Entries by Janine Eberle (4)

Sunday
Apr302017

Paris Events Calendar, May 2017

 

 For the latest updates on what’s happening in Paris, follow us on Twitter @secretsofparis

Official May Holidays 

May 1st: Fête du Travail (Most museums closed)

May 8th: Fête de la Victoire 1945 (V-Day WWII)

May 25th: Ascension

 

May 1 It's the annual Fête du Travail in France, one of the biggest national holidays when almost every museum and shop is closed. Most museums are closed but some are open, as are the Tour Eiffel and Notre Dame – see what's open May 1st for a full list. Traditionally there are parades by French workers' unions; the big question this year is how many people will hit the streets to show opposition to Marine Le Pen and the Front National in the current presidential elections…Whatever the case, if you’re in Paris you may find metro Republique closed and other disruptions.

May 2-6

Looking for a killer deal on used clothing? The charity thrift shop Emmaüs is holding a five-day Vente au Kilo (sale by the kilo) of men's, women's and children's clothing at their Davout Boutique (105 blvd Davout, 20th, metro Porte de Montreuil). At the same time, brand-name clothing will be on sale at their Saint-Mandé Boutique (11 avenue Joffre, metro Saint-Mandé).

May 5

‘De Plus Belle’ starring beloved French comedian and actress Florence Foresti (she hosted last year’s César awards ceremony) is the first Lost in Frenchlation screening for May. Lost in Frenchlation screen French films with English subtitles each week, with a cocktail hour before the film; follow them on Facebook to keep up with the program. Tickets €10, online only.

May 5-13

The big event of the rapidly growing craft beer scene in Paris, the 4th annual Paris Beer Week offers events all over town, from tastings to tap takeovers to brewing workshops. The focus is on local French brewers (and especially those from Ile de France); the grand final, at Le Centquatre on May 13, features 75 brewers both French and international. See the full program and reserve your place.

May 7

The first Sunday of the month in Paris means two things: pedestrian-only Sundays on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées from noon-8pm, and free museum entry. Here’s a list of the museums that are free; if you want to take advantage, go early and be prepared to queue.

through May 8

The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the biggest events of the year, occupying the entire Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (15th arr.) with hall after hall of food and wine, home and garden, fashion and accessories, travel and world cultures, arts and crafts, the famous Inventions Contest, and a ‘Makers Fair’. It's chaos, it's fascinating, and there's always something interesting to learn (or buy, or eat). Just don't go on the weekend unless you like being trampled! 

May 12-14

Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free or meat-free? The Salon des Allergies Alimentaires et des Produits Sans is a trade show of producers specializing in foods for those allergic to or avoiding certain ingredients. At Paris Porte de Versailles, entry €10 (or €7 if you pre-book online).

May 18-21

A host of superstar chefs will descend on the Grand Palais for Taste of Paris. From long-revered chefs like Thierry Marx and Guy Savoy to the hottest things in town like Frenchie’s Gregory Marchand and Pierre Sang Boyer, they’ll be pumping out Paris’ current ‘it’ dishes at pop-up restaurants for a fraction of their à la carte prices. Plus cooking workshops and demonstrations and a gourmet producers’ market. Entry from €18, dishes €5–12.

May 19-21

One of the biggest flower shows in France, Journées des Plantes de Chantilly (formerly Courson), takes place this weekend at the Chateau de Chantilly, just 45 minutes north of Paris from the Gare du Nord. Entry €20 (or €17 if you get your tickets online before May 18).

 

May 19-22

The 28th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (centered on the 19th and 11th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some real Paris neighborhoods, meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! See a map of all the open studios, or visit the HQ at Galerie des AAB (1 rue Picabia, 19th, metro Couronnes). Free entry. Studios are open 2-8pm over the four days of the event.

May 17-21

The 11th annual Fête de la Nature is a five-day festival celebrating nature with a full program of 5000 free events in parks, gardens, nature preserves and forests all over the country, with 36 events in Paris alone.

 

May 18-28

The Paris Fringe festival presents shows in English from international and local companies with a focus on innovative approaches and contemporary themes. Over 20 events – theatre, dance and comedy – at nine venues across the 9th and 10th arrondisements, plus workshops, talks and events to allow artists and audiences to interact and exchange. Purchase tickets, €10-15, on their website.

May 20

Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 13th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 20-21

Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

through May 21

At La Maison Rouge in the 12th arrondisement, L’Esprit français, Countercultures, 1969-1989 is a fascinating collection of over 700 works and documents spanning newspapers, flyers, posters, and extracts from films, videos and television shows, showing how distinctly French dissident, subcultural and underground voices were created. Entry €10.

through May 22

The big exhibition of the spring is Vermeer at the Louvre, sets his greatest masterpieces and alongside those of his contemporaries to show how he was part of a dynamic network of ‘Golden Age’ artists. Entry (including the permanent collections) €15, open daily (except Tuesdays) 9am to 6pm, until 9.45pm Wednesdays and Fridays.

