Paris Update Events 16.12.2020

Links to events happening this week in Paris

Note to readers: France came out of lockdown on December 15, but an 8pm curfew has been introduced. If virus numbers decrease sufficiently, museums, theaters and cinemas may be able to reopen as of January 7, and restaurants and cafés as of January 20.

December 19-24

Affordable Gifts by Artists

Special sale of original and reasonably priced holiday gifts, starting at €5, created by a group of Paris artists associated with the Cinémorphe immersive theater collective. Open 11am-7pm.

10, rue Bichat, 75010 Paris

December 16

Artists on the roof

The Châtelet Theater presents various artistic and theatrical performances filmed on its roof for Le Châtelet sur le Toit. Above: The scene for the theatrics.


December 18

Holiday film and quiz

Lost in Frenchlation presents the film 8 Femmes (8 Women), directed by François Ozon, followed by a French quiz.


December 19-20

Artists’ Christmas market

The Fluctuart Gallery, specialists in street art, will hold artists’ workshops, live performances and more for its unique Marché de Noël.

Fluctuart Bookshop, Paris



The Festival Normandie Impressionisme invites viewers to revisit the festival through a photo album on its website.


December 16 & 17

Circus meets theater

Circus, theater and dance unite for Les Promesses de l’Incertitude, a piece by performance artist Marc Oosterhoff.

Le Carreau du Temple

December 19 & 20

Art of Migration

A postponed work from the Festival Visions d’Exil celebrates migrant artists in France.

Carreau du Temple

Through January 24

Italy on Film

Spotlight on celebrated Italian filmmaker Dino Risi, master of Commedia all’Italiana (comedy in the Italian style).

Cinémathèque Française

December 16-January 4

Blockbusters through the ages

Blockbusters from all eras are on show for the fourth edition of Plein les Yeux!

Cinémathèque Française

December 19 & 20

Charity market

An array of clothes, jewelry, electricals and other products will be sold for charity at Ménécat Cardiaque’s Grand Vente de Noël. Registration in advance required.

Parc Floral de Paris

Through January 3

Melodrama on film

For Tant qu’Il y Aura du Mélo, the melodrama or “women’s film” is reassessed in a new light.

Forum des images, Paris


Women migrants’ history in pictures

As it prepares to reopen on December 15, the National Museum of Immigration presents online it collections documenting women in migration, for Femmes et Migrations. 



Art on film

For 25 Arts Seconde, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles presents a series of films by and about artists.


Through January 5

Champagne DIY contest

Design Within Reach invites you to construct a miniature chair using nothing but the materials from two champagne bottles. DWR giftcards are on offer for winners.


Through January 16

Charity tombola

Stars Solidaires presents an online art tombola in aid of AMF-Téléthon, a charity for those with rare diseases.



Photography in quarantine

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie presents masterclasses, lectures and interviews with artists on its website and social media while the gallery remains closed.



Indie films

The Cinémathèque Française is screening some unusual films from its catalog online (free).


Through January 23

Online exhibitions

Galerie Templon invites you through its virtual doors: all three current exhibitions are now available to view online.


Through January 15

Outdoor art

While indoor exhibits are closed, the second edition of George V Monumental presents 10 giant sculptures by contemporary artist Manolo Valdés displayed along the famous Avenue George V.

Avenue George V, Paris


Free classes on French topics

Pandemonium U presents free Zoom classes in English on such topics as the role of small French villages in helping refugees and the death of Resistance hero Jean Moulin.



Art from home

The Centre Pompidou presents its first virtual exhibition, devoted to Miró.


Through December 18

Live from the Louvre

During the museum’s closure, the Louvre presents a series of Concerts en Direct, streamed live online. Check the website for specific dates and times.



More live music

The Orchestre de Paris is streaming several of its autumn season concerts online. Visit the website to see which are being broadcast and to tune in.



Get creative at home

The Centre Pompidou presents a wide range of videos, including visits to exhibitions, spotlights on artworks and periods, and a series for children.



More art at home

The Palais de Tokyo offers interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes content on its YouTube channel for Palais à la Maison.



More virtual art

The Grand Palais offers live lectures, virtual exhibitions and more on its website and social media.


Through December 31

Cross-continental art

Artists from Africa, Asia and Oceania present work on the Tetraktys figure for Cabinet Da-End X, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the gallery’s opening.

Galerie Da-End, Paris

Through January 3

Art in the time of Covid

The Palais du Tokyo presents an online version of “Anticorps,” its exhibition showcasing 20 artists’ take on the reimagining of human relationships during the pandemic.



Paris museum podcasts

Brighten up a lockdown walk with a podcast produced by Paris Musées.


Through June

Discovering art history

Learn how to appreciate and analyze art in its historical context in a range of masterclasses offered by Les Paris de l’Art 2020/21.

Various locations, Paris & Online

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

Throughout lockdown

French film with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation has teamed up with Eyelet so users can watch independent French films directly on its website. First film is free.


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