5 exhibitions to see this summer

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5 exhibitions to see this summer

This summer Bordeaux is hosting a multitude of events for culture vultures. We have selected for you 5 unmissable exhibitions during the summer season. From the photography exhibition on Russian dancer and choreographer Rudolf Noureev to the Urban Legend street art display at the German WWII submarine base, you will find something of interest for everyone.


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RUDOLFNOUREEV

at the Grand Theatre, until 09/02

Discover the 18th century architecture of this famous building as you explore the photography exhibition on the career of Rudolf Noureev. Black and white photographs taken by Francette Levieux retrace the biography and history of the dancer. There are no less than 60 photographs depicting the life of the legend since 1969. 

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CONSTRUCTION

at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, until 10/07

The former private Mansion "Hôtel Lalande" is currently hosting the works of designer Martin Szekely on the theme of construction. Questioning the use of daily life objects, the works exhibited act together as an ode to minimalism. You will be astonished by the use of exotic materials that were necessary to create the works.

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LUMINOPOLIS

CAP Sciences, until 09/02

With Luminopolis, you will forget everything you know about conventional exhibitions. By imposing their own rules, the creators of Luminopolis will give you access to a customized experience, similar to an escape game. Games of light and reflection quizzes will be the key in order to solve the mistery that this atypical experience is in itself.

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BEYOND BORDERS

Museum of Fine Arts, until 09/16

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the artistic collaboration between the Cassignol College and the Collegiate School of Richmond (US). The main point of this partnership, as defined by the Museum of Fine Arts of Bordeaux and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, was to open up ourselves on the question of boarders. Photographs, drawings, interviews, collages, essays and other works on the subject are there to extend the permanent collections of the museum. Among them, you will be given the possibility to admire the works of André Lhote, Roger Bissière, Auguster Herbin or François Desnoyer.

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URBAN LEGENDS

 

Submarine Base, until 09/16

The walls of houses and buildings in Bordeaux are perfect to put into light urban art. As the city is celebrating its 3rd season of Street Art, more than 50 street artists were invited to exhibit their work at the Submarine Base. We will travel back in time and follow the evolution of this artistic movement from the 1980’s to today.

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The 14th of July

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The 14th of July

The 14th of July is traditionally the French National Day. Everywhere in France, the blue, white and red colors are hanged on balconies. It is the occasion for French people to gather and celebrate their common cultural heritage.


The beginning of the festivities starts in Paris with the traditional military parade at 10:00am on the Champs Elysées, followed by the arrival of the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron. Fly-past as well as various army corps in helicopters, vehicles or motorcycles will parade all morning long, and Julie Cherrier performing the Marseillaise and the Hymne à l’Amour will close the ceremony.

 Parade of Polytechnique School in 2014

Parade of Polytechnique School in 2014

The day ends traditionally with fireworks which everyone is invited to come to and watch at dusk around the Eiffel Tower in Paris. However the fireworks take place all over France, usually on the most emblematic monuments of cities and municipalities. The 10 most beautiful fireworks are ranked every year, with the blaze of the medieval city of Carcassonne being ranked first in France several years in a row.


The 14th of July is often associated with the storming of the Bastille that took place in 1789.Now used as a symbol for the abolition of the Ancien Régime, it is however incorrect to think of Bastille Day as the event that is commemorated on the 14th of July. In order to fully understand the context of our national day, let’s go back in time and learn about what happened one year after the French Revolution.


Sometime after the Bastille was taken, regional “federations” were created among the French provinces. Their creation was made possible thanks to the weakening of the absolute power which Louis XVI had benefited from. Lafayette, who feared some rebellions would arise in the country, invited the commune of Paris to create its National Federation, which gathered members of the regional federations. They were asked to meet in Paris to celebrate together the anniversary of the French Revolution. Non-officially, this national gathering was a way to unify French people who were going through an important identity crisis and eventually, the chosen date for the gathering was the 14th of July.


14 000 federal soldiers paraded in Paris under the banner of their county, from Bastille until the Champs-de-Mars. A mass was organized, and the highlight of the celebration was the speech given by Louis XVI, in which he swore before all to maintain the “Constitution that had been written by the National Assembly”. The monarchy was not contested yet and the National Union had therefore a quite strong position.
However the king was arrested and sentenced to die two years later, as well as his spouse, the queen Marie-Antoinette.


The 14th of July was not celebrated anymore for more than a century, until 1880 under the 3rd Republic. Deputy Benjamin Raspail had the idea to celebrate the 14th of July as he saw there was a need to recreate a strong national identity through historical symbols. Therefore the Marseillaise, originally written and composed in Strasbourg in 1792 under the title “War Song for the Army of the Rhine”, was adopted as national anthem, and the 14th of July was from now on the French National Day.
The idea was not well received by the National Assembly, who judged the storming of the Bastille was too bloody and not appropriate. Therefore they agreed on commemorating the 14th of July 1790, and not Bastille Day.

 Fireworks at the 14th July 2013, Paris

Fireworks at the 14th July 2013, Paris


How is the 14th of July celebrated in Bordeaux this year?


