Parisian Living

What to do in Paris in February

by Ali Postma

It’s Valentine’s Day this month and where better to spend it than the City of Love? While romance may be in the air, there are also plenty of other happenings in Paris this month to keep you distracted from that winter weather. 

Left, a fuzzy heart dress on a mannequin. Right, a poster for Madonna's next concerts in Paris.
Musée de la Vie Romantique / Madonna

Art

Street art lovers have the opportunity to meet artist Alëxone Dizac at his print release on February 1 at Fluctuart. You can get your hands on a special edition print that has been enhanced by the artist with invisible UV ink, meaning that these extra details are only visible when exposed to UV light. Each print is unique, numbered, stamped, and signed by Dizac.

Left, fishing nets arranged in a heart shape. Right, a poster for an event in Paris this February for Valentine's Day.
Musée de la Vie Romantique / Beats Across Borders

Valentine’s Day is February 14 and what better place to celebrate than at Musée de la Vie Romantique? The exhibition Cœurs, du romantisme dans l’art contemporain will open on February 14, presenting the works of 30 contemporary artists exploring the theme of the heart as an organ, motif, and symbol. The exhibition including artists such as Annette Messager and Sophie Calle. (And entry is free!) 

Dance and Music

Or, why not do something a little bit different with your significant other and learn to swing dance? The MiniLicious 2020 Swing Dance Festival will be held from February 14-16 at Carreau du Temple. There will be three couples of international teachers, four levels of classes, six hours of classes per level, plus a big official closing party on Sunday night.

Left, a poster for a swing dance festival in Paris this February with the lettering spelling 'Minilicious'. Right, a girl wearing a black hat looking through  racks of clothes.
MiniLicious / Violette Sauvage

It seems like February is the month for music! For fans of Latin, there’s Big Fiesta de Cumbia Fête Ses 5 Ans at La Bellevilloise on February 1. Celebrate five years of the Fiesta de Cumbia with 10 hours of music from eight bands and DJs from Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Puerto Rico.

Left, poster for vintage event in Paris. Right, poster for a Mexican fiesta in Paris this February.
Big Fiesta de Cumbia / Salon du Vintage

Get a taste of world music on the same day at Beats Across Borders at La Cité Fertile. This is a migration-themed party for and with refugees: all profits will go towards Sciences Po Refugee Help, which supports migrants and refugees in Paris. 

View from the sky of the CIté Fertile culture hub and bar in Pantin on the outskirts of Paris.
La Cité Fertile – Adrien Roux

On Valentine’s Day, head to Petit Bain for How to Love: Jour 4 – Fils de Vénus Birthday Party/St Valentin which also coincides with the venue’s 8th birthday.

Left, poster for Lana Del Rey's latest album. Right, name of her album How to Love, out in February.
Lana Del Rey / How to Love

We have some big names coming to Paris this month too. Halsey will be performing as part of her Manic World Tour on February 17 at Dôme de Paris – Palais des Sports. Madonna will be performing her new album, Madame X, from February 18 – March 3 at Le Grand Rex. And last but not least, Lana Del Rey will be at AccorHotels Arena on February 23.

Left, names engraved in a grey rock (left). Right, a pink portrait of a girl closing er eyes with sparkly eyeshadow.
Musée de la Vie Romantique / Halsey

Shopping

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to try and avoid fast fashion? Then catch the next second-hand fashion market by Violette Sauvage on February 15 at La Maison Rouge.

Poster for Violettt Sauvage second-hand clothing fair in Paris in February.
Violette Sauvage

And don’t miss the Salon du Vintage from February 22-23 at Le Carreau du Temple. The 2000m2 space welcomes 100 stalls of fashion, furniture, decoration, vinyls, and classic cars. There will be an on-site barber, tattoo artist, arcade machines, dance performances, and street food too. And the salon will feature a special retrospective exhibition in homage to the work of the iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away in Paris last year.

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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at university and worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she loves French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Addicted to pain au chocolat, Ali is fulfilling her dream of living in Paris. View Ali Postma's Website

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