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MAJOR EVENTS

An international gathering of kites, 2,000 motorcyclists labouring across the sand, an adventure film festival, a musical rendez-vous on the coast, the legendary Paris-Roubaix cycle race.

In terms of cultural and sporting events, the region is like a crazy inventory by the French poet Jacques Prévert (1900-1977).

Everything is an excuse for going out, and if you haven’t got an excuse, invent one!

Because folks round here have a real taste for partying, really!

Where comradeship knocks down social barriers and removes masks. Wild carnivals, gigantic flea markets, processions of 10-metre tall giants!

All these public festivities reflect the vitality and warmth of a region that awaits you with open arms.

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Dunkerque - Carnival
DUNKERQUE CARNIVAL - From 2/1/2014 to 3/30/2014
It’s not enough just to watch the Dunkerque Carnival – you have to throw yourself into it ! Famous both for bands and bedlam, Dunkerque Carnival isn’t an event - it’s an experience. Carnival fans... [+]
 
Enduropale - Le Touquet
ENDUROPALE IN TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE - From 2/8/2014 to 2/9/2014
A thousand professional and amateur bikers meet for a unique international motorsport event Le Touquet will be kick-starting the motorsport season again in February with the legendary Enduropale... [+]
 
Exposition Internationale d’orchidées à l’abbaye de Vaucelles
Orchids bloom beneath the Cistercian vaults of Vaucelles - From 3/14/2014 to 3/17/2014
For more than 20 years, orchid growers from across the world have been meeting every March at the international festival that takes place in the atmospheric surroundings of Vaucelles Abbey near Cambr... [+]
 
Le Jardin des Boves - Arras - 2012
Le Jardin des Boves in Arras - from 3/22/2014 to 7/1/2014
A temporary garden brightens the tunnels beneath the town squareFor three months between March and June, the old chalk quarries beneath the famous arcaded square in Arras are transformed into the ‘Ja... [+]
 
International Kite Festival at Berck-sur-Mer
International Kite Festival at Berck-sur-Mer - From 4/12/2014 to 4/21/2014
Kite fliers from all over the world transform the skies above Berck-sur-Mer . [+]
 
Le 8 avril 2012 : Le Paris-Roubaix
Paris-Roubaix cycle race 2014 - 4/13/2014
Some people may take them as souvenirs, but others are working to preserve the cobblestones of the Nord – and with them the spirit of the Paris-Roubaix race‘Queen of the classics’.   ‘Toughest race..... [+]
 
9 April – Cassel Carnival
Cassel Carnival - 4/21/2014
Special Easter celebration that blends traditional folklore with family traditionsThe small town of Cassel reverberates with the din from more than 1000 costumed characters, all competing with the... [+]
 
Les Turbulentes - Vieux-Condé - R.Vimont
Les Turbulentes – Street arts festival in Vieux-Condé - From 5/1/2014 to 5/4/2014
Street performers test their new routines at the Vieux-Condé festival Located on the banks of the Escaut river at Vieux-Condé, ‘Le Boulon’ is the regional centre for street art.  For more than a deca... [+]
 
La Route du Louvre
La Route du Louvre - 5/11/2014
L’arrivée du musée à Lens fait courir l’ancien Pays minier Le Louvre de Paris sera bientôt aussi à Lens dans une région culturelle parmi les plus dynamiques de France ! L’arrivée du musée-annexe donn... [+]
 
Z’Arts’Up in Bethune
Z’Arts Up in Béthune - From 5/23/2014 to 5/26/2014
Z’Arts’Up! in Béthune creates a new living space … in the streetHuge fun and a huge success, Z’Arts’Up! takes creative arts into the open air, offering the general public the perfect way to get caugh... [+]
 
Les Folies de Maubeuge
Les Folies festival at Maubeuge - From 6/6/2014 to 6/9/2014
Fun and fantasy with a family flavourFollowing on from the Festiv’été, launched a decade earlier, Les Folies has retained a number of popular elements such as the big town picnic and musical events,.... [+]
 
La Brocante de Maroilles
Maroilles Flea Market - 6/15/2014
An entire village pulls together to promote and preserve its heritageLargest flea market in the Nord with more than 600 exhibitors, Maroilles flea market is one of the liveliest events in the Avesnoi... [+]
 
Le Mainsquare Festival à Arras - Xavier Alphand
Main Square Festival in Arras - From 7/3/2014 to 7/6/2014
After moving into the town’s Vauban citadel, the Main Square Festival has really made its markFollowing its move from Arras’s famous arcaded square into the immense Vauban citadel, the Main Square... [+]
 
Festival des Juventus à Cambrai
Juventus Festival in Cambrai - From 7/4/2014 to 7/14/2014
Talented youngsters from across Europe fill Cambrai with the sound of chamber musicThe annual Juventus Festival in early July has been promoting chamber music throughout Cambrai since 1997.  A spring... [+]
 
Fête des gayants à Douai - Xavier Alphand
Fêtes de Gayant in Douai - From 7/6/2014 to 7/8/2014
The biggest giant and the largest procession in the Nord – the symbol of Douai since 1530Big is beautiful at Douai’s annual Gayant Festival, largest carnival procession in the region.  Time may pass.... [+]
 
Les Misérables à Montreuil sur Mer - R.Vimont
Les Misérables Sound & Light show, Montreuil-sur-Mer - From 7/25/2014 to 7/28/2014 and from 8/1/2014 to 8/4/2014
Victor Hugo set his epic novel here after a day trip to the townStudents and doctors, civil servants and retirees … you’ll find them all amongst the 450 volunteers from Montreuil-sur-Mer and beyond,.... [+]
 
Les Nuis secrètes d’Aulnoye - Aymeries - R.Vimont
Les Nuits Secrètes festival at Aulnoye-Aymeries - From 8/1/2014 to 8/3/2014
Secret Nights at Aulnoye-Aymeries is the Avesnois’ answer to Woodstock The statistics say it all – 700 concerts, 400 performers and an audience of 300,000 over ten years.  Such is the success of the.... [+]
 
La Braderie de Lille - R.Vimont
Lille Braderie - Lille Flea market 2014 - From 9/6/2014 to 9/7/2014
More than 2 million visitors from all over Europe flock to Lille for the annual street market over the first weekend in SeptemberEach year over the first weekend in September, the capital of French..... [+]
 
La Braderie de l Art Roubaix - R.Vimont
Braderie de l’Art in Roubaix - From 12/6/2014 to 12/7/2014
Works of art are created before your eyes at Roubaix’s annual Artists’ Market where recycled material proves an endless source of inspirationRecycling is the topic on everybody’s lips nowadays and... [+]
 
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Carnaval de Dunkerque 2014
Enduropale in Le Touquet 2014
Orchids bloom beneath the Cistercian vaults of Vaucelles
Le Jardin des Boves in Arras
International Kite Festival at Berck-sur-Mer
Paris-Roubaix cycle race 2014
Cassel Carnival 2014
Les Turbulentes – Street arts festival in Vieux-Condé
La Route du Louvre 2014
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Z’Arts Up in Béthune
Folies Festival at Maubeuge
Maroilles Flea Market
Main Square Festival 2014
Juventus Festival in Cambrai
Gayant Festival in Douai
Les Misérables Sound & Light show in Montreuil-sur-Mer
Les Nuits Secrètes festival at Aulnoye-Aymeries
Lille flea Market 2014
La Braderie de l'Art in Roubaix 2014
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