Ester Westerveld/Taste of Paris
May starts off with a nation wide invitation inciting music lovers to visit local opera houses across the country for Tous à l’Opéra. During the weekend of May 4-6 twenty five music venues in France, including the Opéra national de Paris, will open their doors to the public, hosting free visits, demonstrations, and even dance classes.
Food lovers never tire of opportunities to discover new foods and techniques in Paris. From May 17-20, gourmands should head to Taste of Paris where they will meet up-and-coming as well as established Paris chefs and taste the best of what they have to offer.
As summer approaches, outdoor music festivals begin to fill the Parisian calendar. Kick off the season with Villette Sonique, which takes place from May 25-30. This free festival in the Parc de la Villette brings together indie groups from several genres of music, inspiring barefoot dancing in the grass and inaugurating the beginning of picnic season in Paris.
The annual Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville (May 25-28) is the occasion to visit the studios of over 250 artists, who welcome visitors and show their work for this annual event, which has been hosted by the association for almost thirty years.
Augustin de Montesquio/Cahiers du Cinéma
More opportunities for enjoying art are available at the city’s museums and galleries, with several expositions kicking off in May. Starting on May 2 the Cinémathèque Française will feature the work of photographer and film director Chris Marker.
Starting on May 15, the Grand Halle de la Villette welcomes Japanese installation artists Teamlab to show their immersive and technology driven art.
The Centre Pompidou will host a retrospective of the work of l’Union des Artistes Modernes from May 30-August 27. Musée du Quai Branly hosts The Little Explorer’s Box of Delights (May 23-October 7), an exploration of the travel writing, youth literature, and other Western works that have “guided inquisitive little minds as they explore the world.”
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