What’s on in Paris this April

April in Paris - Notre Dame - www.MyFrenchLife.orgIf you’re lucky enough to be spending April in Paris, you’ll know that spring is well and truly underway.

With the weather bright and the days getting longer, the French city of light couldn’t possibly be lovelier.

Although we recommend that you spend as much time as possible soaking up the sunshine, we’ve collected the best of the month’s unique events and museums to help you really make the most of your trip.

Des hommes, des mondes exhibition

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What? An exhibition of contemporary art focusing on a multitude of different cultures, religions and folklores- not just French!

Why should I go? This should be a truly fascinating exhibition with a huge range of cultures expressed through a huge range of different mediums (from sculpture to sound installations).

Located in a former Cistercian monastery only converted to a gallery in 2008, even if you have no interest in diverse culture at all, the setting of this free exhibition is reason enough to go along.

When? Until 15 June.

Des Hommes, Des Mondes
Collège des Bernardins
7 March – 15 June 2014
Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

Robert Adams, ‘L’endroit où nous vivons

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What? A photography exhibition highlighting the struggle between nature and urbanisation in the American Midwest.

Why should I go? Adams’ photos are chillingly beautiful, and this exhibition really tells a sad story. Centred on 250 photographs taken over the course of Adams’ 40 year career, it sees the landscape lost to the swelling cities. And as Time Out perfectly describes, ‘it’s a loss that this exhibition will make you feel.’

When? This exhibition started in February and will run until May.

L’endroit où nous vivonsJeu de Paume 11 February – 18 May 2014 Métro: Concorde

Foire de Paris

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What? A trade show that showcases the latest, most avant-garde products and services across a range of fields.

Why should I go? From fashion to DIY, from gastronomy to interior design, this trade show aims to make day to day life more beautiful, and it consequently has plenty of ideas to help you French-ify your life. Whatever your interests are, you’ll find them collated in this huge exhibition hall. It’s the ideal place to find inspiration that you can take home with you.

When? Only until 11 May.

Foire de Paris
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
30 April – 11 May 2014
Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Le Salon Rue 89 des Vins

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What? 50 winemakers gather here to present their latest creations – French, Italian, Serbian and Chilean- so there’ll be plenty to sample.

Why should I go? Nowhere else will you find such an agglomeration of people so dedicated to quality wine. Offering well-known wines along less familiar products, for the wine connoisseur, this will feel like a dream. If you’re a fan of quality wine, there isn’t an exhibition in the world more suited to your tastes.

When? This exhibition is only for 48 hours, but as far as April in Paris goes, it is well worth squeezing in!

Le Salon Rue 89 des Vins
La Bellevilloise
27-28 April 2014
Métro: Pelleport

Mille milliards de fourmis

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What? One to keep the kids entertained, this oddly fascinating exhibition will tell you everything you didn’t know about ants.

Why should I go? Unique and interesting, this look into the world of ants is hugely educational without being boring. You’ll see the world of the ants from a new perspective, and be surprised at how much you learn. There’s also the added bonus that it will keep your kids happy, and is perfect for keeping you out of the inevitable April showers!

When? Right through April, until August.

Mille milliards de fourmis
Palais de la Découverte
15 October 2013 – 24 August 2014
Métro: Champs-Élysées Clemenceau

Have you visited any of these expos? Qu’en pensez vous? Tell us below, we love to hear about your experiences!

Image Credits
1. Notre Dame by Daisy Naylor
2. College des Bernardins Main Hall 02 by Lionel Allorge, via Wikimedia Commons.
3. Robert Adams – April 7th by Kid Gibson, via Flickr. 
4. Foire de Paris 2009 entrance by Matthieu Sontag, via Wikimedia Commons.
5. Wine Bottles by Max and Dee Stark, via Flickr. 
6. Ants by C. Frank Starmer, via Frank’s Photo Essays. 

About the Contributor

Daisy Naylor

A languages student lucky enough to be living in Paris, I love everything French -literature, film and photography in particular, as well as croissants.

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