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What’s On in Paris – February 2024 ⋆ Secrets and techniques of Paris

VACANCES SCOLAIRES (French College Holidays): The winter holidays for 2024 are February 10 by way of March eleventh, relying on the area (Paris/Ile-de-France is February 10-26). This normally impacts how crowded a selected metropolis or resort could also be, in addition to practice and resort costs.

February 2
The birthday of the celebrated Irish writer James Joyce will probably be celebrated in Paris in the present day with the launch of a brand new literary historical past, “Dublin’s Graftonia” by Brendan Lynch, which highlights the position town performed within the lives of Joyce and plenty of different Irish writers together with Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. The occasion with the writer takes place from 6.30pm within the Moicani Boutique, 12 rue de l’Odeon, sixth, the place Joyce’s “Ulysses” was printed by Sylvia Seaside to mark his fortieth birthday on February 2, 1922.

February 2-18
Les Extatiques is a up to date artwork occasion reworking 5,000m² of underground tunnels and cellars under Paris La Défense right into a sequence of city artwork installations by the Interstices artist collective. Attendees will discover monumental installations, images, work, sculptures, and digital works in an immersive journey guided by consultants, unveiling the hidden artwork of La Défense, together with the famed “monster” and Raymond Moretti’s studio. Tickets €11-17 (relying on how lengthy you need to keep). Not accessible, not advisable for those who’re claustrophobic.

February 3
The primary Chinese language New 12 months Parade in Paris for 2024 takes place within the Belleville district (the intersection of the tenth, eleventh, nineteenth, and twentieth arrondissements), departing at 2pm from 56 rue de Belleville (twentieth), and a giant avenue meals competition from midday till 9pm. Discover extra details about celebrating the Chinese language New 12 months in Paris’s thirteenth arrondissement right here.

February 3-4
The Salon du Classic is again this weekend on the Carreau du Temple (4 rue Eugene Spuller, third), with 100 exhibitors promoting designer furnishings, classic style, vinyl information, and basic automobiles. “A second of purchasing, aesthetics, nostalgia, and ecology with a resolutely optimistic 70’s and 80’s soundtrack!” Open 10am-7pm. Entry €5, free for youths below 8, get tickets upfront on-line.

First Sunday – February 4
In the present day is the primary Sunday of the month, which implies many museums and monuments are open without spending a dime (most require reservations, examine their web sites): the Centre Pompidou, Orsay, l’Orangerie, Rodin, Picasso, Delacroix, Cluny, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chapelle, the Panthéon, Versailles (already full) and Fontainebleau. You may need to attempt one of many (barely) much less crowded institutions, akin to Cité de l’Structure, Arts-et-Métiers, Cité de la Céramique de Sèvres, Guimet, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration – Palais de la Porte Dorée, Musée Albert-Kahn, Château de Vincennes or the Saint-Denis Basilica. These which don’t require reservations could have lengthy strains, so bundle up!

Via February 6
The twice-annual gross sales (soldes en français) kick off in retailers throughout France, with clothes and residential items as much as 70% off. Even when “every part is cheaper on-line,” the gross sales are a good time to assist small, unbiased retailers, particularly these which can be normally a bit out of your value vary.

Via February 9
Murmuration is a mesmerizing efficiency choreographed by Sadeck Berrabah on the 13e Artwork theatre, again for extra dates after a profitable summer time run. “Greater than 40 dancers will make you journey and dream for 75 minutes.” Tickets €20-59. SHows within the afternoon and night. Get a sneak preview right here:

February 10
Take a look at the Marché des Créateurs Erotiques, a naughty artisan’s marketplace for WOMEN ONLY, promoting sensual and horny ceramics, embroidery, lingerie, jewellery, equipment, nail artwork, and plenty of “surprises” to get you within the Valentine’s Day temper – whether or not you’re solo or hooked up! Open 11am-8pm, free entry, bar, at Chapelle XIV (14 Boulevard de la Chapelle, door code 19A38, third courtyard, 18th arrondissement).

February 10
The French charity store Emmaüs is having a Kilo Sale in the present day at La Félicita (the enjoyable Italian foodcourt at Station F: 5 Parvis Alan Turing, thirteenth, Metro/RER Bibliothèque) from midday till 6:30pm. Free entry, ladies’s/males’s/youngsters’s garments are €12/kilo, among the best offers in Paris, and all for a very good trigger!

