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Mon 1st Jul to Sat 31st Aug COGNAC-LA-FORÊT

Exposition - Plantes Sauvages

Every day from 14h30 - 17h30 at the Musée du Chanvre et de la Ganterie.

Tue 9th Jul to Thu 29th Aug CONFOLENS

Beekeeping Taster Sessions

Come and meet the bees!

Spend an afternoon with us learning about and spending time with our bees here in Confolens. All equipment provided plus a free honey tasting for €25 per person.

Sessions on 9, 21 July and 3, 12, 29 August.

www.13bees.co.uk

Sat 13th Jul to Sat 3rd Aug BOUSSAC

Exhibition

Exhibition at La Galerie, rue du Docteur Gaumet, by Belgian artist PASCALE LAUWERS of works inspired by China, Japan and the Flemish painters.
Vernissage 12th July from 18h (open to all art lovers).
The gallery is open Thursday from 10h-13h, Saturday and Sunday from 14h-18h or by appointment.

Sat 13th to Sun 28th Jul LA CELLE-DUNOISE

Painting Exposition

An exposition by the association Celloise d'Entraide which will feature over 200 paintings from more than 50 local artists. Lots to see!

Salle Polyvalente next to the mairie in La Celle Dunoise, every day 15h to 18h30.

For more information ring 05 55 89 22 61

Fri 26th to Sun 28th Jul ARGENTON-SUR-CREUSE

Festival Debussy

The Debussy Festival, organised by the « Classique en Berry » association, is part of the national network of Spedidam festivals. It was created seven years ago and has become, through the years, one of the greatest musical events of the Centre-Val de Loire region.

Argenton-sur-Creuse is very proud to host this major event again and to invite people of all ages to escape reality just for a short while through the music of Debussy and his contemporaries.

For this 8th edition, the Debussy Festival takes you on a journey, one of both mind and imagination. From 26th to 28th July, several great artists will perform for three unprecedented nights during which each of them will present their own way of travelling. Performing artists include: Marianne Piketty, Félicien Brut, Vanessa Benelli Mosell, le Quatuor Hermès, l’Ensemble Appassionato, and many more. The afternoons, which are open to everyone, will be an opportunity to appreciate young performers and to take part in artists/public meetings in a friendly and bucolic atmosphere.

And to extend the fun, enjoy our picnic at the end of the day. Picnics will be on sale at Les Jardins de la Grenouille from 19:30. A good way to enjoy quality products exclusively from the region, alone, with friends or with family, before the evening concert. Price: €20 picnic for two people. Orders will be taken on site. In partnership with local producers.

« When you can’t afford to travel, you have to use your imagination instead » - Claude Debussy.

Let this great French composer take you on a journey!

For more information and to buy tickets: www.festivaldebussy.com
Festival address: Jardins de la Grenouille, 36200 Argenton-sur-Creuse
For any questions: billetterie@festivaldebussy.com

Sun 28th Jul to Thu 15th Aug

Festival du Haut Limousin

It’s Festival time again and this year we have some wonderful performances where music is combined with drama, story-telling and film; others where beautiful voices predominate. We open with “How the World Began”, a magical musical and theatrical performance from Pierre Loïc and his “a cappella” choir, Mikrokosmos. This dramatic performance condenses four major works created by Loïc in the last few years: a sensuous adventure for eyes and ears.

Charlie Chaplin is back again in The Tramp, The Adventurer and The Boxer, accompanied live by pianist Hélène Peyrat and the Quatuor Voce. A performance not to be missed by adults as well as their children! You can book for in for supper after the concert.

French mélodie and German Lied are genres demanding intimate and close rapport between piano and singer. We are privileged to have a mezzo-soprano and a baritone, with their partner pianists, all graduates from the prestigious Académie Orsay-Royaumont, to enchant us with a small part of these beautiful repertoires.

Pascal Amoyel is a pianist, gifted story-teller and passionate devotee of Liszt. Using all of these talents he takes us on a musical trip through artistic life in the early 19th century, as lived by Liszt himself and those composers who knew and influenced him.

The talented Morphing Quartet of four saxophonists play classical as easily and joyously as contemporary music. They will be playing songs that stir our memories, like those of Joe Dassin and Aznavour, as well as compositions from Mozart and Bach.

“Longing and Solitude” are songs by Schubert and Ellington being used to symbolise links between these two composers who lived a century apart. Four musicians have come together, breaking down barriers between classical, jazz and contemporary music, to bring us an exciting new way of experiencing their music.

For Bach lovers the Festival offers a real treat. Maude Gratton, a brilliant and creative musician, revisits Bach concertos with her ensemble “Il Convito”. Critics particularly note “the breath of youth”, “perfect technique” and “inventive thought” in their performance. Truly a concert not to be missed.

Not to be forgotten is our weekend of “heritage” visits to little local chapels where a saxophone duo will give three free concerts on the Saturday, and a quartet of flutes a further three on the Sunday.

On a rare visit to France, our closing concert brings us the all-female Rimsky-Korsakov Choir of St Petersburg. They will be singing an eclectic mix of orthodox liturgical chants, and traditional and popular songs in the lovely little church at Mortemart whose acoustics accentuate the beauty of these young women’s voices.

Fiona Campbell, Festival Administrative Council
For further information and tickets: www.festivalduhautlimousin.com
Telephone 05 55 60 29 32

Sun 28th Jul to Fri 30th Aug SAINT-DIZIER-MASBARAUD

Stages de Chant

Don't miss a fantastic opportunity to participate in singing workshops offered by Isabelle Charles, singing teacher, vocal coach and well known for her stint on Star Academy, which take place from 28 Jul to 2 Aug and 25 Aug to 30 Aug.
All ages welcome and all styles possible.
Learn to:
- Develop your voice
- Increase volume
- Reach higher notes with ease
- Gain in confidence
- Sing for longer without getting tired
There will be a concert to conclude each course at the Eglise de Saint-Dizier-Masbaraud: Fri 2 Aug at 19h30 & Fri 30 Aug at 19h30.
6 x 1hr individual session €360 (min 3 - €60 per session)
or
6 x 1 1/2hr individual session €540 (min 3 - €90 per session)
For more information tel 06 89 15 80 37 or visit www.isabellecharles.com

Sun 4th Aug CREVANT

Les Bergères en Folies

Second annual "Les Bergères en Folies" from 9 am to 6 pm.
Various stands: 0% waste, naturopathy, art, craftworks, the funny side of science, games, music... and much more!
The oil mill will also be open to visit.
Snacks and refreshments available.

Sun 1st Sep CHÉRONNAC

Chéronnac Oyster Festival

For lunch reservations, phone 05 55 48 60 80