The Festival of Joan of Arc
Published: April 2010
The Festival of Joan of Arc is only one of the many festivals celebrated in the Loire Valley – here are our other recommendations:
Chartres en Lumiere
23April – 18September
Every night from April 23rd to September 18th, Chartres illuminates its top monuments including the Cathedral, the Marceau and Cygne Square as well as la Rue des Ecuyers giving a new dimension to the city's best landmarks. Chartres en Lumiere ends with a festival on September 17th and 18th called the "Fêtes des Lumières".
For more info visit http://www.chartresenlumieres.com
Le Printemps de Bourges
13 April – 18April
This festival of modern music, involving established artists and newcomers, will be celebrating its 37rd Anniversary in 2010. This year’s edition will feature no less than 40 shows, and hundreds of concerts in bars and restaurant.
For more info visit www.printemps-bourges.com
The International Garden Festival of Chaumont
29 April – 15October
Created in 1992, this festival has become a must for garden enthusiasts and also landscape gardeners who get the chance to exhibit their work. 2010 will be no exception, with 30 gardens created especially by top landscape gardeners. This year's theme is "Gardens of Colour".
For more info visit www.loirevalleytourism.com
The Romantic Festivities of Nohant
A must for Chopin fans, this festival celebrating romantic music, takes place at the spot where the composer spent 7 summers and wrote half of his work. It also aims at re-creating the lively atmosphere of Chopin's days when both Liszt and himself were heard playing the piano.
For more info visit Loire Valley Tourism
The Loire Festival
The Loire River takes centre stage during this exciting festival. Foreign river boats as well as traditional French boats gather together to celebrate the river’s history. During the day, watch dances and performances along the river banks or shop through craft and produce markets. At night, don’t miss any of the water shows meant as a tribute to the Loire.
For more info visit www.tourisme-orleans.com
To find out more about The Festival of Joan of Arc this year taking place between 29th April and 9th May, visit