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October 01, 2016
Mars 31, 2017
Japanese traditional craft

PARIS. The exhibition “Densan : Japanese traditional craft” presents about a hundred ceramics, bamboo, glass and wood objects, hand made papers, dolls, textiles, tools, cast iron teapots, lacquer wares and other items. They have been selected by the Densan Association established in 1975 to promote Japanese traditional craft. They are all still used in everyday life, manufactured by hand implementing traditional techniques at least 100 years old and made from materials that have remained unchanged for at least 100 years. Items on display will change every month and craftsmen will come from Japan to share theur know-how. Maison Wa. 8 bis rue Villedo, 75001 Paris. Open Monday to Saturday from noon to 8pm. Admission free. Information :
www.sasenis.com
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December 06, 2016
April 10, 2017
Paint the suburbs

RUEIL-MALMAISON, NEAR PARIS. Featuring nearly 150 paintings and drawings produced between 1850 and 1950, this exhibition focuses on representations of Paris suburbs by artists such as Marquet, Sisley, Daubigny, Gleizes, Jongkind, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Corot, Daubigny, Lhote, Gromaire, Dufy, Picabia and lesser known masters to discover as Eliot or Hervier. Showing the passion for nature of artists thrilled by the idea of painting in the open air, it offers a great diversity of representations ranging from landscapes and leisure activities scenes such as guinguettes and boating on the Marne River or on the Seine River to works depicting stone quarries and industrialization. The visitors are thus able to discover how the Paris suburbs have evolved over this century. Atelier Grognard. 6, avenue du Château de Malmaison, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison. Open daily from 1.30pm to 6pm except on bank holidays. Admission : €6 /€4, free for under 18s and students. Information : 0147141163
www.mairie-rueilmalmaison.fr
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January 07, 2017
April 29, 2017
Dunkirk carnival

DUNKERQUE. One of the craziest and most festive carnivals in Europe, the Carnaval de Dunkerque is also one of the longest as it runs over several months with events on weekends and certain weekdays. It features balls and processions of groups of revelers and musicians called “bandes” who are dressed up or wear yellow fishermen's coats, as the tradition dates back to the 17th century when ship owners held a feast for the fishermen and their families before the men departed for six months to fish off the coast of Iceland. The parades last around 4 hours and finish at the Town Hall where the crowds demand 'what they deserve', that is 450 kg of herrings which are traditionally thrown off the belfry. The party culminates in the “Trois Joyeuses”, on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Information :
www.carnaval-de-dunkerque.info
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January 22, 2017
April 02, 2017
Limoux Carnival

LIMOUX Running for about ten weeks, the Limoux carnival takes place every Saturday and Sunday as well as on Ash Tuesday and every day during its final week. It features various exhibitions and events, the main ones being the parades taking place through the old town at 11am, 4.30pm and 10pm. Playing traditional music and wearing spectacular dresses, the bands of revelers called guilds sing satire in the ancient Occitan language making fun of society and its rules.The carnival ends with the Nuit de la Blanquette when a straw effigy of the King Carnaval is burnt at the stake in the main square taking the blame for the sins people have committed during the festival. Information :
www.carnaval-limoux.com
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January 31, 2017
November 12, 2017
African routes

PARIS. Through ancient and contemporary art works, religious rituals objects, crafts, ivory and gold pieces this exhibition explains how cultures spread around the African continent following river, land and sea routes. It shows how certain towns became art hubs, how each region and country contributed to the artistic melting pot and how rare resources like ivory, gold and copper helped encourage artisitic exchanges. Musée du Quai Branly. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm. Admission : €10 / €7. Information : 0156617000
www.quaibranly.fr
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February 04, 2017
June 11, 2017
Modernity in Britanny

PONT-AVEN, BRITTANY. Through 92 works by 45 artists, this exhibition looks at the innovative aesthetic styles that developed in Brittany between 1870 and 1920 when many artists moved there and experimented new techniques. It highlights their influences and sources of inspiration. Musée de Pont Aven. Place Julia, 29930 Pont-Aven. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, from 2pm to 5.30 pm in March. Admission : €7 / €5 Information :
www.museepontaven.fr
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February 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
Vermeer masterpieces

PARIS. Featuring Vermeer greatest masterpieces, the exhibition “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting” also looks at the work of other artists of the Dutch Golden Age such as Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Caspar Netscher, and Frans van Mieris. Through comparisons between their paintings, it brings to light Vermeer’s membership of a network of painters specialized in the depiction of everyday life who admired, inspired each other in spite of their rivalry. Louvre Museum. 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. Open every day except Tuesday from 9am to 6pm, till 9.45pm on Wednesday and Friday. Admission : €15. Information : 0140205317
www.louvre.fr
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Mars 01, 2017
April 30, 2017
Focus on Art Deco

HAUTS-DE-FRANCE. A dozen of towns from the Hauts-de-France region boasting a rich Art Deco heritage offer a wide range of activities to discover this art style from the Roaring Twenties. Guided tours, special opening of buildings usually closed to the public, film screenings, conferences and workshops are on the agenda. Information :
www.printempsartdeco.fr
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Mars 02, 2017
July 23, 2017
Art dealer story

