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March Events: Fitbit Semi-Marathon, Martin Margiela, Benjamin Millepied, and more!

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Circulation(s)/Adam Wilson

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Sporty city dwellers will hope to soak up some sun on on March 4 when they attack the 21km circuit in the Bois de Vincennes for the Fitbit Semi-Marathon.

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Bruno Nascimento

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October Events in Paris: Pitchfork Music Festival, Nuit Blanche, Garry Winogrand & More

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The much-anticipated Faust, the new club/bar/restaurant space beneath the Pont Alexandre III, opened last weekend and this Friday promises a solid event. Spanish Hip Hop/Soul duo Cookin’ Soul are playing a 90s-jam DJ set along with DJ James of NTM and MYMY. More information on the Facebook event page

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Nuit Blanche, Vincent Desjardins/Cookin’ Soul

This Saturday Paris’ 13th annual Nuit Blanche event returns under the direction of José-Manuel Gonçalvès, Director at Centquatre. Beginning at 19h and continuing through the night, not-to-miss performances, installations, and shows will take place in various locations around the city. You can see a detailed map and list of events here. And even if you don’t partake in the Nuit Blanche festivities, you can relish in the unique luxury of late-night Paris metro service, with lines 4 and 14 running all night.

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Nuit Blanche, nafea

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Le 104: Hip Art, Food and Shopping In a Colorful Corner of Paris’ 19th Arrondissement

Art installation at the 104

Paris is not a city lacking in cultural gathering places. And I’m not just referring to café terraces – be they high brow (the Flore), or controversial (La Perle). Just to keep the scene fresh, in 2008, the Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) converted a former morgue in the North East of Paris into a vast cultural centre, Le 104. With its art, restaurants, events and shops, it has since been drawing the bobo throngs to this otherwise gritty and largely overlooked part of the capital.

The monumental space, covering 39 000m2, was built in 1873 and became the municipal funeral parlor in 1905. Over a century later, the building has kept its open-to-all policy and the skeleton of its magnificent steel and glass structure, but now as a slightly less morose place pass some time.

Inside the 104

The 104 defines itself rather broadly as an Artistic Establishment. Under that title, it puts on a dynamic range of cultural events including art installations, art fairs, events, concerts and theatre performances. Around the edges of one of the two great halls are artists’ and musicians’ studios, and within each of the halls there is usually a variety of installations and exhibits and you will often see dancers or actors rehearsing here. You can even partake in free Qi-Jong classes and there is a dedicated space for children, La Maison des Petites.

Art Installation at the 104

There are three eateries at the 104, which cater to the full gamut of budgets and appetites. For a quick bite, there is the pizza van parked up in the smaller hall. The second option is the Café Caché, tucked away behind an interior courtyard. The 50s style decor was designed by a former artist in residence at le 104, Sebastien Wierinck. Here the speciality is small-plate sized servings, which you can mix and match in savoury and sweet combinations. Continue Reading »

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Festival d’Automne: Art Abounds in Paris

The P&O Ferries UK blog has written up a wonderful account of this year’s Festival d’Automne, which is taking place from now until December 19.

resize_eve_photo1_rodrigobouche350Rodrigo Garcia – Versus – at the Theatre du Rond Point Nov 18-22

In Paris, when the leaves begin to fall as a sign of autumn’s arrival, actors, musicians and dancers alike come together to celebrate contemporary art. Rosie Khdir explores the delights of the Festival d’Automne.

Forty events in four months in over 150 venues in Paris, involving the original works of artists across the globe – this is what is expected of the Festival d’Automne.

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