October is upon us and like any other month in Paris, the list of things to do in the city is endless! There is always one thousand and one things to do, so here we have tried to narrow down a few of the many cultural activities going on in the city in the month of October.
Pitchfork Music Festival (29th to 31st October)
Pitchfork is an annual music festival that takes place in Paris, showcasing a whole range of music, from indie, such as Beach House and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, to electronic, such as John Talbot b2b Roman Flugel and Four Tet, to mention just a few of the acts making up the juicy lineup. The festival is returning to its usual location at Grand Halle de La Vilette and festival is also accompanied with some great night time events for those wanting to carry on the festival deep into the early hours. Check more info here.
Jazz sur Seine (9th to 24th October)
The jazz scene in Paris is alive and well. The month of October sees 450 musicians, at 120 concerts at 20 clubs around Paris letting loose their musical talents and spreading the jazz bug around town! Look forward to acts such as Eliane Elias and John Abercrombie and John Pizarrelli amongst the acts. The festival also includes a range of masterclasses as part of their Actions Culturelles with some great jazz musicians. So if you dont want to miss out, follow the link here!
Nuit Blanche (3rd October)
One of the biggest events of October in Paris is Nuit Blanche! Every first Saturday in October, beginning from Sunset, the streets of Paris become exhibition spaces and galleries displaying and celebrating contemporary art which takes the form of installations, light displays, music and visual art and performances to bringing to life each arrondissement in the city. The free all-night event takes place in over twenty different urban spaces. For the whole programme have a look here.
Splendour and Misery. Pictures of prostitution, 1850 – 1910 –Musée d’Orsay (22nd September 2015 – 17th January 2016)
The first major show on the subject of prostitution, this exhibition attempts to retrace the way French and foreign artists, fascinated by the people and places involved in prostitution, have constantly sought to find new pictorial resources for depicting the realities and fantasies it implied. So if you want to get some high culture in you whilst in Paris check this exhibition out. Info here.
WARHOL- Unlimited – Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2nd October 2015 – 7th February 2016)
An exhibition devoted to the infamous Andy Warhol opens at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris with over 200 pieces of work. The exhibition highlights in particular, the serial side of Warhol’s works, an extremely important aspect of his work, which works to rethink the way art should be exhibited. This is an exhibition that cannot be missed! For more info check here.
More cool stuff to do:
Festival de l’imaginaire 2015 – Maison des Cultures du Monde (9th October to 20th December)
Maison des Cultures du Monde was created in 1982 to promote cultural exchange programs between France and other countries throughout the world. It is open to all horizons and civilisations, with a preference for cultural and artistic perspectives rather than strictly politicial focus. It is commuted to protecting cultural diversity and the expression of cultural identities. The Festival de l’imaginaire usually takes place in the spring but this 19th edition is taking place this autumn. Rituals, shows, spectacles, performances and music from around the world will be displayed through out the festival. Tributes will be paid to many great masters, at the same time as providing a platform for a young generation of artists as well as exploring the traditional as well as the contemporary. This edition will have a strong emphasis on Franco-Korean relationships and give an insight to lesser known arts from Korea. The festival strives to constantly kindle spectators’ curiosity with a three-pronged approach: Exploration, Discovery and Revelation. For more info have a look here.
Le Bal des Vendanges de Montmartre (11th October)
Le Bal des Vendages is an annual street party that celebrates the end of the wine festival in Montmartre. The street party fills the Square Louise Michel and beyond, celebrating the end of Montmartre’s five-day Fête des Vendages with music and dancing. Autumn, Paris, music and wine will make a great combination. An unmissable event!