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Sat 24th Jun to Tue 19th Sep ROCHECHOUART

Summer Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Simone Fattal: The man who will make a new tree grow - a retrospective exhibition covering a career that has included periods as a painter in Lebanon, as a publisher of poetry in California and as a sculptor working in Paris today. The title refers explicitly to the Epic of Gilgamesh, mankind's earliest surviving literary work probably set down around 2500 BC. The exhibition features a broad selection of over 60 pieces by Simone Fattal, no attempt being made to show them in chronological order, but aiming instead to produce a record of our time, crafted from hopeful aspirations, resistance, exile and memories.

Maxime Rossi: American Wedding - This exhibition occupies the top floor of Rochechouart Castle. It brings together the artist's two latest large-scale video projects, Real Estate Astrology and Sister Ship in which we follow Maxime Rossi hot on the trails of Max Ernst in America and Sister Corita Kent in Africa. The videos shift from desert landscapes in Arizona to the river banks of the Congo but unlike factual documentary style, our journey is both personal and poetic.

Raoul Hausmann: The Minotaur - The museum's collection includes over 700 works plus a large archive of other material (poems, theoretical texts, letters, photographic negatives, etc.) which build a unique picture of Hausmann's wide-ranging experiments in art as well as the historical or cultural circumstances impinging on his intellectual life.
The Minotaur is an exhibition of works and documents by Raoul Hausmann on mythological themes, the title itself referring to a famous photo-collage he made in 1947. Perseus, Osiris, Ajax and Oedipus are familiar figures in his output and seem to have great significance in a psychoanalytical sense informed by the writings of Jung, Freud and Schelling.
Works in the exhibition are laid out in the order of the 9 chapters in Hausmann's unfinished book Renewal of the Mythical, an analysis of his thoughts on urges and obsessions, his interest in primal form and the question of renewal.

Inaugurated in 1985, the Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art currently houses a remarkable collection of 300 works by internationally renowned artists. Since its beginnings, the museum has thrived on the originality of showing contemporary art in a protected historic monument.
Open every day except Tuesdays from 10h-12h30 & 13h30-18h. Entrance: €4.60 (free for Under 18s).

Fri 30th Jun to Fri 15th Sep BOUSSAC

Exhibition

Exhibition at the Château of the tapestries of Dom Robert and sculptures of Eric Dubois. 9h-12h & 14h-17h30.

Mon 17th Jul to Sun 20th Aug FELLETIN

Exhibition

Exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the association Lez'Arts Sud 23.
Espace Tibord du Chalard, from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Thu 3rd to Sun 27th Aug DUN-LE-PALESTEL

Exhibition of embroidery

The "Atelier Broderie" of the Entente Cordiale is organising its first exhibition at 48, Grande Rue, Dun-le-Palestel.
Discover the "Beast of Aberdeen", the Legend of King Arthur and above all allow us to introduce our great collective work "The World of Arthur" embroidered in wool and in part in Bayeux stitch.
Our embroiderers have an ambitious project entitled "Infinie Broderie" to produce a record-breaking embroidery (longer than the Bayeux Tapestry!) recounting the history of Crozant from prehistoric times to the present day. We will be presenting 5.5m at the Fête Médiévale de Crozant on 10th August.

Sat 12th to Sat 19th Aug

Concerts with the Paris Symphonic Orchestra

Sat 12th: Vivaldi, Mozart, Caccini, Handel. Boussac church. 20h30.
Sun 13th: Vivaldi, Mozart, Caccini, Handel. La Celle Dunoise church. 20h30.
Mon 14th: Vivaldi, Mozart, Caccini, Handel. Abbatiale Chambon-sur-Voueize. 20h30.
Tue 15th: Vivaldi, Mozart, Caccini, Handel. Chéniers church. 20h30.
Wed 16th: Chamber music (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert et Brahms). Orangerie du Château de Boussac. 20h30.
Thu 17th: Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Geminiani's La Folia. La Châtre church. 20h30.
Sat 19th: Chamber music (Boccherini, Haydn, Borodin, Schubert, Dvorak, Brahms). La Celle Dunoise church. 20h30.
For more information and tickets contact local tourist offices.

