What’s IN: Things to Do in Paris This Week

What’s IN: Things to Do in Paris This Week

(Sept. 14 - 20, 2017)

nuit de la musee
Para Vista, Victor Vasarely, © UPMC

This week, France celebrates its artistic and cultural heritage, the contemporary art world reaches out to refugees, and Paris rejoices over its winning bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games!

France Opens its Doors

Ever gaze up and wonder what’s behind the walls of Paris’ architectural splendor? Every September, France shines a light on its historical and cultural heritage with the Journées Européennes de PatrimoineFor two days, theaters, churches, embassies, hospitals and schools open their doors to give you a rare behind-the-scenes look at their premises, while museums and monuments offer special programs and exhibits to highlight their collections. This year’s theme, “Youth and Heritage”, aims not only to interest the next generation in France’s rich cultural legacy, but to honor the many young visitors and volunteers that keep these institutions running (the social media-savvy are invited to post photos and videos of their visits throughout the weekend using #JEP). Among the special openings this year are the art-deco-style Théatre de Michodière, the Lycée Voltaire, built in 1890, and the studios of the Cité “Montmartre aux Artistes”.

Tour the library and botanical gardens of the Faculté de Pharmacie, discover a selection of “1% artistic” publicly-funded art on the campus of Jussieu – Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, attend a concert at the Chapelle des Franciscains, or check out the giant Playmobil display at the Collège des Bernadins. To help narrow down the choice, visit the interactive WEBSITE to find out what’s going on around you and marvel at the breadth and diversity of France’s art, architecture, culture and history.

When: September 16-17, 2017
Where: Throughout France, see WEBSITE for details


Get Ready for 2024

Paris honors the centenary of their last Olympic Games by…hosting the games again! To celebrate its successful bid to become the host of the 2024 Olympics, the Mairie de Paris is organizing a free public concert in front of the Hotêl de Ville. On the program: Florent Pagny, Kids United, Christophe Willem, Nolwenn Leroy, Amir, Imany, Liam Payne, Shy’m, Marina Kaye, Tibz, Lartiste, the Gipsy Kings and Chico, Patrick Fiori, Slimane. The festivities start around 9pm and will be broadcast live on C8 and RFM. Subscribe to the Paris 2024 Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all related news and events, and get ready to catch Olympic Fever!

When: September 15, 2017, 9pm
Where: Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris

We Dream Under the Same Sky
© Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2017 (We Dream Under the Same Sky)

Contemporary Art Cares

Art has the amazing ability to bring people together in difficult times. Case in point this week at We Dream Under the Same Sky, five days of cultural and civic programming at the Palais de Tokyo that gathers artists, researchers, intellectuals, and representatives of different NGOs to explore the reality of the global refugee crisis.

A free exhibit featuring the work of more than 25 international artists and a program of panel discussions, performances and screenings offer the chance to be enriched and informed. The event culminates in an auction to benefit five NGOs that welcome, care for and integrate refugees who have arrived in France after their migration (tax-deductible donations can also be made directly to the association WEBSITE). So don’t miss this chance to see new works from artists such as Jimmie Durham, Cindy Sherman and Laure Prouvost and support a humanitarian cause that affects all citizens of the world.

When: September 16 – 21, 2017, 12pm-midnight (closed Tuesday)
Where: Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris



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