Paris Update Events 9.06.2021

Links to events happening this week in Paris

Note to readers: Paris currently has an 11 pm curfew. Shops, restaurants, cafés and bars are open, as are art galleries, museums, cinemas and theaters. Book in advance, since numbers are restricted. See below for both online and live events.

June 12 & 13

Live dance

More than 100 performers will dance at the Happening Tempête to celebrate the opening of the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary structure that will stand in for the Grand Palais while it is being restored.

Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris

June 19 & 20

Festival of augmented reality

For Paris’s first such festival, Palais Augmenté, artists have been invited to explore the limits of reality in the just-opened temporary Grand Palais.

Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris

Through June 13

Contemporary art

The 71st edition of Jeune Creation’s Festival d’Art Contemporain will showcase some of today’s up-and-coming artists.

Various locations, Paris

Through June 20

Hiroshi Shimizu retrospective

The largest-ever retrospective outside Japan on the celebrated Japanese filmmaker. Above: Shimizu’s 1936 film有りがたうさん (Mr. Thank You), depicting Depression-era Japanese society, will be one of the films screened.

La Cinémathèque Française, Paris

Through June 10

Free performances indoors and out

The Festival Onze Bouge presents free concerts, theater, dance performances and street art. Performances are reservation-only this year.

11th arrondissement, Paris

June 10-13

Festival of drawing

Contemporary drawing on show at the 14th edition of the Drawing Now art fair.

42, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Paris

June 10-13

Urban art

Over 200 street artists from France and overseas exhibit at Paris’s Urban Art Fair 2021. 

Le Carreau du Temple, Paris

July 11-17

Olympic Preparation

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 is explored in a new exhibition, Nous Vous Aimons, Madame.

Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Through June 13

Free Urban Art

Thirty-six emerging urban artists display work in competition for the Prix d’Art Urbain Pébéo.

Fluctuart, Paris

Through October 13

Natural history

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 June 13

(Very) Short film festival

Festival Très Court returns for its 23rd edition, featuring films under four minutes long.

Various locations and Online

Through July 10

Napoleon’s Paris

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.

Madeleine, Paris

Through June 10

Art in the streets

For the 20th edition of Parcours Saint-Germain, the festival takes to the streets. Contemporary art will be exhibited throughout the quartier of Saint-Germain, in the streets, on the walls and in the galleries.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Through July 26

Iranian film

Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami is celebrated in a retrospective of his work.

Centre Pompidou, Paris

June 11-18

Abstract art

Painter Charles Giai-Gischia presents a group of recent works in the exhibition Pentimento: l’Espace Raccommodé.

Au Quize, 15 avenue Parmentier, Paris

June 11

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents a premier of Un Triomphe (The Big Hit), directed by Emmanuel Courcol,

Luminor Hôtel de Ville, 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

Online exhibition

Les Beaux-Arts de Paris presents Le Dessin Romantiquea 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

Lockdown life

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.



Live performance

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.

Various locations, Paris & Online

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