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Vendanges Festival of Montmartre

Vendanges Festival of Montmartre

The Vendages festival of Montmartre is only 3rd in popularity of all the events in Paris after Paris Plages and Nuit Blanche.

 

This year, the festival will be held from October 6th-10th, 2010. On the agenda are parades, concerts, fireworks, wine tasting at various vineyards of the historical and artistic Montmartre. The theme for this year is to honour humour. The poster has been realised by Claire Bretécher, a regular name on the French 'bande desinée' scenario. The patrons of this year are actor Gérard Jugnot and Firmine Richard.

 

The festival has become synonymous with music, humour, exhibitions, gastronomy and oenology. For its third consecutive year, the festival is proposing an even longer course of wine tasting through its vineyards with the Ecole du Goût proposed by METRO Cash & Carry France. The grand parade, the ball of Poulbots for children, concerts, shows, exhibitions, conferences, gastronomic evenings, fireworks will be the highlights of the festival in its 77th edition. Wine tasting of the Cuvée Goutte d’Or on Saturday from 05:30 PM onwards at all the participating venues. There would be artists, musicians in the streets, cafés and other places.

 

For the past three years, the festival has also introduced the 'tradition' of asking for 'no marriage'. From the lines of the famous song 'La demande en non mariage' or the 'asking for no marriage'-«J’ai l’honneur de ne pas te demander ta main… ne gravons pas nos noms au bas d’un parchemin. » - by the French singer George Brassens (1921-1981) whose career started in the 18th district at Patachou and later at théâtre des trois baudets, the homage of 'non demande en mariage' comes. Daniel Vaillant, mayor of 18th, has been celebrating the ceremony of such demands based on an idea by Marie-Rose Garnieri of the book store librairie des Abbesses. All those who wish to be make the declaration get an official photo of «Non-mariage», to be officially declared later as 'engaged for eternity' «fiancés pour l’éternité». They are given oysters and white wine at the feet of wall of 'I love you' «Je t’aime» translated in 311 languages. Enrolment open at the councillor's office of 18th (Mairie du 18e). Further information from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on phone at +33 (0) 1 53 41 17 82.

 

How to reach

Metro: Jules Joffrin/ Lamarck Cualaincourt/ Pigalle/ Abbesses/ Château Rouge (Line 12); Blanche/ Pigalle/ Anvers (+funiculaire) (Line 2), and Château Rouge (Line 4)

Bus: 30, 31, 80, 85, 54, 67, 60, 95, 80: Buses 31, 65 and 85 may be deviated during the parade of the quarter.

The quarter is likely to be clogged, it is recommended not to visit it in car during the festival. Parking may be extremely difficult and the zone may be converted to 'tow away'.

 

Further information

Festival Website (in French)

Mairie of 18th district

Tel : +33 (0) 1 53 41 18 18
www.mairie18.paris.fr

Union of Montmarte Commerce

21, Place du Tertre
Tel. : +33 (0) 1 42 62 21 21
Contact mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.montmartre-guide.com

Office of Tourism of Anvers

Face au 72 Boulevard Rochechouart
Tel. : 08 92 68 30 00
www.parisinfo.com