There’s a host of colorful activities on offer this week to celebrate women, French cinema, Indian culture and extreme athletes.
There’s no better way to kick off International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month celebrations than visiting the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ fascinating exhibit, “Travaux des Dames?” The exhibit traces the role of women artists and artisans throughout history, examining the evolution of their status in society. Work by Sonia Delauny, Elsa Schiaparelli, Niki de Saint-Phalle and many others are on display in a variety of mediums, including textile, fashion, ceramics, design and photography.
When: Mar 8 – Sept 17, 2017, 11am–6pm, Tuesday–Sunday, late opening Thursday to 9pm
Where: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Do you speak cinema?
One of the ironies for Anglophones in France is that it’s sometimes harder to appreciate French movies here than at home because there are no subtitles. Unless you’re perfectly bilingual, it’s often difficult to follow the action. But now there’s Lost in Frenchlation to the rescue! Founded by a bi-cultural couple, Lost in Frenchlation aims to bring the best of French cinema to the international community in Paris by showing French films in French with English subtitles. Screenings are accompanied by a cocktail hour to make it the perfect evening out with friends, no matter which language you speak.
Holi ! The Festival of Colors
This year, the Jardin d’Acclimation amusement park welcomes spring with a day-long celebration of Holi. This joyous Indian festival is celebrated by people of all ages dousing themselves in colored powder while singing and dancing to traditional music. The festivities at the Jardin start at 11am with workshops for the kids, followed by music, theater and dance performances. Then at 4pm, watch the colors fly! Check out the full program on their website, where you can also watch videos to learn the dance moves and join in the fun.
When: Sunday, Mar 18, 2017
Where: Jardin D’acclimatation, Bois de Boulogne, 75116 Paris. Free entry if you come dressed in white!
Race to the top
If you enjoy watching world-class athletes pushing themselves to the limit in spectacular settings, then this is the race for you! Vertical races are becoming more popular every year, and the 3rd edition of the Eiffel Tower Vertical Race brings together over 100 professional and amateur runners to test their mettle by climbing 1665 Steps and 279 meters to the finish line. As an added bonus, the proceeds will be donated to the charity les Bonnes Fées, benefiting children and families in need. So gather round and witness this towering achievement!
When: March 16, 2017, 5pm-11pm
Where: Eiffel Tower, Parc du Champ de Mars, 5 ave Anatole France, 75007 Paris