Thursday, March 15, 2012

Something for the Weekend (March 16th - 18th)

There are very little in the way of defining events this weekend in Paris, but who needs them? The sun is shining and spring has arrived (although rain is forecast for this weekend - typique hein!) 


Free entry to a selection of museums
Télérama is a rather dry and predictable cultural magazine, but they are often involved in the organisation of interesting events. This weekend is dedicated to museums with a number (over 300) across France offering free entry to readers of the magazine. In Paris, this includes the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, the Nissim de Camando and the Arts et Metiers.

To profit from the offer, simply buy a copy of the magazine then tear off the voucher on the cover - this will give you four free entries to the museum of your choice.   

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th
Full information here on the participating museums across France:

Le Printemps du Cinema
The other good deal of the weekend (well, from Sunday to Tuesday) is the Printemps du Cinema. The idea is a simple one - for three days, all tickets in participating cinemas are €3.50. A good idea if it is raining this weekend, but expect large crowds at principal cinemas.

More information here:

A weekend in French
From time to time, the French need to remind themselves of the importance of their language. This week is the Semaine de la Langue Française which means a whole series of events across Paris, which, strangely enough, will be in French. In reality, it is an attempt to inspire locals to rediscover the beauty of their own language rather than to fight off nasty invading languages.
Combined with this event is the Salon du Livre at the Porte de Versailles. Although of course a festival of the French language, the event has also invited 20 Japanese authors and is also celebrating the city of Moscow.

Nature at the Parc Floral
If the sun is shining, the best place to observe the arrival of spring is the Parc Floral alongside the Bois de Vincennes. Amongst the plants, trees and an impressive children's play area is an exhibition space, and this weekend you'll also be able to celebrate 'nature' at the Salon Vivre autrement, which features 400 stands including organic and fair-trade food and wine, crafts and beauty products.

Full details here:

Note: Tickets are normally €7, but you can ask for an invitation here. All of the free press titles (Metro, 20 Minutes...) are also running ads that when cut out and presented at the entrance offer two free tickets to the event.

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