May 22-June 1

The annual French Open at Roland Garros takes place for two weeks in the Bois de Boulogne (16th). Tickets go fast, get yours on their official website. 

May 28

American Memorial Day Ceremonies will take place in and around Paris at the Escadrille Lafayette Memorial, American Legion Mausoleum, American Church of Paris, US Military Cemetery in Suresnes, and Arc de Triomphe.  

through June 17

At Bibliothèque Forney, the library at the magnificent medieval Hôtel de Sens in the Marais, is the fascinating Modes & Femmes 14/18, examining the role of fashion in the lives of women during World War I. In doing so, it shines a light on the difficult – and often conflicting – demands made on women during those turbulent times. Time your visit for a free guided tour on Saturdays at 3pm if your French is up to it; if not, the comprehensive explanatory panels are in English as well as French. Free entry.

through June 25

The Musée D’Orsay’s big spring show is Beyond the Stars: the Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky, focusing on landscape paintings by the Symbolist artists of the late 19th century. You’ll see works by European artists like Gauguin, Denis and Van Gogh, and North American painters such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr (the exhibition is organised with the Art Gallery of Toronto). Entry €12.

through July 10

One of the city’s most charming small museums, the Musée Jacquemart-André in the 8tharrondisement, presents a collection of 52 works from the outstanding collection of Alicia Koplowitz – from old masters like Zurbarán, Tiepolo and Goya to modern works by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Modigliani, Rothko Giacometti and Bourgeois. Entry €13.50.

 

through July 16

Musée Bourdelle, a charming exhibition space in Montparnasse which was once the studio of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, is housing an exhibition of haute couture from Balenciaga, with over a hundred pieces from the Palais Galliera collection and the archives of Maison Balenciaga. The exhibition is part of a Spanish season by Paris’ museum of fashion, Palais Galliera, with other exhibitions to follow through the year.

through July 22

Government of the Parisians: Paris, its people, the state – a shared history (Le Gouvernement des Parisiens. Paris, ses habitants, l’État, une histoire partagée) is a free exhibition at Hôtel de Ville, with almost 300 documents, sculptures, posters, photographs and more from the Louvre, d’Orsay, Carnavalet, Petit Palais and National Archives.

through July 31

This year marks 100 years since the death of sculptor Auguste Rodin, and there is a calendar of worldwide events to mark the occasion. The centrepiece is the Centenary Exhibition at the Grand Palais, with 200 works by the master himself as well as sculptures and drawings by contemporaries such as Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti. Entry €13.

through 30 October

The Holocaust and comics (Shoah et bande desinée), at the Mémorial de la Shoah, explores how artists working in this popular art form – from French and Belgian bandes desinées to American superhero comic books to Japanese manga – have tackled the Holocaust. Free entry.

 

Other Paris calendar links

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing

▪       For indie/alternative music concerts see Gigs in Paris

▪       For art exhibitions in galleries and museum see Slash Paris

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism

 

Friday
Mar312017

Paris Events Calendar - April 2017

NOTE: Easter Sunday is April 16th, but most museums remain open. Some smaller restaurants and shops may be closed on Monday the 17th, as well museums which have usual weekly closure on Mondays. 

 

For the latest updates on what’s happening in Paris, follow us on Twitter @secretsofparis 

March 31-April 1

The Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art is a European-wide festival of artisans who open their doors to the public. The website is all in French, but a little auto-translate help is all you need to find the artists, jewelry makers, designers, furniture makers, ironsmiths, and more. 

March 31-April 2

Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais brings together 139 galleries from 29 countries to show modern art from the last few decades with a particular focus on emerging scenes and artists. The special focus this year is on art from Africa. Entry €25.

April 1-2

The largest gardening festival in Versailles takes place this weekend at the annual Eprit Jardin: L'Art de la Promenade, with free entrance exceptionally to the Potager du Roi. With more than 80 exhibitors, the festival runs from 10am-7pm on the parvis Saint-Louis and rue Maréchal Joffre, rue d'Anjou and at the potager. 

April 2

It’s the official opening of the Parc Rives de Seine, 7km of riverside path and green space that will from now on be car-free, given over to strolling, cycling and other more environmentally friendly uses.

 

April 7-8

Blending culture with social in their excellent ‘Music by the Glass’ chamber series, Sinfonietta Paris this year features Antonin Dvořák and Johannes Brahms, exquisitely performed by the Trio Atanassov: Perceval Gilles on violin, cellist Sarah Sultan, and pianist Pierre-Kaloyann Atanassov. You’ll sit closely to the performing artists and afterwards enjoy a wine-tasting reception and mingle with musicians and fellow culture-lovers. Over two nights, one in a private residence in the 14th arrondisement, the other in the historic and elegant Reid Hall in the 6th. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). Register on the website; places limited.  

