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The longest day of the year has come and gone in Paris – and it will only get better as the summer rolls on! July is a fantastic time to find yourself in Paris! The champagne-coloured sky of a Parisian sunset invites you to lose yourself completely to the beauty of this magnificent city. Take a stroll along the Seine or ching your glasses on a sun-filled terrace as you watch the world drift by. And if you have to head indoors here are a few good reasons to do so…
Opera, Ballet and Theatre Performances
Kaguyahime – Choreographer Jiri Kylián, through July 15th
A ballet in the form of traditional Japanese dance interwoven with western music, this ballet is meant to explore moods and emotions that shape our world.
La Petite Danseuse de Degas – Choreographer Patrice Bart, through July 13th
Bringing Degas’ famous statuettes to life, this ballet brings the infamous Chat de Noir and backstage world of ballet dancers to life before your eyes.
La Donna Del Lago, Conductor Roberto Abbado, through July 10th
Considered Rossini’s most romantic opera, the story unfolds in Scotland. However, the true crowd pleaser of this performance will be the return of Juan Diego Florez to the Paris Opéra. Monsieur Florez has been hailed as the greatest Rossini tenor of our times.
Les Miserables – Performed in English , closes July 4th
Les Mis is celebrate 25 years as it rolls into Paris. There are still incredible seats available for this classic tale of those to dreamed a dream…
Les Etes de la Danse de Paris, Novosirbirsk Ballet Company, Directed by Igor Zelensky , July 7th – 24th
The festival, Summer of Dance in Paris, features the Novosibirsk Ballet company for the first time since 1967. A variety of performances are on the agenda, including Balanchine Evening, Swan Lake and La Bayadere.
The Cunning Little Vixen, Conductor Michael Schonwandt, through July 12th
Said to be inspired by the a cartoon, this opera brings to life the life of the forest. The story unveils the circle of life as seen through the creatures that live in the forest.
Antoine Watteau and the Art of Engraving, opens July 8th – October 11th
Roads of Arabia, Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, opens July 7th – September 27th
Joseph Kosuth, Neither Appearance Nor Illusion – through December 31st
Méroé, Un Empire sur le Nil – through September 6th
Photography Not Art, through September 1st
The Way of Tao, Another Way of Being – through July 5th
What the Dinosaurs Ate – through September 1st
Photographie de la Nouvelle Russie – through August 29th
Anna et Bernhard Blume – through August 29th
Aki Kuroda, Cosmogarden New York City – through August 29th
Un Elève de l’Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne – through August 29th
Holger Trulzsch – through August 29th
Edvard Munch – The Anti-Scream – through August 8th
The Making of Images – through July 17th
Autres Maitres de l’Inde – through July 18th
10 Years of the Pavillon des Sessions – through July 26th
Fleuve Congo – through October 3rd
Monet et l’Abstraction – through September 26th
Lucian Freud l’Atelier – through July 19th
Etienne-Martin, Collections of the Centre Pompidou – through September 23rd
Valérie Jouve – through September 13th
Le Lalanne, honouring Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne – through July 4th
History of Ideal Contemporary Fashion: Volume 70-80 – through October 10th
Animail – through November 30th
El Greco – Dalì, The Great Spanish Masters, The Pérez Simón Collection – through August 1st
Jean de Maximy – through September 26th
Voyage dans ma Tête – through September 26th
Peter Buggenhout – through September 26th
Petit Palais -Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
Rétrospective Yves Saint Laurent – through August 29th
Au Pays des Musées – through July 18th
Vestiare de Divas de Maria Callas à Dalida – through December 31st
Chauves-souris – through October 24th
Très Toucher & Touche Atout – through October 24th
Music Venues – Highlights of July
3 The Fitzcarraldo Sessions
4 Let It Be, Live
8 The Divine Comedy Special Solo Show, with Alela Diane Duo
1 Al Jarreau
7 Iggy and the Stooges
9 Al Green
12, 13 Crosby, Stills & Nash
19 Tori Amos
22 Erykay Badu
1 Stevie Wonder
8 Earth, Wind & Fire
13 Plateau Cubain
La Flèche d’Or (concerts are held here almost nightly)
1 Melanie Pain & Girlfriends
2 Kid Bombardos
3 The Oscillation
9 Here We Go Magic
10 Starboard Silent Side
16, 17 B.S.(P) Part 1 & 2
11 Place Bertin
12 Natalie Cole
4 Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77
9 Missy Elliot
3 Corrine Bailey Rae
9 Charlotte Gainsbourg
10 Michael Franks
26 They Dandy Warhols
Paris Events in July
3 A free event open to all that is aimed at promoting a new kind of tourism in Paris. An unusual way to explore the City of Light
Paris Festival of Cinema
3-13 Over 75,000 people participated in the Paris Cinema IFF last year. This is a film festival for all kinds of audiences and Japan is this year’s highlight with over 100 films
6 Nocturne Musicale, concert by the Quatour Amedeo Modigliani 7:30pm
Bal des Pompiers – Fireman’s Ball in Paris
13, 14 The firehouses open their doors to the public and discos abound for the Fireman’s Ball. Most firehouses are free to enter, although some will charge a cover fee to come in and join the party. It is a fantastic night to honour and celebrate the Pompiers of Paris!
14 The country of France celebrates its national holiday with a parade down the Champs Elysées in the morning and a fantastic fireworks display near the Eiffel Tower, all arranged to music, in the evening. There will also be concerts in the Champ du Mars and military displays set up at Les Invalides.
25 The world’s toughest sporting event sprints to the finish line on the Champs Elysées as the riders make their final bid to win a stage.
Terrance Gelentner & Chef Diane Anthonissen Present ‘Rendezvous Dimanche’
25 Stylish supper with former editor of the International Herald Tribune, author and educator, Mort Rosenblum, 7pm start time. This event is extremely limited and will sell out quickly. Price is 75.00 Euro to attend. Reservation enquiries: [email protected]
Various concerts around Paris and the Champs du Mars celebrating both Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann as a special treat this year.
7 Evenings with an Author: Ted Stanger
8 A Reading with Monica Ali, bestselling author of Brick Lane. Monica will discuss her new novel, In the Kitchen
If you know of other special events in Paris, or if you would like to have your event featured in this monthly column please send an email to Lisa at: [email protected]
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