Thinking of visiting France anytime soon? Such a great idea. France is the world's most visited country, some 84.7 million visitors from across the world flocked to France in 2013, far more than any other country in the world, and plans are underway to up the number to above 100 million mark. Why so much love? Well first, France has Paris, the city of light/love, food and wine, art, history, culture, fashion… But it has so much more than that. You see that place, you don’t forget it. Aside from the Eiffel Tower or the Champs Elysees, here is a list of the 5 ultimate events happening France in 2017. Whether you are a geek, a movie or a fashion addict or simply want to enjoy life, there is always something waiting for you in France.
Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017
Type : fashion show
Where : Paris (where else ?)
When : February 28 – March 8, 2017
What’s going on : Remember “The Devil Wears Prada” and how Emily (originally Miranda Priestly's senior assistant) was desperate to attend the Fashion Week in Paris? Paris Fashion Week is part of the global "Big 4" fashion weeks, the others being London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week. The schedule begins with New York, followed by London, and then Milan and ends in Paris.
Type : tennis (duh)
Where : Roland Garros Stadium, Paris
When : May 28th/June 11th 2017
What’s going on : Call me a hopeless addict, but Roland-Garros is part of those recurring event you always wait for and can’t wait to attend. Most of the great names in the history of tennis appear on the roll of honour at the French Open.
Paris Game Week
Type : gamers paradise
Where : Porte de Versaille, Paris
When : November, 1st to November 5th 2017
What’s going on : The Paris Games Week, or more commonly called 'PGW' is the French show dedicated to video games and its derivatives. The event belongs to the SELL (Syndicate of leisure and software publishers). This year is the sixth edition of the show. Whether you’re a professional or casual gamer, a developer or just a fan of the games, Paris Game Week is definitely event worth visiting.
Cannes Film Festival
Type : film festival
Where : Cannes, France
When : May 17th/ 28th 2017
What’s going on : Oh nothing, probably the most famous film festival in the world. The Cannes Film Festival is one of the essential events for the film industry, attended by prestigious directors and actors as well as up-and-coming film professionals who have yet to make their mark.
Côte d’Azur Garden Festival
Type : flower power
Where : Côte d’Azur, the French Riviera, France
When : April / May 2017
What’s going on : And not before time. The French Riviera is as celebrated for its gardens - many established by 19th-century English-speakers - as it is for its celebrities. There are some 80 (gardens, not celebrities) you may visit, so the Côte's first garden fest, from April 1 to May 1, is long overdue. Centrepiece is a competition for specially-created gardens. You'll find them in Cannes, Grasse, Nice, Antibes and Menton. Pegged to the comp will be other events throughout the year.