Nantes has been recognised as one of the world's leading green cities for several years, winning the European Green Capital Award in the early 2010s. It's obviously a beautiful place to visit, full of serene open spaces along the riverside. However, it has one historic feature that makes it a place of pilgrimage for lovers of 20th century art – Nantes is where the surrealist movement was born. It also has a long pedigree in French new wave cinema, making it a really exciting destination for visitors who share its passions. And it indulges those passions on a grand scale: even its pop concert arena is the biggest in France, if you don't count those in Paris. Buy or sell Nantes event tickets on StubHub and take yourself off on a mouth-watering cultural adventure.
Nantes has a wonderful variety of visitor activities
With all of this highbrow stuff going on, Nantes is also an exceptionally down to earth city. It was one of the main centres of Gaul during the Roman occupation, and later the defiant Huguenot capital, which should tell you everything you need to know about its stubborn independent spirit. Its home sports teams share that fierce, competitive spirit. The focus has traditionally been on the city's professional football team, FC Nantes. It has also hosted Rugby World Cup matches and international football at its Stade de Beaujoire. The city has actually become something of a centre for puppet performances, having become the home of the Royal de Luxe, an acclaimed street theatre company that has performed around the world. Pop culture nostalgia is also big in Nantes, and tribute shows like Dirty Dancing in Nantes attract large audiences. You'll find that these shows are on all year round when you book Nantes event tickets.
Finding classical music in Nantes
For smaller music concerts in Nantes, check out Zenith de Nantes, a nightclub venue that has become popular for both live gigs and DJ-led house music parties. The city has also had a big influence on the European classical music festival calendar. La Folle Journée is a "mad day" festival that has evolved to offer an entire week of performances from the annals of classical music, linked together by an annual theme. This innovative idea has revitalised other festivals in neighbouring countries too. Check StubHub for when these activities are on as you're booking your Nantes event tickets.
Moving on from Brittany
Nantes is irresistibly close to the one of the most sacred tracks in motorsport – Le Mans. We need say no more on the matter. Once you've had your fill, you can make your way back through the aptly named Tours, where you'll find an extremely healthy choral tradition, with a good few notable international competitions to attend, like the European Grand for Choral Singing. Continue down to lovely coastal La Rochelle, famed for its yachting and maritime industry. Visit the city's Maritime Museum to see Jacques Cousteau's beloved ship "Calypso" up close.
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