Route Napoleon – Year Round Festivities and Events

ROUTE NAPOLEON – YEAR ROUND FESTIVITIES AND EVENTS
NB: The Re-enactors are amateurs fascinated by Napoleon and his times who devote their leisure time to studying and re-enacting life and time of Napoleon. Thus, they strive to recreate historic figures, dressed in costumes with sets as authentic as possible.

SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY TO SUNDAY 1 MARCH
HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT OF “NAPOLEON AT GOLFE-JUAN
3 days of Napoleonic events around Napoleon’s Landing in Golfe-Juan: cavalry show, re-enactment of a battle, performance, parades and inspection of the troops by the Emperor, pyromelodic show, re-enactment of the Landing, Napoleonic village and visit of the Bivouac.
Information: Maison du Tourisme de Golfe-Juan: www.vallauris-golfe-juan.fr

SUNDAY 1 TO SATURDAY 7 MARCH
FROM GOLFE-JUAN TO GRENOBLE Re-enactment – Route Napoléon by the 1st Polish Lancers’ Regiment
The re-enactors present in Golfe-Juan in 2015 will include the 1st Polish Lancers’ Regiment directed by Bernard Symzack. The essential theme of the launch of the year of the Bicentenary, starting from Golfe-Juan on 1 March 2015 in the late afternoon, these experienced horsemen will follow in the Emperor’s footsteps, wherever possible, along this historic trail to reach Grenoble in 7 days, pitching camp in the same communes as those where Napoleon stopped.
They will cover nearly 330km at the same dates as 200 years ago.

TUESDAY 3 MARCH
NAPOLEONIC BIVOUAC IN BARRÊME (ALPES DE HAUTE-PROVENCE)
The events will be announced to the people by cannon shots in, the early afternoon. At 5pm, the riders will be greeted in front of the Tartanson house in the presence of the population invited to come discover the mural in front of the Tartanson house. In the evening, “Supper with Napoleon and his Grognards
of the Empire” at Hôtel de la Gare, with a menu evoking that of 3 March 1814

FRIDAY 6 MARCH
WEEK-END NAPOLEON – HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENTS FROM CORPS TO GRENOBLE
On 6 March, Bernard Symzack’s Polish Lancers and Mr Bezanger’s Infantrymen in the Garde impériale will go through Corps. Reception and launch of the “Napoléon 1815” liqueur by the Salettina Distillery with Corpatus (the name given to the inhabitants of Corps); meal with local products for the re-enactors.

SATURDAY 7 & SUNDAY 8 MARCH
“HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT ON PRAIRIE DE LA RENCONTRE” – LAFFREY (ISÈRE)
From La Salle-en-Beaumont to Grenoble, participation of 7 European countries: Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia and the Netherlands. The Emperor, his Guards, his staff, 250 soldiers in authentic uniforms, 120 choristers, 50 men and women in farmers’ costumes, the Polish Lancers on horseback and Infantrymen on foot will follow the trail of 1815 to Grenoble.
On 7 March, from 11:45am to 1pm: Grande Historical Reenactment on Prairie de la Rencontre with commentary byDavid Chanteranne and staged by Jean-Vincent Brisa with 250 soldiers: 120 Royalists and 130 Napoleonic troops, 120 choristers and civilian re-enactors.
The Re-enactment will be followed by a meal for the troops: soup shared with the public, exhibition, meal with local products.
8pm: Festive evening, with soldiers’ songs, parade of First Empire costumes, exhibitions of clothing from 1815, exhibition of antique cannon.
Information: www.laffrey-napoleon.fr

OTHER MAJOR EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

SPRING 2015
EXHIBITIONS AT CHÂTEAU DE TALLARD: “Napoleon and the Hautes-Alpes département, from event to legend” and “The representation of Route Napoléon over time;” travelling exhibitions. Dates to be determined.

SUNDAY 5 APRIL
HALF-MARATHON FROM GRENOBLE TO VIZILLE
In tribute to the Revolution and the Route Napoléon’s history, Grenoble-Vizille will celebrate its third anniversary and the Bicentenary of the Emperor’s passage on Route Napoléon. Over 4,800 participants are awaited; the event is open to everyone: beginners and advanced sportspersons, adults and children, walkers and runners!
Contact: Eric LE PALLEMEC lp.eric@free.fr

MAY TO OCTOBER
EXHIBITION ON NAPOLEON IN THE VICINITY OF LA MURE AT THE MATHEYSIN MUSEUM.
Guided tour of the Exhibition on the 15th of each month.

WEDNESDAY 6 TO FRIDAY 8 MAY
INAUGURATION OF ROUTE NAPOLÉON ON HORSEBACK (ALPES DE HAUTE-PROVENCE) From Sisteron to Digne.
The Bicentenary has given rise to the creation of a Grande Randonnée itinerary on the theme of the Emperor, unique in France.

FRIDAY 8 TO SUNDAY 10 MAY
CYCLING RACE FROM GRASSE TO SÉRANON

16 TO 17 MAY 

EXCEPTIONAL RECITAL AT DOMAINE DE VIZILLE
A selection of historical song retracing the Napoleonic period: portrait of the Emperor, the “Grande Armée,” victorious campaigns, the Consulate, the Grand Empire, his relationship with Josephine, his exile on the Isle of Elba, his return and his death, on 5 May 1821, on Saint Helena’s Island. With Isabelle Kusari, mezzo-soprano, and Hsiu-Ping Chang, pianist.

