What's Happening in Paris This Week

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November 16-December 22

African music and film

The Africolor cultural festival puts African music in the spotlight. Above: Burkinabe percussion duo Les Sœurs Hié.

Various locations in Paris suburbs

November 16-18

Open studios in Montmartre

Artists open their studios to the public for Portes Ouvertes d’Anvers Aux Abbesses.

Various locations in Montmartre

November 17

Ethical shopping

Shop for secondhand clothes, books and records at this Grande Vente Solidaire, in aid of Emmaüs.

Palais de la Femme, Paris

November 16-18

For mystery fans

Paris Polar: Films, concerts and readings by authors from around the world at this detective fiction festival.

La Mairie du 13e arrondissement, Paris

Through December 8

Noise in the library

Festival Monte le Son: This year’s festival in Paris libraries focuses on “the voice”. Expect music ranging from opera to metal.

Various libraries, Paris

November 8-19

Poetry festival

Readings, concerts, performances and more with Dominique A, Florent Marchet and other writers at Festival Paris en Toutes Lettres.

Maison de la Poésie and other locations, Paris

November 7-24

Focus on photos in Saint Germain

Festival Photo Saint Germain: Special photo shows in Left Bank galleries, museums, cultural centers and bookshops.

Various locations, Paris

November 7-26

Retrospective on Jean Renoir

The classic director is celebrated in special screenings this month.

La cinémathèque française

November 6-24

Genre-bending performances

The Festival Immersion breaks down boundaries between music, dance, art and circus.

L’Onde Théâtre Centre d’Art, Vélizy-Villacoublay

November 16-25

World cinema festival

Recent fiction films on political and social issues are celebrated at the 10th Un état du monde festival.

Forum des Images, Paris

Through November 30

Over and over again

The festival Vertigo Replay features films in which repetition plays a key role, like Vertigo, Groundhog Day and Happy Death Day.

Forum des Images, Paris

Through November 30

Modern jazz

Jazz musicians from around the world come together for the month long Jazzycolors Festival.

Forum des Instituts Culturels Étrangers and various venues around Paris

Through December 1

Groundbreaking photography

Artists push the boundaries of the photography medium at the Biennale de l’Image Tangible.

Mémoire de l’Avenir, Paris

Through December 8

Cultures of the world onstage

Music, dance, theater and ritual performances from around the world at the Festival de l’Imaginaire.

Various locations, Paris

Through December 18

Dance photography

Captivating photographs of dancers at Gabriela Rosa de Silva’s Danse Poétique.

Maison de la Via Associative et Cityenne 1&2

Through December 31

Contemporary arts festival

The Festival d’Automne presents leading talents in art, dance, film, theater and more from around the world.

Various venues, Paris & Île de France

Through January 15

Festival of lights

Espèces en voie d’Illumination: Biodiversity is celebrated at this unique nighttime lights festival.

Jardin des Plantes, Paris

November 15

French film with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Première Année (The Freshmen), directed by Thomas Lilti.

Cinéma Luminor Hôtel de Ville, Paris