While under lockdown, time seems to drag on. Now it’s December and the year seems to have flashed right before my eyes. In Paris, our second lockdown isn’t due to end until December 15. There is a 9pm curfew still in place (except for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve). Restaurants, cafes and bars are closed until January 20. But never fear, there are plenty of online events happening to keep us busy. Here is a selection of what to do (online) in Paris in December.
Versailles et la Haute-Couture – Dec 5 / Exposition “LUXES” au Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Dec 8 & 12
Maud of Les Visites de Maud is a Paris tour guide and lecturer at the École du Louvre and Sorbonne specializing in the history of French fashion and luxury. Maud will host two digital conversations this month via Zoom: Versailles et la Haute-Couture and Exposition “LUXES” au MAD (Musée des Arts Décoratifs).
39e Festival International Jean Rouch | Compétition internationale – until Dec 6
The Jean Rouch International Film Festival is one of Europe’s most important documentary film events in the field of anthropology and the humanities. This year, the festival is entirely online (and free!). You can catch the end of the festival, with films screening from France, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
Visite Virtuelle Live – Paris ZigZag – Various Dates
Paris media company Paris ZigZag have a range of live virtual visits on this month. There’s Graffiti à Belleville-Ménilmontant on Dec 6, Paris des Années Folles on Dec 12, Les plus beaux passages couverts on Dec 13, Le Marais hors des Sentiers Battus on Dec 20, Paris sous la Révolution on Dec 27, and more!
Une visite virtuelle: la Renaissance Italienne au Louvre – Visioconférence – Dec 8
This virtual visit of Italian Renaissance art at the Louvre is hosted by Il était une fois: Tatiana Mignot. Tatiana has a Masters degree in Art History and a degree in History from Sorbonne and is a professional guide-lecturer. She works in both French and English. The video conference will be via Zoom.
Sophrologie Yoga Breathwork – Various Dates
Anastassia Davidova offers online sophrology, yoga, meditation, and breathwork. Start your day with her Miracle Morning Routines. There’s Sophrologie on Dec 9, Meditation on Dec 16, and One Day One Chakra on Dec 30. You can also do Yoga on Dec 12. All via Zoom.
D’Arts & D’Histoire – Various Dates
Tatiana Bailleul, guide-lecturer in Paris, Elias Akoka-Vigneron, history professor, and Victor Simonnet, computer scientist, started D’Arts & D’Histoire in April this year during confinement. They now have 12 qualified and experienced guides who run a variety of virtual conferences via Zoom. Coming up, to name a few: L’Art contemporain au Louvre; Cycle Catalogne: Salvador Dali; Francis Bacon; Rembrandt, l’ombre et le reflet; Diego Velasquez; Chagall, le passeur de rêves; Alberto Giacometti: faire de la sculpture pour s’en débarrasser; and Cycle femmes artistes: Frida Kahlo, une vie en peinture.
Anticorps – until Jan 3
Anticorps is the current exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, and is a particularly pertinent one given the current climate. The exhibition explores how the worldwide experience of lockdown and the adoption of social and physical distancing have made us reconsider the idea that our bodies are sealed units. You can experience the Anticorps exhibition online.
- Get your gift shopping done with our 2020 gift guides: French gifts you can buy online and French Inspired Holiday Gifts To Buy Online: Part 2
- Read about Paris lockdown 2.0.
- Check out some online Christmas markets over at Sortir à Paris.
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