Northern France, Land of Culture

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Northern France, Land of Culture D145 59139 Wattignies fr

Magical Museums

Past and present come zinging vividly to life in Northern Francewhere 49 museums are classifiedMusées de France, the highest concentration in France. Whatever your taste in art and collectables, you’ll find them here, from fine art to modern art, regional crafts to archaeology.  Discover the area’s maritime and industrial heritage, traditions and lifestyle, in buildings as varied as they are beautiful – a 13th century hospital and a dockside warehouse, a former convent and a lace factory.   The new Louvre-Lens – a unique art collection housed in a marvel of 21st century architecture. 
Museum buildings don’t come much more spectacular than the former Art Deco swimming pool of La Piscine, built in 1927, and transformed into Roubaix’s Art and Industry Museum in 2001.

Party people

They certainly know how to throw a good party in Northern France and what’s more, everyone’s invited!  Town streets and city parks, sandy beaches and heritage sites are all turned into outdoor venues for an eclectic range of events that all the family can enjoy.  Experience the music, colour and good-natured fun of a traditional Flanders carnival when whole towns turn out to see their local ‘giants’.  The season starts with Dunkerque in February, and carries on at towns across the north.  There’s a great atmosphere too on the beach at Berck-sur-Mer when the skies are transformed into a riot of colour during the international Kite Festival.  History more your thing?   The French may have lost against Henry V at Azincourt, but that doesn’t stop them staging a fabulous Medieval festival on this historic battlefield with archery, jousting and traditional crafts.


2014-2018 :the Centenary of the Great War will bring nations together

The Remembrance Trails of the Great War in Northern France
Over the centuries Northern France has often been the scene of fierce fighting because of its economic importance and its strategic position on the European mainland.

But the fighting belongs to the past. The time has come for us to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of men, many of whom came from the other side of the world, who suffered on both sides of the front line.

Today, the region is proud to present the completion of The Remembrance Trails that allow us to take a fresh look at these major events which shaped not only European history but also that of the world.

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The International memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette
An impressive new memorial is currently under construction opposite the French national war cemetery at Notre-Dame-De-Lorette. The namesof 590,000 soldiers from across the world who fell in French Flanders and Artois between 1914 and 1918 will be inscribed in alphabetical order, friends and enemies of all nationalities mixed together.

The memorial will be inaugurated in November 2014 and will be one of the largest in the world, a gesture of respect and a sign of hope.


The Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front
Australia’s most significant contribution to victory in the First World War was made on the Western Front in France and Belgium between 1916 and 1918. More than 295,000 Australians served on the Front and some 46,000 lost their lives.

The Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front link the sites of the most significant Australian battles of the war, encompassing existing memorials and cemeteries, and building upon the efforts of local communities to commemorate Australian service.

In Northern France,the key elements of the Trail are:
- Fromelles will feature a new home for the Battle of Fromelles museum (to be opened in Spring 2014), adjacent to the Pheasant Wood military Cemetery. Nearby are the Australian Memorial Park (with the ‘Cobbers’ statue) and VC Corner Australian Cemetery and memorial.
- Bullecourt features the refurbished Jean and Denise letaille museum 1917 (reopened april 2012). Nearby is the Australian memorial Park (with its ‘Digger’statue).

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