Started in San Francisco in 2005, Parking Day is an attempt to reclaim the city from the omnipresence of the car. This year's annual event is scheduled (worldwide) for this Friday (the 16th) and there are plenty of events happening in the Paris region. The basic idea is to take over a parking space somewhere in your town and city, and use it as a badminton court, picnic space or a guerilla garden! Amongst other initiatives in Paris, you'll find a 'Kar Window' in the Rue Notre Dame des Victoires (a large mirror in the place of a car, reflecting the image of the pedestrian back onto himself) and a green parade from 9.30am at the Cité internationale universitaire.
See the official website for more details on the planned events: http://www.parkingday.fr/
Continuing from last weekend's event (bands and musicians in the city's bandstands with additional stands promoting local actors in sustainable development activities alongside), this weekend's concert is taking place at the Square d'Anvers (M°Anvers) this Sunday 18th.
Full details of events can be found here: http://www.kiosquorama.org/.
Tattoo Art Fest
One of the more alternative events of the weekend is the Tattoo Art Fest show near the Stade de France. Featuring many of the world's leading tattoo artists, it will also include BMX competitions, circus acts and burlesque performances, all inside a circus school!
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th
Académie Fratellini, rue des Cheminots, St Denis-La Plaine
Following last year's photographic exhibition of toilets around the world, the SIAAP, a public water treatment agency, has chosen the theme of the shower this time around. You'll find the large-scale photos all along the Boulevard de la Bastille.
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The Fête de l'Huma
Organised by Communist newspaper 'L'Humanité', this annual three-day event mixes debates, live music and...beer and sausages! Originally created in 1930 to raise funds for the newspaper, it has become a more popular event today that brings together upwards of 500,000 people each year. The musicians performing also reflect this duality - veteran protesters such as Joan Baez and Bernard Lavilliers alongside younger pop stars including April Lavigne and the Ting Tings. The music and conferences (and cheap prices) are the biggest draw, but the event also attracts a very wide range of independent caterers offering everything from lobster to kebabs, yassa to crepes!
Friday 16th - Sunday 18th
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