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Deeply rooted in the history of France and radiating its brilliance, the Château de Versailles has always been the privileged place where the arts, with all of their passions and complexities, have flourished and where the the most dazzling parties have been given.
Louis XIV was surrounded by a flock of talented artists and favored the emergence of new styles as well as trends. Even today, the Palace of Versailles encourages creativity in all forms, devoting some of its most emblematic and prestigious spaces, such as the Hall of Mirrors in particular, to contemporary artists of international significance such as Jeff Koons, Murakami or, this year, Vasconcelos.

This summer, from July 8 to 13, Versailles will host The Triumph of Handel, an international music festival dedicated to the baroque composer George Frederick Handel. Approximately thirty concerts are scheduled, providing an opportunity to discover the extent of his "palette". The festival will be organized into two sections, one presenting his accomplishments achieved between 1717 and 1729, and the other those created between 1733 and 1749, including in particular his operas and oratorios.

These pieces will be played by the greatest prevailing performers, such as Marc Minkowski, Jordi Savall, Cecilia Bartoli and Alan Curtis. A lavish fireworks display will be organized for the occasion of certain special receptions (notably the 5th and 6th of July), along the Grand Canal. A costume ball was held at the Versailles Orangery on June 29, where the most incredible and outrageous characters met for the duration of a summer night to chat and have fun to the sounds of more modern music. Parismarais obviously had to be present and share the moment.

Arnaud Sellier reporting, © photos : Veronika Von Volkova, Florent Jabot, Pascal Fonquernie

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