Lights, camera, action… La Rochelle Cinema Festival is in town!

 

With 46 editions already under its belt, each year the La Rochelle International Film Festival, recently renamed ‘La Rochelle Cinema Festival’, goes from strength to strength. Scheduled for 28th June to 7th July, the 47th Edition will undoubtedly see our local cinemas full to capacity… cinemas located within walking distance of our hotel in La Rochelle!

For film-lovers, it is an important and unmissable diary date. As the most popular cinema event in France after the Cannes Film Festival, every summer La Rochelle Cinema Festival attracts lovers of the 7th Art, coming from all over France to enjoy a rich and eclectic programme. The 2019 Edition will be no exception, offering, among other things, a look at the works of Arthur Penn, Kira Mouratova and Charles Boyer, tributes to Dario Argento, Caroline Champetier, Jean-François Languionie and Elia Suleiman(who will also be present), a comedy theme of ‘mimicking madness’ with 10 Louis de Funès films and 6 Jim Carrey films, as well as placing the spotlight on Icelandic cinema. During these ten days dedicated to cinema from here and elsewhere, La Rochelle will once again be the centre of a world of images, letting you travel without even leaving your seat...

For more information: www.festival-larochelle.org

An Eco-friendly Maritime Festival

 

Scheduled for Saturday 22nd June, the next Fête du port de pêche de La Rochelle (La Rochelle’s fishing port festival) should once again attract several thousand visitors… offering a great opportunity to promote environmental initiatives.

Being labelled as an ‘Eco-event’, with its continued and determined approach to sustainable development, this annual festival, held at the port in the Chef-de-Baie area of the city, is one of La Rochelle’s major events. Some of its environmental initiatives include… selective waste separation, recycling of cooking oil and shells, public drinking water fountains and sale of reusable festival cups. All these actions are in line with the ‘Charter for eco-responsible events’ which was devised by the City of La Rochelle. Of course, Saturday 22nd June will also be a day of fun and festivities. On this summer day, there will be events such as a fish auction, musical performances and a visit to the scuba diving museum… for the entertainment of more than 5000 visitors who are expected for this 24th Edition. The highlight of the afternoon will be a fish and seafood banquet for lovers of sardines, mackerel, cuttlefish, oysters, mussels… all of which are caught locally. So make it a diary date if you're in town over that weekend...

Lights, camera, action… La Rochelle Cinema Festival is in town!

 

With 46 editions already under its belt, each year the La Rochelle International Film Festival, recently renamed ‘La Rochelle Cinema Festival’, goes from strength to strength. Scheduled for 28th June to 7th July, the 47th Edition will undoubtedly see our local cinemas full to capacity… cinemas located within walking distance of our hotel in La Rochelle!

For film-lovers, it is an important and unmissable diary date. As the most popular cinema event in France after the Cannes Film Festival, every summer La Rochelle Cinema Festival attracts lovers of the 7th Art, coming from all over France to enjoy a rich and eclectic programme. The 2019 Edition will be no exception, offering, among other things, a look at the works of Arthur Penn, Kira Mouratova and Charles Boyer, tributes to Dario Argento, Caroline Champetier, Jean-François Languionie and Elia Suleiman(who will also be present), a comedy theme of ‘mimicking madness’ with 10 Louis de Funès films and 6 Jim Carrey films, as well as placing the spotlight on Icelandic cinema. During these ten days dedicated to cinema from here and elsewhere, La Rochelle will once again be the centre of a world of images, letting you travel without even leaving your seat...

For more information: www.festival-larochelle.org

La Belle du Gabut… La Rochelle’s outdoor tavern and venue

 

For the third year in a row, LaBelle du Gabut will offer its finery to locals and visitors to the city alike. Located at the Historic Port, near the city’s two towers, this open air tavern offers a programme of daily shows and events bringing a real holiday atmosphere to the city centre.

On 26th April, it was no surprise to see a crowd gathered for the reopening of La Belle du Gabut. This venue, with its ‘village square’ and laid back ambiance, for the young and old a like, has become a popular cultural spot in the heart of La Rochelle that gained many admirers with its first two Editions. Located a stone's throw from the Atlantic coast, its bars and food counters, with their customised wooden decor, provide a warm setting where you can meet up with friends to enjoy a moment of pleasure and music.Every day, the stage is ‘home’ to local talented artists and tables are scattered at the four cardinal points of the venue for visitors to really enjoy the entertainment. Convivial and cultural, La Belle du Gabut welcomed some 100,000 visitors in 2018 and is already generating the same interest this year. From our hotel in La Rochelle, it’s just a short walk away.Open every day until midnight, from now until the end of September.

The Francofolies Festival around La Rochelle’sHistoric Port

 

The Francofolies Festival is a major event for Francophone music, and each year, La Rochelle moves to the sound of over one hundred concerts which take place on stages around the Historic Port and near our La Rochelle hotel.

Whether on the Jean-Louis Foulquier stage, named after the man who created the event in 1985, at La Coursive or La Sirène venues, on the Port stage or even in the intimacy of the Saint Nicolas Tower, the dozens of artists who will perform from 10th to 14th July will uphold the spirit of this music festival which is the essential DNA of the Francos, as it is affectionately known. So, for five days and five nights, Radio Elvis, Gaëtan Roussel, Angèle, M, Christine and the Queens, The Blaze, Columbine, Lomepal, IAM, Boulevard des Airs, Soprano and even Zazie and Patrick Bruel, will take to the main stage located beside the ocean to delight thousands of fans of the ‘French Song’… and modern Francophone music. Multigenerational, varied and entertaining, the programme for the 2019 Edition will be a great opportunity to celebrate French lyrics and music. Will you be there?

For more info or to book tickets: www.francofolies.fr