Thursday, November 4, 2010

Something for the Weekend (5th – 7th November)

November is the ‘Mois de la Photo’ in Paris which means a whole host of exhibitions as well as the large ‘Salon de la Photo’ which is being held this weekend at the Porte de Versailles. Also listed below are a few other events to keep you warm as the days get shorter.

Reminder – free entrance to certain museums and galleries

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so that means many state museums and galleries will be opening their doors without charge. A list of the participating museums can be found here.

The Salon de la Photo

This large-scale photography fair combines art and equipment, giving you the chance to see a retrospective of the work of Willy Rizzo and check out some of the latest photography technology. Entrance tickets normally cost 11 Euros, but you can free invitations are available if you visit and click on the link alongside Amateur. Type FOPA when asked for a code.

November 4th - 8th
Porte de Versailles

The Mois de la Photo

The mois de la photo covers the whole of November and includes literally hundreds of events. For example, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie has made its entire collection available to venues (20,000 pictures) and many of these will be shown at 58 different exhibitions across the city.

For more details, see

Of course, as with all good festivals, there is also an 'off' circuit:

Le FOU (Festival des Ouvertures Utiles)
The alternative event of the moment is the Paris 'inter-squat' festival otherwise known as Le Fou (Festival des Ouvertures Utiles). The festival includes exhibitions, concerts, shows and even workshops for children across 14 squats in the city. 16 were scheduled to join in, but two have since been shut down.

For more details on participating squats and the events taking place see

Born Bad on Ice

You know winter is on its way when ice skating comes back on to the scene. Starting a new season of monthly rendezvous, the Patinoire (ice rink) Pailleron hands over the rink this Friday evening to Born Bad Records who have put together a roster that includes a live set from the rockabilly group Les Cavaliers (click here to see what last year's set looked like) and DJs JBWizzz and Iwan le Terrible

Friday 5th November, 8.30pm – 11.30pm

10 euros (hire of skates included)

Patinoire Pailleron, 32 rue Pailleron, 75019

Festival Inrocks

For those who prefer to watch bands perform whilst wearing more comfortable footwear though, the annual Inrocks festival is also taking place this weekend.

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