Thursday, December 9, 2010

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

Magnum Days

Magnum Days is a three-day event organised by the mythical photographic agency at their offices in Paris, featuring not only sales of collector and signed editions, exhibition posters and postcards, but also the chance to meet - and even discuss your portfolios - with photographers from the institution. All in all, a unique opportunity to have a behind the scenes look at how they operate.

Magnum Photos Paris

December 9 - 11, 2010, 12pm-9pm

19, Rue Hégésippe Moreau, 75018

Attraction at the 104
Ever since its creation in 2008, the 104 arts centre has struggled to find an identity and an audience. It hasn’t been helped by the fact that it is so large and therefore contains so much unused space, but this is slowly changing. Now that the inevitable cafes, restaurants and shops have been installed, all that has been needed is a significant event, and the team at the centre hope that ‘Attraction’ will provide just that. Based around the creations of artists linked to the centre, it will feature circus, burlesque, visual art, music and even a giant merry go ‘square’!

Attraction begins this Friday with a giant (free!) party, and will be a kind of rolling event with no defined end date. As the organisers point out, ‘on sait quand ça commence, mais on ne sait pas où ça s’arrête’.
Only one significant problem remains though. With it being such a large open space, it will probably be rather cold there this weekend!

104 Rue d'Aubervilliers, M°Stalingrad

Promenade hollandais (a Dutch walk !)

With the Piet Mondrian exhibition currently running at the Centre Pompidou, now is the time to revisit the lives of some famous Dutch expatriates in Paris. This 7-hour (!) walk on Saturday will cover Mondrian’s atelier as well as the Dutch pavillion in the Cité Université and Théo Van Doesburg’s house in Meudon.

For full details, see the Promenades Urbaines website.

This weekend’s Christmas events

Three different christmas markets, all promising young designers, ethical gifts and a friendly atmosphere. Choose your favourite or try all three!

9O years of the French Communist Party
Finally, for those of you who are interested in less material matters, the French Communist Party is celebrating its 90th birthday this weekend with a series of events at their Oscar Niemeyer designed HQ. Full details can be found here.

If you have any other suggestions, don't forget to add them to the comments below!

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