SUNDAY 17 MAY
“LA VOIE IMPÉRIALE,” SPORTING EVENT IN BARRÊME (ALPES-DE-HAUTE-PROVENCE)
A cross-country footrace, outing on mountain bikes or on horseback… from Senez to Barrême. In parallel, exhibition on “Napoleon from Golfe-Juan to
Grenoble”. In the evening, release of illuminated hot-air balloons by the children before a meal at Auberge du Cheval Blanc, reservations on site (organizers: Les Trois Asses Animations).

SATURDAY 23 & SUNDAY 24 MAY
“LA BRIGADE INFERNALE,” HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT IN CORPS (ISÈRE)
On the agenda for this re-enactment directed by Nicolas Hirsch with the participation of 120 re-enactors: parade of troops, cocktail, workshops, tours of the Bivouac, battle, demonstration on horseback. Saturday evening: Special Napoléon menus in the restaurants of Corps.
On Sunday: Swap meet, Napoleonic objects, weapons, miniatures, costumes… Afternoon: fighting in the street (sketches) and workshops. At 8:30 pm, screen of the film Waterloo.

JUNE AT DOMAINE DE GAP-CHARANCE
Laying out a flowerbed with “Chapeau de Napoléon” roses in the Domaine’s terraced gardens. An exhibition on botanists in Napoleonic times will be prepared with the Conservatoire Botanique de l’Arc Alpin.

MONTH OF JUNE IN MONÊTIER-ALLEMONT
EXHIBITION ON “NAPOLEON IN EGYPT” ON DISPLAY IN THE VILLAGE.

SATURDAY 6 JUNE
“RALLYE DES MOTOS DE GENDARMERIE” IN CORPS (ISÈRE)
This special Route Napoléon Motorcycle Rally Race will be managed by Jean-Philippe Vialat, Gendarmerie Commander of the traffic control platoon of Isère (200 motorcycles) only for the Bicentenary with commemorative plaques.

26 JUNE 2015 TO 26 MARCH 2016
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION, “ENCOUNTER WITH NAPOLEON: AN EMPEROR ON HORSEBACK FOR POSTERITY” AT THE MUSEUM OF THE FRENCH
REVOLUTION IN VIZILLE (ISÈRE)
Since 1988, the Assembly of Vizille has been experiencing the Bicentenaries of the French Revolution and the Empire in real time. This historical cycle will end in 2015 with the defeat of Waterloo (18 June 1815). A few months earlier, however, on 7 March 1815, the deposed Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who had escaped from the Isle of Elba, rallied the French army to his cause as he entered Laffrey, on the Plateau Matheysin, not far from Vizille…

JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
PRAIRIE DE LA RENCONTRE SITE IN LAFFREY (ISÈRE)
Ephemeral installation evoking the encounter of the two armies –Napoleon’s army against the Royal troops–supported by texts.

JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
CASTELLANE (ALPES DE HAUTE-PROVENCE)
Exhibition on the theme of Napoleon at La Maison Nature & Patrimoines – admission free.

JULY & AUGUST
PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS AT LA GRANGE
Permanent exhibitions on “Bonaparte and the Egyptian campaign,” prepared with the Médiathèque de Gap by Jean-Pierre Jaubert and based on his book
“Napoleon and the Hautes-Alpes département, from event to legend,” prepared by the Archives Départementales des Hautes-Alpes.

FRIDAY 17, SATURDAY 18 & SUNDAY 19 JULY 2015
HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: “NAPOLEON, FROM MALIJAI TO SISTERON” (ALPES DE HAUTE-PROVENCE)
Alpes de Haute-Provence – Malijai (17 July) – Volonne (18 July) – Sisteron (19 July)
Various activities: parades of Napoleonic armies, skirmishes, battles, artillery demonstrations, soldiers’ school, torch-lit retreat, tour of the bivouac and Imperial
tent, cavalcades, activities, trekking on GR406, exhibitions, lectures, fireworks, evening shows… 200 re-enactors expected.

SUNDAY 19 JULY
EVENING CONCERT BY THE GARDE RÉPUBLICAINE IN SISTERON
In the context of the opening of the “Nuits de la Citadelle” Festival in Sisteron, this soiree will be held at the Theatre-in-the-green (Théâtre de Verdure)

FROM SATURDAY 18 TO TUESDAY 21 JULY
REVOLUTIONARY CELEBRATIONS IN VIZILLE (ISÈRE)
A historical and cultural event on the theme of Napoleon: two days of activities, historical evocations, theatrical creations and shows.

SATURDAY 25 JULY

THE EMPEROR’S MEAL IN BARRÊME (ALPES DE HAUTE-PROVENCE)

SUNDAY 26 JULY
LAVENDER FESTIVAL and guided tour on the theme of Napoleon – Barrême (Alpes de Haute-Provence)

FRIDAY 31 JULY & SATURDAY 1 AUGUST
SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW ON “NAPOLEON” on the Sautet Lake

FROM SUNDAY 23 TO TUESDAY 25 AUGUST
RALLY RACE on horseback organized by Isère Cheval Vert between Corps and Grenoble.

WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
“NAPOLÉON” RALLY RACE WITH VINTAGE CARS AT LA MURE (ISÈRE)
“Sème ton Jazz” evening by the Jazz Club Grenoble in an unexpected venue in La Mure to close the day of gathering before the start of the Rallye Napoléon: La Mure to Golfe-Juan.

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER
NAPOLEONIC FILM FESTIVAL IN VALLAURIS GOLFE-JUAN (ALPES-MARITIMES)

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