What’s On: Events for English speakers in France in November

Here's our list of events geared towards English speakers taking place across France during October. If you have any that you'd like us to add -- whether it's language exchanges, social meet-ups or talks about the impact of Brexit - please let us know.([email protected])

What's On: Events for English speakers in France in November
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Paris Lift-Off Film Festival

Where: Lucernaire, 53 Rue Notre Dame des Champs, 75006 Paris, France

Date and time: Monday 29th October – Sunday 4th November 

Event by: Paris Lift-Off

This festival celebrates indie films from all over the world, and provides great opportunities to network with the expat film community for those keen to volunteer. After film screenings the audience are invited to get involved in the creative process by writing down their feedback, which is the sent to the director. 

Movie Night and Drinks – French film ‘Le Grand Bain’ with English subtitles

Where: Cinéma Studio 28, 10 Rue Tholozé, 75018, Paris

Date and time: Friday 2nd, drinks from 8pm, screening at 9pm   

Event by: Lost in Frenchlation

Enjoy a drink and some snacks before watching French comedy with English subtitles in the oldest cinema in Paris. Le Grand Bain is an unlikely comedy adventure featuring some of France’s most well known actors in their speedos. Tickets are available on the door. 

Wine Night  – French film ‘Wine Calling’ with English subtitles

Where: Club de l’Étoile, 14 Rue Troyon, 75017 Paris

Date and time: Sunday 4th, wine tasting from 7pm, screening at 8pm   

Event by: Lost in Frenchlation

Immerse yourself in the world of bio-dynamic wine production with this documentary, which charts a year on an organic vineyard in the South of France. With wine tasting beforehand and an introduction from the producer of the film Nicholas Manuel. Tickets include wine tasting and are available on the door or online.

British Embassy Outreach meetings

Where: All over France

The British embassy has announced more outreach meetings to give Brits living in France a chance to get up to date with Brexit negotiations and pitch their concerns to representatives of the British government in France.

The meetings, which are free, will take place first n Chantilly on November 7th, then in Aix-en-Povence on November 15th, Saint-Germain-en-Laye on November 19th and St Malo in Brittany on November 20th.

People who want to go must register online to book their place via the link beloww.

All the details of times and places can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Expat Theatre Night: Duel Battle of the Ballads

Where: Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse, 22-40 Rue de la Gaité, 75014 Paris

Date and time: Wednesday 7th, 7pm – 11pm

Event by: Expat Theatre Night 

Enjoy a night at the theatre with an international crowd with this November’s Expat Theatre Night. This month’s offering is a musical comedy journey through different musical styles that all ages will enjoy. After the performance head to a nearby bar for drinks and snacks, all included in the ticket price. 

Comedy Night French film ‘I Feel Good’ with English subtitles

Where: Club de l’Étoile, 14 Rue Troyon, 75017 Paris

Date and time: Friday 9th, drinks from 7pm, comedy from 8pm, screening at 8:30pm   

Event by: Lost in Frenchlation

As well as a humorous take on capitalism starring Jean Dujardin, catch stand up comedy from Becoming Maman and Alexander Van Walsum at Lost in Frenchlation’s comedy night. Tickets are available on the door or online.

Americans in France during WWI

Where: 65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007, Paris

Date and time: Friday 9th, 7:30pm

Event by: The American Church in Paris

The American church is screening two films about Americans in France during the Great War. The American volunteer contribution to this war is not widely known and these films honour American volunteers and medics who served France during this period. The event is free.

Talks in English: In search of Mary Shelly

Where: British Council, 9 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris

Date and time: Friday 23rd, 9pm

Event by: British Council

Celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary with poet and biographer Fiona Sampson. This talk will delve in to Shelly’s dramatic personal life to try and shed light on her most famous book. This event is free with refreshments provided afterwards.   

American Church in Paris Thanksgiving dinner

Where: 65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007, Paris

Date and time:Saturday 24th, 5:30pm

Event by: The American Church in Paris

The American Church in Paris' annual Thanksgiving meal is back for 2018. Share a meal with all the traditional, tasty, Thanksgiving trimmings. Tickets are €15 – 20 and are available to buy at Sunday services at the church.  

