Transient Festival – Paris, 5th to 8th November 2015
Transient Festival returns to Paris for the second time. This cutting edge electronic music festival will bring the cream of innovative techno producers and experimental sound artists to a yet-to-be-announced inner-city venue. It is a festival that promotes digital culture in many forms, crossing styles and aesthetic, propelling the audience at the heart of innovation. This year, selections include minimal legend Monolake, glitchy sound designer Richard Devine and loopy, groovy techno from Space Dimension Controller. The lineup is expanding all the time, with a total of 40 acts set to perform over the weekend. It looks to be quite an interesting event!
Red Bull Music Academy – Paris, 25th October – November 27th 2015
Red Bull Music Academy finally comes to Paris, with one of its finest ever line-ups of talks, live music and club nights. There are so many exciting events which are themed around France’s huge historical contribution to electronic and dance music, with everything from intimate chats with Jean-Michel Jarre and Cerrone to live DJ sets from Laurent Garnier and Mr. Oizo. make sure to check out all the cool events going on around the city here:
Paris Musique Club – La Gaîté Lyrique, 24th October 31st January
An exhibition dedicated to exploring the relationship between music and digital forms. You will have the opportunity to listen, create and visualise with a whole host of workshops, live projects, masterclasses, dj sets from 12 collectives and labels taking place each week and an exhibition put together by collectif Scale who have created several sensorial and interactive installations that play around with the way you hear and even visualise music! Looks to be seriously cool. Definitely worth a visit!
Scorsese à la cinémathèque – Cinémathèque française, Until Sunday 14th February 2016
A really exciting major retrospective dedicated to the infamous Martin Scorsese. From films such as Mean Streets to Taxi Driver, and from Shutter Island to The Wolf of Wall Street there will be a lot to explore at the exhibit. Religion, passion, loss, redemption and money all take centre stage in Scorsese’s films, and the Cinémathèque’s portrait is sure to fascinate. This is must for November!
Paris Photo – La Grande Palais, 12 – 15th November 2015
This 19th edition of the annual photo even in Paris will welcome 140 leading galleries from 33 countries around the world, presenting both historical and contemporary works. Joining them will also be 27 publishers and specialised art book dealers to provide a complete panorama of the photographic medium. This year also features a newly curated exhibition sector in the Salon d’Honneur which will host work from some of Italy’s most important private collections. The exhibition will also feature a wide range of discussions and talks through the Paris Photo Platform. There will be definitely be a lot to see and listen to so keep the dates free!
Philippe Halsman: Etonnez-moi! – Jeu de Paume, until Sunday 24th January 2016
Salvador Dalí’s moustache reaching for his eyebrows, Marliyn Monroe leaping in the air, Hitchcock puffing on a cigar crowned with a bird, Einstein sticking his tongue out, these are some of the most iconic images of 20th century and all were shot by Philippe Halsman. The Latvian-American photographer has left behind an extensive amount of work extending to fashion photography, reportage and experimental imagery. The exhibition at the Jeu de Paume dedicated to him tracks his career from his beginnings in Paris in the 1930s to his immense postwar success in New York. A must see show!
Take Me (I’m Yours) – Musée de la Monnaie de Paris, Until Sunday 8th November 2015
Last chance to visit this interactive exhibition where the public take an active part in the art. Conceived by Hans Ulrich and Christian Boltanski, the exhibit contains 30 different major artworks from artists such as Yoko Ono, Philippe Parreno, Franco Vaccari, Gilbert & George and Carsten Höller and is a recreation of the original 1995 exhibit Take Me (I’m Yours) at The Serpentine Gallery in London. The public are urged to touch and play around with the works on display. Pick up a piece of art and leave your own behind. Make sure to leave your mark in an historic event!
Other cool stuff to do:
Beaujolais Nouveau – everywhere around France, 19th November
The annual wine drinking event takes place on the third Thursday of November. The young red vin de primeur Beaujolais nouveau is released on the market and though not necessarily the best wine, is always an excuse to buy and drink the wine. The wine is young and is intended for immediate consumption so make sure to take part in this very French affair on 19th November in any of the numerous bars around Paris.