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British Museum

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Visit the British Museum A museum of human history and culture. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Find out more http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on.aspx Useful Information The Museum is free to all visitors and is open daily 10.00 –17.30 There are free daily talks and tours. For more information How to get there ? Tube : Holborn, Tottenham Court Road or Russel square. Tel : 020 7323 8299 Book your journey

The National Gallery

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Art exhibitions and displays The Gallery displays priceless works of art dating from about 1250 to 1900. You can see works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Tuner, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh. There are special exhibitions, lectures, guided tours and holiday events for both adults and children. Special events For details of special events at the National Gallery go tohttp://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/ Useful information Free entry - Open daily 1000 to 1800 and Fridays 1000 to 2100. Allow a minimum of 5 hours for your visit.  For more information How to get there ? Tube - Charing Cross The National Gallery Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN Book your journey

La Coupole

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One of the great relics of the Second World War Situated 5km from the town of Saint-Omer, La Coupole is a gigantic underground bunker designed by the Nazis, in 1943-1944.

Nausicaá, Boulogne-sur-Mer

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An unforgettable deep sea adventure... Home to over 35,000 fish and other marine creatures, Nausicaá is the ultimate undersea family day out. Get to stroke the stingrays, meet the penguins, have a close encounter with the sharks and much more. A hands-on experience that combines education and entertainment.

LAAC Dunkirk

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What is the CoBrA movement? An acronym of the hometowns of its founders - Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam - the CoBrA movement was created in 1948 in Paris by six young artists: Christian Dotremont, Joseph Noiret, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, Constant Nieuwenhuys and Guillaume Corneille van Berverloo. These six artists were interested in creating collaborative works of poetry, writing and paintings that were opposed to all artistic formalism. In addition to the ideas and opinions that they shared and their collective works, they organised exhibitions together and founded the COBRA review (March 1949), although only eight issues were ever published! This review brought together essays on writing, popular art and cinema.   The movement, which lasted only three years, was an essential moment in the history of modern art. To put it briefly, the characteristics of this movement are spontaneity and experimentation, and the works created by its followers feature vibrant brushwork and brilliant colours! Great exhibition at the LAAC in Dunkirk   Set in the middle of a sculpture garden, the LAAC ( Lieu d'Art et Action Contemporaine) in Dunkirk takes on the skyline with its unusual white ceramic architecture and is situated right next to the beach and the port. In addition to the cultural events it offers, the LAAC also regularly organises temporary exhibitions that showcase the museum's collections. The "CoBrA, sous le regard d'un passionné" exhibition will bring together an incredible collection of more than two hundred works, some of which have never before been shown to the public. This exhibition retraces the origins of the movement and the works produced during the CoBrA years and highlights the international dimension of the CoBrA contributors through presentation of works from American, French and English members of the movement.  Useful links to help prepare your visit! Find out more about the LAAC   Find out more about the city of Dunkirk   How to get there From the terminal in Calais, take the A16 motorway towards Calais/Lille and then take exit 62 'Dunkerque Centre' before following signs towards Casino/Parking Pont Lucien Lefol Book your journey

Mobile Pompidou Centre

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What is the Mobile Pompidou Centre? Created in 1977, the Georges Pompidou National Centre of Art and Culture originated from President Georges Pompidou's wish to create an original cultural institution in the heart of Paris entirely dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The Mobile Pompidou Centre is a travelling museum, the first of its kind in the world, showcasing masterpieces from the Pompidou's permanent collection. This roaming exhibition gives you the opportunity to see first-hand original works of art from French and international contemporary artists. It is a journey of discovery, from the 20th century to the present day, and now you can experience it too! The "tour" began in October 2011 and is in Boulogne-sur-Mer from 16 June to 16 September 2012.  No need to go all the way to Paris, the museum is coming to Boulogne-sur-Mer! Be part of a unique experience: the Mobile Pompidou Centre is the first mobile museum in the world Works available by Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Delaunay and a host of other great artists Masterpieces are not only held within the mobile museum: the structure by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers is also a work of art The Mobile Pompidou Centre is open six days a week and entrance is FREE Colour is the exhibition theme: from Picasso's blue period, to the reds of Matisse, not forgetting Kupka's yellows, you will see every shade under the sun   Choose between a guided tour (with a resident art expert or a costume actor), or simply wander around the exhibition, with the help of an audioguide (available in several languages). Useful links to help prepare your visit How to find the Mobile Pompidou Centre The Mobile Pompidou Centre is located at Eperon, within the harbour area at Boulogne-sur-Mer, a site steeped in history just like the town itself. To get to the harbour, follow the A16 motorway, and then take exit 32 towards Boulogne Centre. At the first roundabout, take the second exit (D96). When you get to the second roundabout, take the second exit (D940). Keep going straight ahead through the next three roundabouts. Turn right onto Place de la République, and when you get to the roundabout, takes the second exit. Continue straight ahead on Quai Thurot, go round to the left and take the first left. The Mobile Pompidou Centre is just a few metres away. Book your journey

