The Top & Hottest Cultural Events In Paris

With thousands of events held each year, Paris offers you several opportunities to discover some of the most spell-binding and entertaining cultural events. From a dazzling evening performance at the Opéra de Paris, or a festive venture into the streets of one of the most popular cities in the world, Paris is a cultural hotspot!

While it is easy to be overwhelmed with the variety of choices, we’ve got a guide set up to help you decide! Here are some of our favorites picks:

L’ Abri Blues

If music is your passion, then you absolutely must make a stop at the famous, L’ Abri Blues. With brilliant acoustics, the place is renowned for hosting fantastic concerts for all kinds of musical expressions. So if you’re visiting with the family, let the L’ Abri Blues entertain you with some blues or classic jazz music. However, if you want to opt for something loud, this musical paradise houses rock, metal, and hip-hop concerts too! With a capacity of 200, with an additional standing space for 430, you may have a good chance at scoring a good seat. But do call in and reserve in advance so that you can enjoy your musical performance from the best seat in the house!

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Ancien Site de Mirapolis

The Ancien site de Mirapolis is an attraction park turned spacious event venue. The park was shut down in 1987, and then reopened in 1991 to accommodate the various cultural events that Paris is known for hosting. Due to its large size, it has the capacity to house quite a few people. Make sure you stop by at the Ancien Site de Mirapolis; it’s sure to be buzzing with some cultural event or the other.

Atelier Théâtre de Montmartre

The stunning theatre hosts a variety of events, workshops, comedy shows and concerts. But that’s not the only thing that has scored this theatre a position on our list. It is beautifully situated in the historically significant neighborhood of Moulin Rouge, Dunay, and Prévert. They also provide workshops for kids and adults who are interested in gaining an insight on creativity, and the art of performance.

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Paris is always buzzing with cultural events, all year round. Make sure you’re not missing out! With Citibreak as your comprehensive online guide, you can get information on the latest happenings, events, exciting places to visit, cultural events, art shows, and the best exhibitions in Paris, and throughout France!

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Monnaie de Paris an unusual site to Visit in Paris

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La Monnaie de Paris – Quai Conti view

LA MONNAIE DE PARIS AND ITS MISSION
La Monnaie de Paris has a public service mission: the striking common currencies on its production site in Pessac (Gironde), for French euros like other currencies in Europe and in the world.

Maintaining a high tradition in crafts related to metal, it has another mission edition commemorative art: collection of coins, medals, decorations, art castings and jewelry, made on its historic site the Quai Conti (Paris 6th).

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HOTEL DES MONNAIES HISTORY
Hotel de la Monnaie de Paris was built during the reign of Louis XV, on the site of the Grand Hotel de Conti on the left bank of the Seine, the Paris Mint consists of a palace and a factory architect’s works Jacques Denis Antoine (1733-1801).

Splendid witness of neoclassical architecture, the main body of the Palace wife over a length of 117 meters line of Quai de Conti. It is flanked by two side wings on Conti Street and Guénégaud impasse. Dubbed a factory, the palace has a majestic reception room “Guillaume Dupré room”, the largest series of rooms in Paris overlooking the Seine and a staircase to the admirable proportions.

Finally the Monnaie de Paris has a small architectural gem: a mansion built by Jules Hardouin Mansart in 1669, also called “Wing Mansart.”

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EXHIBITION CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
La Monnaie de Paris also supports contemporary artistic creation. It thus presents exhibitions of French and international contemporary artists (David LaChapelle, Daniel Buren, Julien Berthier, Willy Ronis, Jean Prouvé) and participates in recurring events that combine other cultural institutions (Photoquai and the Parcours des Mondes first arts).

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Paul McCarthy Exhibition

You want to know more ? click on this link to see this great video about the Monnaie de Paris

 

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The Paris Army Museum – Hôtel des Invalides

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Army Museum – Invalides / Paris

To understand the history of the Army Museum we need to go back to the seventeenth century.

In the seventeenth century, when there was no structure to house disabled soldiers, Louis XIV decided by the 1670 order to build « un hostel royal pour y loger tous les officiers et soldats tant estropiés que vieux et caduques ».

Under the reign of Louis XIV hotel’s success is affirmed, nearly six thousand invalids will be admitted between 1676 and 1690. To heal the sick the hospital employs prestigious physicians and surgeons foreshadows the first modern hospital where hygiene rules are rigorous, and with active clinical research. And define the outset missions which the institution is now heir after more than three centuries of existence.

This hotel, where the spiritual life is an important part, is enriched in 1678 by the construction of the church of the soldiers, became St. Louis, then by that of the dome, or royal church, designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1706.

The Hotel des Invalides still hosts a hundred badly disabled war veterans of the French armies. The Authority of the mission is the National Institution invalid.

It was not until 1872 that the hotel gets a museum function: Artillery Museum in 1872 and the Historical Museum of Armed forces in 1896, the two are merged in the army museum in 1905.

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One of the Museum room

Today the museum with 8000 m² (museum, two churches) preserve 500 000 listed objects. These figures make the Museum of the Army’s the largest military history museum in France and one of the very first in the world.

The permanent collections are divided into so-called “historical” collections, corresponding to a chronological circuit from ancient times to the end of the Second World War, enriched with objects belonging to sets “thematic” (emblems, paintings, decorations …). These thematic collections are to be presented over the historic rooms or confined to specific areas.

The Dome Church (plan Mansart) with the highest openwork lantern at 107 m, the large fresco under the dome by Charles de La Fosse and its gilded dome in 1989 to mark the bicentenary of the French Revolution for the fifth time since its creation (12 kg of gold were necessary for this operation).

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Napoleon’s tomb

The museum is also a real military pantheon with the tombs housing the heart of Vauban, the remains of Turenne and the heart of the Tour d’Auvergne; The Dome mainly welcomes the tomb of Napoleon I, the graves of his brothers Joseph and Jerome Bonaparte his son, the King of Rome, General (Bertrand and Duroc) and marshals (Foch and Lyautey).

Check this great video about the museum.

 

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British Library launches an online collection of 280 Holocaust survivors testimonies

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These interviews with Jewish survivors living in Britain have been recorded, digitized and made available online for the first time. These hundreds of testimonies, now available at the British Library site are from two major recording projects made in the periods 1993-1998 and 1987-2000.

With over 1000 hours of recordings, these stories are one of the largest collections in Europe on the Holocaust. Almost all the 289 interviews are accompanied by a summary text and are grouped into themes such as “camp experience”, “children”, “ghetto life” and “resistance” to improve access by researchers. They are also classified by name and location on a Europe map.

 

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