Le Havre celebrates 500 years

500 years ago, in 1517, King François I decided to found the port of Le Havre. To celebrate this anniversary, the Norman city launches on May 27 the demonstration "A Summer in Le Havre", under the leadership of artistic director Jean Blaise. On the program of celebrations: exhibitions, artistic installations in the city, shows, nautical events and electro evenings.

A summer in Le Havre: major festive events

The anniversary in three highlights, dedicated to the celebration and celebration of Le Havre and its history:

- May 27. Opening party, with the Magnifik Parade of the Art Point M collective. A large parade from the heights of Caucriauville to the beach, with gigantic characters, a giant screen, a DJ, a VJ and an opera singer.

- From July 6 to 9. Extraordinary representations of the Royal de Luxe company throughout the city.

- October 8. Closing party. Large gathering around a digital and interactive work celebrating the creation of the city and its port.

Art in the city

Artists have been invited to invest the public space. Four routes are offered in the city: Perret city, towards the port, the stairs, the basins.

An app has been developed for the occasion.

We can see in particular:

- The 713 beach huts painted by Karel Martens.

- The Impact, by Stéphane Thidet, in the Bassin du Commerce.

- The Gouzous of the Havro-Réunion street artist Jace, scattered across the city.

- The gigantic arches by Vincent Ganivet, built with multicolored containers, on the Southampton quay.

- The Ghost Gardens installed by Baptiste Debombourg on the walls of the Bassin du Roy.

- Gold in the Cube, a funny performance by Surasi Kusolwong, at Boutique N ° 116, rue de Paris. The Thai artist has made 5 concrete cubes, in which are hidden 000 small fine gold ingots. Selling price of each cube: 50 €, ingot included… or not. The buyer has the choice between breaking the cube (tool provided on site) or keeping the work of art intact. A dilemma !

Connections :

on "four courses": http://www.uneteauhavre2017.fr/fr/parcours

on "app": http://www.uneteauhavre2017.fr/fr/mobileapp-uneteauhavre

Places invested for the event

- In the Saint-François district, designers will rethink the fish market, which will be at the heart of the festivities.

- The fort of Tourneville will turn into a creative laboratory, a meeting place for artists, architects and designers. Free programming will be offered all summer (workshops, concerts, picnics, electronic naps, etc.).

- Usually accessible by reservation, Japanese garden will be open to the public. BaZooKa will present an original installation: a “temple of 5 vows” with an underwater observatory in the Barre basin.

Major exhibitions

- From May 27 to August 20, 2017. The André Malraux Museum of Modern Art (MuMa) will present a retrospective of the work of artists Pierre and Gilles, from the 1970s to today.

- From September 9 to October 8, 2017. Impression (s), soleil au MuMa exhibition. There, we will admire masterpieces by Raoul Dufy, William Turner, Félix Vallotton, Eugène Boudin, around the famous painting by Claude Monet Impression, soleil levant (1872), on loan exceptionally by the Marmottan-Monet museum in Paris.

- From May 27 to October 8. The French Lines association will exhibit at the ferry terminal the largest collection in Europe of archives of transatlantic companies. A journey to discover the maritime history of Le Havre, with a scenography by Aurélien Bory and Lucas Thébault.

- From May 27 to October 8. The contemporary art space Le Portique will expand and welcome three artists: Stéphane Thidet, Vincent Ganivet and Julien Berthier, who will also install monumental works in the city.

- From May 27 to October 8. An exhibition around digital arts will take over the Tétris, performance hall and place of creation, installed at Fort de Tourneville.

Nautical events

- June 4. Baptism of MSC Meraviglia. Built by the STX shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, MSC Cruises' flagship will then leave Le Havre for Marseille, where it will begin its inaugural season in the Mediterranean.

- August 31 - September 3. Reception of the final stage of the Tall Ships Race, which joins Greenwich in Great Britain to Le Havre, via Portugal, Bermuda, the United States and Canada. On the Vatine, Eure and Vauban basins, you can visit the boats and attend events around maritime heritage, concerts and fireworks shows.

- October 28. The 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the most famous and longest of the double-handed transatlantic races, kicks off for a week of festivities, before the crews leave on November 5th.

- September 15 - 22. Mythical Le Havre - New York crossing, non-stop, aboard the Queen Mary 2. An exceptional transatlantic journey (for a minimum price of € 2).

Good to know ! Le Routard publishes its first guide entirely dedicated to Le Havre: sites not to be missed, good addresses selected by Routard investigators, tips and cool activities, practical information, favorites, anecdotes, maps with positioned addresses ...

All the calendar of festivities on the Un Été site in Le Havre 

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