Rock en Seine – 26 – 28 August – Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
The bona fide staple of the French music scene and the country’s biggest and most celebrated music festival, the annual spectacular, Rock en Seine, is returning at the end of this month for the 3-day summer extravaganza that has been likened to the French version of Glastonbury. The explosive line-up is incredibly eclectic and characteristically impressive, with a series of outstandingly stellar acts taking the stage over the festival weekend, including the Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Iggy Pop, as well as a variety of thrilling performances from the likes of Massive Attack, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, L7, Gregory Porter, Anderson Paak, Slaves and Joycut.
FOXP2 – June 23 – September 11 – Palais de Tokyo
This summer, the 16th arrondisement’s modern art hub, Palais de Tokyo, is playing host to an innovative and stimulating debut exhibit by the precociously talented and young French artist, Marguerite Humeau. Aa amalgamation of fantastical mythology meets scientific odyssey, the exhibition features pieces that invoke a powerful sensory experience that renders palpably real the distorted dream-like world Humeau creates. The deeply scientific nature of the exhibit results an extensive collaboration with specialists in order to create an exhibit which the artist herself describes as seeing ‘Indiana Jones in the Google era.’
Les Nuits des Étoiles – August 5 – 7 – Montparnasse Tower/Cité des Sciences et de L’industrie
The truly unique and ingenious Nuits des Étoiles is back this year to encourage and inspire young enthusiasts to delve into the world of science and space through the installation of exciting new apparatuses at two leading venues in Paris, the 15th arrondisement’s Montparnasse Tower and the biggest science museum in Europe, Cité des Sciences et de L’industrie. The exploration of year’s theme, ‘The Possibility of Life in Space’, will be facilitated through the creation of an observatory on the 56th floor of the Tower, in addition to telescopes which will also be available for visitors to catch a glimpse of their favorite constellations.
Jazz à la Villette Festival – August 30 – September 11 – Parc de la Villette
Running from the end of this month until the start of the autumn season, the unequalled Parisian Jazz festival, packed with an assortment of delightful concerts suited to a plethora of musical tastes – from jazz, hip-hop, funk and blues – is sure to live up to its reputation with this year’s program featuring a hotbed of eclectic artists, from seasoned performers to new up-and-comers. The 2016 edition boasts the festival’s usual synthesis of string bands, jazz fusion quarters and Eastern artists, with hotly anticipated performances from the likes of rap legend Nas, hip-hop standout Talib Kweli and Malian musical icon Rokia Traoré.
The Fountains Night Show – June 18 – September 17 – Château de Versailles
A must-see this summer is the ambitious weekly evening spectacle of the Chateau de Versailles’s wondrously dramatic lights show, a visual and musical event that sees the castle garden’s dazzling fountains and groves animated with dramatic lighting effects and exciting installations, including laser beams in the Colonnade Grove, water arrangements in the Mirror Fountain and vibrant fireworks displays by the Grand Canal, the latter forming the highly climactic pinnacle of the night’s dynamic performance. The two-and-a-half hour enchanting show combines exquisite baroque music with the fountain eruptions and beautiful lighting in order to energetically bring to life the fascinatingly historic venue.