July & August
Free outdoor films and concerts
This year’s Festival Paradiso will take place in the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, at La Seine Musicale and at the Hôtel Paradiso.
Various venues, Paris
June 29-July 6
Chéries Chéris, Paris’s international LGBTQ+ film festival, returns. Above: Francis Lee’s 2020 film Ammonite will be one of the films screened. Photo: Neon.
During the first weekend after Midsummer, The Community Centre presents various art and cultural events during Midsummer à Pantin et ses Voisins.
Various locations, Seine-Saint-Denis
Dancing in the streets
Compagnie Dyptik presents Mirage (Un Jour de Fête), a public dance performance piece exploring life in the West Bank’s Balata refugee camp.
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris
More street performance
From the Rouge Nord collective comes Cirque Pardi !, an immersive performance piece including cinema, circus and music.
Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris
Through October 3
Portuguese street artist Vhils presents Trace, a new retrospective exhibition including art from throughout his career.
Through June 30
From Bangui to Paris
In partnership with the Espace Linga Téré in Bangui, Central African Republic, the Theatre de la Ville will celebrate the African diaspora for QG Paris Champs-Elysées’s Saison Africa 2020. Two outdoor stages will showcase cabaret, theater and concerts.
Theatre de la Ville, Paris
Through November 7
New views of Paris
The Saint-Jacques Tower in Paris’s 4th arrondissement has recently reopened. Climb the tower to see panoramic views of the city.
Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris
Through August 1
Louis de Funès retrospective
An exhibition and retrospective of the work of renowned French comedian and actor Louis de Funès.
La Cinémathèque Française, Paris
Through July 17
Le Carreau du Temple presents Festival Jogging 2021, which will host sports festivals each July to prepare Parisians for the 2024 Olympics. This year’s edition includes sessions on inclusive sports, demonstrations of unique sports from around the world and a roller-dance party for Bastille Day.
Le Carreau du Temple, Paris
Through August 20
Focus on Simone Veil
The life and work of French politician Simone Veil are explored in a new exhibition, Nous Vous Aimons, Madame.
Hôtel de Ville, Paris
Through October 13
Artists’ covers for an imagined Paris magazine modeled on The New Yorker chart the history of Paris’s Jardin des Plantes museum for the exhibition The Parisianer, Chroniques du Muséum.
Jardin des Plantes, Paris
Through July 10
Métamorphoses d’une Ville is an exhibition on the fence around the Madeleine Church on the transformations the city underwent under Napoleon’s reign, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death.
Through July 26
Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami is celebrated in a retrospective of his work.
Centre Pompidou, Paris
French movies with English subtitles
Lost in Frenchlation presents Playlist, directed by graphic novel artist Nine Antico.
Club de L’Étoile, Paris
A poet’s life
The Musée Paul Valéry presents a series of 15 videos, posting daily, celebrating the life of the poet, author and writer Paul Valéry.
Through June 27
Les Beaux-Arts de Paris presents Le Dessin Romantique, a selection of drawings from the collection of Jean Bonna. Free to view online.
Stroll through Baudelaire’s Paris
Follow this guided walk through the Paris locations that shaped the life of famed poet and Parisian Charles Baudelaire on the occasion of his 200th birthday.
Various locations, Paris
Napoleon takes center stage
Exhibitions, reenactments, academic conferences, art – there’s something for everyone in the Chateau de Fontainebleau’s rich program of events commemorating the death of Napoleon on the island of Saint Helena 200 years ago.
Chateau de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France
Through September 2021
Artist Jeanne Susplugas presents work reflecting on how our relationships with our homes have changed in the past year for Where My House Lives. The viewer is invited to peer through 12 windows, each showing an illustrated and narrated piece about a different person’s life and space.
Save the Musée de l’Éventail
A crowdfunding campaign is underway to help save the Musée de l’Éventail, Paris’s museum of fans and fan-making.
The Théatre de la Ville presents a series of dance, theater and music shows, broadcast live on YouTube.
Art of Migration
Streaming of works by migrant artists in France from the postponed Festival Visions d’Exil.
Women migrants’ history in pictures
The National Museum of Immigration presents online images of women migrants from the exhibition “Les Femmes en Mouvements.”
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.
Through June 2021
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.