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Montmartre, décor de cinéma – 12 April 2017 – 14 January 2018 – Musée de Montmartre

In the heart of one Paris’ most historically-rich and cultural vibrant neighbourhoods, the art and film hub, Le Musée de Montmartre, offers art lovers a 8 month-long, one-of-a-kind exhibition celebrating the profound, exquisite influence of the eternally revered metropolis in cinema. From the throbbing, neon-lit streets of Pigalle to the effervescent cultural fecundity of the Marais, the city has existed as a mesmerising muse to some of the world’s most influential filmmakers whose works have graced the big screen. The Cinémathèque française and the Musée de Montmartre have collaborated on the project that celebrates the district of Montmartre and its influence on film from the beginning of the 20th century to the present decade, featuring video installations, film scripts, vintage film posters and archival footage that truly immerse visitors. In addition to exploring a plethora of seminal films, the exhibition specially commemorates Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s internationally acclaimed Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, with the inclusion of a profundity of material, including cast photos, set props and scripts. You can take at look at the Musée de Montmartre’s website for more information about exhibition.

Christian Dior, Couturier du rêve – 5 July 2017 – 7 January 2018 – Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Just on the doorstep of the Louvre, the 1st arrondisement’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs is currently commemorating a monumental 70 years since the establishment of the mega, über-lux, French fashion house Dior in a visually rich, exquisitely presented and informative exhibition that introduces visitors to the extravagant brand’s world and the pivotal individuals that have helped to make Dior a bona fide fashion giant – from the brand’s founder himself to a succession of talented designers (Yves Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, Maria Grazia Chiuri and more). The exhibition beautifully embodies the glitz and the glamour of the famed creative hub by presenting an eclectic collection of materials, from workshop canvases and fashion photographs to illustrations, sketches and advertising documents, as well as original, vintage fashion items such as hats, jewellery, bags, shoes and perfume bottles. The two commissioners of the project, Florence Müller and Olivier Gabet, have constructed the exhibition according to a thematic and chronological path that aims to give visitors a good overall understanding of the historical depth and artistic profundity of the fashion house – to find out more about the exhibition, click here!

Paris Plages 2017 – 20 July – 4 September, 2017 – Various Location across Paris

Signalling the official arrival of the summer season, the Paris Plages initiative set up by former city mayor Bertrand Delanoë is now over a decade old but is still as strong as ever, seeing hundreds spiritedly flock to the banks of Seine and the canal of Bassin de la Villette during the sunny season. Covering three kilometres across the city, all the locations are bedecked with sand, deckchairs, volley ball nets and ice cream stands to entertain the large crowds, as well as facilities that allow you to borrow books free of charge, a mini pool for aquagym classes, kayaks for more aquatic activities and many more outdoor attractions. Open all day from 9am to midnight, visitors have a host of activities to try out – from breaking a sweat in the newly-installed water-sports complex, to enjoying an alfresco meal at a charming restaurant or just chilling on the sand and enjoying the sun. If you will not be in Paris for the month of July there is no need to fret, as Paris Plages will be in open until the final languorous, sun-doused days of the late summer season!

FNAC Live 2017 – 6 – 8 July – Hôtel de Ville

The FNAC-sponsored annual outdoor music event held in the heart of Paris distances itself from its peer festivals in that it offers music-lovers a string of buzzing concerts featuring artists who represent the best in modern French music, all for free.  Each year, the music retailer giant FNAC assembles an impressive line-up of talented artists – from up-and-coming mavericks to established musical veterans – to the 4th arrondisement’s historic Hôtel de Ville district for riotous festivities and sonorous music spanning 4 nights during the first week of July – following a 5pm to midnight schedule. The event promises a series of electrifying musical performances from the likes of firebrand Julien Cleric and the talented darlings of record label Label Microqlima (The Pirouettes, Fishbach, Mémé Tan etc) on the festival’s opening night, to an eclectic assortment of artists (Juliette Armanet, Albin de la Simone, Tim Dup…) on the remaining nights. The jam-packed festival schedule will also feature concerts held at the smaller, more intimate venue of the Salon des Arcades for those festival-goers seeking a more relaxed, subdued festival experience – for more information about the highly-anticipated live event, click here!

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