The New York Comedy Night 

Where: Le Comedy Club, 42 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle 75010, Paris

Date and time: Sunday 25th, 8pm

Event by: Sebastian Marx

The premier night of stand up comedy in English in Paris. Every week there is a line-up of local and international comics so funny that “even the Parisians laugh”. Free entry. Just a one drink minimum and mandatory coat check. Plus “hat money” for the comedians.

How to Find a Job in France

Where: L’École Suisse Internationale, 8-14 Rue des Messageries, 75010 Paris

Date and time: Tuesday 27th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Event by: Meet Up run by Ludovic MARTIN, founder of the website Mister Bilingue 

Calling all job hunters, this workshop will help you tailor your resume, job hunt and interview skills to the French market. Attending the presentation and following Q&A session is free, as long as you buy a drink at the bar. 


Centenary of The First World War Armistice

Where: Villers-Bretonneux, The Somme

Date and time: Sunday 11th, 10:30am – 11:30am

Event by: The Australian Government

A high number of visitors are expected at this ceremony Australian National War memorial, so bookings must be made in advance to attend the memorial centre on the day. Shuttle busses are available from Amiens.


Remembrance Day Sunday

Where: Le Manoir Bar / Restaurant, La Croix de L'iff, 56490, Mohon

Date and time: Sunday 11th, 6pm – 11:45pm

Event by: Le Manoir

Enjoy live music, a raffle, quiz, comedy and traditional fish and chips and this 1940’s themes charity ball hosted by the British Legion and French Military. Tickets are €8 and must be purchased in advance. Dressing up is encouraged.


What’s up Lyon? – Comedy night

Where: 7 Rue des Capucins, 69001, Lyon

Date and time: Tuesday 27th, 8:30pm

Event by: Le Complexe Café-Théâtre

What’s up Lyon? What up Lyon ? This is the new English speaking humour event in Lyon. The stand up comedy, sketches and improve in English. This month’s headliner is Bristol’s own Jack Butler. Tickets cost €10.


A Perfect Murder – Theatre

Where:163 rue Saint Sauver, Le Cannet, 06110

Date and time: Friday 10th – Sunday 18th, 8pm

Event by: SET South of France English Theatre – “Bringing the West End to the Côte d'Azur.

This production of A Perfect Murder by Peter James is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Tickets start from €22, with the option of adding on a Supperclub buffet dinner and drinks. 


British Legion Remembrance Service

Where: Allied Forces Cemetary, Rue Bahus, 33400, Talence, Bordeaux

Date and time: Sunday 11th 9:15 am

Event by: The British Legion

Commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI, The British Legion will lead ceremony including a procession, wreath laying and shots fired from a 1918 rifle. This isf ollowed by a ceremony in the Allied Forces Cemetary at 10:30, then a vin d’honneur at nearby Chateâu de Peixotto.

Ben’s War

Where: Salle de Fêtes, Saint-Dode and Caillavet, Gers

Date and time: Friday 9th and Saturday 10th, 6pm

Event by: The English Theatre Company

Commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War with this performance of personal wartime stories, including poems and popular wartime sing-a-longs like “It’s a long way to Tipperary.” Tickets can be bought online and include food (or ‘rations’) and a welcome drink.

Scottish Country Dancing

Where: Mairie de Labarde, Medoc

Date and time: Thursday 22nd, 7pm

Event by: Bordeaux British Community

Join this sociable and energetic monthly group to learn the steps to traditional Scottish dances. Three lessons cost €15 and you need to let the organisers know in advance that you’ll be attending. 

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Nuit Blanche in Paris: The events not to miss (including a liquefied Eiffel Tower)

The French capital's all-night arts festival known as "La Nuit Blanche" (sleepless night) is back and this year the focus is on highlighting the city's monuments. These are the events you won't want to miss out on.

