Welcome to the March 2017 issue of “What’s up in Paris”.
This monthly magazine is dedicated to everything you need to experience, see, listen to and do in Paris!
So, stay with us and discover the “What’s up in Paris” selection of the events you shouldn’t miss in March 2017
The focus will be one women and disguise at the Fête des Blanchisseuses, also known as the Women’s Festival, on Sunday 26 March! As every year, the festival will take place in the streets of Paris with only one watchword: women are required to dress up as Queens, in accordance with popular tradition, and men must dress up as women if they want to be in the procession. So, get your petticoats on, gentlemen!
Meet at Place du Châtelet, at 1pm.
Fancy taking your children on a treasure hunt, or rediscovering the child within you? From 8 March to 12 April, the Louvre Museum, in partnership with Anima, offers an immersion in the world of the Da Vinci Code, every Wednesday evening at nightfall. Your mission, if you accept it: to unravel the mysteries of the 3 pyramids and open the coded Mona Lisa cryptex and discover her secret.
Meet at the foot of the Pyramid – Cour Napoléon. Book online on the “Chasse au Trésor au Louvre” (Louvre Treasure Hunt) Facebook page.
Further information will be sent out later by email email@example.com
This is the flagship exhibition of the spring! “Vermeer and the masters of genre painting” is at the Louvre from 22 February to 22 May 2017. On the programme: sobriety and poetry, through the work of the famous Dutch painter, including “The Milkmaid”, his most famous painting, and paintings by his competitors of the period. An opportunity to “look through the keyhole” and admire the understated interiors and quiet daily lives of the inhabitants of Dutch households in the 17th Century.
Practical information: www.louvre.fr
The other star of the summer season is, undoubtedly, Auguste Rodin! The Grand Palais is celebrating the 100th anniversary of his death with an exhibition, from 22 March to 31 July 2017. Celebrating the work of the man and the legend of the sculptor… The Rodin Museum and the “Réunion des Musées Nationaux” (RMN) have really gone to town, assembling over 200 works by Rodin and artists who were influenced by him, including Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti.
And don’t miss the risqué, charming “Night of the Kiss”, which is open to everyone as part of the exhibition.
Practical information: www.grandpalais.fr
Oh, the joys of festivals! For its 20th year, “Les Femmes s'en Mêlent” comes to Paris from 27 to 31 March. This year, this key event for women’s independent arts will be hosting Austra, Little Simz, Soley and Emilie & Odgen, in a very rock’n’roll atmosphere! The concert halls that will be “the place to be”, with passes from 33 to euros, are Le Divan du Monde, Le Trianon and Le Trabendo.
Practical information: www.lfsm.net
Far from the madding crowd, come to the Gymnase Marie-Bell theatre and listen to Dominique Coubes’ intense dialogues in the play “Les Fantômes de la rue Papillon” (The Ghosts of Rue Papillon), until 30 April, with Michel Jonasz and Samir Seghir. What’s it about? Two souls on a bench, talking about life, violence and racism as they watch the people walking by.
Information on 01 42 46 79 79
Fancy jogging with a glass of wine and a little something to eat? Then try the RunRun Tours, until 28 July 2017. From the Latin Quarter to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, take a break between two strides and visit the local markets, patisseries and wine shops who are partnering the initiative. An ideal activity for lovers of the saying “après l’effort, le réconfort” (after effort comes the reward…)
Good to know: The more we are, the more fun we have… and the less it costs.
Practical information: www.parisrunningtours.com/fr/
Looking for spirituality, exoticism and good humour? HOLI, India’s traditional festival of colours takes place at the Jardin d’Acclimatation on 19 March 2017, from 3pm. The programme includes dance, singing, music and an explosion of colour to celebrate the end of winter and the first days of spring.
Come with friends and family – it’s free for anyone dressed entirely in white.
Have a great March everyone!
We’ll be back on 1st April!