What not to miss
The festival is organised by the theatre in Nîmes, welcomes great Spanish artistes and also reveals much talent in singing, guitar and dance perpetuating the tradition of Andalusian art in the South of France. While most flamenco events in France present only Spanish talent, the Flamenco Festival in Nîmes is also focused on regional culture with many excellent artistes.
© Jean-Louis DUZERT
European Archery Tournament - Indoor Archery World Cup (Stage 2)
Nîmes has hosted a world class sports event since 1997. In January 2012, more than 1000 archers from 24 countries, with the greatest national and international archery stars, will be competing at the 15th European Archery Tournament.
26 to 28 January 2018
A spotlight focused on this literary genre, the Festival de la biographie has become THE event in biographical literature in France in just a few years. More than 30,000 visitors come each year to meet about a hundred writers from all over France and whose works are published by both national and regional publishers.
The Roman Games
From 29 April to 1st May 2017
Discover the biggest living history event in the south of France. Roman legionnaires, Celts, the Imperial Court, auxiliaries, cavalrymen and war chariots will all be there for this great celebration of Roman civilization.
Comic book Biennial
Thousands of comic book enthusiasts come every two years—sometimes from far away—to this two-day event to meet authors. The weekend programme includes signing sessions with dozens of authors, numerous activities, exhibitions, workshops for children, etc.
Feria de Pentecôte (whitsun)
From 1st to 5 June 2017
One of the largest festive events in France, in which opinions, thinking, beliefs and tastes are mingled. The city changes, acquires a joyful atmosphere and resounds with the sounds of the arena and music played by bands in the street. Large paintings are displayed along the boulevards. The first Féria was held in Nîmes from 30 May to 2 June 1952 and the event has developed ever since. But what is the Féria ? It is six days of festivities at Whitsun and three days in September with bullfights in the arena and abrivados and bandidos with local bulls. You can walk around and listen to peñas (small brass bands), dance the 'Sévillane' in the bodegas until late at night, eat paella in a Camargue or Seville style village, go to concerts, watch water-jousting in the Canal de la Fontaine, enjoy the evening market, attend mass in Provencal in the cathedral and watch the Pégoulade, the opening procession at the Whitsun Féria.
'Thursdays in Nîmes'
The city buzzes every Thursday evening in July and August: crafts artists, sellers of antiques etc. set up their displays in the many squares in the historic centre of the city. The markets also feature much live music—jazz, blues, flamenco, etc..
Festival de Nîmes
June July 2017
A rich programme of concerts in the Roman amphitheatre in Nîmes. Famous guests include:
Summer 2012 : David Guetta, Elton John...
Summer 2013 : Sexion d'Assaut, Mark Knopfler, Depeche Mode...
Summer 2014 : ZZ Top, The Black Keys, Stromae...
Summer 2015 : Johnny Hallyday, Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams, Carlos Santana, Sting...
Summer 2016 : David Gilmour, les Insus, Mika, Francis Cabrel, Polnareff, Johnny Hallyday...
Summer 2017 : System of a Down, Les Vieilles Canailles, Rammstein, Les Insus, Christophe Maé...
'A Film Director In Town' Festival
From 27 to 31 July 2017
A tribute to a different film director each year. Films are shown on a giant outdoor screen in the magical atmosphere of Jardins de la Fontaine. The last editions featured Bertrand Blier (2005), Claude Chabrol (2006), Hugh Hudson (2007), Claude Miller (2008), Jean-Paul Rappeneau (2009), Jean Becker (2010), Bertrand Tavernier (2011), Claude Lelouch (2012), Jean-Pierre Mocky (2013), Fabien Onteniente (2014), Patrice Leconte (2015).
May - September - October 2017
Several dates in the Arena in Nîmes in spring and autumn. A Camargue taurine tradition, the event is a game in which a rosette and other trophies are tied between the bull's horns and players (razeteurs) run and use a hook-shaped comb to grab the trophies and win prizes.
Feria des Vendanges
From 14 to 17 September 2017
The second féria of the year in Nîmes, the Féria des Vendanges marks the end of the temporada (the bullfighting season). It is held in the same spirit as the Whitsun event but is shorter, with three days of festivities throughout the city featuring bullfights, bulls driven through the streets, bands, bodegas and a great atmosphere.
The European Heritage Days are on the same dates.
Nîmagine - Craft Show
From 4 to 12 November 2017
The largest event of the year for crafts, professional sellers and the public. A specialised jury selects 200 artisans for the quality of their know-how and the originality of their work.
Le Théâtre d'Images
Light and moving images play on the facades of the Roman arena and historical places in Nîmes during the Christmas period.