This fall, Paris promises a myriad of cultural events. From Fantin-Latour to retro bus rides to ballet, the capital is all set to charm its dwellers and visitors alike.
|Come September, Paris is flooded with exciting cultural events. Autumn here has always been synonymous to novelty and grand events, and this year shall be no exception. Theatre, expositions, music, sport, festivals – Parisians and the prospective tourists will have a packed planner. Below are some of the events to look forward to.|
Each year, around this time, the museums and galleries in Paris organise various exhibitions that offer a new perspective of the artistic creations, the history and the evolution of the world.
Henri Fantin-Latour at Luxembourg Museum (14 September 2016-12 February 2017) is the most awaited retrospective art exhibit since the last of the realist painter in 1982. The exhibition will trace the important stages in his career, besides showcasing some of his most imminent still life paintings.
Relatively lesser known today, Edmé Bouchardon was considered the greatest sculptor of 18th century. The Louvre Museum will offer his admirers a monographic analysis, entitled ‘De sanguine et de marbre’, of his sculptures, designs and engravings between 14 September and 5 December this year.
From 21 September 2016 to 23 January 2017, the Belgian artist René Magritte, will be dedicated a thematic exposition at Centres Pompidou that will explore her philosophical interest in innovative ways.
Georges Prosper Remi is known as the father of European comics. Does not ring a bell? Try Hergé, his pen name, or The adventures of Tintin, one of his greatest works. The Grand Palais will be honouring the creator of this timeless work from 28 September 2016 to 15 January 2017.
Under the title ‘L’impertinent absolu’ (Wilde, the spirit of impertinence), the life of the author Oscar Wilde will be under the spotlight at the Petit Palais from 28 September 2016 to 25 January 2017.
Immortalising street art
October will also see a new museum spring up in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Art 42, the museum of Street Art will exhibit more than 150 works, promoting urban art, a theme which is close to the hearts of Parisians, and making this style a discipline in itself.
‘Heritage and citizenship’
European Heritage Days, first organised 30 years ago, will open their doors to public and exhibit monuments and artefacts which were off-limits to common man thus far. This year, it shall be celebrated on 17-18 September, under the theme ‘Heritage and citizenship’, where the visitors can discover and rediscover the French heritage.
Visit the Elysée Palace, the official residence of the French president, or sit in the amphitheatres of the Paris-Sorbonne University. Or, take a retro ride in vintage buses of Paris, from the year 1936, that ply again. Or yet, visit the farms at the Ministry of Agriculture, at Rue Varenne, where a small agriculture show is organised for professionals and visitors.
From 23 to 25 September, treat your taste buds at the ‘Fête de la Gastronomie’ or the Gastronomy Festival in English, which will see general public and professionals celebrating unique French dishes.
Music, opera, dance and theatre
The aficionados of music will have a tough time choosing from the long list of concerts which offer a plethora of options from classical to rock. In a first, Festival MaMa will be organised from 12 October to 14 October, by the organiser of the grand professional music festival ‘Printemps de Bourges’. Over 120 concerts will be held in 3 days in more than 15 concert halls of 9th and 18th arrondissements. The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre du Châtelet, and the Philharmonie de Paris boast of beautiful concert halls with flawless acoustics for you to get the best of your favourite artists.
Offer yourself some spellbinding dance performances, from classical ballet to contemporary hip-hop, at the Théâtre de la Ville, the Opéra Bastille, the Théâtre national de Chaillot and the Palais Garnier – some of the premier venues for the wonderful art form.
Add to your list these musical comedies as well: ‘42nd Street’ at Châtelet Theatre on 17 November, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ at Mogador Theatre from 4 October and ‘The Three Musketeers and Notre-Dame de Paris’ at Palais du Congrès.
The list is far from being exhaustive, so take your pick and start saving the dates.