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Welcome to the May 2018 issue of “What’s up in Paris”.
This monthly magazine is dedicated to everything you need to experience, see, listen to and do in Paris! So stay with us and discover the “What’s up in Paris” selection of the events you shouldn’t miss in May 2018!

Experience:
Spring is with us and there’s nothing nicer than spending a bit of time on a terrace with a cold drink! From 1st May, Les Maquereaux’s airy terrace will be re-opening on the Banks of the Seine. Looking out to Ile Saint Louis, the famous barge will be offering products from the French regions: Breton oysters from Côtes-d’Armor, butter from Isigny-sur-Mer and sardines from the Ile d’Yeu. A real fresh-air feeling!

The sea will also be in the spotlight in Paris’ 14th arrondissement from 18 to 26 May, with the Brittany Festival. Music, dance, walks, concerts and gastronomy, all organised by the “Mission Bretonne” to help you learn more about one of France’s most famous and delightful regions. And don’t miss the “In the footsteps of Paris’ Bretons” rally , the “La dans tro” conference on the origins of dance in Lower Brittany and, of course, the pancake competition!
See the full programme on: www.missionbretonne.bzh

From 23 to 27 May, the Nature Festival will be taking place all over France, including Paris. The theme for this 12th year is “Seeing the Invisible”, with little-known ecosystems that conceal tiny, unusual and fascinating species for us to study. The many activities on offer include guided tours, games, introductory sessions, gardening and workshops. Of particular interest are “Invisible life on the farm”, “Vegetable dies, unexpected colours” and “The secret life of bees”!
See the full programme on: www.fetedelanature.com

See:
Feel like getting away from the traditional exhibitions? Since 13 April and until 11 November, “L’Atelier des Lumières” is offering an immersive presentation of the work of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. How does it work? In a vast room covering 2000m², visitors walk amongst the painter’s finest works to the music of Vienna waltzes, the whole provided by 140 projectors and a spatial sound system that “dematerialise” the works of this artistic genius. A thrilling thirty-minute “son et lumière” show including iconic works such as The Kiss and the Portrait of Adèle Bloch-Bauer!
Information: www.atelier-lumieres.com

“Museum Night” returns throughout Paris on 19 May. Through the night, the Palais Galliera, Paris’ Museum of Fashion, will be offering a variety of free tours, along with most of the other museums in the capital. Children will be offered a storytelling tour.

At the Quai Branly Museum, immerse yourself in the “Asian underworlds and ghosts” exhibition, from 6pm to midnight, as part of the “Scary visits” event. At the Vuitton Foundation, experience the world of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami with the “In tune with the world” exhibition that questions man’s relationship with the world that surrounds him. The Picasso Museum will be hosting a performance entitled “I will keep a light burning”, devised by Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil. A thousand candles reproducing the starry sky as it was the night before the bombing of Guernica on 26 April 1937 will light your way towards the Guernica exhibition. If you want to visit the Palais de Tokyo on 3 May, you’ll have to go naked! The Paris Naturists’ Association has succeeded in organising a guided “birthday suit” tour of the building. The Palais will be open to participants from 8pm. For everyone’s comfort, only registered visitors may enter the room.
Bookings: anp.paris75@gmail.com

Listen:
Do you like funny, touching music shows? Then head for Olympia to see François Morel on 4 May. Words combine with music in an intimate, convivial atmosphere.

If you’re more of a fan of large-scale spectacles, the AccorHotels Arena Bercy is organising an immersive musical and visual experience based on Game of Thrones, on 12 May. The Seven Kingdoms are brought to life by the very latest technology, accompanied by a full orchestra and choir conducted by Ramin Djawadi, who composes the music for the famous series. If you’re looking for a more intimate, serious atmosphere, we suggest you keep the evening of 17 May free to attend the concert by Gaël Faye in the Salle Pleyel. The Franco-Rwandan singer-songwriter Gaël Faye’s unique voice and realistic poetry offer a highly emotive experience.

Do:
With the return of the fine weather, you’re perhaps keen to get out there and get some exercise. On 6 May, whatever your level, why not run the Bois de Boulogne 10km race? Even if you’re a bit slow, bear in mind that everyone who takes part will receive a souvenir gift and medal.
Official website: www.10kmboisdeboulogne.fr

Château de Vaux le Vicomte will be re-opening from 5 May, offering magical moments with its “Candlelight Evenings”. Come for an evening visit and see the château and garden, designed by Le Nôtre, illuminated by 2000 candles against a background of classical music. In this incredible setting, you can also enjoy a meal on the terrace of the Les Charmilles restaurant or a glass of champagne and a few macaroons at the Songe de Vaux. And to round off this timeless evening, there’s a firework display every Saturday night.
Bookings: www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

And finally, for Mothers’ Day, Bonne Maman opens its doors from 16 to 20 May, on the Concorde Atlantique barge on Quai Anatole France. The programme for the day looks to be as full as your stomachs will be: Yoga and meditation lessons and breakfast with “Mon Jardin secret” jam in the morning, relaxing in the garden in the afternoon and “after work” with mocktails at the end of the day.

At lunchtime, release the child within you for a ferocious game of Uno or sit in a cosy armchair and leaf through a magazine before putting your hands to work at a DIY workshop. Various activities will be taking place in the garden: for example, you can learn to design floral jewellery or try your hand at knitting. There’s something for everyone of all ages!
Information: www.bonne-maman.com

Thanks for joining us – we’ll be back again next month!


