The Moonlight family is well known for its love of the arts, culture, and any excuse to have a good time, especially when the weather is good and there are summer festivals to go to.
Here are a few summertime events in or within reach of Northern France that will almost certainly attract various family members:
Cabourg, 9-13 June
Romantic Film Festival, five days of open air screenings of romantic classics and new talent in Normandy. A pass for five days costs 25 euros. This sounds like fantastic value and a sure way to impress your wife or girlfriend.
Paris, 18-20 June
The Shakespeare and Company Literary Festival The theme of this year’s festival is Storytelling and Politics. There will be readings, panel discussions and book signings in the park René Viviani next to Shakespeare & Company.
Fatima Bhutto, Mark Gevisser, David Hare, Jack Hirschman, Jack Mapanje, Philip Pullman, Will Self, Erica Wagner and Jeanette Winterson are some of the writers on the agenda. Sounds like a good excuse for a day out in Paris, which will greatly impress your intellectual friends and arm you with plenty of dining-out material for next winter’s dinner parties.
Evreux, 25-26 June
Le Rock dans tous ses États Babyshambles, Pony Pony Run Run, The Black Box Revelation, Bloody Beetroots, Death Crew 77, and the Black Keys will be performing, and the festival is even offering music lessons for children. Unmissable!
Reims, 13-14 July
Fête Nationale Reims celebrates the French Revolution with concerts and fireworks.
Paris, 14 July-15 August
Quartier d’été A month-long festival comprising parties, concerts and street performances, in parks, squares, and open spaces all over the city. Another Paris outing excuse, with perhaps a good lunch and a free show thrown in.
Brittany, 15-18 July
Les Vieilles Charrues
Mika, Mr Oizo, Alain Souchon and Jamiroquai are lined up for this festival. Camping is usual. Say no more!
Paris 15-25 July
Gospel Festival Gospel Choirs, Gospel singers and dancers. Some acts claim to mix jazz and hip hop into their acts. Some of the shows will be open air. Less boring than church, anyway
Paris, 17 July-22 August
Cinema en plein air festival Outdoor cinema festival in the Parc de la Villette. This year’s theme is “Being 20 Years Old”. François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Maurice Pialat, Leos Carax, Abdellatif Kechiche, Cristian Mungiu, Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears, Jim Jarmush and Liu Jie, Hong Sang- Soo are on the programme. Might make you feel 20 again!
Etaples & Le Touquet, 31 July-1 August
Rock en Stock 22 acts on two stages in the Parc de Valigot. There are restaurants, a food and craft market, camping. Bands include Eiffel, Sinsemilia, La Bal des Enragées, Crucified Barbara, Elmer Food Beat, Pigalle and Willie and the Bandits. Poor Barbara! What on earth did she do to deserve that? Go to the show and find out
St Malo, Brittany, 13-15 August
La Route Du Rock This year’s lineup includes Massive Attack, The Flaming Lips, The National. Thirty bands will perform in three spectcular coastal venues. One stage is on the beach and another is in the Fort de Saint-Père, an 18th century Vauban fort.