IF YOU MISSED THE BEGINNING...
A Summer in Le Havre started last year as a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of its founding. Artistic Director Jean Blaise orchestrated this monumental celebration, drawing crowds of over two million visitors. Many wonderful memories remain, especially the collection of original artworks displayed throughout the city’s streets, like buoys for the whole world to see. Shipping Container Arches by Vincent Ganivet, UP#3 by Lang/ Baumann, Colours on the Beach by Karel Martens and Impact by Stéphane Thidet are now an integral part of the city’s identity. Other works like Parabola by Alexandre Moronnoz in Caucriauville, Ghost Gardens by Baptiste Debombourg in the King’s Harbour Basin and Suspended In Time by Chevalvert in the Hanging Gardens have gradually earned their place, as is the case for the mural display Given a Wall, and the Fort! of my Havre display or Jace’s 50 Gouzous from Catch Me If You (Spray) Can.
A Summer in Le Havre 2017 has come and gone, leaving in its wake bright rays of sunshine that light up the city... as we embark on A Summer in Le Havre 2018 and illuminate the city all over again.
... HERE IS THE CONTINUATION
Summer is here! Inherently a little less spectacular than the 2017 edition (not every year is a 500th anniversary), A Summer in Le Havre 2018 still promises some lovely rays of sunshine. Created from the city’s natural elements of air, fire and water, Jean Blaise’s programme will be visually stunning and acoustically astonishing, inspiring a wonderfully warm atmosphere. In an artistic, playful mix of genres and people, this summer in Le Havre brings together a weighty elephant, a flying saucer that serves as a house or vice versa, a larger-than-life father and daughter, stadium seats on wheels, more than 100 guitarists playing on the beach, a beach that ignites, concrete walls that speak, a Council counselling tapestry, a Fort! Better, larger, stronger this year indeed, not to mention the exhibition flotilla, where the dreamy surf meets a little man in blue and white striped pyjamas, where landscapes turn into fiction and animals into Mother Nature’s genies, where The Dark Energy of the Wave strikes the bells of The Portico... So, what are you waiting for? Come join The Summer right now!
Editorial Luc Lemonnier
“Building on the success of the 2017 edition, from now on, a new Summer in Le Havre will take place every year. This will be a rich and lively summer season, so as to draw growing numbers of visitors and reinforce the attractiveness and popularity of our city. This year, we are creating the same [...]
Editorial Jean Blaise
“In January 2017, my declaration of love to the city reads as follows: Perched on the edge of the country, it embraces the sea, with a sky that takes your breath away and the dramatic Hollywood-style lighting accents the artistic installations. Larger than life, Le Havre has unexpectedly become a [...]
The Public Interest Group A Summer in Le Havre
When A Summer in Le Havre was first launched in 2017, a Public Interest Group (GIP) was created to manage this major event. The four founding members are the City itself, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre, the Greater Le Havre Urban Community (CODAH), and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) for the [...]
A CSR-compliant Summer in Le Havre 2018
A Summer in Le Havre 2018 also addresses environmental, social and ethical issues. The festival carefully minimizes its ecological footprint before, during and after the event. For example, Suspended in Time by Chevalvert, the Hanging Gardens installation, is equipped with energy-saving LEDs. Many [...]
In 2017, to celebrate its 500th anniversary, Le Havre benefited from unprecedented support from local businesses but also from the expertise and financial commitment of major French companies, convinced of the positive influence of cultural and artistic installations in the lasting transformation [...]
The LH Club
The LH CLUB comprises a dozen local companies* led by Seine Estuary Chamber of Commerce and Industry, determined to strongly participate in A Summer in Le Havre by becoming sponsors. As Léa Lassarat, President of LH Club, puts it: «The involvement of our companies is much more than simply taking [...]
The 2018 VSBS-SMES Club 2018
Keen to make culture and tourism more attractive in the region, local businesses are supporting A Summer in Le Havre for the second year running. The VSBs-SMEs Club has reunited and, with the help of Seine Estuary Chamber of Commerce and Industry, they are sponsoring this monumental, prominent and [...]
For Le Havre’s 500th anniversary, there were one thousand Trade Ambassadors. To celebrate 501 years of Le Havre in 2018, their network aims to mobilize at least 501 tradesmen, craftsmen, service providers and independent professionals, and continue to offer a warm welcome to all those visiting A [...]