Monday, 13 July 2015

Week 29 2015


This week has France’s biggest national holiday.  14th July is Bastille Day, it commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Although the Bastille only held seven prisoners at the time of its capture, the storming of the prison was a symbol of liberty and the fight against oppression for all French citizens. It marked the end of absolute monarchy, the birth of the sovereign Nation, and, eventually, the creation of the (First) Republic, in 1792.

Bastille Day was declared the French national holiday on 6 July 1880, on Benjamin Raspail's recommendation, when the new Republic was firmly entrenched. Bastille Day has such a strong signification for the French because the holiday symbolizes the birth of the Republic.

There are many ways to help the French celebrate their big national holiday.  Throughout the area there are village parties with live music and fireworks, some places celebrate on the 13th July, leaving the 14th as a day to recover, whereas others stick to tradition and celebrate on the 14th. The largest firework display is in Paris at the Eiffel Tower.

Wherever you celebrate Bastille Day in the Gironde and Dordogne regions have a great week.

Best wishes,

A couple of Exhibitions in St Emilion – open through July.









 Week 29 2015

Monday 13 July

13 July : Night Market in Pessac featuring the accordionist Michael Vigneau

13 July : Night Market in Blasimon, live music and fireworks

13 July : Grand fete in Flaujagues with fireworks

13 July : Soiree Moules Frites Villefranche de Longchat

13 July : Velines night market with Fireworks

Tuesday 14 July

14 July : Brocante Vide grenier in Prignac et Marcamps

14 July : Vide Grenier in Caplong

14 July : Vide grenier and local market in Castillon la Bataille

14 July : Vide Greniers in Saint Medard de Guiziers

14 July : Foire Tout at Velines

14 July : Fete du Vin et de la Riviere in Castillon.  Lots to see, try and look at along the waterfront in Castillon.  Followed in the evening with a meal and then fireworks on the stone bridge.

14 July : Eymet night market

14 July : La Piste Gourmande, Sadirac

Wednesday 15 July

15 July : Night market in Monsegur

Thursday 16 July

16 July : Night market in Duras featuring Philippe Chevalliez (DJ)

16 July : Les Jeudis Gourmands Parc Gabriel Forestier, Eymet

Friday 17 July

17 July 16h15 : Love & Mercy is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. Starring John Cusac, Pau Dano and Elisabeth Banks

17 July : Villefranche de Longchat night market

17 July 20h30 : Choir Concert at the St Church in Les Leves to start their Local weekend Fete.

17 July 21h : Concert in Pellegrue as part of  the 25th Musitineraires


17 – 18 – 19 July : St Emilion Jazz Festival.  Concerts throughout the weekend in St Emilion.  13 groups, 14 concerts and 10 free concerts.  Find out more here


Saturday 18 July

18 July : Jam Addiction in Concert at La Cave de Chevaliers in Villefranche de Longchat.

18 July : Night Market at St Meard de Gurcon

18 – 19 July : Fete Locale at Les Leves – Meal and 80 music night.

18 – 19 July : Fete Locale at St Jean de Blaignac – night market, DJ and Fireworks

Sunday 19 July

19 July : Fete de la Riviere in Branne

19 July : Vide grenier in Les Leves et Thoumeyragues

19 July : Foire a tout in Lussac

19 July : Vide grenier  in Montagne

19 July : Vide Grenier in Ruch

19 July : Brocante Vide Grenier in Saint Jean de Blaignac

19 July : Vide Grenier in Eymet

19 July : Vide Grenier in Pujols

19 July : Basket Festival in Issegeac.  Over 50 willow weavers and basket makers come together at this annual festival.

Coming up…

20 July 16h15 : Love& Mercy is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

And Finally…

Here’s some things for children to do too.  Also, if the dates don’t fit with your plans, try calling the person organising the activity as it could be possible that they can arrange a date and an activity that works for you both.

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