Paris in April – what’s on?

MyFrenchLife™-Paris in April-Boulevard_Saint-Germain,_Paris_April_2014

This month is bringing more than just longer and warmer days: there is so much happening in Paris in April.

A month full of art and music events, here are a few of our favourites things to do in Paris in April.

Immerse yourself in the world of ‘Le Petit Prince’

MyFrenchLife™-Paris in April-The little princeTo celebrate the 70th anniversary of ‘The Little Prince’ in Paris in April, the mairie of the 5th arrondissement is hosting a beautiful exhibition dedicated to the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Here you can discover the history of France’s most loved book.

When: 1 April – 13 May
Where: Mairie du Vème, 21 Place du Panthéon 75005
Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

Enjoy some of the best jazz

MyFrenchLife™-Paris in April-Banlieues Festival

Back without borders, the Banlieues Bleues festival aims to highlight those who are making music today and into the future.

The Banlieues Bleues presents its 33rd edition with a huge selection of 42 groups, full of brilliant new talent.

When: Until 15 April, every Tuesday-Saturday from 7pm – 12pm, see full program here
Where: Throughout Saint Denis

Premiere screenings at Series Mania

For those who are accros to TV series, Series Mania is in Paris in April. Series Mania presents a selection of the best series of the year and alongside their creators.

This year the festival has decided to organise a world premieres competition. Series that have just finished production but not yet been released in their country of origin will be exclusively screen for the first time at Series Mania.

MyFrenchLife™-Paris in April-Series Mania

The winners will be selected by an international jury. See the sessions here.

When: 15 – 24 April
Where: Forum des Halles, 2 rue du cinema 75001
Mètro: Etienne Marcel

Art as an urban affair

MyFrenchLife™-Paris in April-Urban Art FairThe Urban Art Fair is the first international art fair dedicated to urban art.

Emerging talents, historical artists, private collections, solo and group shows, experts, the Urban Art Fair supports all and for the first time offers them a dedicated space for the celebration of such expression in our society.

Tickets available here.


When: 22 – 24 April
Where: Le Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène Spuller 75003
Métro: Temple

MyFrenchLife™-Paris in April-Velvet UndergroundA trip to the 1960s

The Philharmonia Paris is presenting an exhibition dedicated to the highly influential rock band, the Velvet Underground, for the 50th anniversary of their first album.

The exhibition will be run in parallel with two Velvet Underground weekends, focussing on different aspects of the band’s history and its influence.

For more information about the events and for tickets see here.

When: 30 March – 21 August
Where: Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019
Métro: Hoche

Littérature en scène

Literature on stage, a way to get to the coeur of the texts by listening to them read aloud. The readers in these sessions will open with other forms of creation (music, plastic art, audiovisual, dance) to address the creation of literature at the heart of it.

When: 23-25 April
Where: Petite Salle – Centre Pompidou, place Georges-Pompidou 75004
Métro: Rambuteau

Artful irony

MyFrenchLife™-Paris in April-Paul Klee

The Centre Pompidou presents Paul Klee, ‘irony at work’. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, the Swiss German artist’s style was the culmination of expression, cubism and surrealism.

The exhibit is divided up thematically to showcase the many facets of his work, ranging from ‘satire and caricature’ to ‘years of crisis’. Over 250 works are being showcased to pay homage to this exceptional figure.

When: 6 April – 1 August
Where: Centre Pompidou, place Georges-pompidou 75004
Métro: Rambuteau

What are your favourites activites on in Paris in April? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below!

Image credits:
1. Roller Skate Race In The Boulevard Saint-Germain by Jim Linwood, via wikimedia.
2. ‘Le Petit Prince’, via flickr
3. Banlieues Blues Festival, via the official site
4. Series Mania, via the Facebook page
5. Urban Art Fair, via the Facebook page
6. The Velvet Underground @ Philharmonie de Paris, via the official site
7. ‘After the Flood’ by Paul Klee, via wikimedia

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One Comment

  1. Artemis Sfendourakis Apr 1, 2016 at 11:00 PM - Reply

    Spring in Paris seems very fun-filled and adventurous! There are so many ways to gain cultural knowledge in this beautiful city. I studied ‘Le Petit Prince’ at school and its message is still so important; that exhibition would be thoroughly enjoyable!

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