Праздники и мероприятия в Анже

Праздники и мероприятия в Анже

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At the end of May, the Tour de Scènes festival (wwww.tourdescenes.com)
brings rock and world music acts to the squares and quais of the city centre for
four days of free concerts. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout July
and August, the Festival Angers l’Eté features excellent jazz and world music
gigs in the atmospheric Cloître Toussaint, the cloisters behind the Galerie David
d’Angers; you can book tickets in advance at the tourist office of the FNAC
store on rue Lenapveu; most cost e9 but a handful are free. In early September,
the festival Les Accroche Coeurs brings a host of theatrical companies,
musicians and street-performers for three days of surreal entertainment. More
theatre is laid on from mid-June to early July in the Festival d’Anjou, when
open-air productions are staged in châteaux and other dramatic locations
throughout the region; details can be found at wwww.festivaldanjou.com.

В пригороде:

The château de Pignerolle, in the satellite village of ST-BARTHELÉMY
D’ANJOU, 4km east of Angers (signposted off the N147), is home to the
Espace Européen de la Communication (Feb, March, Nov & Dec Sat
2.30–6pm, Sun 10am–12.30pm & 2.30–6pm; April–Oct daily 10am–12.30pm &
2.30–6pm; e5.50, children aged 12–18 e2.50; wwww.musee-communication
.com), a typically histrionic French science and technology museum. It’s quite
good fun, with everything from Leonardo’s helicopter drawings to German
submarines brought into play, and fantastical scenes of the future, but don’t
expect to come out much the wiser.
For something completely different, you could go on a guided tour around the
Distillerie Cointreau, just off the ring road between Angers and St-Barthelemy
d’Anjou, where the famous orange liqueur has been distilled since the mid-nineteenth
century (tours May, June, Sept & Oct daily 10.30am & 3pm, Sun also
4.30pm; July & Aug daily 10.30am, 2.30pm, 3pm & 4.30pm; Nov–April Mon–
Sat 3pm, Sun 3pm & 4.30pm; call t02.41.31.50.50 for times of tours in English;
e5.50; take bus #7 from boulevard Maréchal Foch to the stop “Cointreau”).
You’ll learn a lot about the Cointreau brothers and how marvellous the drink
is, a little bit about distilling techniques and very little about the recipe – which
isn’t quite as secret as Cointreau likes to make out, if the number of rival brands
of triple sec is anything to go by. You also get to see rows of gleaming copper stills
– and to taste a sip of a cocktail at the end of the tour.
The Musée de l’Ardoise (July to mid-Sept Tues–Sun 2–6pm; mid-Sept to
Nov & mid-Feb to June Sun 2–6pm; demonstrations at 3pm; e5.50) is rather
lost in the industrial satellite village of TRÉLAZÉ, 2km southeast of the centre.
It’s not a museum as such, rather a demonstration of traditional slate-mining
techniques by former miners, on the site of an open-cast mine which still
produces some of the finest-quality slate in the world. It helps if you understand
a little French, but just watching a sexagenarian split a giant block of stone into
millimetre-perfect, size-graded slates using a big wooden hammer and a pair
of outsize clogs is fairly astounding, even if you don’t get the commentary. If
your French is up to it, you could even arrange to visit the mine proper

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