This week, Paris auctions tokens of love and hosts a wild bra toss for good causes, plus an innovative Anglophone theater festival and an explosion of jazz in St. Germain!
Love Locks for Refugees
No one knows exactly how the “love locks” tradition began, but Paris’ bridges were soon laden with these tokens of amour, engraved with initials and romantic sentiments. Unfortunately, for security reasons (45 tons of metal were dangerously weighing down the Pont des Arts), the locks were removed and measures taken to prevent their return. But rather than throw away these testimonies of love, the city of Paris had the brilliant idea to mount them artistically on stands and auction them off to benefit groups working in support of refugees. The different lots will be on display at the Crédit Municipale de Paris until Sunday, May 13 at 1 pm, followed by the auction at 3pm. What better way to show your support for refugees and the enduring power of love?
When: Love Locks Auction – May 13, 2017, 3pm
Where: Crédit Municipale de Paris, 55 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris
Push up the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Hosted by Pink Bra Bazaar, a charitable organization dedicated to breast health and supporting women with breast cancer, the 8th annual Bra Toss is a fun way to bring awareness to an issue that is still not talked about enough. Bring a friend, a bra and a party mood to the Esplanade du Trocadero on May 14 and join in the celebration. Fill the sky with soaring bras and dance along to the Pink Bra anthem, “I love my Boobs,” while learning about the importance of breast self-exams. If you can’t make it to Paris, sign up on the WEBSITE and organize your own local Pink Bra Toss. Think Pink!
When: Sunday May 14, 2017, 3pm
Where: Esplanade du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris
Fringe Festival Returns
For the second year in a row, the Paris Fringe brings you a program of exciting, cutting-edge English-language theater, music, dance and comedy from around the world. Featuring a program of 30 shows over 10 days, highlights of this year’s festival include “American Brunch” from the Big Funk Company, a collection of four one-act plays followed by a delicious American buffet; “Geometrika” from Oposopos, a children’s show centered around the magic of shapes; and “Fat Kids are Harder to Kidnap” from Singapour sketch troupe How Drama, where the audience decides the order of 31 mini-plays all performed in one hour. Also new this year are Free Fringe, a series of 20-30 minute shows that are completely free to the public, and Fabrique du Fringe, a workshop of in-development pieces. With shows for all ages and tastes and tickets averaging 15€, there’s no excuse not to let the theater bug bite you!
When: May 18 – 28, 2017
Where: 9th & 10th arrondissements, see WEBSITE for details
Jazz in the heart of St. Germain
Located in the epicenter of French jazz, the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Près brings together a roster of international talent and up-and-comers for 10 days of concerts, conversations and collaborations. French pianist Baptiste Trotignon, Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen, and American vocalist Linda Lee Hopkins are just some of the acclaimed performers appearing in the clubs, churches and schools in and around Paris’ 6th arrondissement. This year’s special events include a jazz prison visit, a jazz champagne-tasting, and a jazz meditation session. Whether you prefer be-bop, gospel or fusion, you’ll find a beat to send your spirit soaring.
When: May 11-22, 2017
Where: St-Germain-des-Près area and other venues. See WEBSITE for details