Nuit Blanche in Paris: The events not to miss (including a liquefied Eiffel Tower)
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The 17th edition of the annual Nuit Blanche, which translates as “sleepless night” is set to take place this weekend (October 6th and 7th).

This year's event which sees museums and galleries open all night, has been curated by French artist Gaël Charbau and as usual there will be a huge range of events taking place across the French capital. 

For those who want to focus on one particular area, there will be artistic ‘constellations', where lots of different events will be taking place at Invalides, La Villette, L'Ile Saint-Louis and Porte Dorée. 

Here's a selection of some of the best evens Nuit Blanche 2018 has to offer. 

Scandinavian electro party at Les Invalides
Get set to take a step into the future as Scandinavian DJs take over one of the city's most prestigious tourist spots, Les Invalides.
Norwegian DJ Lindstrøm and Swedish DJs Axel Boman and Kornél Kovácswill be wowing audiences with their electro sets long into the night, with their tracks set to be accompanied with a light show specially designed for electro concerts, consisting of geometric shapes lit by LEDs.
This event is part of the Les Invalides 'constellation'.. 
Price: Free 
When: Saturday, October 6th from 10 pm to 4 am
Where: Esplanade des Invalides, Rond-Point du Bleuet de France, 75007 Paris. 
The Eiffel Tower…liquefied 
If you'd like to see Paris' most famous monument as you've never seen it before, then be sure to head there late on Sunday night. 
French street artist, ZEVS, who is known for his liquidation technique, is set to put on a show entitled 'Eiffel Phoenix' from midnight – 7 am which will make the tower look as if it could be poured right into a glass. 
Price: Free
When: Sunday October 7th, midnight – 7 am 
Where: The Eiffel Tower
Metro line 1 to turn into a jungle
To many commuters who have to face line one of the Paris Metro on a daily basis this might sound more like reality than art. 
But on Nuit Blanche, it will have more of the literal jungle about it, with ferns and ivies set to fill the carriages of the Metro's swishest line. 

Thanks for Nothing at Pont Alexandre III 
For one night only one of the most famous bridges in the whole of the French capital will be pedestrianized… and renamed. 
On Saturday night from 7 pm to 2 am the Pont Alexandre III will be known as the “Pont des Echanges” (Bridge of Exchanges). 
And instead of sharing the bridge with cars, visitors will find a programme of performances, readings and screenings on the themes of art and sharing by the Thanks for Nothing collective. 
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th, 7 pm to 2 am
Where: Pont Alexandre III 
Fashion shows at Hotel de Ville
Want to see models strut through the grand surroundings of the Hotel de Ville? Well, now you have your chance. 
On Saturday night, the French capital's City Hall will turn into a catwalk for fashion shows that combine everyday looks with pop culture and if you like what you see, the clothes will be available on classified ads website Le Bon Coin afterwards.
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th, 7 pm to 3 am 
Where: Hotel de Ville

As many of you will know, Nuit Blanche in the French capital isn't just about quirky twists on everyday life, it's also a chance to enjoy the city's cultural offerings after hours. 
And with that in mind, visitors will be able to see concerts at the Paris Philharmonic from dusk till dawn at an all-night event with performances including a clarinet/organ duo, orchestral pop and music by some of Fance's greatest composers.  
Find the complete programme HERE
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th, 7 pm to 6 am 
Where: Paris Philharmonic
Paris Zoological Park will be taking part in the Nuit Blanche for the very first time this year, offering visitors a musical walk around the park which aims to immerse the public in the dreamlike world of Jules Verne, author of Around the World in 80 Days.
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th, 8 pm to 4 am
Where: Paris Zoological Park, Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris.

Culture vultures become night owls at Paris' museums 
The French capital's major museums are set to stay open long into the night and entry will be free. 
The Musée du Luxembourg will be open to everyone from 7pm to 1am, at the Musée de l'Orangerie visitors will be able to enjoy Monet's stunning water lilies alongside classical musical performances from 7 pm to 4 am. 
On top of that the “Miró” and “Dazzling Venice” exhibitions of the Grand Palais will also be open to the public from 8 pm to 1 am.
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th (times vary, check individual websites)