||In 2011, Normandy celebrated the anniversary of its founding in 1100 by the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte (Eure), concluded between the King of France Charles le Simple and Rollon, the Viking leader.
||Calvados has chosen culture to promote its image of dynamism, originality and modernity.
It's already a benchmark for the provision of cultural activities at county level, in rural and urban areas alike.
First-class cultural infrastructures
Calvados has a wealth of places where people can express their talents in the areas of live entertainment, dance, drama, music, film and literature:
Zénith concert venue in Caen (6,900 seating capacity), 2 large concert venues (the Cargö and the Big Band Café), 70 cinemas, National Regional Conservatoire, National Centre for Dramatic Art, Le Préau - national theatre in Vire, National Choreography Centre, art lending library, 2 theatres in Caen - Théâtre des Cordes and Théâtre de Caen (1,060 seating capacity, 70 performances per year), Memorial
Museum in Caen...
A richly diverse heritage
Calvados is the county with the second highest number of ancient monuments in France
. Its architectural, artistic and religious riches include the basilica in Lisieux
, the Bayeux Tapestry
and castles and abbeys dating from the reign of William the Conqueror. Both Caen and Honfleur have earned the status of “towns of artistic and historical interest”.
As it was the theatre of prolonged conflict during World War II, Calvados remains a place of remembrance
. Millions of people travel here each year to visit the places and museums associated with the Allied Landings in 1944, not least the beaches themselves, the American Cemetery in Colleville, Arromanches (remains of the Mulberry Harbour) and the Caen Peace Memorial.
A yearlong calendar of festivals and events !
Cultural ambassadors for Calvados
Conductor William Christie
and his Arts Florissants
baroque ensemble, director Claude Lelouch
, who filmed A Man and A Woman
on Deauville Beach, Marcel Proust
, who wrote Within a Budding Grove while staying in the Grand Hotel in Cabourg, the great Impressionists of the 19th century - Manet
, Monet -
who came to Honfleur and Trouville to take advantage of Normandy’s exceptional light…. The list is almost endless !