HERE is a quick look ahead to what's on in the early months of 2007, pointing out shows and festivals that may appeal.
Music in Nantes, cinema in the Ardennes and the famous Menton lemon festival are a few of the events just around the corner.
La Folle Journée music festival in Nantes, January 31 to February 4
One of the most popular music festival in France this year gathers the national school of Czechoslovakia, Scandinavia, Spain and France from 1870 to 1950.
In 2007 this festival will be called "l'Harmonie des peuples" (the harmony of people). For its 13th edition will include the works of Dvorak, Ravel, Debussy, Glinka, Borodine, Smetana, Fauré, Bartok, Sibelius, Elgar Albeniz, Grieg to name a few.
Les enfants du cinema in the Ardennes, February 6 - 23
Children and teenagers are the heroes and actors of the movies projected during this original film festival. The film selection is various and international and is aimed at youngsters as well as adults.
The movies will be shown in the main towns of the French Ardennes (Charleville-Mézières, Rethel, Vouziers, Sedan, Givet and Monthermé).
Menton Lemon Festival, February 17 - March 7
For its 74th edition, Menton Lemon Festival will celebrate world carnivals and its guest of honour is India.
Indian culture will be the theme for the decorations of the giants (only made of citrus fruits and built on gigantic flower carpets) and the float which will parade along the city coastline for two weeks.
Each year, the Menton Lemon Festival attracts more than 200,000 visitors. It is the second most important event after Nice carnival and bigger than the Monaco Formula 1 race.
Mulhouse International Carnival, February 24 - 25
Mulhouse Carnival is one of the biggest carnivals in eastern France and has two strong influences: Mulhouse tradition and Rhenish tradition.
This year for the first time on the Saturday night, a parade is organised with illuminated floats, music groups, people in fancy dress and more.
All this will end up on the Place de la Reunion where the city's keys will be handed to the royal trio, the queen of the carnival and her two dauphines. At the same time, "La Nuit des Fols" will last all night long with fanfares in restaurants and bars in the city centre.
On the Sunday, the "Grande Cavalcade Internationale" will liven up the citys streets with 14 floats and some 3000 participants. Confetti and paper streamer fights are also on the programme!
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