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Cultural Life in Saint-Nazaire

Saint-Nazaire’s cultural events cover the whole range from rich and diverse programmes of theatre and cinema to live gigs and contemporary art exhibitions. Prepare to be blown away!

Cultural venues in Saint-Nazaire

Cultural life in Saint-Nazaire is very dynamic, all year long! The Theatrehas drama, dance, music, from classical to contemporary repertoire on offer, whereas the concert venue VIP, inside the submarine base, organises concerts from rock to rap. Contemporary art exhibitions, often with internationally renowned artists, are mostly held in two venues, Le LIFE and Le Grand Café.

Festival ‘Les Escales’ sets the harbour rocking

Les Escales is an urban festival that takes place in the centre of Saint-Nazaire, on the Île du Petit Maroc and at the port. It occurs at the height of summer, beside the Atlantic, offering an eclectic programme focused mainly on contemporary music, including pop, rock, soul, world music and electronic music, featuring major headliners as well as new and upcoming musicians. Save the date: the event is held the last weekend in July each year, in Saint-Nazaire.

Visuel 2019 - Festival Les Escales
Visuel 2019 - Festival Les Escales
Visuel 2019 - Festival Les Escales

Partying in Saint-Nazaire and the Brière

Other events in the summer include “La Grande Marée”, or “High Tide”, in early June, which a huge picnic on the beach, open air shows etc, and Farniente Festival in July, a music festival on the beach. Watch out for free concerts –from folk to jazz– in cafés and bars all over town…

Not forgetting…:

  • Festival Bouge, Méan-Penhoët district, Saint-Nazaire, in June
  • Saint-Nazaire Côté Plages, in July and August
  • Fireworks for France’s national festival, on 13 July (Plage de Saint-Nazaire) and on 14 August (Plage de Saint-Marc-sur-Mer)
  • Festival de la Vannerie, at La-Chapelle-des-Marais, in July
  • Fête des Chalands Fleuris, at Saint-André-des-Eaux, in August
  • Féeries de Décembre, in Saint-Nazaire, in December

Events: Save the date

Events, shows, original outings and surprises await you across the year and right across our area. From Saint-Nazaire to the Brière Marshes, find out about our major events and the latest news of what’s on, so that you can take full advantage of your stay or break!