Video content: Welcome to the May 2018 issue of “What’s up in Paris”.
This monthly magazine is dedicated to everything you need to experience, see, listen to and do in Paris!
So stay with us and discover the “What’s up in Paris” selection of the events you shouldn’t miss in May 2018!
Experience:
Spring is with us and there’s nothing nicer than spending a bit of time on a terrace with a cold drink! From 1st May, Les Maquereaux’s airy terrace will be re-opening on the Banks of the Seine. Looking out to Ile Saint Louis, the famous barge will be offering products from the French regions: Breton oysters from Côtes-d’Armor, butter from Isigny-sur-Mer and sardines from the Ile d’Yeu. A real fresh-air feeling!
The sea will also be in the spotlight in Paris’ 14th arrondissement from 18 to 26 May, with the Brittany Festival. Music, dance, walks, concerts and gastronomy, all organised by the “Mission Bretonne” to help you learn more about one of France’s most famous and delightful regions. And don’t miss the “In the footsteps of Paris’ Bretons” rally , the “La dans tro” conference on the origins of dance in Lower Brittany and, of course, the pancake competition! See the full programme on: www.missionbretonne.bzh
From 23 to 27 May, the Nature Festival will be taking place all over France, including Paris. The theme for this 12th year is “Seeing the Invisible”, with little-known ecosystems that conceal tiny, unusual and fascinating species for us to study. The many activities on offer include guided tours, games, introductory sessions, gardening and workshops. Of particular interest are “Invisible life on the farm”, “Vegetable dies, unexpected colours” and “The secret life of bees”! See the full programme on: www.fetedelanature.com

See:
Feel like getting away from the traditional exhibitions? Since 13 April and until 11 November, “L’Atelier des Lumières” is offering an immersive presentation of the work of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. How does it work? In a vast room covering 2000m², visitors walk amongst the painter’s finest works to the music of Vienna waltzes, the whole provided by 140 projectors and a spatial sound system that “dematerialise” the works of this artistic genius. A thrilling thirty-minute “son et lumière” show including iconic works such as The Kiss and the Portrait of Adèle Bloch-Bauer!
Information: www.atelier-lumieres.com
“Museum Night” returns throughout Paris on 19 May. Through the night, the Palais Galliera, Paris’ Museum of Fashion, will be offering a variety of free tours, along with most of the other museums in the capital. Children will be offered a storytelling tour.
At the Quai Branly Museum, immerse yourself in the “Asian underworlds and ghosts” exhibition, from 6pm to midnight, as part of the “Scary visits” event. At the Vuitton Foundation, experience the world of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami with the “In tune with the world” exhibition that questions man’s relationship with the world that surrounds him. The Picasso Museum will be hosting a performance entitled “I will keep a light burning”, devised by Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil. A thousand candles reproducing the starry sky as it was the night before the bombing of Guernica on 26 April 1937 will light your way towards the Guernica exhibition.
If you want to visit the Palais de Tokyo on 3 May, you’ll have to go naked! The Paris Naturists’ Association has succeeded in organising a guided “birthday suit” tour of the building. The Palais will be open to participants from 8pm. For everyone’s comfort, only registered visitors may enter the room.
Bookings: anp.paris75@gmail.com
Listen:
Do you like funny, touching music shows? Then head for Olympia to see François Morel on 4 May. Words combine with music in an intimate, convivial atmosphere.
If you’re more of a fan of large-scale spectacles, the AccorHotels Arena Bercy is organising an immersive musical and visual experience based on Game of Thrones, on 12 May. The Seven Kingdoms are brought to life by the very latest technology, accompanied by a full orchestra and choir conducted by Ramin Djawadi, who composes the music for the famous series.
If you’re looking for a more intimate, serious atmosphere, we suggest you keep the evening of 17 May free to attend the concert by Gaël Faye in the Salle Pleyel. The Franco-Rwandan singer-songwriter Gaël Faye’s unique voice and realistic poetry offer a highly emotive experience.
Do:
With the return of the fine weather, you’re perhaps keen to get out there and get some exercise. On 6 May, whatever your level, why not run the Bois de Boulogne 10km race? Even if you’re a bit slow, bear in mind that everyone who takes part will receive a souvenir gift and medal.
Official website: www.10kmboisdeboulogne.fr
Château de Vaux le Vicomte will be re-opening from 5 May, offering magical moments with its “Candlelight Evenings”. Come for an evening visit and see the château and garden, designed by Le Nôtre, illuminated by 2000 candles against a background of classical music. In this incredible setting, you can also enjoy a meal on the terrace of the Les Charmilles restaurant or a glass of champagne and a few macaroons at the Songe de Vaux. And to round off this timeless evening, there’s a firework display every Saturday night.
Bookings: www.vaux-le-vicomte.com
And finally, for Mothers’ Day, Bonne Maman opens its doors from 16 to 20 May, on the Concorde Atlantique barge on Quai Anatole France. The programme for the day looks to be as full as your stomachs will be: Yoga and meditation lessons and breakfast with “Mon Jardin secret” jam in the morning, relaxing in the garden in the afternoon and “after work” with mocktails at the end of the day.
At lunchtime, release the child within you for a ferocious game of Uno or sit in a cosy armchair and leaf through a magazine before putting your hands to work at a DIY workshop. Various activities will be taking place in the garden: for example, you can learn to design floral jewellery or try your hand at knitting. There’s something for everyone of all ages!
Information: www.bonne-maman.com
Thanks for joining us – we’ll be back again next month!


Linked key words: Paris, Spring, Festival of Brittany, Festival of Nature, The Workshop of Lights, The Night of Museums, Quai Branly Museum, Vuitton Foundation, François Morel, Olympia, AccorHotels Bercy Arena, Game of Thrones, Château de Vaux le Vicomte, Mother's Day

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