Dentelle de Calais

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La dentelle de Calais® (Calais Lace) The Dentelle de Calais® appellation is a registered and protected trademark, exclusively reserved for lace made on Leavers looms by master lace-makers of Calais and Caudry using a unique method of knotting between the warp and the weft, which dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. The Dentelle de Calais (lace from Calais) was invented at the end of the 18th century in the English town of Nottingham and was imported to France through the port of Calais. The thread is composed of silk, linen, nylon or other fibre made by lace makers by hand or machine. The main pattern is flowers. France's haute couture industry has long relied on Calais to provide lace worthy of its designs Exhibition - Décrayonner by Anne Valérie Hash 1st April to 13th November 2016   The Centre for Lace and Fashion welcomes Anne Valérie Hash, a leading designer of the French fashion scene. If, like me, you love French culture, you’ll be the first to this exhibition. It’s the first to be devoted to her in France, and it explores her first 13 years of designs. From Fillemâle, her debut collection in 2001, Anne Valérie Hash has defined her unique style. Deconstruct in order to construct more effectively; that, for me, is the concept that best applies to her work. She balances notions of modernity and tradition and works to unbalance symmetries and volumes. The Anne Valérie Hash – Décrayonner exhibition seeks to delve into the creative gesture, with around one hundred exclusive pieces and documents which decode this balancing of opposites. Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais This landmark museum recounts the history of the famous and celebrated mechanical lace-making industry of Calais. Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais Housed in what was once a 19th century lace factory, with a modern extension of glass and steel designed by the architects Alain Moatti and Henri Rivière, the building alone is worth a visit. Moatti and Rivière, who also designed the head office of Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture, wanted to highlight the value of the city's heritage, while creating a link with contemporary design. A long façade of screen-printed glass, with motifs from Jacquard punch cards of the Leavers lace machines, has been carefully grafted onto the original building. A testimony to Calais' industrial past, the Museum presents the know-how, techniques and uses of lace throughout Calais' economic and social history. A particular highlight is discovering five Leavers looms in operation. The museum also presents contemporary aspects of lace production, establishing itself as a place of both memory and modernity. It is a unique resource centre that attracts fashion designers and artists from all corners of the world. Kate Middleton chose the in-depth knowledge of the Tullists of Caudry (Nord "département"), who, for the last 150 years, have made a type of high-end Calais lace that is exported around the world. Read more... The permanent galleries, covering 2500 sq.m., are divided into five sections devoted to handmade lace, the industrial history of lace-making in Calais, lace-making machines and the production workshop, fashions in lace in the 20th and 21st centuries, the present and future of lace. The four fully-functioning Leavers looms a particular highpoint An area of 500 sq.m. is reserved for temporary exhibitions. The centre also provides a venue for study, research, training, meetings, social events and creativity. It houses an auditorium, fashion show hall, specialist library, workshops for all ages in learning lace-making, lace conservation, fashion and design, an area dedicated to the profession, a shop, restaurant, etc. The Museum for Lace and Fashion takes visitors on an exceptional journey into the word of lace. Prepare to be dazzled by the lacy haute couture garments on display, and some very sexy examples of lingerie. Getting there and around Just a 15 minute drive from Eurotunnel's Calais Terminal. Cité internationale de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais 135 Quai du Commerce 62100 Calais – France Tel.: +33 (0)3 21 00 42 30 Discover the unique lace experience! Opening Times: Open every day except Tuesdays, 10am to 6pm (5pm from 1st November to 31st March) Annual closure : From January 1st to 15th, May 1st and December 25th Book your journey

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