The Voyage à Nantes is a free, collaborative event promoting Nantes’ cultural offerings, taking place for two months every summer since 2012.
Around 50 historic and modern sites are linked together along a 12-kilometre trail, which visitors follow via the green line painted on the ground. It’s a free event, and always diverse in what there is to see and do, incorporating works by artists, architects, designers and gardeners.
A constellation of artists unfurls into Nantes’ public spaces, turning them into great places to meet up. Works of art pop up in the most unexpected of places and naughty signposts disrupt the flow of the streets. In previous years, the banks of the Loire have been taken over by furniture collective Fichtre, artists have transformed Place Bouffay, and 1,200 café chairs have been stacked up into a vast, colourful rollercoaster (‘Stellar’, 2015). The cultural venues used for the Voyage (libraries, museums and national centres) are open seven days a week during this period too, welcoming thousands through their doors.