Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Joan of Arc is being celebrated throughout France to honor the 600th anniversary of her birth

In 2012, legendary figure Joan of Arc is being celebrated throughout France to honor the 600th anniversary of her birth. For this occasion, a wide range of events will take place, particularly in the Lorraine region, Orléans in the Loire Valley and Rouen in Normandy, due to her strong historical ties to these areas.

Vaucouleurs Celebration
Vaucouleurs (Lorraine)
February 26

On February 26, a big celebration, medieval market, street festivals and reenactments will be held in Vaucouleurs. These events will be held in honor of Joan of Arc being granted an escort from Sir Robert de Baudricourt in Vaucouleurs to meet the Royal French court in Chinon on February 23, 1429. The Joan of Arc Museum in town is also a great destination, featuring 300 works of literature, history, religion, politics, art and more. 



Orléans Honors Joan of ArcOrléans (Loire Valley)

The Siege of Orléans in 1429 was the historic battle that made Joan of Arc famous, for she ended the long siege just nine days after she arrived, tipping the 100 years war in France’s favor. To honor her, every year, Orléans has commemorated Joan of Arc from the end of April to the beginning of May since May 8, 1429. The city hosts an annual festival dedicated to her called the "Fête de Jeanne d'Arc." In 2012, events to commemorate the great figure will be organized throughout the year, such as commemorations, exhibitions, film screenings, light shows, and historical reconstructions. In May, a new virtual exhibition will be launched, illustrating 600 portraits from all different types of artists around the world, featuring drawings, sculptures and photographs. For more information, see their full press kit here.

Domrémy – Where it all Started
Domrémy-La-Pucelle (Lorraine)
May - December
Joan of Arc’s hometown is hosting an ongoing program titled “Domrémy – where it all started," featuring historical symposiums, exhibitions, and concerts. Also in town, the public can visit her former home, the Church of Saint-Rémy where she was baptized, and the Centre Johannique, a center dedicated to showcasing the history and life of Joan of Arc.

Rouen Honors Joan of ArcRouen (Normandy)
June 2

Many commemorations will be held in Rouen, where Joan of Arc was on trial for heresy and then executed on May 30, 1431. On June 2, a guided tour will be organized to retrace the history of Joan of Arc in Rouen. On this day, a grand mass and an official ceremony will be held, followed by a parade of participants dressed in their own version of Joan of Arc. A grand feast, markets, and other events will also be held. Other local sites dedicated to the figure include the Joan of Arc wax museum, showcasing 100 characters retracing her life, and the donjon where she was imprisoned. 



The Supernatural History of Joan of Arc ExhibitionRouen (Normandy)
June 2 - November 7
Rouen's Museum of Natural History, housed in a former convent, will exhibit The True Supernatural History of Joan of Arc.

Joan of Arc... From Myth to Publicity ExhibitionStenay (Lorraine)
June 15 - September 15

Also in Lorraine, in the town of Stenay, The European Museum of Beer will exhibit Joan of Arc… from myth to publicity, showcasing 100 original works illustrating how this celebrated figure has become commercialized over the years. As early as 1880, Joan of Arc's image began to be used for promotional materials. Her image was used on labels of cheese and mineral water, and brasseries marketed “Joan the Warrior” to affirm their identity and make a statement.

Multimedia Spectacles
Vaucouleurs (Lorraine)
July - September
During the summer, Vaucouleurs will launch two new historical spectacles: one, in the chapel crypt, is an audiovisual show depicting Joan of Arc’s story; the second is a 3D projection of Joan of Arc to be reflected on the water's of the Porte de France. This will be the first of this kind of projection to be shown in France. For more information visit (French language only).

Meuse Events
Meuse department (Lorraine)
Walking and biking tours will be hosted through the tourism office of Meuse to retrace Joan of Arc's steps in the region. Other events planned include orchestral concerts performing original work inspired by Joan of Arc, and outdoor 3D projections of films about the great figure.

Press Contacts:Orléans
Thomas Galopin
Tel: +33(0)2 38 79 29 98

LorraineCarine Buch
Lorraine Tourism Board
Tel: +33(0)3 83 80 01 89

Vaucouleurs Tourism Board

RouenRouen Tourism Board
Tel: +33(0)2 32 08 32 40

Photo Credits:

Images 1 & 2: Mairie d'Orléans
Image 3: Musée Européene de la Bière

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Orleans NightLife Blog: An Introduction.

Orleans, France is the city, along wth loyal sentiment to Saint Joan in which New Orleans was named after.  The ole traditions of the Great Middle Ages still have there hold upon this city of somewhere arouind 250,000.  The impact upon its nightlife entertainment is the central attraction to bring in scores of International tourism and making a region hub for top musical concerts as well.

A deeper look into the roots of the city's cultural dynamic is this Wikipedia ' The Free Encyclopeda ' explanation.....

On the south bank the "châtelet des Tourelles" protected access to the bridge. This was the site of the battle on 8 May 1429 which allowed Joan of Arc to enter and liberate the city from the Plantagenets during the Hundred Years' War, with the help of the royal generals Dunois and Florent d'Illiers. The city's inhabitants have continued to remain faithful and grateful to her to this day, calling her "la pucelle d'Orléans" (the maid of Orléans), offering her a middle-class house in the city, and contributing to her ransom when she was taken prisoner (though this ransom was sequestered by Charles VII and Joan was only 19 when she was burned at the stake on 30 May 1431 in the city of Rouen).

The above entries are press release news reports of whats happening.......