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9 good reasons to come to Normandy in 2020


Normandy Impressionist Festival

The idea of establishing a great event to celebrate Impressionism, one of the major movements in art history, was born in Normandy in 2010. Having become one of the main artistic events in France following its previous editions (2010, 2013, 2016), Normandie Impressionniste is today a multidisciplinary festival that celebrates artistic creation from Impressionism to the present day. In the spirit of an artistic movement that radically changed our outlook and perspective on the world, the festival aims to be an event that reveals the contemporaneity of this movement, an event that is fully consistent with its time. Normandie Impressionniste seeks to revisit this movement, and to show that it was not confined to the idyllic representation of landscape, but that it was a wholehearted “witness to its time” and inseparable from the societal disruptions of the era.

Taking place from 3 April to 6 September, this multidisciplinary 4th edition proposes 20 Impressionist exhibitions, 30 contemporary art exhibitions, contemporary dance performances, digital art, street art, conferences, a symposium, along with festive celebrations and open-air events all over the region for all audiences.




Granville Carnival

The story goes that it was sailors from Granville who began the tradition ofhaving a wild celebration for Mardi Gras to lighten their mood before setting off on long transatlantic fishing voyages to Newfoundland. The locals love celebrating what is the biggest carnival in Normandy. It is renowned for its street parades, fancy costumes, street concerts and confetti fights. In 2016, the event was even added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage list. From 21 to 25 February 2020, the streets of one of Normandy’s most-loved towns will come alive like never before!


Port de Granville (c) Marc Lerouge

Port de Granville (c) Marc Lerouge

Fécamp Grand’Escale

One year after the world-famous Rouen Armada, several majestic tall ships will set course for Normandy again to take part in the very first edition of Fécamp Grand’Escale. This event will bring together tens of sailing ships, yachts and steamboats at the heart of the Alabaster Coast from 1 to 5 July. Numerous nautical activities, exhibitions, concerts and firework displays will take place around the port for 5 days of family fun!

(c) Fécamp Grand Escale

(c) Fécamp Grand Escale


Dieppe Kite Festival

Listed as one of the 300 largest outdoor events in the world, Dieppe‘s famous kite festival takes place every other year. From 12 to 20 September 2020, hundreds of kites big and small will fill the air, making for a magical and unforgettable experience. Held on Europe’s largest seafront lawns, this free event brings together over 1000 professionals from 5 continents with half a million visitors.

Cerf Volant Dieppe 2

(c) C.Lagu – CRT Normandie


Opening of La Villa du Temps Retrouvé in Cabourg

Cabourg seaside resortis famous for being Marcel Proust’s favourite retreat and is the inspiration for Balbec, the seaside resort in Proust’s novel In Search of Lost Time. When it opens its doors in the heart of Cabourg in October, this new immersive museum will showcase the spirit of the Belle Époque and explore the history of the Flowered Coast through the eyes of the famous author. It will come complete with a contemporary art room and a re-creation of a 19th-century garden. 

(c) L.Leloup - CRT Normandie

(c) L.Leloup – CRT Normandie


Opening of Les Franciscaines complex in Deauville

Just five minutes’ walk from Deauville beach, this new site will house a museum, an auditorium and a media library. When it opens its doors in June, the museum will display a unique and important collection of works by André Hambourg, who donated over 500 paintings to the town, along with figurative and contemporary pieces. Beautifully restored, the old convent in which the site is located is an attraction in itself.


(c) Ville de Deauville

(c) Ville de Deauville

Normandy Peace Forum

The Normandy World Peace Forumis a major international event initiated by the Normandy Region, which will be attended by heads of state, leading academics, political specialists and guest speakers. The third edition will take place from 3 to 5 June 2020 in Caen, just before the anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and will provide a platform for reflection and exchange on world tensions and peace building.

(c) Francis Cormon CRT Normandie

(c) Francis Cormon CRT Normandie


British Normandy Memorial – Ver-sur-Mer

Designed by Liam O’Connor, the award-winning architect behind London’s Bomber Command Memorial, this new site will honour the 22,000 soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who died fighting under British command during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. It will stand on a commanding site overlooking Gold Beach, near the town of Ver-sur-Mer. To open on 5 September.



(c) Normandy Memorial Trust


New unique exhibition at the Panorama XXL in Rouen

The first and only Panorama in France, this 31-metre high rotunda offers 360° panoramic views of circular paintings by the German artist, Yadegar Asisi. On world exclusive display from May until autumn 2021, a new panorama of Rouen Cathedral with Claude Monet and Impressionism as the central theme.

Panorama XXL Rouen

(c) E.Ursule CRT Normandie



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