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June Events in Paris: Our Top Picks

Weekend Voyages

Fête de la Musique
June 21 brings the Fete de la Musique back for its 31st year. This year the festival celebrates 50 years of pop, and with a full lineup of gratuit concerts, there is certainly something for every taste.


June 5: Magnificat: Polychoral music at Notre-Dame de Paris. An extraordinary opportunity to enjoy a concert in one of the world’s most famous cathedrals. This show celebrates the works of famed composers Michael Praetorius and Giovanni Gabrieli, who drastically shaped the transition from Renaissance to Baroque music in Europe.

Chairlift (by Tom Hines)

June 6: Brooklyn synth pop duo Chairlift is playing at La Gaîté lyrique. If ethereal harmonies (and the Apple ad featuring their 2008 “Bruises”) is your thing, this is your show.

June 9 & 11: It’s always a special occasion when you can enjoy the unique talents of someone who needs no introduction. Lou Reed is absolutely one of those people, and he’s playing two shows in Paris this month (the first at Le Parc des Noues just outside Paris, and the second at L’Olympia).

June 16-July 14: After celebrating its 100th anniversary last year, the Chopin Society is hosting its yearly tribute to the works of the famed Romantic composer at the Orangerie du Parc Bagatelle.

Tristan Legros

June 30: Amelie lovers rejoice! The composer of this cult favorite’s soundtrack, Yann Tiersen, will be playing a show at the end of the month at the Cite de la musique.


Through June 16: Ismaïl Bahri’s Précipités at Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery is a multimedia show themed around withdrawal, or the lack of something that was. The exhibition features works of photography, video, drawing (and more) that re-envision and intensify reality.

Through June 23: The World is Not as I See It: an exhibition focusing on the inter-connectivity of people and cultures and how those relationships shape social life. This is a group show at Dominique Fiat Gallery with works from artists hailing from South to East Mediterranean.

Tilt, Garbage ?, 2012 © Benjamin Roudet

Through June 30: Ne pas effacer at Wallworks Gallery celebrates the gallery’s one year anniversary with an exposition of 19 graffiti artists. All 19 artists focus on repurposing regular objects (mailboxes, trash cans, metro seats) into mobile urban canvases…

Through August 6: Anri Sala at the Centre Pompidou is a two-month exhibition of works from the Albanian artist, musician, videographer. Be prepared for a sensory overload from an artist with quite an impressive resume.

Anri Sala


Through July 1: ManiFeste 2012 is a new festival inspired by various types of creation. Celebrating the process of creation through concerts, performances, meetups, workshops and more, this festival is an opportunity for creatives and enthusiasts alike to explore, experience and connect.

June 9: Demi-finale du grand slam poesie at La Maroquinerie: 19 of the best slam poets from around the globe vie for the world cup. Though the contestants slam in different languages, the art and musicality of this style of poetry can be enjoyed with or without literal understanding.

June 14-24: Futur en Seine, a 10-day festival featuring particularly innovative work by French and international entrepreneurs, designers and other creators. Organized by Cap Digital, the week and a half is filled with expositions, performances, conferences, parties and more — all are sure to inspire and entertain.

Various Dates: Early this month several venues across the city are showing films screened at Cannes. With films like Sur la route, Moonrise Kingdom and The We and the I, there are screenings for Franco- and Anglophones alike.

Written by Erin Dahl for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Erin Dahl

Erin DahlErin's had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. She finally made the big move and is currently Editor for HiP Paris as well as Co-founder of Content Coopérative, Paris's first English-native content agency.

Website: Content Coopérative

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