Marking the apogee of the tropical season, the month of August is always the surest guarantee of days spent lulled on sun-doused beaches and evenings enjoyed lingering on warm café terraces – all scenes which inevitably populate one’s reveries in the dreary wintry months. The French capital is never a city to allow its residents, expats and tourists alike to miss out on the wondrous possibilities of the inimitable city in its warmer climates, so here at ÉCU we have picked out some of our highlights amongst the jovial merriments on offer this month in Paris.
Rock en Seine 2017 – 25 – 27 August – The Domaine National de Saint-Cloud
Why not start your Parisian summer experience with one of Europe’s most popular and highly-anticipated rock music events, conveniently unfolding just west of the French capital. Dubbed the French Glastonbury, the fourteen year-old annual musical extravaganza offers festival-goers a two-day-long string of performances from an impressive slate of acts including The XX, Flume, Franz Ferdinand, The Kills and many other chart toppers. Taking place during the last weekend of the month, the festival is the perfect way for music-lovers to celebrate the end of a riotous summer season, all to the sound of their favourite musical acts – check out the Rock en Seine website to secure your place at the stand-out rock bonanza.
Open Air Electro – 19 August – Le 6B
If you just can’t spend a minute away from charming sandy beaches this summer and you fancy some electro tunes instead, why not head to the latest edition of Open Air Electro for a special one day, party music spectacular later this month. There, you can enjoy your summer live music experience with fellow electro-lovers in the expansive, 3000m2 outdoor space which comprises of scenic beaches, affording you the opportunity to step out of the riotous scenes of electrifying, rip-roaring sets – from a line-up selected by French radio station, Le Mellotron – and hang out with your friends on one of the party boats or linger around less populated areas of the beach. If all that wasn’t enough, the price for a ticket to the thrilling event is also a steal at just under nine euros per head – so, if that clinches it for you, head over to Le 6B’s website to secure your place.
Dalida – 1 – 13 August – Musée Galliera
Only on show for less than two weeks, fans of 20th century couture fashion and beloved French chanteuse Dalida are sure to clear their schedules in the coming days and rush over to the 16th arrondisement’s stately Musée Galliera, to view a sartorial exhibit dedicated to a legendary entertainer and her equally revered wardrobe. A chronological look is taken at the singer’s stylistic evolution, from Dalida’s early years making a name for herself singing in various Parisian venues – epitomised by a particular velvety red, curve-accentuating dress – to her exploration of the flamboyant world of costume design with slinky leather outfits and arresting, bright capes. At the end of the exhibition, the visitor gets the sense that Dalida allowed her unconventional, daring tastes to manifest itself in nowhere more boldly than in her sartorial proclivities – indeed, an immense wardrobe for an immense career.
Summer House – 1 June – 1 October – Mona Bismarck American Center
Paris’s premier hangout for Anglophones and French natives alike, a fusion of pop-culture, music, art and cinema is offered in the 16th arrondisement’s ‘Summer House’; the Mona Bismarck American Center’s homage to all things American and set in one of the city’s most architecturally exquisite hôtels particuliers. Ensuring that the end of the summer season doesn’t lead to a winding down of the capital’s vibrant festivities, the four-month-long event offers a diverse, jam-packed programme of jovialities until the very start of fall, including musical sets from a variety of genre-diverse artists (electro, blues, rap) all in the setting of a 400m2, beautiful garden expanse. For those who are left famished after energetically dancing the afternoon away, there are chefs on stand at a bar offering a variety of American-style dishes, as well as a funky speakeasy area with a menu of delicious cocktails – what could be better on a cool, summer evening?
Invalides aux nuit – 6 July – 2 September – Invalides
The seventh arrondisement’s historic Invalides, dedicated to France’s mighty military history, has been routinely set alight during the vibrant nights of July to offer an immersive, multi-sensory experience that tells a vivid story of the capital’s lively history. The fifth edition of this summertime event produced by Amaclio Productions and created by artist Bruno Seillier, utilises state-of-the-art technology to display a spectacular creative effort that uses the entirety of the Invalides’s façade to erect a 180-degree projection which covers over 250 metres of the building – a truly remarkable artistic and technological feat. If you want to ensure that you get a chance to experience this highly-anticipated event, take a look at the show’s website here.