The spa town of Evian (74 Haut-Savoie, ARA) hosts a Jazz Festival 14 – 16 February 2020 Jazz à la Grange.
Following the success of the first edition, the Evian Resort and the Maison des Arts du Léman (Performing & Visual Arts Centre) are renewing their fruitful partnership in the run-up to Christmas with the festive, prestigious Jazz at the Grange festival: from 15 to 17 December 2017. Two venues, three days, four encounters and a host of atmospheres.
The first evening at the Grange au Lac is dedicated to two fine female performers: Sarah McKenzie and Airelle Besson. On Saturday, Yaron Herman is given carte blanche for the whole day, the opportunity to explore all genres of jazz music in the company of artists from all backgrounds, from Matthieu Chédid through to François Salque, whose talents make any combination possible.
The festival comes to a close with a “chamber jazz” project, led by three jazzmen on the international scene that need no introduction – Enrico Pieranunzi, Diego Imbert and André Ceccarelli – offering what has now become an annual nod to the Grange au Lac’s classical music programme, applying the intimacy and rigour of chamber music to jazz.
for more info see: Jazz à la Grange
By Train/TGV to Evian with Rail Europe
Holiday accommodation in Evian – hotels, B&Bs, self-catering
Home of Evian bottled water, the Cachat mineral waters SA (Société Anonyme des Eaux Minérales de Cachat) was created in December 1859 by Parisian investors, selling Évian water, and in 1865 the small town changed its name to Évian-les-bains to promote its rise as a spa town. Three other springs joined the Cachat (Guillot, Bonnevie, Corporau). Improvement in transportation (a railroad station) helped make the town a more famous spa.
In the late 19th century, the city contained more than 20 hotels. The hills and the lakeshore were covered with noble houses and luxurious villas and a theatre and a casino were built on the lakeside. In 1902, the baths were constructed and in 1909, the architect Hébrard built one of the most luxurious hotels: the Royal Hotel. Evian considers itself one of the top European spas, claiming popularity with high society figures such as Countess Anna de Noailles, Frédéric Mistral, the Lumiere Brothers and Marcel Proust.
After World War I, the city maintained its status as a high-class spa town, hosting socialites and royalty such as Aga Khan III, the Maharaja of Kapurthala, Albert Lebrun (President of the République), King George V of United Kingdom and King Fuad I of Egypt.
The Évian Conference was convened in Évian in July 1938 to discuss the problem of Jewish refugees. During World War II, German forces occupied Évian and the town’s statue of General Dupas was removed.