts, notably theater and dance. Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, it has become a world reference in the field of performing arts. Every summer, Avignon becomes the scene of daring artistic creations, attracting artists from all over the world. The festival promotes artistic experimentation, cultural diversity and encourages intercultural dialogue. It allows visitors to immerse themselves in the excitement of the French and global contemporary art scene, thus offering a unique and enriching cultural experience.
Lyon Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights, celebrated each year in Lyon, is one of the most spectacular and emblematic events in France. Traditionally, on December 8, residents light up the city with thousands of candles and lanterns to honor the Virgin Mary. However, the modern holiday has evolved into a four-day light festival, featuring light art installations, video projections and sound and light shows. Millions of visitors flock to discover the streets and monuments of Lyon as they transform into ephemeral works of art. The Festival of Lights celebrates creativity, culture and conviviality, making Lyon a beacon of artistic innovation. An opportunity for international students to take full advantage of their stay in the capital of Gaul
The Nice Carnival, held each year in February, is one of the most famous carnivals in the world. It attracts many international students for several reasons: first of all, it is a colorful festival that offers an immersion in French culture and artistic creativity. Students can participate in parades, street performances and festive events. Additionally, the French Riviera’s pleasant climate in February makes it an attractive destination to escape winter. Last but not least, the carnival offers a unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world and build intercultural links while discovering the richness of the Nice carnival tradition renowned for its extravagance.
The Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is a world-renowned film event that takes place every year on the French Riviera. It enjoys an undeniable international reputation, gathering filmmakers, actors, producers, critics and movie fans from around the world. This festival celebrates the best of world cinema by showcasing films from various countries, from premieres to masterpieces. The Palme d’Or, awarded to the best film, is one of the most prestigious distinctions in the film industry. Cannes also provides a platform for debate on global cinematographic and cultural issues, thus contributing to the dissemination and recognition of the seventh art throughout the world. Including of course the French 7th art!
La fête de la musique (music day)
The Fête de la Musique, celebrated each year on June 21 in most French cities, is a major musical event in France and many other regions of the world. Its characterized by its strong attractiveness for international students. This festival marks the summer solstice by transforming streets, squares and parks into stages for free concerts. Students can enjoy a variety of musical genres, outdoor performances and impromptu shows. It is an ideal opportunity for international students to discover French musical diversity, meet local and international artists, and immerse themselves in a festive and friendly atmosphere while broadening their musical horizons.