La Rochelle, city of festivals

Everyone knows the Francofolies de La Rochelle. But the beautiful Charentaise is not reduced to a festival. It hosts around ten events throughout the year: TV fiction, documentaries, films, jazz… Discovery of this cultural dynamic around 3 events.

The Francofolies, the essential

For almost 30 years, one of the great song festivals, if not the largest, in France. And even beyond, because the French-speaking music festival has spread to Quebec and Belgium.

With more than 100 concerts in 5 days, the 29th edition of the Francofolies (July 12 to 16, 2013) promises still great moments. 7 stages are spread across the city, including a free outdoor stage, Square Valin.

 "We are also looking for atypical places, explains Maryz Bessaguet, communications manager. Last year Emily Loizeau, Dominique A and Moriarty performed at the Natural History Museum. This year, the Fromentin Chapel will be used for" morning follies "by Rose, Mathias Malzieu des Dyonisos, Yaël Naim and David Donatien, Rosemary Stanley (Moriarty) and Dom la Nena."

At the foot of the ramparts, the Great Saint-Jean d'Acre stage will see artists from very different universes, from M to Lescop via Patrick Bruel, Woodkid or Vitalic ! "10 to 12 spectators will be transported by the largest stage in Europe", underlines Marys Bessaguet.

New side, Benjamin Biolay recevra Orelsan, Jeanne Cherhal et Carl Barât to sing his songs as a duet. Creation remains the watchword of the Francos.

July 12-16, 2013

Francofolies de La Rochelle website

La Rochelle International Film Festival (photo)

Without the rhinestones and sequins of Cannes, the La Rochelle International Film Festival nevertheless recorded no less than 40 admissions last year for its 84th anniversary!

For this new edition (from June 28 to July 8, 2013), 5 films will be screened daily, on 5 screens, i.e. 250 films throughout the festival. "We do not award prizes. The idea is to make people discover forgotten or more recent films of auteur cinema", explains Prune Engler, general delegate of the festival.

"The exchange is at the heart of our concerns. The spectators can meet the professionals, filmmakers and actors present during debates", she continues.

This year, several artists will be in the spotlight: André Dussollier, Jean-Claude Vannier, Jerry Lewis, Billy Wilder, as well as the authors of Chilean cinema. The little extra is also special kids programming, with two or three films per day intended for young audiences.

Two other events not to be missed on the last weekend: the outdoor screening on Saturday, where 800 deckchairs and polar blankets will be made available to cinephiles. And the sleepless night from Sunday to Monday, "during which we will offer to spend the night on the train. There will be a good dose of suspense with the projection of two thrillers, so that the spectators can hold out!"

From June 28 to 8 July 2013

La Rochelle International Film Festival website

The International Festival Escales Documentaires

This festival highlights the creative documentary through 3 international competitions. The genre is still confidential, even if some films meet the public, remember the buzz around Being and having by Nicolas Philibert.

Apart from the competition, the festival aims to make the doc and its authors known. "We try to give a taste for documentary" explains Xavier Guérin, coordinator of the festival, "for the youth competition, we involve the students of Lycée Dautet, who choose 2 films among the 8 of the final selection."

The association behind this festival wishes to encourage vocations. "Last year, the script lessons had worked well, we should take up this idea during meetings with the professionals."

This 2013 edition will take place in the fall. The headliners are not yet known and the theme depends on the guest of honor, but the association organizes screenings throughout the year.

Schedule to watch on the Escales documentaires site.

All other festivals in the agenda section of the tourist office

Practical notebook in our La Rochelle weekend idea


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