FRANCE a melting pot of culture

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« La France se nomme diversité. » (France is a land of diversity) Fernand Braudel

It’s that time of the year again: the kids are getting ready to go back to school. Why not join them in the process and soak up a bit of a French culture for your own educational fix?

If the museums are too busy, don’t fear – there are plenty of other ways to dive into our cultural calendar and be spoilt for choice of key exhibitions, theatres, festivals, new openings, traditional events and concerts. This newsletter gives you just a taster… so feel free to get in touch with us for more information at

We are happy to assist you with press trips to our favourite French destinations – or perhaps one you’ve had your eye on for a while!

Thank you,
The Atout France press team

1 - Toulouse300‘La Piste des Géants’ opens in Toulouse –

Founded in Toulouse in 1918, the Aéropostale
was a pioneering aviation company which offered the first air route connecting France with its colonies. Aviation legends such as Jean Mermoz and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry were both pilots with the company. To mark the centenary, Toulouse is opening ‘La Piste des Géants’ on the old airport runway. The area will include an aviation museum, a 6,000m² contemporary hall dedicated to the artistic project ‘La Machine’, and surrounded by 3ha gardens symbolising the continents and landscapes of those first pioneering aviation routes. The venue will officially open on 9 November but will be preceeded by a spectacular opening show with a Minotaur parading through the streets of Toulouse (1-4 November).  Find out more

2 - Crxssing300Le CRXSSING, a unique celebration of
British and French Culture –

On Saturday 22 September 2018, Le Crxssing returns with a vibrant new location in the heart of London’s favourite destination, Kings Cross. The festival of creativity, spanning art, music, comedy, fashion, film and food has expanded in its second year with an incredible line up of artists, comedians, gourmet chefs, top student fashion designers and talented young creatives. Uniting French and British cultures with its own inimitable curatorial style and supported by its ambassadors, TV and movie star Antoine de Caunes and comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, the Le Crxssing one-day festival will be a celebration of cultural
collaboration and the unshakable friendship between two countries. Find out more

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Paris, an arty City –

With the regular opening of new public and private artistic venues every year, new galleries, and a calendar of major exhibitions of upcoming talents alongside retrospectives of renowned artists such as the outstanding Gustav Klimt experience at the Atelier des Lumières, Paris is a leading capital for international contemporary art. Contemporary art is at the forefront of key annual events such as FIAC (international contemporary art fair) and the cultural allnighter ‘Nuit Blanche’, but also throughout the year with exhibitions in major and more lowkey galleries, art foundations and at smallerscale venues. Today, the Parisian artistic creation is booming and just waiting to be discovered! Find out more

4 - Culture Awards300Three nominations for France at the
Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2018 

Celebrating the most impactful cultural destinations across the globe, the Leading Culture Destinations Awards has just  announced the 2018 finalists for its fifth edition. Recognised worldwide as a leading light in the cultural sphere, France has naturally picked up three nominations across two categories; for the Foundation Carmignac on Porquerolles Island for New Culture Destinations of the Year – Europe; and two nominations in the Art Hotel of the Year presented by Avis category for Chateau La Coste in Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade and Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. The winners will bea nnounced on 28th September 2018 at the South Kensington Club in London. Find out more

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La Chaine des Puys is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List –

During the 42nd session of the World Heritage
Committee, the 21 member states decided to inscribe the Chaîne des Puys – Limagne fault Tectonic Arena on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This unique landscape now joins sites such as the Grand Canyon, the Okavango Delta, Kilimanjaro and the Great Barrier Reef on this prestigious list. It is the first French natural site to be included in mainland France, and is one of the rarest tectonic World Heritage sites. Located in Auvergne, a few kilometres away from the cultural city of Clermont-Ferrand, this unique UNESCO labelled destination is composed of 80 volcanoes and attracts nature lovers, families and active travellers from all around the world. Find out more

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