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Normandy Impressionist Festival

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The Normandy Impressionist Festival runs from 27th April - 29th September. Sail to Le Havre or Dieppe from as little as £40 each way.

This year, the French region of Normandy is hosting the second ever Normandie Impressioniste festival. From April to September, visitors can travel from the South of England to Normandy with DFDS Seaways and attend a number of cultural events that will take place in celebration of this hugely important artistic movement.

Normandy prides itself on being the birthplace of Impressionism and was home to many of the great impressionist painters such as Monet and Pissaro. The festival provides the ideal back drop for art-lovers looking to soak up the atmosphere at the region’s events, and with ferry travel to Normandy from as little as £40 per person with DFDS Seaways, the award winning ferry operator is also hoping to make a good impression on its passengers.

DFDS Seaways operates routes between Portsmouth and Le Havre and Newhaven and Dieppe. All ferries on these routes are equipped with a range of quality onboard facilities, including cabins, restaurants and dedicated children’s play areas, meaning your holiday starts as soon as you board.

As well as visiting the festival exhibitions, budding artists can also attend a three-hour masterclass, which encompasses a visit to Monet’s original workshop as well as training on the artistic techniques favoured by the Impressionists, before you are let loose to create your own artistic impression of Rouen Cathedral.

Highlights of the Impressionist Festival include:

  • 29 April – 30 September: “Dazzling reflections” – The Musée des Beaux Arts in Rouen hosts an exhibition showcasing some of the best Impressionist works inspired by colours reflected on the surface of water.
  • 4 May – 22 September: Musée Christian Dior, the childhood home of the fashion designer, displays works looking at the influence Impressionism had on Dior’s creations.
  • 5 June: Musical Impressionist Cruise along the Seine – This unforgettable cruise meanders from Honfleur to Rouen along the River Seine, the route allows passengers to take in the scenery, which inspired many Impressionist painters. Lunch is served on board and accompanied by a medley of contemporary music . Prices start from €185 p/p (around £150 pp).

Max Foster, UK passenger director at DFDS Seaways, says, “The Normandy Impressionist festival is a great time for both art-lovers and novices to visit the region, which is just a short trip across the Channel from Portsmouth or Newhaven. The region has a number of artistic and historic attractions to offer, making it perfect for a short break or a longer holiday for culture vultures and budding historians.”

DFDS Seaways sails up to three times a day between the UK and Normandy, providing passengers with flexible crossing times, a luxury on-board travel experience and convenient travel options. Whilst onboard a DFDS Seaways ferry, passengers can enjoy a variety of restaurants, shop for holiday essentials, or relax as the children play in the dedicated children’s area.

Book now to visit Normandy, or to find out more information at www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0800 917 1201 .


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Notes to Editors

The Normandy Impressionist festival was held for the first time in 2010 and due to its success returns this summer.

Further information on the Normandy Impressionist festival can be found at http://www.normandy-tourism.org.

The painter’s studio experience costs €28 per person. For further information please visit: http://www.so-impressive.com.

About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

DFDS Seaways has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last two years (2011-12), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes and two daily services on the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing. It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk.