Thursday, May 5, 2011

Something for the Weekend (6th – 8th May)

More bad luck for Parisians this weekend – another public holiday lost because it falls on a Sunday! Whereas May 1st is sacrosanct though and many museums and other facilities were closed, expect far more widespread opening this time around (apart from the municipal museums).

Body Shops
A new exhibition began this week at one of the city's leading photography galleries, Les Douches La Galerie. Juraj Lipscher’s 'Body Shops' is a fascinating and discomforting look at a selection of sites where the human body is both central and absent, from maternity wards to the crematorium.

Read my review of the exhibition on Invisible Paris, where you will also find details about the location and opening times.

Faites l’Europe
The 8th of May commemorates the end of the 2nd World War in Europe, and the 9th celebrates the economic and political links across the continent that followed this event. To mark this date, a weekend of events will be organised on the square in front of the Hotel de Ville, including live music, films and theatre.

The full programme of events can be found here.

Soirée le Mur d'Expression
Feel like expressing yourself this weekend? Alongside the nice venue, live DJ and good company, the Des Monstres aux Skates collective (they spray monsters...on skateboards!) will be setting up a giant wall that anyone will be able to contribute to.

Saturday 7th May, 8pm to 2am
Le Rubis
140, rue St Maur 75011 M° Goncourt

Rues du Monde

Rues du Monde is a festival of musical events at La Villette, but its also a free festive event being held in the Grande Halle. The month-long festival is divided into four themed weekends, with this week's named Rue Flamenco. Brazilian bar and restaurant are running the events at the Grande Halle, and alongside the live music and dance shows, you'll also be able to sample
caipirinhas, paes de queijo, smoothies, beer from around the world and street food from Brazil and the rest of the world.

More details can be found here.

Les 10 ans du Marché des Enfants Rouges

The Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest surviving market in Paris, so it seems somewhat strange to be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Before marking its 400th birthday in a couple of years though, the stall holders have chosen to celebrate the rebirth of a spot that was almost demolished a little over a decade ago.

Several days of events are being organised, giving you the opportunity to win a selection of prizes going from baskets of produce to weekend breaks, or simply just to (re)discover the market. Full details here.

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