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La Ferme de Villefavard, the prestigious classical music venue in HauteVienne, has had a turbulent few years. Organisers of the Haut-Limousin Festival, the Villefavard association had brought in professional help to manage the programme but they found instead that a significant loss had been incurred in 2017. The volunteers decided that they had no alternative but to take back direct control to stem the losses. Through their sterling efforts, 2018 was a more positive year, they have paid off a significant part of their debts and the spending is back under control allowing a new director to be appointed.
A bottleneck at MignalouxBeauvoir has long been the cause of much frustration on the RN147, the main route between Limoges and Poitiers. Each day 17,000 vehicles, including lorries, queue at the two sets of traffic lights in the town and the problem is further exacerbated in rush hour with local south Poitiers traffic. A major project costing 6 million euros is now underway to ease the congestion. Starting with a study of the alternative routes and public meetings, six proposed new routes
will each be evaluated. However, there are already protests with ‘escargots’ planned on local roads by farmers and residents whose land and homes are within the northern route proposals. It is hoped that the top two proposed routes will be agreed over the coming months although activists argue that all routes still lead to the bottleneck at the Milétrie roundabout. Details of the different routes can be found on the DREAL Nouvelle-Aquitaine website as well as at local mairies.
Have you experienced the latest attractions at Futuroscope? With our 6€ PER PERSON COUPON on the back cover, you can start planning your day out as there really is something for everyone. The whole family will laugh with the Raving Rabbids as you hurtle back in time, or be thrilled as you fly around the world on The Extraordinary Journey. Arthur, the 4D Adventure, is a perennial favourite while the new virtual reality Racing Xperience with Sebastien Loeb will get the adrenalin going. Dances with Robots never ceases to excite before you settle down to see the world through Thomas Pesquet’s eyes as he mans the International Space Station in stunning definition in the IMAX cinema. With more than 25 attractions, a large children’s play area, restaurants and cafés all set in an immaculate park which you are encouraged to enjoy, one day may not be enough. Don’t miss the evening show, La Forge aux Etoiles, a light and sound extravaganza designed by Cirque du Soleil, which is included in the tickets.
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