Media Release: Time to get your appetite ready for France’s Fete de la Gastronomie, arriving just in time to celebrate September’s cultural revelries!

Enjoy the best of the month’s events with our hand-picked selection

Visa Pour l’Image (Languedoc-Roussillon): 31 August – 15 September, some of the world’s most important photojournalist talent will come together with photography enthusiasts to discover exhibitions, screenings and conferences across Perpignan.

Jeux de la Francophonie (Nice): 7-15 September, the seveth edition of this cultural and athletic youth event will take place with sporting, traditional and creative competitions between participants representing French-speaking nations from around the globe.

Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi (Corsica): 10-14 September, enjoy the traditional Corsican chants sung by locals which immerse visitors in the history and culture of the island. The concerts will be organised around the town of Calvi’s most beautiful edifices.

Ambronay Festival (Rhone-Alpes): 13 September – 6 October, this little town will host a Baroque music festival with the theme ‘The Dream Machine’. Many ensembles of varying genres, including professional groups and youth orchestras, will interpret their dreams.

Journées du Patrimoine (General): On 14 and 15 September, across the entire country, exclusive venues and exhibitions will open their doors to the public. Along with free entry to museums and special trails, this access will allow you to discover France’s remarkable heritage.

Loire Festival (Loire Valley): 18 – 22 September, Orleans will be teeming with over 600 barges, 400 artists and over 150 free events as well as gastronomic gatherings, shows and musical firework displays. The festival will wrap with a boat parade on the Sunday.

Roi de l’Oiseau (Auvergne): 18 – 22 September, step back into the French Renaissance in the town of Puy-en-Velay, whose origins date back to the 16th century. The festival will host a variety of entertainment including concerts, shows and – of course – the archery competition from where it got its name.

Reopening of the Galliera Museum (Paris): The French capital’s fashion museum will reopen its doors, after extensive renovations, on the 28th September with an exhibition on Azzedine Alaïa’s career alongside the museum’s extensive permanent collections.

Fete de la Gastronomie (General): 20 – 22 September, every corner of France will come alive with events to celebrate its UNESCO-listed ‘world intangible heritage’ status. From grand-scale concerts to local sing-a-longs, and Michelin-star set menus to small village banquets, the country will be in lively spirits to celebrate one of its most popular claims to fame.

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