Friday, May 25, 2012

Something for the Weekend (May 25th - 27th)

A few ideas for things to do in what promises to be a warm weekend in Paris. 

An affordable art fair
Advertised as an event for those who don't dare to push open the doors of a gallery, the Grand Salon d'Art Abordable, held at the Bellevilloise this weekend, will feature over 200 creations from more than 40 artists - all available at 'bargain' prices. Ok, maybe the investment will still be quite substantial, but at least you'll know that the money goes directly to the artist, and if you choose carefully, you never know how that investment could grow in the future. 

For full information on the event, see here:

Les Irisiades at Auvers sur Oise 
With the weather promising to be warm (at last...) this weekend, what could be better than a trip to the village of the impressionists and Van Gogh, Auvers sur Oise? Always an interesting and pleasant place to visit, this weekend sees the annual 'Irisiades' festival, which is basically a large garden show at the Chateau d'Auvers. 

For more information see:

Gare du Nord - an exhibition of Dutch photographers in Paris 
Paris has of course been an inspiration to photographers from all over the world, and those from Holland are no exception. Featuring mostly pictures from a golden post-war age in the 1950s, it brings together work from over 50 photographers and includes portraits of some of the major stars of the period as well as ordinary scenes of the city itself. As an additional bonus, you can also discover two rare experimental films from the 1920s and 30s, one of which focusses on the life of the Les Halles market. 

Click here to download the press release in English, which not only gives details on opening times and the location of the show, but also details on the photographers and their pictures:

Photo top, from exhibition: Fred Brommet, Place de la Madeleine, 1956 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Something for the Weekend (May 18th - 20th)

A couple of ideas for things to do this weekend in Paris. 

Nuit des Musées
The Nuit des Musées is another French idea which has now been largely exported across the continent and beyond (indeed, the event is now known as the nuit européenne des musées). In Paris, over 170 events are planned in the city's museums, most of which will open until midnight, and all of which will be offering free entry.

Highlights include theatre at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (which will be opening until 1am), a performance by automates and a treasure hunt at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, an artist's flea market at the Monnaie de Paris, a haunted photo walk for teenagers (called 'Oh my ghost'!) at the Petit Palais, a guided visit of the new Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design and an evening of American folk music (in honour of Bob Dylan) at the Musée de la musique. 

For full information on the museums particpating in Paris and the programme of events, see here:

Note: Paris smartphone app creators Urban Pulse have designed a special 'Nuit des Musées' app which includes a list of themed walks linking participating museums and events. Perhaps more importantly, they also promise live information on how long queues are at the various locations around the city, helping you to carefully plot your evening! Visit the site for information on how to download the (free) app:

Le Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris 
This Sunday sees the running of the richest and most prestigious jumps race of the year in France, at the Auteuil race track in the Bois de Boulogne. Run over a distance of more than five miles and more than 20 hurdles, it was first organised in 1874 as the French equivilent of the English Grand National, and attracts thousands of race fans - as well as international jet setters to the hippodrome. 

For more information see:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Something for the Weekend (May 11th - 13th)

A few ideas for things to do on a very busy weekend in Paris. 

Artist open days in Belleville
The daddy, of all the artists' open days, and now in its 23rd year, the Belleville event covers four arrondissements and over 200 artists. The interest is not so much in the art, but rather the opportunity it offers to explore the hidden corners of this most interesting district of Paris. 

Note: For a rapid overview of the work of all the artists involved, visit the Galerie des AAB, 1 rue Francis Picabia, 20e, M° Couronnes.

For full information on the artists involved and their addresses, see here:

A treasure hunt 
This Sunday the streets of Paris will be the scene of a giant treasure hunt with the chance to win a weekend in Prague. Teams are limited to either two or three people, and you need to register your team in advance.

For more information and to register your team, click here:

Urban Film Festival
A weekend of films, dance and live painting at the 104 arts centre and the Rotonde alongside the Bassin de la Villette.

Full information here:

Nature days 
Across France, people are being encouraged to redicover the nature they share their surroudings with. In Paris, the event is above all centred on the Jardin des Plantes, with a weekend of events including films for children, a specially created village, visits and shows. Star of the event this year - our feathered friends.

Full information on all events across France here:

Les dimanches au galop

Last chance this Sunday for some free horse racing fun for all the family, with a final meeting at the city's most prestigious track, Longchamp.

More information here.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Something for the Weekend (May 4th - 6th)

May is a strange month in Paris. With all the extra long weekends and people needing to use up their holiday entitlement before the counters begin again, you're never too sure what day of the week it is. Here are a few ideas to keep you busy though, whether you think it is a Monday or a Saturday. 

Artists open days around Père Lachaise
Artists in the 20th arronidssement around Père Lachaise will be opening their studios this weekend. As usual, the event is less about discovering stars of the future, and more about discovering hidden courtyards and studios.

Note: For a rapid overview of the work of all the artists involved, visit the La Librairie Equipages bookshop at 61 rue de Bagnolet.

For full information on the artists involved and their addresses, see here:

A Paris rugby derby 
Paris is not one of the world's major sporting cities. Sure there is Roland Garros and other assorted world championships, but rarely is there a key match in any sport between two teams from the region. This Saturday, and for the first time in many years, the two main rugby teams in the area - Racing Club and Stade Français - will meet at the Stade de France in a crunch game that will go a long way to deciding which of them will progress to the end of season play-offs.

Tickets - starting from just €15 - are available here.

Intersquat festival 
Last chance this weekend to discover the annual intersquat festival which features film shows, music, debates and even barbecues in squats across the capital. 

Until May 6th. Full information here: