Le printemps des poètes


This event is a national festival of poetry which lasts from March 7th to March 21st throughout France with the theme “d’infinis paysages” (infinite landscapes). It always takes place in March, a beautiful period corresponding to the beginning of spring and awakening of nature. During the festival you will be able to attend hundreds of events, shows and exhibitions.

This year the sponsor of the festival is Juliette Binoche. For her, poetry has a lot of power and is the most sacred art in the world. According to her, poetry is not nice or perfect but is true.



Here are some examples of events:

In Narbonne, Languedoc Roussillon, from March 2nd to March 31st there is an exhibition of watercolours illustrated with poems.

In Nimes, Languedoc Roussillon, there will be several shows and recitals throughout March and also a book fair on March 18th and March 19th.

In Bourges, Cher, the festival lasts from March 4th to March 20th with various plays, songs and recitals.

In Avignon, Cote d’Azur, the festival will last from March 18th to March 20th with poetic moments, photo exhibitions and shows for children.

In Annecy, Haute Savoie, on March 18th there will be a recital at 8.30pm to celebrate the “Printemps des poetes”

On March 19th, in Angers, Pays de la Loire, there will be a “wine and poetry” party at 5pm at the Chateau de Brissac.

In Nice, Alpes Maritimes there will be workshops, conferences, debates and exhibitions all through March.

In the Charente Maritime, particularly in La Rochelle and Saintes, there will also be various exhibitions, conferences, recitals and interesting events from March 14th to March 21st.


Obviously there will be even more events in every region of France. Most of them will take place in March but there will also be shows and exhibitions in April and May.


The “Printemps des Poetes” is also a way to pay tribute to famous authors, artist and poets. This year one of the most important events was the one which took place on Sunday, March 13th. It was at the museum du Quai Branly in Paris, in honour of Michel Buto, Rene Depestre, Andre Velter and Kenneth White.

Born in 1926 in Lille, Michel Buto had been a philosophy teacher in France, Egypt, England and Switzerland. This famous writer who received a literary prize was also an inveterate traveller: he went to Greece, the United States, Japan, Australia and China and stopped off in Haute Savoie where he lives a peaceful life of retirement.

Born in 1926 in Jacmel (Southeastern Haiti) Rene Depestre had a difficult childhood. His first collection, published when he was 19 years old had a lot of success and enabled him to meet several intellectuals. He received several prizes such as the Renaudot prize in 1988 and the Apollinaire prize for his “personal anthology” published in the 1993 Edition “Actes Sud”. Nowadays, Rene Depestre lives in a small village in the Aude where he continues his poetry work.

Born in 1945 in the Ardennes, Andre Velter has two passions: writing and travelling (Afghanistan, India, and Tibet). Most of his literary columns published in the newspaper “Le Monde”, are dedicated to the Orient. He received the “Goncourt/Poesie” prize in 1996.

Originally from Scotland, Kenneth White is a writer, a poet and the founder of the “geopoetic movement”, a movement created to re-establish the relations between the Earth and humans.

This international writer is very famous and well-known for his works, written in English and French and also translated in other languages. He received a lot of prizes for his books but also others such as: the prize Édouard Glissan, Grinzane-Biamonti and the “Grand Prix du Rayonnement français of the French Academy. In 1989, he founded the International Institute of Geopoetics.

As you can see it is a great time to go on holiday and why not plan your viewing trip to France.

For more information about this Festival visit the website for the “Printemps des poetes”:



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