AS the chill of winter begins to take hold now is the time to head indoors to visit museums and shows, but this being France there is still plenty to see outdoors.
Here is a selection of events from across France that may appeal, and if you are organising an event or show please feel free to add details via the comment form below.
La vidéo, un art, une histoire, Montpellier, to January 18, 2009
The Musée Fabre, in Montpellier, offers a real historical retrospective of video art from 1965 until nowadays, with a selection of works belonging to the New Media collection of the centre Georges Pompidou.
Video as a creative means of expression first appeared in the 1960s and has considerably developed during the last 40 years. It is marking our time as much as photography marked 19th Century.
Les 3 Glorieuses, Beaune (Burgundy), November 13 to 17
The oldest traditional wine auction starts this year with a street festival in Beaune and an open house wine tasting and finishes on the Sunday with the world famous auction in the Hospices de Beaune.
For the sportiest tourists a half-marathon race is organised on the Saturday afternoon in the vineyards surrounding Beaune. If you want to enjoy the pleasure of this atmosphere for one more day, on the Monday Meursault organises the Paulée, a winegrowers' banquet to celebrate the end of the grape-harvest.
Reims Jazz Festival, November 12 to 22
The Reims Jazz Festival dates back to 1994 and hosts a variety of innovative jazz (contemporary, fusion, etc.) concerts throughout the city.
Salon des Saveurs, Arras, November 21 to 23
The seventh Salon Regional des Saveurs will welcome 20,000 gastronomy enthusiasts in the Exhibition Centre of Arras.
This regional show features the tastiest products of the soils of Northern France: traditional beers and ciders, foie gras, flemish delicacies, chocolates, roasted coffees, brandies, biscuits, waffles, candies, sea foods, jams, honeys and of course an extraordinary variety of cheeses.
Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau, November 19 to 23
Cities and towns throughout France celebrate the new wine on the day it’s released. Tradition dictates that massive barrels of Beaujolais Nouveau be pierced at midnight, releasing a torrent of wine for the thirsty. The festivities will be centred around the village of Tarare.