Paris International Festival of Psychedelic Music – 3 – 5 March – La Cigale and La Trabendo
The Dandy Warhols and Gong headline this 3-day psych-rock fest alongside local flavours such as Le Villejuif Underground. After a few seasons outside of the capital the festival returns to Paris intra-muros for it’s 4th edition. This year the themed watch-word is “experience”, as music and scenographers compete to immerse visitors in a totally far-out experience. As well as music, this year the organisers are promising to plunge us into the dreams and consciousness of Canadian artist Tess Parks. If your looking to explore a Paris that goes beyond the Eiffel Tower, this festival is a must-see.
Gnaoua Festival Tour – 27 March – Bataclan
The scene of one of the greatest tragedies in modern French history, the Bataclan has nevertheless bounced back and is still a hub of the Parisian music scene. In typical Parisian style, visitors to the iconic venue are expected to enjoy themselves no matter what’s going on and the venue has one of the most exciting programs in the city. With a packed agenda for March, the touring Gnaoua Festival – now in its 20th year – represents one of Moroccos biggest exports. Featuring renowned Gnaoua stars such as Hindi Zahra, Titi Robin and Karim Ziad the festival promises to be a celebration of the joy of music across cultures.
Caberet Electrique – 1 – 25 March – Cirque Electrique
One of Paris smaller circuses, Le Cirque Electrique is nevertheless one of the best shows in town. Born in 1995 and a longtime celebration of the absurd and the farcical, they celebrate themselves as more than just a circus; ‘it’s a way of life’. Located in the 20th arrondisement in a traditional circus tent surrounded by caravans, they have become a fixture in the Parisian alternative scene. Performances range from burlesque to acrobatic, but they always contain an element of satire. The Cabaret Electrique is no different and features a series of acts with next month’s presidential elections as a theme. With acts such as ‘electoral contortions’ and ‘governmental paintball’, the show promises laughs as well as the glamour of a circus performance.
L’Afrique Des Routes – 31 January – 12 November – Musée Quai de Branly
Cradle of humanity, provider of a global workforce, looted for ivory and gold; for thousands of years, Africa has represented a crossroads of worlds, both from within and without. This exhibition attempts to place the trade history of the African continent within a global context. Focusing on ‘The Routes’ of Africa, visitors travel down the Nile and across the Congo, journeying through the Sahara, being treated to ivory sculptures from the centre of the continent as well as artefacts as intriguing rare Chinese porcelain from Madagascar. Featuring stories from all over the continent and dating from the prehistoric to the post-colonial period,