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In Le Havre, the activities of the Australian stopover are off to a strong start this weekend

200 years ago, a great scientific expedition was organized at Bonaparte’s request to discover Australia. On board a Le Havre, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur. To celebrate this link to the southern lands, the City is offering L’Escale Australienne, a wide range of sports events, exhibitions, concerts and shows that take place until November.

It will be difficult to choose this weekend among the activities of the Australian Stopover as there are so many of them. The ocean city will be the highlight of “Australia now France 2021”. The aim is to celebrate Australia’s creative excellence, diversity and innovation. Residents of Le Havre and visitors are therefore invited to take part in this festival which will take place until 7 November. The big highlight will take place this weekend. Please note that registration is required for certain events.

Beach rowing et surf life saving

An unknown sport in France, beach rowing is practiced by lifeguards in Australia. This sport is a succession of races on foot and in sea yolette which is practiced as a team. The public will be able to observe a rescue simulation from a sea skiff on the commercial basin. Margaux Bailleul, selected for the Tokyo Olympics, will be present to give a sea skiff demonstration. See you on Saturday June 12 from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bassin du Commerce.

Demonstrations and initiations in coastal sports rescue will take place the same day from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bassin du Commerce: rescue, lifesaving, tube buoy, sea rowing, paddle.

Traveling Literary Café

The company Les Nuits Vertes will take young and old on a trip. It will indeed offer readings around Australian literature. Meet on Saturday 12 June, Place du Vieux-marché, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., under the Cali marquee.

The company Les nuits vertes offers a traveling literary café – Cali

Burlesque wandering

Three explorers returning from Australia will share their travel memories. The SDF Company (Sans Domicile Fixe) will animate the Old Market Square. See you Saturday, June 12, at 3 p.m. Free access (outside).


Australia will also celebrate with music. The electro-acoustic duo of Australian singer Luca Spiler will cover Australian groups. Originally from Adelaide, Luca Spiler has lived in Paris for 8 years and is part of the Parisian music scene. See you on Saturday June 12 at 6 p.m. on the Place du Vieux-marché.

Another place, another style, Olivier Luis will demonstrate the didgeridoo (or yidaki), a wind instrument, made of eucalyptus, initially played by Aborigines during ceremonies and rituals. His practice is essentially based on circular breathing, rhythms, vibration, harmonics, etc. See you on Saturday June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Hôtel Dubocage in Bléville, 1 rue Jérôme-Bellarmato. Free, by reservation on 02 35 41 69 15.

Improvised exploration

The curious and intrepid have an appointment in southern lands with the company Les improbables. The artists will offer you an unforgettable moment, a playful and family moment around the history of the great discoveries in the Southern Lands. See you on Saturday June 12 at 8 p.m. at the Dubocage hotel in Bléville, 1 rue Jérôme-Bellarmato. Free, by reservation on 02 35 41 69 15.

Participate in the burlesque stroll this Saturday
Take part in the burlesque stroll this Saturday – Homeless

Movie theater

The Du Grain à démouthre film festival invites the public to discover a selection of Australian short films, with two programs: one for children, the other for teenagers and adults. See you Saturday in the old school rue Jean-Macé. The sessions will be from 12 years old are scheduled at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. then for adults at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. (adult from 16 years old) and 7:30 p.m. (adult from 16 years old).

Meeting with a runner

Patrick Malandain crossed Australia in 2013 from east to west, from Sydney to Perth. After 38 days of racing and 3,861 kilometers covered at an average of 100 km per day, he became the new record holder for crossing kangaroo country. A meeting with Patrick Malandain is scheduled for Saturday June 12 at 3 p.m. at the Anne de Graville library, by reservation on

Notice to the curious

Workshops are organized for young and old. Every Saturday until July 6: Open-air quarter of an hour “Australian biodiversity”, at 3.30 p.m., duration 20 min, all ages. Guided tour of the exhibition, at 4 p.m., duration 1 hour, from 8 years old.

Sundays: “Animals of Australia” locomotion workshop, at 10.30 am, for 3-6 year olds. The quarter of an hour for the curious “Let’s explore Australia”, will take place at 3:30 p.m. All public. Prices: 3 euros per child, reservation on 02 35 41 37 28. Quarter of an hour for the curious and guided tour: included in the entrance ticket, without reservation.

The fish market inaugurated

It’s the big day for the fish market. It will be inaugurated this Saturday, June 12. Entertainment will take place there from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A village of actors committed to the environment will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 12 p.m., meet at the hall bar to taste seafood. At 6 p.m., the summer season will be officially launched. From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., the fish market will be illuminated.

australian march

Sunday, June 13, from 8 a.m., put on your sneakers and stroll through the city. The HAC Triathlon organizes a Walk bringing together sport, health, culture and leisure. Its 10 km course will allow you to (re)discover the city. The emblematic places of local heritage will recall the southern island. The footprints of kangaroos will lead walkers to the seafront, to the gardens of southern plants, to the Museum. Fun and cultural activities will be organized throughout the circuit as well as an online quiz.

A Teuthis installation will be affixed to the walls of the museum
A Teuthis installation will be affixed to the walls of the museum – Cléa Hameury

For those absent on Sunday, the route will remain accessible throughout the Stopover, thanks to the steps of kangaroos. Starting from 7 years old. Prices: €5 (lot and supplies included). Registration until June 13: reception from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Information on 07 83 00 55 45 or

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