• Bordeaux is alive with music, dance and art this Summer

    by  • August 2, 2017 • Bordeaux, Culture Breaks

    Always a lively city, Bordeaux has plenty of cultural events to interest visitors this year.


    Bordeaux has always been a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and this year there are a large number of special events taking place.  These include exhibitions, concerts, festivals and fairs.

    Lying on the River Garonne, this elegant city is also an important port and, of course, is famous for its great wines. It likes to be known as the “World Capital of Wine”. If you spend any time in Bordeaux you will certainly have the chance to taste some excellent wines as well as to stroll along some of the most graceful streets in any city in France. There’s never a bad time to visit Bordeaux.  Autumn and winter are generally mild, and the number of sunny days is often quite high.  Summers can be extremely hot, like elsewhere in the south of France.


    This August Bordeaux becomes a city of dance with its “Dansons sur les Quais” dance event which takes place in the evenings on the quayside in the heart of the city.  Each evening a different genre of music and dance is featured and people are encouraged to join in and have fun.  At 10pm there is a demonstration from professional dancers so that you can how you should be dancing!


    The city will also be alive with music all summer with free summer concerts being held 4 times a week on the Linné Esplanade opposite the Bordeaux Botanical Gardens. The concerts will feature a wide selection of music including jazz, classical and blues.

    For anyone who enjoys art, a visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts is a must this year.  A special exhibition at the museum is entitled Paysages Bordeaux 2017 and features landscape paintings of all types and interpretations, from port views to storm scenes, nocturnes, seascapes, pastoral and urban landscapes. Traditional and modern art come together in this major exhibition.

    Bordeaux has some excellent museums including the impressive Musée d’Aquitaine with its Gallo-Roman statues and relics dating back 25,000 years. Faience pottery, porcelain, gold, iron, glasswork and furniture are displayed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

    With top quality wines to taste as well, there is certainly no shortage of things to do in Bordeaux this summer!






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