Culture of Nantes

Cultural events

Nantes hosts a variety of cultural events, among which:

*    Estuaire, a contemporary art exhibition that takes place every two years between Nantes and Saint-Nazaire (along the Loire estuary).

*    Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre, a jazz festival centered around the Erdre river.

*    Les rencontres du fleuve, a festival centered around ships and the river.

*    Le Festival Eidos du film d'environnement et de développement durable, a cinema festival themed around the environment and sustainability.

*    The Festival des trois continents, dedicated to African, Asian and South American cinema.

*    La Folle Journée, a classical music festival,

*    Les Utopiales, international science fiction convention,

*    The Festival Voisinages, various theatre performances (Théâtre du Grand T, Théâtre universitaire de Nantes, salle Onyx de Saint-Herblain).

Music and artistic creation

There are quite a few bands from Nantes who play different genres but are not well known outside of France.

*    The Celtic band Tri Yann was originally known as Tri Yann an Naoned (the three Johns from Nantes).

*    The DJ group C2C, champion of the Disco Mix Club World Team DJ Championship four years in a row (2003–2006)[] is native of Nantes.

*    The Hip Hop group Hocus Pocus is from Nantes.

*    18-year-old electro pop producer Madeon is a native of Nantes.

To see a list of Bands from Nantes, see fr:Rock à Nantes (French).

Royal de Luxe street theater company, famous for its performance featuring giant puppets, is based in Nantes.


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