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Capital of the Loire department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Saint-Étienne, "Sainté" for regular visitors, is a student destination and stamped by UNESCO "creative city for design". Former industrial capital of Europe (19th century), the city was the cradle, in the last century, of many innovations that changed the world. The first railway line was laid and one of the first trams was installed. Manufrance and its catalogue, a pioneer in mail order sales, was created there. The water wheel, an energy source on an industrial scale, was invented in Saint-Étienne... It is a heritage that still testifies to this today through the city's neighbourhoods. But today is the era of design in Saint-Étienne. You should see the Hôtel des ingénieurs and the fresco of La pince à dents qui fait rire, the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, the Mine Muséum and the Musée d'Art moderne, the Cité du design and the Manufacture creative district. It is necessary to be on the lookout for contemporary works of art that adorn the city. Look for Philippe Million's multi-coloured Tree, Assan Smati's Blue Horses. Stock up on local products at Halles Mazerat. The renovated Place de l'Hôtel de Ville gives a new character to the city centre. A getaway from Mont Pilat, nearby, is a must during a stay in Stephan. In the meantime, walk through one of the city's green spaces, sit on the terrace of a café, take the time to choose a good restaurant. Your favorite tour guide will help you do this.

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When to go to Saint-Étienne? A student, commercial, cultural and dynamic city, Saint-Étienne can be visited all year round. Choose spring and autumn, as summer can be hot and winter very cold. In addition, there are many tourists in summer and prices tend to rise in both accommodation and restaurants. However, the end-of-year celebrations offer magnificent decorations and magical entertainment. All year round, cultural events are available: Winter Jazzeries in January, Burlesque Arts in February, Lyrics and Music, Book Festival in October and Sainte-Barbe in December. As for the Saint-Étienne International Design Biennale, it takes place in odd years, during one month in April/May

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Vernissage de l'exposition Architexture

The association Art'Home 42 in collaboration with the Cercle, restaurant of the Opera of Saint-Etienne proposes a photo exhibition of Fabrice Majin Photographer from May 25 to June 30, 2022. Archi-texture, that's his artist name, is a specialty of Fabrice, the urbex. Urban expression is the practice of visiting places built and abandoned by man. He has travelled all over Europe as far as Chernobyl in Ukraine. A vernissage is scheduled for ...

Loire Paddle Trophy : l'événement glisse sur l'eau à ne pas manquer à Saint-Etienne

Paddle enthusiasts, pros or amateurs, the Loire Paddle Trophy is an event not to be missed, with two days of races for all levels on June 25 and 26, 2022. There will also be pirogue and prone! On Sunday, paddle initiations and a discovery hike will also be part of the event, as well as a beach cleaning session with the participants and the public. It happens on the side of the still wild banks of Saint-Victor-sur-Loire in Saint-Etienne, a ...

12ème édition de la Biennale Internationale Design à Saint-Etienne

The International Design Biennial is back in Saint-Etienne with a long format of 4 months! This gives locals and visitors alike plenty of time to discover the event's rich program. This year's theme: Birfurcations, choosing the essential. This is an opportunity to explore different paths through the many exhibitions that will be held in key locations in the city of Saint-Etienne, such as the Cité du Design, the Museum of Art and Industry, ...

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