July 11, 2010

Summer Festivals in Paris

If you are in Paris for the summer or just spending a few days, enjoy one of the festivals taking place around town.

Paris Plages (20th July- 20th August)
You don’t have the money to go to the beach? Don’t worry, the beach is coming to you! For the 9th year, the banks of the Seine (in the centre of Paris) and the Bassin de la Villette (in the north-east) see the return of 2,500 tonnes of sand, hundreds of deckchairs, pétanque, tai-chi lessons, ballroom dancing lessons and a swimming pool on the Voie Georges Pompidou (4th arrondissement). The activities and concerts at Paris Plages are all free! Roller-blading, BMXing and flatland biking activities are also on offer at the Pelouse de Reuilly (12th arrondissement), near the entrance to the Bois de Vincennes (metro station: Porte Dorée).

Fnac Indetendance Music Festival (23rd July – 14th August)
Every Friday and Saturday from 5 pm, artists such as Tricky, Nada Surf, Arno and Beat Assaillant will be performing in front of the Paris City Hall. More info here (in French)
How to get there? Metro 1 and 11 station Hotel de Ville

Au Clair de Lune cinema (4th-22nd August)
If you like watching movies outside, squares and public gardens across Paris host film screenings. Cinéma au clair de lune (Moonlight cinema) is organized by the Forum des Images and offers around ten outdoor screenings for those that love Paris and cinema. It will feature a film tribute to Eric Rohmer, La Science des rêves (The Science of Sleep) by Michel Gondry, A bout de souffle (Breathless) by Jean-Luc Godard and Two days in Paris by Julie Delpy. Admission is Free
Some recommendations :
- In case of rain, the screenings may be canceled.
- Do not forget a sweater, summer nights can be cool.
To see the program, click Here (in French)

La Villette Open air Cinema (17th July – 20th August)
Another place to watch movies is at La Villette in the North East of Paris. For the 20th edition of the open air cinema , they are showing films on the theme “Beeing 20 years old”
European filmmakers François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Maurice Pialat, Leos Carax, Abdellatif Kechiche, Cristian Mungiu; U.S.: Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, Asian, Jie Liu, Hong Sang-Soo ... and others, return to blow the 20 candles the favorite rendezvous of the Parisian summer moviegoers.
When: Tuesday to Sunday nights when the night falls. All movies are in original version with subtitles.
Free admission
How to get there? Metro 5 station Porte de Pantin
To see the program, click here (in French)

Paris Jazz Festival (12th June – 1st August)
If you like Jazz, Paris Jazz Festival is the largest summer jazz festival in Paris with the new vocal project by David Linx and Maria Joao, North African jazz and events featuring the musicians Zohar Fresco and Yair Dalal supporting David El Malek. Paris Jazz Festival also features a more “classical” long weekend: Jazz au Vert, a festival which is set to see the likes of Christophe Monniot perform “Vivaldi Universel” and the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi perform his interpretation of Scarlatti.
It’s taking place at the Esplanade Saint Louis, Parc Floral de Paris in the Bois de Vincennes.
How to get there? Metro 1 station Château de Vincennes ; Bus lines: 47 & 112
Admission: €5 / €2.50 reduced rate (concert days only).
For the programm, click here (in English)

Paris Quartier d’Eté festival (14th July – 15th August)
Come and enjoy the 21st Paris Quartier d’Eté festival which is set to take place in several locations across Paris. The programme includes dance, music, theatre and other original artistic forms of expression: ballet from the Grand Théâtre de Genève in the courtyard of the Palais Royal, Feydeau’s play La Dame de chez Maxim, performed by the Compagnie du Théâtre National de Bretagne land the Compagnie Italienne avec Orchestre, Tangier Acrobatic Group directed by a Swiss duo, etc.
Programm: www.quartierdete.com

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