About the venue
Nantes is located in western Europe, in France, at about 60 km from the seaside. The town lies on three rivers: the Loire, which is the longest river of France, the Erdre, and the Sèvre. Nantes and its neighbourhood host more than half a million inhabitants. As the sixth biggest town in France, it offers an ideal setting in which to work, study, relax and have fun.
Nantes is the 6th largest town in France, only 2 hours from Paris by high-speed train and 60 kilometers from the Atlantic coast.
Nantes is the economic and cultural capital of the west of France. Its recent industrial and demographic development has made it one of the most dynamic towns in France while preserving a quality of life that is rarely found in big cities.
On the cultural level, Nantes benefits from a tremendous historical heritage. There are an opera house, a planetarium, concert halls, several theatres, museums and cinemas. Nantes hosts many festivals among which the "Folle Journée", a cultural event dedicated to a classical music composer or group of composers that lasts 5 days every year at the end of January is world-renowned.
There is also a wide choice of shopping and sporting facilities.
Nantes is also a university town with a concentration of engineering and business schools of international reputation.