Thursday, September 9, 2010

Something for the Weekend (10th – 12th September)

The Biennale de Belleville
The Venice Biennale may be more famous and well-established, but could something similar be brewing in one of the most dynamic districts of Paris? Launching this year, the Biennale de Belleville will mix contemporary art, showcases and events, with performances and installations in a host of unlikely spots across this multicultural area. Highlights include Solde migratoire, a show featuring the works of 15 leading contemporary artists, Street Painting taking artists out into the street, Take a lift on the East Side or a ride between sites in a Limousine, and Traduire les enseignes, a performance by Lee Show-Chun who will reveal the hidden meanings of the shopfronts of Belleville’s Chinese district!
From 10th September to 23rd October

Festival HQ: Pavillon Carré de Baudoin, 121 rue de Ménilmontant 75020

La Fête de l’Huma

The Fête de l’Huma(nité) is a curious mixture of socialism and sausages, but it is also a cheap and fun weekend event! Artists performing this year can hardly be described as ‘up and coming’, include The Prodigy, Madness and ageing French pop stars Alain Souchon and Jacques Dutronc, but all still know how to put on a show. Tickets for the three day event are available for only 19 Euros, with under 15s getting in free. For the true Huma ambiance though, you can also camp on site, but be prepared for plenty of drinking and debates!
10th-12th September, Parc Departmental de La Courneuve

Le Zapping
The French have long been obsessed with a phenomenon known as Le Zapping on TV channel Canal +, which is basically a rapid-fire selection of the best and worst moments of television. Once a year, the programme becomes an all night event in theatres and cinemas around the country, but this weekend sees the first version of a new format – a free two-hour show outdoors on the Champs de Mars. Expect a wild atmosphere and a curious insight into the likes and dislikes of the French! If taking young people along though, note that organisers have warned that some extracts, which often include coverage of natural disasters, may shock.

Le Grand Zapping Show
Saturday and Sunday, 8.30pm

Ninja Tune festival

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this influential British record label, a selection of their most well known artists will be performing at a variety of venues across Paris. The launch event this takes place this Friday with concerts and DJ sets continuing until October 1st. To accompany the event there will also be an exhibition of artworks relating to the label at the Galerie Chappe in the 18th arrondissement.

Flottement Cellulaire
Another weekend, another good reason to visit the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Artist Anais Lelievre has created ‘Flottement Cellulaire’, an installation on the lake representing floating cells or a kind of ‘primal soup’. It’s a spectacular sight, particularly from the belvedere at the top of the hill (see pictures of the installation here)

Until September 15th Parc des Buttes Chaumont, 75019

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