What’s on in the City of Love? The arts are well and truly alive in the French capital and there are so many festivals happening, you can pick and choose. Here are some of our top events to see for the rest of the year.
Festival Jazz à La Villette
For fans of jazz and swing, the Festival Jazz à La Villette presents a wide-ranging musical programme – including plenty of offerings especially created for children – between 31 August and 17 September.
Paris Design Week
Feast your eyes on the best design from all over the world at Paris Design Week, from 8 to 16 September. The highlight of the week is Maison & Objet trade fair (8-12 September), which features the latest in cutting-edge furniture, accessories, tableware and decor. One of the most interesting elements of Design Week is now! le Off, a major springboard for designer creativity that presents work by new design talents and emerging creative brands from around the world.
The Autumn Festival
On 13 September onwards, the Festival d’Automne consists of a host of dance, film and theatrical events in various venues and institutions across Paris. A special focus on the innovative work of French dancer and choreographer Jérôme Bel – who is well known for his ‘non-dance’ choreographic style – is one of the highlights of this year’s event.
European Heritage Days
Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 September are European Heritage Days, when many top monuments and museums (such as Musée d’Orsay and the Arc de Triomphe) and lesser-known attractions such as Fondation Louis Vuitton and Cité de la Mode et du Design are open for free to the public.
The museums of Paris stay open all night long during Nuit Blanche (‘sleepless night’) on 7 and 8 October, when contemporary art takes over the city with a trail of outdoor installations. This event includes special exhibitions and happenings dotted all over the city, and best of all – it’s free!
FIAC! International Contemporary Art Fait
Presented in the iconic Grand Palais between 19 and 22 October, FIAC! brings together around 100 galleries focused on contemporary art from around the world. Don’t miss the collectible design-focused offerings from exhibitors such as Paris-based gallery Jousse Enterprise.
The beautiful Grand Palais in the French capital is also the setting for Paris Photo, an international fair of photography that includes work ranging from 19th-century photos to pieces by contemporary artists. Founded in 1996 and taking place between 9 and 12 November, the event will bring to Paris about 100 exhibitors as well as art enthusiasts, editors and galleries from around the world.
Paris Short Film Festival
Film lovers will want to head to the Montmartre area for the Paris Short Film Festival from 14 to 21 November. This is one of the most important short film festivals in the world, with each entry running no longer than 25 minutes.