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Danse Emoi biennial contemporary dance festival
Every two years in January at operas, theatres, such as the Opéra-Théâtre, the Théâtre de L’Union and other cultural centres

Organised by the City of Limoges and its cultural institutions, the contemporary biennial dance festival "Danse Emoi", alternating with "Choreographic tours", showcases multifaceted all-style dancing, along with wide-ranging artistic expression. There are recognised artists who return regularly to Limoges such as Hervé Robbe, Héla Fattoumi and Eric Lamoureux, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Claude Brumachon, Philippe Découflé, as well as novelties and previously unseen shows…The event also involves a fair share of exhibitions and get-togethers.

Reading in Limoges
At the end of March at the Champ de Juillet and other cultural locations in the city

Every year at the Champ de Juillet some 60,000 visitors converge on the big top of "Lire à Limoges" (Reading in Limoges) an event which brings together more than 250 authors from the world of general literature, youth literature and cartoons. Rated as one of the ten biggest book festivals in France, this literary and popular event features book signings, award ceremonies, round-table discussions and conferences, exhibitions, and shows for everybody.


Everybody at the Opera
Beginning of May at L’Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges

Ever since it was built, L’Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges has taken part in the national day "Tous à l’Opéra" (Everybody at the Opera) supported by prestigious operatic artists and organised by the French Opera Congress. Throughout the week-end, open days, activities and free shows are organised to give the public an insight into the behind-the-scenes work and the teams that do it all at an opera house.

The Coquelicontes festival
Middle of May at cultural locations throughout the Limousin

A touring festival of stories, Coquelicontes puts on more than a hundred shows in 2 weeks throughout the Limousin, in theatres, libraries, retirement homes, museums and schools… First organised in 1997 by the regional Centre for books in Limousin-ALCOL, the three Département libraries of the region and the French-speaking multimedia Library (BFM) of Limoges, more than 65,000 people have since attended a total of 1,400 shows.

Summer season / June-July-August

Thanks to its very dynamic involvement in culture and sport, the City of Limoges makes every effort to offer everybody, residents and tourists alike, a summer programme designed to appeal to a very wide audience, which is as diverse as it is full of quality with activities which are mostly free of charge: musical and artistic get togethers, cultural and sports activities, open air shows and guided visits for finding all about the heritage of Limoges, a City of Art and History.

Parks and gardens themed exhibition
Beginning of June / end of September in one of the city’s gardens

Every year since 1997, the City of Limoges Parks and Gardens Committee has organised a summer exhibition around a variety of themes in one of its gardens, showcasing a particular family of flowers or plants (in 2009 at the Moulin Pinard, "Heathland plants").

At the end of June in the city, in its streets, its squares or gardens
Next edition: 18 to 29 June 2010

Urbaka, which is a festival of street arts, has just celebrated its 20th birthday and has already attracted 200,000 visitors with 600 participating artists from Limoges itself as well as elsewhere. It’s an entirely free and multi-themed festival, which celebrates art, creation and the reclaiming of public land… The Cristi Urbaka association brings it all to life in the streets of Limoges.

Exhibition at the Galerie des Hospices
End of June-end of September at the Galerie des Hospices Next exhibition: "from Earth and from Fire", the story of European ceramics at Limoges, from 18 June- 26 September 2010

An exhibition hall of particular architectural interest opened by the City of Limoges in 2002, la Galerie des Hospices, hosts major exhibitions every year (" Hozho, Navajo Indian war paintings", "Sanfourche, a singular version of art", "Cueco or the nature of things", " Female sculpture around Camille Claudel" to name but a few). From 18 June to 27 September 2010, it will host an international ceramics exhibition, "From Earth and from Fire, the Story of European ceramics at Limoges", bringing together items of insignia from the world of Art nouveau, from art déco, from the 1950s and 70s, as well as design works produced as part of an international porcelain making competition.

City Day
Beginning of July at the jardin d’Orsay
Next edition: Saturday 3 July 2010

For the last three years the City of Limoges has been organising a "City Day", which is an event dedicated to "youth culture" and which is now attracting increasingly large numbers of visitors (1,000 people in 2008 and 2,500 people in 2009). On offer are contemporary music concerts with several different musical style groups and hip-hop dance contests.

