A selection of some interesting things to do, see and experience in Paris and beyond for this weekend and over the week ahead.
“Autophoto” at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
A must-visit for photography and/or car lovers, Fondation Cartier’s exhibition “Autophoto” examines how cars have influenced photography since the beginning of the 20th century and how photographers have responded to the aesthetic, cultural and environmental dimensions of an increasingly urbanised world.
“Walker Evans” at Centre Pompidou
A comprehensive exhibition of works by the American photographer Walker Evans is on view at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, best known for his poignant documentation of the Depression-era America. The Centre Pompidou exhibition presents Walker Evans’s well-known images of Alabama tenant farmers and their families along with his other important work examining the everyday life in the United States. Works on show include Evans’s work for the Fortune magazine and his photographic series on anonymous passers-by and commuters in the subways and the streets of America.
COMIC BOOKS AND HISTORY
“The Holocaust and Comic Books” at Memorial de la Shoah, Paris
Paris-based Memorial de la Shoah (The Holocaust Memorial) examines the representation of Holocaust in comic books with a well-researched and exhaustive exhibition Shoah et bande-dessinée (The Holocaust and Comic Books).
Paris Jazz Festival 2017
The 24th edition of the Paris Jazz Festival kicks off this Saturday, June 17, 2017. Nestled in the beautiful Parc Floral of Bois de Vincennes, this free music festival will feature live jazz concerts every Saturday and Sunday over the next seven weekends. Some performances to look forward to are Thomas Savy Quintet on June 17, Andy Emler Megaoctet on June 24, Nicolas Folmer and Magma on June 25, on July 8, Raul Midon on July 9, Les Amazones d’Afrique on July 16, Nina Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone on July 23 and Erik Truffaz on July 30.
Paris Jazz Festival, June 17 to July 30, 2017 at Parc Floral, Esplanade Saint-Louis, Château de Vincennes – Bois de Vincennes, 75012 Paris. Free concerts but paid entry to the Parc Floral (€2.5 – €1.5). More information on www.parisjazzfestival.paris.fr.
Fête de la Musique 2017
The Fête de la Musique will be celebrated everywhere in Paris and France on June 21, 2017. The best way to make the most of this annual musical and summer celebration is to just walk around and be guided by the sounds of music in almost any neighbourhood of Paris. In our experience, Montmartre, Canal Saint Martin, Belleville and Le Marais have an exceptionally diverse and lively street music scene. More information about participating venues and performances can be found on the official website of Fête de la Musique 2017.
La Défense Jazz Festival 2017
Rendezvous at La Défense from June 19 to June 25, 2017 for a series of free, open-air jazz performances. Artists include Jowee Omicil (Canada), Abou Diarra (Mali), Yaron Herman and Emile Parisien (Israel and France), Shabaka & the Ancestors and The Comet is Coming (United Kingdom), Aron Ottignon Trio (New Zealand) and Miles Mosley (United States). This year’s edition will also feature hip-hop (Adian Cooker), electro hip-hop (Chinese Man) Afrobeat (Seun Kuti & Egypt 80′), retro pop (Alsaraha & The Nubatones) and Afrofunk (Jupiter & Okwess). For more information about the music festival and performance schedule, visit the official website of La Défense Jazz Festival 2017.
The 16th edition of the annual music festival Solidays will be held on June 23, 24 and 25 at the Hippodrome of Longchamp, Paris. The 2017 edition promises an interesting mix of rock, hip-hop, electronic and folk music, with a line-up that includes The Prodigy, Kungs, Ibrahim Maalouf, Soulwax and House of Pain. More details.
Paris Gay Pride 2017
Paris Gay Pride 2016. Photo © Urban Mishmash
The Paris Pride March 2017 (or Marche des Fiertés LGBT) will be held on June 24, 2017. Starting at 2:00 pm from the Place de la Concorde, the parade will pass through Rue de Rivoli, Boulevard de Sébastopol, Boulevard Saint Martin before arriving at Place de la République where the closing events are scheduled to be held from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Visit www.inter-lgbt.org/marche-des-fiertes/ or join the Facebook event for more information.