Flowers will be laid down in front of Michel Montaigne high school around 9:45am. The first military ceremony will take place on Place des Quinconces, and the parade will start from Quai des Chartrons. The army will be present at 6:00pm and will start patrolling one hour later; finally, the fly-past and motorcycle parade will start in town at 8:40pm.
The bal organized by the city Town hall will be situated on Placette de Munich, facing Place des Quinconces, from 9:00pm until 01:00am. Simultaneously, the bal organized by the firefighters on Quai Deschamps will offer a pop rock concert as well as the performances of DJ Eva de Costes and Gérald Henderson, which will last until 4:00am.
To conclude the festivities, everyone is invited to watch the fireworks which will be launched from the Garonne river, between Place de la Bourse and the Stone Bridge around 10:30pm.

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Independence Day

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Independence Day

The Fourth of July, also called Independence Day, is when we commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  This federal event proceeds our French annual celebration, so it is an opportunity to pay tribute to our American counterparts and the impact which they had on the city of Bordeaux.


It is a time to set off fireworks for our transatlantic neighbors in memory of the 4th of July 1776.  Let's go back in time to see the events leading up to this day.  From the month of April 1775 the New-Englanders entered into conflict with Great Britain.  After the hostilities on both sides lasted for over a year, the continental Congress voted for a first motion concerning independence.

The debate in question continued until the 2nd of July and the members of Congress agreed to separate from the English but kept this secret decision under lock and key for fear of reprisals.  Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was appointed to draft the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted on the 4th of July 1776 when the 13 United Colonies annouced the birth of a new nation.

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The relationship between France and America has always been a strong one with unforgettable common historical links.  This past is also anchored in Bordeaux by people who have left their mark and found an attachment to the city of Bordeaux.

The strongest link between our two civilizations is the Marquis de Lafayette who from a very young age supported the Americans in their war of Independence.  His enthusiasm and achievements earned him the name "The Hero of Two Nations".  Lafayette arrived in Bordeaux in 1777 and set sail from Pauillac as an underaged clandestine on La Victoire, a commercial ship to America.

We may also refer to Thomas Jefferson, who was passionate about the vineyards of the region, and visited  Bordeaux in May 1787.  He established his own personal classification of Bordeaux:  the first growth consisted of 4 wines from Château Haut Brion, Château Margaux, Château Latour Ségur and Château Lafite. In 1855, they would take up this same classification.  Today several châteaux are American owned.

There are also similarities in architecture between the Bordeaux buildings and those in the US.  For instance, the neoclassical style Institut Bernard Magrez can be paired with it's more modern Institute of Fine Arts of New York. There is also a replica of the statue of Liberty in Place Picard made/sculpted by Bartholdi himself.  This was however, destroyed during the second World War and replaced in the year 2000 by another replica made out of a resin mould.

All these anecdotes and more will be provided by our accredited guides during our Americans in Bordeaux Tour available in both French and English.  This 3 hour private tour will enlighten you on everything you need to know about the relationship between the Americans and our city.

For reservations : Americans in Bordeaux

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Bordeaux Wine Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary

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Bordeaux Wine Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary

From June 14th until June 18th, Bordeaux will celebrate its wine tradition for the 20th time. These 4 days of celebration, tastings and concerts, will welcome 20 different sailing boats for the occasion. 


Indeed, yachting and sailing boats enthusiasts will particularly appreciate this year’s festival as both the Hermione frigate and sailing boats from the Tall Ships Regatta will be present in the city for the opening of the festival. You may visit the sailing ships, and enjoy this unique opportunity to hear about the exciting stories of the ships and their sailors.

 

During the festival, Bordeaux Walking Tours will offer exclusive 2-hour summer drop in tours in the afternoon from the 14th till the 17th at 2:00pm. Led by our accredited guides Léonor and Marion, the tour will start from the rostral columns at the end of Place des Quinconces, then will take you alongside the Tourny Allees followed by the Grand Théâtre, before ending on Place de la Bourse. To find your guides, search for the Bordeaux Walking Tours’ tote bags that the guides will be carrying with them! A tote bag from the company will be offered during each tour. As you will be told many stories and anecdotes, Bordeaux and its Wine Festival will no longer withhold any secrets from you !

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The Tall Ships are back

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The Tall Ships are back

Nearly three years after its first arrival in Bordeaux, the Hermione frigate is back for an exceptional last stopover at the Port of the Moon, from June 8th until June 14th, before sailing back to Rochefort.


Started on February 2nd from Rochefort, the trip was made possible thanks to the International Organisation of Francophonie who allowed more than 350 sailors to get on board for an unforgettable human and naval experience. 

 

 The Hermione frigate is the exact replica of the 1778 original sailing boat which embarked Lafayette towards the American colonies in 1780. The construction of the replica, started in 1997, elapsed a long seventeen years and thus was not finished until 2014. Therefore, the inhabitants of Bordeaux still remember with much emotion its first arrival in Bordeaux on August 20th, 2015. The Hermione will be accessible for tours from June 10th until June 14th, between Hangar 14 and Hangar 15.

 

 This period will also be perfect for yachting and sailing boats as Bordeaux will also welcome the Tall Ships Regatta at the Port of the Moon, on June 14th, for the Wine Festival/Fête du Vin of the city. 

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