|July 1 - August 28: Le Voyage à Nantes|
Le Voyage à Nantes is An annual cultural summer event that fills the city with temporary and permanent artworks. On the 1st of July, the Night of the VAN will celebrate the opening of the 2016 edition with late-night opening hours in museum, concerts, barbeques and many other events!
|Saturday, July 2: Pre-conference Day|
17:00-19:00 Informal Welcome Reception at Le Nid
Towering 144 m (472 feet) above the Nantes skyline, and incorporating a 90 000 litre water reservoir, the 32 floor Tour Bretagne offers a 360° panorama over the City, offering the perfect orientation for visitors. But there’s more: the design of the space was entrusted to Jean Jullien, a fêted artist in the international world of graphic design serving commissions from all over the world and offering a sensitive and lunar universe, emphasized by the “handmade” aspect of his work. Le Nid is the home of an enormous white bird, half-stork, half-heron, who sleepily watches over the city, its large body doubling as a bar and gigantic eggshells transform into seats and tables. A unique introduction to the whole Nantes.
Casual dress; drinks and cocktail snacks will be provided.
|Sunday July 3: Welcome Day|
16:00–21:30 Destination Experience, Welcome Reception and Dinner
16:00 Transportation by bus to Clisson departs from the Mercure and the Radisson
Clisson: A French Country Experience!
A short tour through local vineyards will bring you to Clisson, a stunning and highly walkable town in the Pays de la Loire, where guides will show you around the village and its castle. Clisson has its imposing ruins, parts of which date from the thirteenth century. The sculptor François-Frédéric Lemot bought the castle, and the town was rebuilt in the early part of the 19th century according to his plans. There are picturesque parks on the banks of the rivers, crossed by an old gothic bridge, and the Clisson Castle, a fortress that is a valuable witness to the evolution of defensive architecture in the Middle Ages.
Dress is casual smart.
18:00 Departure by bus from Clisson to Chateau de la Pigossière
Welcome Garden Party at Chateau de la Pigossière
Chateau de la Pigossière is a classic French chateau and gardens, the home of Mr and Mrs de Lambilly, who will offer you a local wine tasting experience followed by an informal welcome dinner. Enjoy a traditional summer event on the lawn by the river to celebrate the Conference opening.
Dress code: smart casual.
From 21:15 return by bus to the hotels.
|Evening drinks at the Mercure Bar|
Monday, July 4: Conference Day I
Evening at Leisure: Explore Nantes with Colleagues and AIPC Partners
Free evening to explore and enjoy Nantes with colleagues and AIPC Partners.
|After dinner drinks at the Mercure Bar|
Tuesday, July 5: Conference day II
20:00-22:30 AIPC Award Dinner at Les Machines de l’île
20:00 Transportation by bus from the Mercure and the Radisson
The AIPC Award Dinner, a traditional high point of the Annual Conference, is where we will announce the winner of the 2016 AIPC Apex Award. Our 2016 AIPC Apex Award dinner and presentation ceremony will take place in a unique entertainment site and a signature element of Nantes’ artistic revival! Les Machines de l’île are a totally unprecedented artistic project at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s "invented worlds", the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes’ industrial history at the site of the former shipyards.
Strange and wonderful machines born of their creator’s imaginations come alive here, including the Grand Éléphant, a Manta Ray, a Sea Snake and all kinds of incredible boats that take possession of the banks of the Loire River. Those of Les Machines de l’île move back and forth between the building workshop and the Galerie, conveying a mysterious reality to this island just like the time when vessels were launched there destined for all parts of the world.
The entire creative process is on display, from the very first sketches to the fabrication of their component parts and final assembly. Using natural materials, and with their mechanisms all visible, they create an unprecedented performance experience that is both entertaining and educational.
Dress code: business suit and cocktail dress
|After dinner drinks at the Mercure Bar|