Paris lights up this week with exciting events all over town!
Handmade in France Up Close
The “secret” artisan workshops of the incomparable Hermès brand are revealed for the first time to the public in a behind-the-scenes exhibition: Hermès Hors Les Murs. The famous Parisian house has set up shop for one week in the heart of Paris so that people can meet the artisans who “thread, quibble, scrape, scroll, scratch, hem, bead, polish and tap” the finest handmade French products. Entry is free for the 10 workshops. It’s a unique opportunity to learn from the artisans about why their crafts have made Hermès one of the most coveted luxury brands for more than 150 years.
When: November 18 – 26, 2016, 11am-8pm, open late November 11 and 18 till 10pm; closed on November 22.
Where: Carreau du Temple, 4 Rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris
One Stop Festival for a French Look
The 3rd annual Festival du Dress Code is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover France’s hottest new designers, get a head-to-toe makeover and support a new generation of fashion and style entrepreneurs. In addition to the 200 m2 concept store, with something for every taste at every price, the festival includes a competition with prizes intended to help these young creators develop their brands. This year, designer Inès-Olympe Mercadal heads up the jury, a veritable who’s who of the Paris fashion world.
Where: Espace Canal Saint Martin, 13 rue Jean Poulmarch, 75010 Paris
When: November 18 – 20, Friday 1pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-7pm
Ludwig Van Weekend to Lift the Soul
This weekend, the Paris Philharmonic hosts the 8th edition of Orchestres en Fête, dedicated to the lasting legacy of Ludwig Van Beethoven. Concerts by musicians from all over France are featured alongside musical workshops, activities for kids and an exhibit exploring how the towering figure of Beethoven has inspired artists over the centuries.
When: November 18 – 20, 2016, see full program on their WEBSITE
Where: Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Lighting up the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to mark the occasion then a stroll down the Champs-Elysées, Paris’s most famous street, under the Christmas lights? On November 21, mayor Anne Hildago and Olympic gold medallist Teddy Riner will officially launch the holiday illuminations, a shower of shooting stars spread across the 400 trees that line the avenue. And don’t miss the Christmas Market, with over 200 wooden chalets offering food, drinks and gift ideas for everyone on your list.
When: November 21, 2016 – January 8, 2017, 6pm-2am, Lighting Ceremony: November 21 at 5:30pm
Where: Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris