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April Events in Paris

2014 Guide


Foire du Trône
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Main Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Seasonal Events

  • Banlieue Bleues Paris Jazz Festival: Through April 11th, 2014,  the northern suburbs of Paris are brought to life with exciting jazz and blues performances. It's well worth the short trek on the metro.
  • Passover in Paris: Passover is celebrated this year from April 15th through April 21st, so find ideas on celebrating Passover in Paris here.
  • Foire du Trone (Annual Fair)
    Parents and kids can look forward to the annual Paris fair (Foire du Trône), which runs through the beginning of June and delivers all the traditional fun of a county fair, with Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and cotton candy all in abundance.

Arts and Exhibits Highlights:

Robert Adams: The Place Where We Live

The Jeu de Paume galleries on the west edge of the Jardin des Tuileries are hosting a retrospective on American photographer Robert Adams, best known for his richly textured, iconic landscapes which interrogate the delicate relationship between the human and natural world.

Gustave Doré: The Power of the Imagination

An in-depth retrospective on one of the most prolific and important artists of the twentieth century is running at the Musée d'Orsay. From the museum website: " At just 15 years old (Doré) began a career as a cartoonist, before becoming a professional illustrator - which earned him international fame. From there, he went on to embrace all areas of creation: drawing, painting, watercolours, printmaking and sculpture. Doré's immense talent also pushed him to experiment within various genres, from satire to history. He produced both gigantic paintings and more intimate works, flamboyant watercolours and virtuoso washes, prints, drawings, whimsical illustrations, and also sculptures ranging from the baroque, to the comic, via monumental and enigmatic works. Gustave Doré has proved very influential within the contemporary creative imagination, inspiring many artists, from Van Gogh to Terry Gilliam, not to mention his influence on comics. This exhibition - the first retrospective in 30 years - looks to explore all of these aspects."

The Sea in Paris, 45 Million Years Ago

This fascinating exhibit curated in the depths of the Paris Catacombs reveals a little known fact about the city of light: 45 million years ago, the area was part of a vast tropical sea ecosystem; its traces can be observed in the geological formations of Paris' many underground "layers". Anyone interested in natural history and geology shouldn't miss this one. 

Insights Into Ghettoes: An Exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial 

This exhibition features 250 photos of Nazi ghettoes and their prisoners, taken from 1939, and interrogates their origin and purpose: are they propaganda? Testimony? Drawn from various collections around Europe, this emotionally charged exhibit aims to help keep the terrifying memory of the ghettoes alive. 

  • Dates: Through September 28th, 2014
  • Location: Holocaust Memorial, 17 rue Geoffroy L'Asnier, 4th arrondissement

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