This night-time arts showcasing event, held in a range of venues across the city of lights on Saturday 3rd October, gives a rare chance to bend France’s strict opening hours, while admiring the artwork of 30 contemporary artists. The ‘all-nighters’ have mapped a nocturnal art trail
around Paris to highlight contemporary art spaces and to make art accessible to all.
(The Paris Town Hall during a previous Nuit Blanche. Photo: AFP)
Sit back and enjoy both the newest cinematic offerings and retouched versions of some old classics – both French and international. With many events being held in the beautiful Musee Lumiere, cinephiles can soak up the creative atmosphere of where cinema began with the Lumiere brothers at the turn of the 19th century. Keep an eye out for the 2006 Scorsese hit The Departed, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.
For the 20th edition of this Southern arts festival, get ready for a plethora of artistic offerings including ubiquitous comic strips (a French national obsession), cinema, literature, television and theatre. Why not head west to La Rochelle while you’re there to soak up the last of the summer rays while tucking into some moules frites.
Dubbed ‘the world’s greatest horse race’ after nearly a century-long history, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which started in 1920, is an opportunity to see the most hotly contested races of the season, in the relaxed setting of the Bois du Bologne in the south west area of Paris. With its long-standing reputation for class and prestige, be sure to bring your best Ascott hat – who knows who you’ll be rubbing shoulders with.
This event sees the best contemporary arts spaces of Paris - such as the Palais de Tokyo, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and the Jeu de Paume set in the Tuileries Gardens – unite in a city-wide art fair showcasing some of the best contemporary talent. Now in its 42nd year, the list of venues and artists continues to grow – check out the full listings here
This is the first ever showcasing in Europe of Warhol’s monumental Shadows series (1978-79), so one not to be missed for Warhol enthusiasts or novices alike. Comprising over 200 works, it is a 130-metre long installation of paintings composed by the artist in 1979. The exhibition will be around until January next year and can be found at the Musée d’Art Moderne.
Held in the small town of Espelette in the Basque Country, this Pepper Festival celebrates the popularity of its namesake spice – le Piment d’Espelette. Enjoy free samples, music and hearty food peppered around the town. Why not join in some pelote (the local sport) while you’re there.
Just in time for Halloween, join thousands of Parisians disguised as the living dead in this popular spook-march. Don your scariest masks, costumes or blood-stained garments and channel your inner zombie. The walk starts at 1pm at Place de la Republique. Check out the Facebook event here
If you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, head down to Bordeaux for a beer festival spear-headed by local breweries including the Bordeaux Beer Shop and l’Amirale Biere. By jumping on the craft beer band wagon, you can treat yourself to specialist taster sessions, workshops on how to cook with beer and even take over the taps yourself. So grab a cold one and head to the quais to enjoy the view. And read a whole lot more about Bordeaux here
, including an interview with the owner of the Bordeaux Beer Shop.
The French obsession with comic strips (or Bande Dessinee) shows no sign of abating, as some 400 comic strip artists get together to showcase their work and share ideas at this Brittany Festival. Prizes are awarded for best scriptwriters and the most promising young author, and there will be special events this year in remembrance of the Charlie Hebdo writers.
By: Ellie O'Driscoll
Authorities will start to clear the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp on Monday. Photo: Denis Charlet / AFP file picture
The first group of children from the French "Jungle" migrant camp with no connection to Britain have arrived in the country, the Home Office said Sunday, ahead of the camp's planned demolition.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says the international community cannot ‘come to a negotiation under the bombs’. Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP file picture
France's foreign minister urged the international community to "do everything" to end the "massacre" in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday after fighting resumed following a 72-hour truce declared by Damascus ally Russia.
French police officers on Saturday demonstrated for the fifth night in a row to protest mounting attacks on officers. Photo: Thomas Samson / AFP
Angry French police have taken to the streets for five nights in a row -- and Parisians have started to cheer them on, reviving scenes last seen following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in 2015.
US actress Scarlett Johansson greets customers at the Yummy Pop gourmet popcorn shop in the Marais district of Paris. Photo: Benjamin Cremel / AFP
Hollywood superstar Scarlett Johansson swapped the red carpet for a turn behind the counter at her new popcorn shop in Paris on Saturday.
Marlene (centre) and Spencer (right) are donating their collection ‘for the benefit of art lovers’. Photo: Thomas Samson / AFP
A Texan couple who discovered their love for art during a trip to Paris in the 1970s are to donate the multi-million dollar collection they have amassed since to the French capital.
Migrants will be bussed from the camp to some 300 temporary accommodation centres around France. Photo: Denis Charlet/ AFP
The "Jungle" migrant camp on France's northern coast will be cleared of its residents on Monday before being demolished, authorities said Friday.
A market in Eymet, southwestern France. Photo: AFP
Foreigners in France explain how life has changed over the years.
Dozens of Calais minors are still hanging their hopes on help from the UK, but not all will be so lucky.
Photo: Helga Weber/Flickr
Fancy a quick run with the one-legged man?
Photo: YouTube/France Bleu TV.
This video is not for sufferers of ratophobia (or musophobia as the condition is officially called).