Tue 15th to Fri 18th Aug

Tour du Limousin - 50th edition

The Tour du Limousin is one of the most important sports events in the region... but it’s also a festive and popular event for more than 200,000 spectators.
Stage 1: 15th August Panazol (87) - Rochechouart (87)
Stage 2: 16th August Fursac (23) - Le Maupuy Les Monts de Guéret (23)
Stage 3: 17th August Saint-Pantaléon de Larche (19) - Chaumeil (19)
Stage 4: 18th August: Saint-Junien (87) - Limoges (87)
For more information visit: www.tourdulimousin.com

Thu 24th to Sat 26th Aug CHARROUX

Charroux Bilingual Literary Festival

2nd edition of this bilingual literary festival. The perfect opportunity for lovers of literature to meet best-selling novelists, poets and playwrights from France and Great Britain who will be sharing their passion and expertise over three days of talks, readings and workshops. In between events, take an opportunity to explore the quaint alleys and ancient buildings of this unspoilt town in south-west France.
For bookings and more information please go to www.facebook.com/charrouxlitfest or www.charrouxlitfest.com

Thu 31st Aug to Wed 6th Sep LA ROCHEFOUCAULD

Exhibition of photographs by Barry Ainsworth

Exhibition of photographs by Barry Ainsworth at La Halle aux Grains.
The old factory at Saint-Florent, La Rochefoucauld, is scheduled for redevelopment. It is an enormous facility divided mainly into two multi-storied buildings, and is situated in an ancient part of the town along one bank of the River Tardoire. Sadly business declined and eventually the older buildings became deserted. It is the neglected state of these structures that interested me, as I hope is evident from the photographs.

Sun 17th Sep ANGOULÊME

RUN, JOG OR WALK FOR LIFE

Raising awareness for Cancer Support France.
"WEAR PINK!!!!!"
FREE entry for all.
2.5km or 5km circular flat route around the lake.
Bring your lunch and join us for a shared picnic after the event.
11 am @ Plan d'eau de Saint-Yrieix, Angoulême.

Sun 17th Sep CROZON-SUR-VAUVRE

Concert of an Accordion Orchestra

Concert by “Passion Musique”, a group of young accordion players, in the church of Crozon-sur-Vauvre at 4 pm.
The group “Passion Musique” plays a variety of styles in orchestral accordion-playing, from semi-classical to popular and French folksongs. With the accompaniment of percussion and wind, the orchestra produces an exciting programme of about 80 minutes for all kinds of music lovers.
The concert takes place as part of the European Heritage Days and is a collaboration between the Association Musique en Verdure and the commune of Crozon-sur-Vauvre.
Entry is free, with a voluntary donation after the concert; a ‘pot d’amitié’ will be offered by the commune.
For more information contact Musique en Verdure, Robert Drabbe on 02 54 30 70 50 or at robatie@hotmail.com

Sat 23rd Sep CAMPSEGRET - DORDOGNE

The Autumn Phoenix Book Fair

...will again be held in Campsegret (24140) with over 20,000 English and French fiction and non-fiction books (all sorted by category and in excellent/good condition), 3,000 DVDs/CDs and many lovely greetings cards for Christmas.

So come and stock up on your winter reading/listening, and presents and cards for the family and friends! The famous Catering Ladies will spoil you with a wonderful offer of home-made savouries and sweets. Come for the day and bring the family with you! Everything's from one euro and up! And who knows, you might meet your next furry friend for life!

All the proceeds from the Book Fair will go to the Phoenix Association to continue their work in saving, caring for and rehoming abandoned, abused and unwanted animals.

The doors will open at 9.30 am (9 am for people with limited mobility) and close at 3 pm. Entrance and parking are free. Donations of books, cakes, DVDs, Cds, unwanted gifts for the bric-a-brac, unwanted animal items, etc. are very welcome on the day!!

For further information go to www.phoenixasso.com