April 15-17

Every Easter the gorgeous Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte puts on a giant Easter egg hunt with over 50,000 Leonidas chocolate eggs hidden around the grounds. There’s also face-painting, creative workshops and a display of ‘artistic fencing’! Fun for all the family. Entry €17.50/15.50 for adults/children; kids under 6 get in free.

April 16

A huge ‘manif-concert’ on the Champs-Elysées is the centerpiece of Printemps Solidaire, combining politics and music to promote international solidarity and equality. From 2pm, performances by artists including The Avener, Patrice, FFF, Deluxe and Synapson will take place on 10 mobile stages along the boulevard. Check the website for details of their manifesto and other events organized throughout the Spring.

April 21-23

The 12th annual European Independent Film Festival – the ‘Sundance of Europe’ – is showcasing the best independent films from all across the globe, a cultural experience not to be missed! 

April 22

Attention vinyl fans, the fourth annual Disquaire Day (Record Shop Day) takes place at over 40 record shops in Paris as well as in shops around France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. Check out the website for participating shops and events. 

April 20-23

For fans of street art, the world's greatest urban artists will be showing their works at the Urban Art Fair at the Carreau du Temple, represented by 30 galleries. Entry €15. 

April 27-May 8

The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the biggest events of the year, occupying the entire Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (15th arr.) with hall after hall of food and wine, home and garden, fashion and accessories, travel and world cultures, arts and crafts, the famous Inventions Contest, and a ‘Makers Fair’. It's chaos, it's fascinating, and there's always something interesting to learn (or buy, or eat). Just don't go on the weekend unless you like being trampled! 

through April

April is Mois de la Photo Grand Paris with photography exhibitions all over Paris and the wider Paris region (some stretching into May). With over 80 exhibitions you may have some trouble choosing; try Time Out’s recommended top 10 (in French).

through April 29

Paris loves its firefighters, and a new free exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville is a celebration of their courage and derring-do. Pompiers de Paris - Notre mission: Sauver (‘Our mission: to save’) shows the history of Paris’ fabled sapeurs-pompiers through photographs, objects, documents and other material from the archives.

through May 21

At La Maison Rouge in the 12th arrondisement, L’Esprit français, Countercultures, 1969-1989 is an exploration – through over 700 works and documents spanning newspapers, flyers, posters, and extracts from films, videos and television shows – of the creation of a distinct ‘French spirit’ by dissident, subcultural and underground voices. Entry €10.

through May 22

The big exhibition of the spring is Vermeer at the Louvre, sets his greatest masterpieces and alongside those of his contemporaries to show how he was part of a dynamic network of ‘Golden Age’ artists. Entry (including the permanent collections) €15, open daily (except Tuesdays) 9am to 6pm, until 9.45pm Wednesdays and Fridays.

through June 17

At Bibliothèque Forney, the library at the magnificent medieval Hôtel de Sens in the Marais, is the fascinating Modes & Femmes 14/18, examining the role of fashion in the lives of women during World War I. In doing so, it shines a light on the difficult – and often conflicting – demands made on women during those turbulent times. Time your visit for a free guided tour on Saturdays at 3pm if your French is up to it; if not, the comprehensive explanatory panels are in English as well as French. Free entry.

through June 25

The Musée D’Orsay’s big spring show is Beyond the Stars: the Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky, focusing on landscape paintings by the Symbolist artists of the late 19th century. You’ll see works by European artists like Gauguin, Denis and Van Gogh, and North American painters such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr (the exhibition is organised with the Art Gallery of Toronto). Entry €12.

through July 10

One of the city’s most charming small museums, the Musée Jacquemart-André in the 8th arrondisement, presents a collection of 52 works from the outstanding collection of Alicia Koplowitz – from old masters like Zurbarán, Tiepolo and Goya to modern works by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Modigliani, Rothko Giacometti and Bourgeois. Entry €13.50.

through July 16

Musée Bourdelle, a charming exhibition space in Montparnasse which was once the studio of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, is housing an exhibition of haute couture from Balenciaga, with over a hundred pieces from the Palais Galliera collection and the archives of Maison Balenciaga. The exhibition is part of a Spanish season by Paris’ museum of fashion, Palais Galliera, with other exhibitions to follow through the year.

through July 31

This year marks 100 years since the death of sculptor Auguste Rodin, and there is a calendar of worldwide events to mark the occasion. The centrepiece is the Centenary Exhibition at the Grand Palais, with 200 works by the master himself as well as sculptures and drawings by contemporaries such as Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti. Entry €13.

Other Paris calendar links

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing

▪       For indie/alternative music concerts see Gigs in Paris

▪       For art exhibitions in galleries and museum see Slash Paris

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism

Page 1 2