Open air film shows and local fêtes
Dates for 2010: 12 June, 2, 9, 10, 16 and 30 July

Thanks to the campaigns "Picture smugglers" and "I love my part of town for living and for summer fun ", open air film shows and good old summer fêtes are organised free of charge largely with the help of the residents and local associations in several parts of the city.

The "Cuivres en Fête" festival
Second half of August at the Opéra-Théâtre, at the jardin d’Orsay and in the city’s squares Next edition: from 19 to 25 August 2010

"Cuivres en Fête" (A celebration of brass) " organised by the "Les Amis de l’Ensemble Epsilon" association and the City of Limoges, is where brass and percussion instruments from the world over get together. Every year the festival comes up with a quality and varied programme designed to appeal to as many people as possible. Get-togethers and concerts at the Opéra-Théâtre, in the open air, in the city’s streets or at the bandstand at the jardin d’Orsay, musical get-togethers all day long, from midday to midnight, and the opportunity to make brand new music…

Latin American Dance days
End of August at the jardin d’Orsay
Next edition: 27, 28 and 29 August

The Latin American Dance days are 3 days, of concerts, presentations and balls to the sound frenzied rhythms, from the samba to the salsa via the tango all free of charge at the jardin d’Orsay


The Limousin artists show
Beginning of September at the place de la Motte

Organised by the Photo-Look association and the City of Limoges and now into its tenth year, it is the place to be for art lovers or just the plain curious who in a day’s visit can see all the drawings, watercolours, photographs, as well as many other artwork genres.

European Heritage Days
Next edition: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2010

Every year the City of Limoges takes part in the European Heritage Days, the major cultural get-together after the summer break, which takes the form of a number of free events designed to appeal to a wide audience and which is the ideal opportunity for anyone who is interested, to explore or find out more about the heritage that is part of our daily life. Since 2008, Limoges, "City of Art and History", has been the driving force behind quality events and campaigns to allow residents and tourists alike to explore and appreciate the very many sides to Limoges, throughout its 2000 year history.

The French speaking world in the Limousin
End of September at the various cultural locations in the city
Next edition: from 23 September to 2 October 2010

Les Francophonies en Limousin (French-speaking world in the Limousin), has for the last 26 years been the venue for different theatrical artists who perform in French speaking countries and a festival which regularly throws up a number of questions about what "Francophonie " is all about. Combining impertinent, creative and lucid humanism, this festival includes theatre, dance, plastic arts, visual arts, and French language music and writing, all of which are contributors to the great story of the modern world. It all adds to the reputation of Limoges as the capital of French-speaking theatrical creativity.


Czech days
Every two years
Next edition: November 2010

Organised by the City of Limoges in close cooperation with its twin city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic, les Journées Tchèques (Czech days) are about exploring the traditions and culture of this Central European nation. For more than a week, several shows are laid on free of charge for the general public: an art and crafts market, a Czech film festival, exhibitions, shows and even Czech cuisine tasting sessions….

Le Festival Eclats D’Email Jazz Edition
mid-November in the city’s various cultural centres

This jazz festival, which is so very closely associated with Limoges, is today an unmissable and much-awaited cultural event for the Autumn and which already features in the national musical calendar. The 2009 edition involved 30 concerts and a quite exceptional programHerman, Victoires du Jazz 2008, the Manfred and Michel Portal Quartet, the Ibrahim Maalouf Sexte concert, Sugar Ray Norcia & The Bluetones and as special guest Otis Grand, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, the bass player composer Renaud Garcia Fons, etc.).

Le concert des Citées Unies (The concert of the United Cities)
Beginning of December every two years at the Opéra-Théâtre
Every two years: 5th edition: December 2011

Organised every two years by the City of Limoges and its twin towns (Grodno in Belarussia, Pilsen in the Czech Republic, Fürth in Germany, Charlotte in the United States and Seto in Japan), this free concert is an exceptional international musical event bringing together more than sixty musicians from music academies and schools from each participating city.


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