10 of Europe’s best summer festivals

From giant elephants by the Loire to Stax of soul in Helsinki, there are cultural celebrations to suit all tastes across the continent

A summer programme designed to transform the city, Voyage à Nantes creates a cultural trail across more than 50 historical and modern sites. The 13km route, which lasts for the two-month period of the festival, includes work from artists, architects, designers and gardeners, with architect Collectif Mit creating a beach resort on the banks of the river Loire and giant puppet shows (including a four-storey-tall elephant) in the former shipyards.
1 July-27 August, admission mostly free, some events ticketed, levoyageanantes.fr

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