PARIS. Bringing together some sixty or so Modern masterpieces, some of which have never before been shown in France, the exhibition "21 Rue La Boétie" traces the story of Paul Rosenberg, one of the most influential art dealers in the first half of the twentieth century, friend and agent to some of the biggest artists of his day. It presents works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Marie Laurencin and so once shown in his galleries in Paris or New York, or providing a significant insight into the historical and artistic context of the time that saw the emergence of Modern art, and the shift of the international art scene from Paris to New York due to the Second World War. Musée Maillol. 59-61 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris. Open every day from 10.30am to 6.30pm, till 9.30pm on Friday. Admission : €15 / €13 / €5. Information : 0142225958
www.museemaillol.com
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Mars 03, 2017
June 04, 2017
Blumenfeld exhibition

PARIS. Featuring 170 photographs, some of them never shown before, the exhibition “Studio Blumenfeld New York, 1941-1960” gives a panorama of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld’s work throughout the 40s and 50s when he created iconic fashion imagery and forged a unique style. Photographs on display include new prints of Kodachromes and Ektachromes taken during the mid-20th century and famous commissions such as American Vogue editorials, Chesterfield Cigarette ads and a cover of Grace Kelly for Cosmopolitan. Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design. 24 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. Open every day except Tuesday from 11am to 7pm. Admission : €5 / €4. Information :
www.citemodedesign.fr
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Mars 03, 2017
Mars 31, 2017
Jazz in the suburbs

SEINE-SAINT-DENIS DEPARTMENT. A must for all jazz lovers, the Banlieues Bleues Festival consists of twenty-eight concerts and showcases French and international bands performing from traditional swing to the most exuberant sounds. This year edition features Tony Allen, Vincent Courtois, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Mette Rasmussen Quintet, A-Wa, Spoek Mathambo, Noura Mint Seymali and many other artists. Concerts take place in several towns of the Seine-Saint-Denis department. Admission : €10 to €16 per concert. Three to five concerts pass available. Information and bookings : 0149221010
www.banlieuesbleues.org
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Mars 22, 2017
Mars 27, 2017
Drawing Fair

PARIS. The Salon du Dessin brings together twenty-three French and sixteen international art galleries among the best of the profession. They present more than 1000 original works from the Renaissance to 1970 including drawings from the French, Italian, German, Flemish and English schools. This edition also features an exhibition of drawings bought during the last ten years by the Cabinet des Amateurs de Dessins of Paris Fine Arts School and an exhibition of preparatory studies by Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson. The Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation Prize for contemporary drawing will be awarded on March 23rd. It rewards a work on paper or cardboard created exclusively with graphic means. Palais de la Bourse. Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris. Open from noon to 8pm, till 10pm on Thursday 23rd. Admission : €18 / €9. Information :
www.salondudessin.com
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Mars 23, 2017
Mars 27, 2017
Book fair

PARIS. Morocco is the guest of honour of the 37th Paris Book Fair now called Livre Paris that welcomes thirty-four authors from this country. This edition also highlights litterature from a dozen African countries. The fair includes themed areas dedicated to culinary books, works about religion, culture and society, juvenile literature and books focusing on knowledge as well as literary and comics stages where take place debates with authors. Livre Paris. Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. Hall 1. 75015 Paris. Open Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm, Monday from 9am to 7pm. Admission : €12 / €6. Information :
www.livreparis.com
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Mars 24, 2017
April 02, 2017
Documentary Film Festival

PARIS. Open to a wide diversity of writing, forms, and ideas, “Cinéma du Réel” is an international documentary film festival where the public and professionals discover the films of experienced authors as well as new talents, the history of documentary cinema as well as contemporary works. Through its various sections, the festival presents about two hundred films screened at the Centre Pompidou, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Forum des Images, the Luminor Hotel de Ville and few other cinemas located in Paris. About forty French and international films participate in the International competition and a “First Films” section focuses exclusively on first works. Admission : €6 / €4. Information :
www.cinemadureel.org
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Mars 26, 2017
Mars 27, 2017
Hundreds of beers to taste

PARIS. For its third edition, Planète Bière (Planet Beer) gathers together dozens of worldwide craft and industrial breweries that give visitors the opportunity to taste more than 500 different biers. Conferences, debates, beer and food pairing workshops and beer tasting introductory courses are also on the agenda. Tapis Rouge. 67 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris. Open to the public on Sunday from noon to 7pm. Admission : €25 for one person, €40 for two and €51 for three. Open Monday for professionals only from 11am to 6pm, by invitation. Information :
www.planete-biere.com
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Mars 26, 2017
April 17, 2017
Party at horse racetracks

PARIS. Two Parisians horse racetracks open their gates to everyone on three Sundays. Each fixture provides a choice of seven or eight flat or hurdles races as well as entertainment and activities for young and old alike. Named “Dimanches au galop”, these events take place on March 26th and April 17th at Auteuil racetrack, on April 2nd at Saint-Cloud racetrack. Admission : €8 / €5, free for children under 12 years old. Information :
www.dimanchesaugalop.com
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Mars 27, 2017
April 24, 2017
Discover Languedoc wines

PARIS. If you live in Paris, from March 27th to April 24th, thirty wine shops invite you to come to discover Languedoc wines through two different workshops for groups of 4 to 6 persons. Called “Premier Flirt”, the first one is aimed at beginners, includes an introductory course to wine tasting and teaches you how to recognize the AOC from Languedoc through the tasting of four wines from various areas of Languedoc. Called “A la Folie”, the second one gives the chance to taste wines from different vintage years and produced on various terroirs. Each workshop lasts 90 minutes and includes the tasting of four different wines. Price : €50 to €60 for 4 to 6 persons. Information and bookings :
www.5a7chezmoncaviste.com
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