The 1975 – 20 June – Olympia
A perfect synthesis of boisterous 70s glam-rock, synth-packed pop-rock and poignant acoustics ballads with hints of catchy bubble-gum pop, Manchester-born indie-rock band The 1975 has taken the international music scene by storm since the release of their debut self-titled album, featuring string of instant hits including their addictive breakthrough single “Chocolate”, the drum and bass heavy “Sex” and the satirically pop-effused “Girls”. The four-man ensemble – George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald – has accrued throngs of young female fans with their stylized aesthetics and boy band-esque good looks, features which do not in the least take away from their musical prowess that has garnered the band significant esteem in indie music circles – to grab a ticket for the highly anticipated event, click here!
Romy Schneider & Alain Delon: Les Amants Magnifiques – 22 March – 7 June – La Galerie de l’Instant
Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the final days of the latest in a string of exciting exhibitions at the Marais’ cosy and stylish La Galerie de l’Instant, surreptitiously tucked in Rue De Poitou. The gallery is currently dedicating its space to one of Old Hollywood iconic duos – the strikingly handsome Alain Delon and fiercely seductive Romy Schneider. The gallery’s assortment of one-of-a-kind, original photographs captures moments of their captivating love, from beautifully-shot intimate scenes to snapshots from their moments on the big screen. The couple’s well-publicised romance mirrored the drama and allure of a Hollywood film narrative, beginning with their first encounter in 1958 after which they stayed enamoured with one another for several years before separating in 1964. The enigmatic couple were reunited on the set of Jacques Deray’s renowned 1969 film, La Piscine, where their love came to symbolise French romance on the big screen.
LGBT Pride March – 24 June – Starting at Montparnasse-Bienvenue Metro station
This year exists as particularly special milestone amongst the French LGBT community as it marks the fortieth anniversary of the first Gay Pride event to take place in Paris! In recent years the Parisian gay pride groups have steadily increased in recognition and popularity as the city has become known as a fierce advocate of LGBT rights – this march in particular has become one of the city’s most popular annual events. The carnival-style festival blends its colourful, spirited conviviality celebrating the diversity in our contemporary world with a deeply important message of fiercely protecting the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people by ensuring their safety and freedom in 21st century societies. Always packed with great music and joyful dancing, the festival welcomes anyone who would like to show their support for the LGBT community whilst having fun!
Champs-Elysées Film Festival – 15 – 22 June – Various cinemas and locations on the Champs Elysees
The 6th edition of one of the capital’s most highly-anticipated and well-esteemed festival is swiftly approaching with promise of a sensationally jam-packed programme that is certain to transfix cinemagoers. Created by French producer and distributor Sophie Dulac, the Franco-American festival celebrates the best of contemporary cinema from both regions by taking audiences on a filmic journey through their social, cultural and artistic heritages. The festival’s 2017 jury consist of a ordinarily esteemed group of industry professionals who are deeply enmeshed in French independent cinema, including Lolita Chammah, Vincent Dedienne and Karidja Touré. The film extravaganza will also comprise of numerous parties and events allowing for festival-goers to mingle with one another, like the nightly rooftop parties which will feature music from Camp Claude, La Féline and Requin Chagrin – check out the festival’s website here to secure your own tickets!
Fete de la Musique – 21 June – Various venues throughout the capital
Annually, the month of June marks the arrival of summer solstice – the longest day of the year – and the congregation of music lovers in Paris to celebrate the day with music-oriented, sun-doused revelries comprised of exhilarating free gigs scattered all across the city. The eclectic concert venues vary from parks and churches to bars and theatres, with an impromptu gig always to be found around corner. This year’s spectacle will feature a stellar line-up of musicians, live bands and amateur singers celebrating a variety of genres including rock, jazz, classical and French folk sounds. The event promises to be a roaring delight and as economical as ever with a large part of the gigs taking place for free and a special €3 ticket granting attendees unlimited access to public transport from 21st-22nd of the month. To find out more about the festival’s jam-packed programme, check out their website here!