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What to Do in Paris and Online in March: Cinéma du Réel Festival, Digital Days & More

by Ali Postma

It’s always a nice surprise when you notice the days getting longer. While this winter has been relatively mild, I still look forward to spring. It’s always a little shock (albeit a pleasant one) when you see the city become green again, and you remember that warmer days are on the horizon. There’s still a lot of uncertainty about whether we will go into a third lockdown or not, but fingers crossed with the increasing number of vaccinations this won’t be necessary. Nonetheless, here are some online and in-person events happening this March in Paris.   

Left: A group of dancers are pictured on stage, clustered in a small formation. They are all positioned at different levels and pointing towards their right. Right: A large green space is pictured, with traditional Parisian apartments bordering it. The Eiffel Tower is visible in the background.
Top left: Galerie Sakura / Top right: @elen.hmeleva
Above: 104 CENTQUATRE

Cinéma du Réel – March 12 – 21

After the 2020 edition was moved online, the 43rd edition of Cinéma du Réel is ready to go ahead this year no matter the circumstances. Whether we are in total or partial confinement, there is a curfew, or theaters are closed, you will still be able to access this festival of documentary cinema. There will be 20 short and full-length films from France, and 20 international—all premiering at the festival.

Left: The event poster for Effractions 2021. Right: The event poster for the 43rd edition of Cinéma du Réel.
Left: Bibliothèque publique d’information / Right: Cinéma du réel

Effractions 2021 – Online – 25 Feb – 25 March

Organized by the Centre Pompidou’s Bibliothèque Publique d’Information, the 2nd edition of this festival dedicated to contemporary literature will be held online this year. The festival explores the links forged between contemporary literature and reality. This year, more than 35 authors will participate. There will be debates, roundtables, readings, performances, and workshops—all free of charge.

Dans les rues de Paris – Galerie Sakura – until March 20

Left: Artwork from Galerie Sakura. A renaissance style portrait of a man and a woman. The man is wearing a surgical face mask and gloves, and is pushing the woman away from him. Right: Artwork from Galerie Sakura. An image of a cartoon style woman is crying, with a tapestry of macarons as the backdrop.
Galerie Sakura

Public museums and galleries may be closed, but commercial galleries have been allowed to remain open. Galerie Sakura’s exhibition Dans les rues de Paris presents street artists working in the city. And it features some of my favorites: Ardif, Carole B., In Love, Jef Aerosol, Jérôme Mesnager, Matt_tieu, Miss Tic, and more.

VR to Go CENTQUATRE-PARIS – until March 29

If you’re in Paris, you can rent virtual reality headsets and discover a 360-degree program that highlights art, dance, cinema, and theater. Reserve your headset online, and either pick it up from CENTREQUATRE or have it delivered to your home. 

Left: A woman is sitting by a window, wearing virtual reality goggles. Right: A brown paper bag is resting on a white backdrop, with virtual reality goggles sitting next to it.
Left: 104 CENTQUATRE / Right: Diversion Cinema

Espaces Extérieurs – La REcyclerie – Weekends 10-17h30

If you’re looking to get a bit of fresh air, the outdoor spaces of La REcyclerie are now open for you to explore on weekends from 10h-17h30. Check out the urban farm and wander along the petite ceinture (the abandoned railway line). You can listen to their immersive balade sonore, view an external photo exhibition and play artisanal wooden games. You can also pick up some hot meals from Le Corner des Canaux à la REcyclerie. 

Left: A woman stands on abandoned train tracks outside of La Recyclerie, with her back facing the camera. She is looking at a variety of art work hanging on a fence. Right: The same abandoned train tracks outside of La Recyclerie are pictured from a different angle. The photo is taken at dusk, and different artwork is pictured.
La REcyclerie

Le Jardin de Sculptures – Musée Rodin

While the Musée Rodin may be closed, its outdoor sculpture garden has reopened! Immerse yourself in the great monuments of Auguste Rodin. Le Penseur (The Thinker), aux Bourgeois de Calais (The Burghers of Calais), Ugolin et ses enfants (Ugolino and his Sons), Orphée (Orpheus), La Méditation ou La Voix Intérieure (The Meditation or the Internal Voice), and other works by the artist await you in this open-air museum. The museum shop is also open.

Left: The silhouette of “The Thinker” statue outside of Musée Rodin is pictured. The sun is setting in the background. Right: A statue in the gardens outside of Musée Rodin is pictured in daylight. There are a variety of plants and purple flowers in the foreground.
Musée Rodin

Digital Days – Online – Various Dates

Maison & Objet has launched Digital Days, where three days each week will be dedicated to a particular theme. Each theme will feature new collections, digital showrooms, a selection of new products, and talks. From March 3-5 is Sustainable, from March 10-12 is Premium Design, and from March 17-19 is So French. 

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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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