February 11
The annual Carnaval de Paris, aka the Promenade du Boeuf Gras, takes place in the present day with the theme, “Poetry, Portray, Philosophy: The World of Basile Pachoff,” in tribute to the person who organized the carnival for the previous 30 years. The parade of costumes, music and dancing begins on the Place Gambetta within the twentieth at 1pm and weaves its technique to the Place de la République for the grand finale by way of 8pm.

February 15
This 12 months’s Chinese language New 12 months Meals Market is 6-10pm on Boulevard de Belleville between Menilmontant Couronnes, twentieth. Le Meals Market is a month-to-month meals occasion the place native eating places serve their dishes on the market at inexpensive costs, and purchasers can eat on the massive tables arrange alongside the boulevard. For this 12 months’s annual Meals Market celebrating Chinese language New 12 months, there would be the typical dishes from the Belleville Chinatown restaurant house owners in addition to a efficiency of the well-known Lion Dance. Extra information on their FB web page:

February 17 by way of Could 5
For the brand new exposition by Invader, one of the vital well-known avenue artists on this planet, he’s taking on 5 flooring of a abandoned constructing (the previous headquarters of Libération newspaper, 11 rue Béranger within the third, which will probably be transformed right into a resort sooner or later sooner or later) for a particular exhibition of his pixellated tile avenue artwork. Tickets are €10, with particular time slots to go to, ONLY out there on-line. Notice that there isn’t a elevator or different technique to entry the exhibit in addition to the steps, and there’s no coat examine (and no heating, both, so…possibly maintain your coat on). The areas are going to refill quick, e-book ASAP! In case you missed out, they’re going to open up extra time slots, enroll right here to be notified once they do.

February 18
The largest Chinese language New 12 months Parade in Paris takes place in the present day within the thirteenth arrondissement from 2:30-5pm. The dragons, lions, dancers, drummers, and traditionally-costumed individuals will do a full loop of the neighborhood, beginning at 44 Avenue d’Ivry, then Avenue de Choisy, then Boulevard Masséna earlier than lastly ending at Avenue d’Ivry. Individuals begin gathering from 12:30pm, so for those who hope to get a spot so you’ll be able to truly see, you’ll must get there early! Discover extra details about celebrating the Chinese language New 12 months in Paris’s thirteenth arrondissement right here.

Via February 25
Shanghai’s well-known Dragon and Lanterns Competition, created in 1550, involves Paris’s oldest amusement park, the Jardin d’Acclimatation (Bois de Boulogne, sixteenth) for the primary time. There will probably be tons of of spectacular lanterns and illuminated sculptures created by Yuyuan Backyard artisans, in addition to a Chinatown Market, demonstrations of Chinese language craftsmanship, delicacies, and people performances. Tickets €18 for anybody 12 and older, €12 for youths 4-11, free for youths below 4. Buy tickets right here.

Via February 25
A piece of the Place de la Concorde has been fitted out with sports activities gear and referred to as “Concorde Park” (sure, in English) the place the general public can check out the free-access city sports activities space. On weekends and through faculty holidays, quite a few sports activities actions and animations are provided to everybody. Hosted by the Metropolis of Paris the sports activities amenities embody a Parkour Zone (a bodily self-discipline that includes shifting effectively by way of city or pure environments utilizing fluid and acrobatic actions to beat obstacles), a Pump Observe Zone (a picket boardwalk type course with bumps and turns designed to be traversed with out pedaling, counting on physique actions for clean navigation), 3×3 Basketball Courts, and an City Sports activities Initiation Space (devoted to introducing folks to city sports activities like biking, curler skating, and scootering). Free and open to anybody, however anticipate a whole lot of faculty teams through the faculty holidays.

February 28 and March 13
Tickets for the Roland Garros French Open Tennis Event go on sale February twenty eighth for premium tickets, and March thirteenth for most people. Learn this text on methods to be ready, they go fast!

Via March 31
 Aura Invalides is an immersive night mild present contained in the Dôme des Invalides. “Showcasing the enduring monument’s wealthy structure and heritage by way of mild, video mapping, and music, AURA INVALIDES takes you on a spectacular journey worthy of its setting.” The expertise lasts 50 minutes, throughout which era you’re free to walk round at your leisure to take pleasure in the complete expertise. Notice that there are not any bogs, no seating, no coat examine, no strollers allowed, and there’s no elevator or ramp for individuals who can’t go up/down the steps. Open Tues-Sat with reveals at 7:15pm and eight:45pm (and a few at 10:15pm across the holidays). Tickets €9.50-€22 (can’t be bought on-site, you should purchase them on-line).

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