As Parisians return to the city this week, the culture scene picks up speed with an eye-popping fireworks display, a renowned jazz festival and a unique exhibit of Cézanne portraits.
Le Grand Feu 2016 video by Christophe Asselin
Kick la rentrée off right with the Grand Feu fireworks display at the Parc St Cloud, the largest of its kind in Europe. For almost two hours, the night sky becomes the stage for a spectacular sound and light show, with over 30 tableaux set to music to delight and amaze you. Reserve a seat or bring a picnic and spread out on the grass, it’s a treat for children of all ages who still thrill to the magic of fireworks.
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 9pm
Where: Domaine National de Saint Cloud (92)
Jazz fans rejoice!
The Jazz à la Villette music festival returns to make good on its motto, “Jazz is not dead!” This year’s lineup includes world-famous artists like Artie Shepp, Gregory Porter, Diane Reeves, and De la Soul performing alongside lesser-known musicians from around the globe. With a special focus on the English jazz scene and an homage to Cuba, the festival continues to widen its horizons. The “Jazz à la Villette for Kids” and the innovative “Under the Radar” sections ensure the festival remains accessible to all ages and budgets. So don’t hesitate to enjoy this kaleidoscope of music designed to lift your soul.
When: Aug. 31 – Sept. 13, 2017, see WEBSITE for details
Where: La Villette, 221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Portrait of the Artist
Although better known for his landscapes, Paul Cézanne, a unique artist of the post-impressionist period, also painted over 200 portraits. An unusual exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay explores these figurative works, often created in pairs or multiple versions, including several self-portraits. Only open for few more weeks, the exhibit offers a new way to view the artistic development of this original and complex artist who influenced so many after him.
When: Through Sept. 24, 2017, see WEBSITE for details
Where: Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris