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Welcome to “What’s up in Paris” for February 2019.
This monthly magazine’s here to show you all the best things to see, hear, do and experience in Paris!
So stick with us and let “What’s up in Paris” show you what not to miss this March 2019!

What to experience
This March is certainly going to be colourful! Let’s start with green, the colour of the Irish and the Irish Cultural Centre from the 16th to the 18th of March to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. This is a Christian festival, held every 17th of March, and packed with festive fun for all the family. Come on down and try out some traditional Irish food, drink, music and dance. And to top it off, there’ll even be a parade through the Latin Quarter on Sunday. Don’t forget to wear green! For more information: www.centreculturelirlandais.com

Make sure you bring an appetite and a sweet tooth for Macaron Day on the 20th of March, an event headed up for the 15th year running by legendary pastry chef Pierre Hermé. This year, the pastry chefs from Relais Desserts are raising money for children in Madagascar, selling boxes of 5 macarons whose proceedings will go to charity. You can pick up a box and support the cause from Pierre Hermé, Laurent Duchêne, Arnaud Larher, Claire Damon, Lenôtre or Dalloyau. It’s a great way to do some good while spoiling yourself a little!

The Carnaval des Femmes is back (the Women’s Carnival, also known as the Washerwomen’s Festival) and will be rolling through the streets of Paris on Sunday the 31st of March 2019. So what is it? It’s a chance for women to dress up as queens and men as women. It used to be a celebration to mark the halfway point during Lent, held by the washerwomen of Paris to elect the Queen of the Wash House. Now, however, anyone can take part!

What to see:
Until the 11th of March, you can immerse yourself in flowers at the Jardin des Plantes, with their 7th “Thousand and one orchids” festival in their huge greenhouses. So what’s the idea? It’s a chance for visitors to catch a glimpse of the many rare and fascinating species of orchids. To mark the occasion, 4 French growers have created unique scenarios, packed with rare and interesting flowers. With more than 92,000 types of orchids, including 160 French species and 1000 “wild” flowers, the Museum’s collection spans almost every continent, from Africa and Asia to the Americas, Oceania and Europe. You’ll also be able to learn about the French botanists in the SFO (French Orchid Society) and what they do in a photo exhibition to mark their 50th anniversary. This is dedicated to the orchids of Madagascar, and is on display in the Desert area.
Bookings: www.jardindesplantesdeparis.fr

Come and enjoy a unique tour of the Cité de l’Architecture, available until the 23rd of March. With a virtual reality headset, you’ll be able to explore Giza and the pyramid of Khufu like you were really there. More than just an escape room in a pyramid, this is a real guided tour which will take a group of 6 people through the sites in 45 minutes. It’s made possible thanks to ScanPyramids VR, a collaborative project by Dassault Systems, the HIP Institute and Emissive. Just remember, this is still in the prototype phase! For more information: www.citedelarchitecture.fr

Lastly, until the 17th of June, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is home to the Courtauld Collection, with more than 110 Impressionist works belonging to the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld brought together for the very first time in Paris. Visitors will enjoy a tour through the period, with works including Manet’s “A bar at the Folies-Bergère”, “The Card Players” by Cézanne, Gaugin’s “Neverrmore”, Renoir’s “La Loge”, “After the bath” by Degas, Van Gogh’s “Self-portrait with a bandaged ear” and ten watercolours by J.M.W. Turner. For more information: www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

What to listen to:
Fresh off her North American tour, JAIN will be back in concert at the Zénith in Paris La Villette on the 20th of March. With her new album “Souldier” and single “Makeba”, this French singer is still drawing on a wide range of influences such as electronic music, reggae and world music. Make sure you check out her current biggest hit, “Alright”.

Eddy De Preto, another gifted artist, will be on stage in the Zénith too - this time on the 22nd of March. This French rapper will delight crowds with tracks from his first album “Kid”, released in 2017, and his latest record, the “Cure”. It’s a great opportunity to discover his sublime lyrics and beats.
Tickets: www.le-zenith.com

If you want something a little softer, however, head down to Saint Eustache on the 21st or Saint-Sulpice on the 22nd of March to hear Laurent Voulzy take to the stage. This singer and musician is back with a tour of some of France’s most beautiful churches, basilicas and collegiates after a show he did back in June. Backed by two musicians, Laurent Voulzy will sing some of his greatest hits including “Rock Collection”, “Belle ile en mer”, “Bubble Star”, “Jeanne”, “Le soleil donne” and “”Le pouvoir des fleurs”. These are going to be completely unique concerts, in some truly exceptional venues.

What to do:
In celebration of International Forest Day, the Hôtel de Ville has invited the National Forestry Office back for the second year with the La Forêt event from the 21st to the 23rd of March. So what’s on the agenda? Paw-print identification workshops, barrel-making, wood-cutting demonstrations and natural postcards! Adults and children alike will love the treehouse in the 12m tall tree, giving you a great view out over Paris. There’ll also be a free beauty salon, where you can discover the benefits of natural oak extracts.

From the 15th to the 18th of March 2019, book-lovers will be flocking down to Porte de Versailles for the 39th Livre Paris book show. They’ll be able to meet writers from around the world, such as Maylis de Kerengal, Erri de Lucca, Laurent Gaudé and even Jean Teulé. There’ll be a whole series of workshops and debates, too. With thrillers, graphic novels, manga and kids’ books, there’s something for everyone! For a detailed event guide: www.livreparis.com

Don’t miss Brain Week at the Cité des Sciences and the Palais de la Découverte from the 12th to the 17th of March. With free events and conferences suitable for everyone - from curious kids to adult experts - there’s no reason not to come and get to grips with this fascinating organ! Make sure you don’t miss the therapeutic video games, a conference on neuro-marketing and a game of blind chess with the French number one, Marie Sebag. So use your brain and get down there!

Thanks for keeping up – we’ll see you next month!


Video content: Welcome to “What’s up in Paris” for February 2019.
This monthly magazine’s here to show you all the best things to see, hear, do and experience in Paris!
So stick with us and let “What’s up in Paris” show you what not to miss this March 2019!
What to experience
This March is certainly going to be colourful! Let’s start with green, the colour of the Irish and the Irish Cultural Centre from the 16th to the 18th of March to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. This is a Christian festival, held every 17th of March, and packed with festive fun for all the family. Come on down and try out some traditional Irish food, drink, music and dance. And to top it off, there’ll even be a parade through the Latin Quarter on Sunday. Don’t forget to wear green!
For more information: www.centreculturelirlandais.com

Make sure you bring an appetite and a sweet tooth for Macaron Day on the 20th of March, an event headed up for the 15th year running by legendary pastry chef Pierre Hermé. This year, the pastry chefs from Relais Desserts are raising money for children in Madagascar, selling boxes of 5 macarons whose proceedings will go to charity. You can pick up a box and support the cause from Pierre Hermé, Laurent Duchêne, Arnaud Larher, Claire Damon, Lenôtre or Dalloyau. It’s a great way to do some good while spoiling yourself a little!

The Carnaval des Femmes is back (the Women’s Carnival, also known as the Washerwomen’s Festival) and will be rolling through the streets of Paris on Sunday the 31st of March 2019. So what is it? It’s a chance for women to dress up as queens and men as women. It used to be a celebration to mark the halfway point during Lent, held by the washerwomen of Paris to elect the Queen of the Wash House. Now, however, anyone can take part!

What to see:
Until the 11th of March, you can immerse yourself in flowers at the Jardin des Plantes, with their 7th “Thousand and one orchids” festival in their huge greenhouses. So what’s the idea? It’s a chance for visitors to catch a glimpse of the many rare and fascinating species of orchids. To mark the occasion, 4 French growers have created unique scenarios, packed with rare and interesting flowers. With more than 92,000 types of orchids, including 160 French species and 1000 “wild” flowers, the Museum’s collection spans almost every continent, from Africa and Asia to the Americas, Oceania and Europe. You’ll also be able to learn about the French botanists in the SFO (French Orchid Society) and what they do in a photo exhibition to mark their 50th anniversary. This is dedicated to the orchids of Madagascar, and is on display in the Desert area.
Bookings: www.jardindesplantesdeparis.fr

Come and enjoy a unique tour of the Cité de l’Architecture, available until the 23rd of March. With a virtual reality headset, you’ll be able to explore Giza and the pyramid of Khufu like you were really there. More than just an escape room in a pyramid, this is a real guided tour which will take a group of 6 people through the sites in 45 minutes. It’s made possible thanks to ScanPyramids VR, a collaborative project by Dassault Systems, the HIP Institute and Emissive. Just remember, this is still in the prototype phase!
For more information: www.citedelarchitecture.fr

Lastly, until the 17th of June, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is home to the Courtauld Collection, with more than 110 Impressionist works belonging to the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld brought together for the very first time in Paris. Visitors will enjoy a tour through the period, with works including Manet’s “A bar at the Folies-Bergère”, “The Card Players” by Cézanne, Gaugin’s “Neverrmore”, Renoir’s “La Loge”, “After the bath” by Degas, Van Gogh’s “Self-portrait with a bandaged ear” and ten watercolours by J.M.W. Turner.
For more information: www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

What to listen to:
Fresh off her North American tour, JAIN will be back in concert at the Zénith in Paris La Villette on the 20th of March. With her new album “Souldier” and single “Makeba”, this French singer is still drawing on a wide range of influences such as electronic music, reggae and world music. Make sure you check out her current biggest hit, “Alright”.

Eddy De Preto, another gifted artist, will be on stage in the Zénith too - this time on the 22nd of March. This French rapper will delight crowds with tracks from his first album “Kid”, released in 2017, and his latest record, the “Cure”. It’s a great opportunity to discover his sublime lyrics and beats.
Tickets: www.le-zenith.com

If you want something a little softer, however, head down to Saint Eustache on the 21st or Saint-Sulpice on the 22nd of March to hear Laurent Voulzy take to the stage. This singer and musician is back with a tour of some of France’s most beautiful churches, basilicas and collegiates after a show he did back in June. Backed by two musicians, Laurent Voulzy will sing some of his greatest hits including “Rock Collection”, “Belle ile en mer”, “Bubble Star”, “Jeanne”, “Le soleil donne” and “”Le pouvoir des fleurs”. These are going to be completely unique concerts, in some truly exceptional venues.

What to do:
In celebration of International Forest Day, the Hôtel de Ville has invited the National Forestry Office back for the second year with the La Forêt event from the 21st to the 23rd of March. So what’s on the agenda? Paw-print identification workshops, barrel-making, wood-cutting demonstrations and natural postcards! Adults and children alike will love the treehouse in the 12m tall tree, giving you a great view out over Paris. There’ll also be a free beauty salon, where you can discover the benefits of natural oak extracts.

From the 15th to the 18th of March 2019, book-lovers will be flocking down to Porte de Versailles for the 39th Livre Paris book show. They’ll be able to meet writers from around the world, such as Maylis de Kerengal, Erri de Lucca, Laurent Gaudé and even Jean Teulé. There’ll be a whole series of workshops and debates, too. With thrillers, graphic novels, manga and kids’ books, there’s something for everyone!
For a detailed event guide: www.livreparis.com

Don’t miss Brain Week at the Cité des Sciences and the Palais de la Découverte from the 12th to the 17th of March. With free events and conferences suitable for everyone - from curious kids to adult experts - there’s no reason not to come and get to grips with this fascinating organ! Make sure you don’t miss the therapeutic video games, a conference on neuro-marketing and a game of blind chess with the French number one, Marie Sebag. So use your brain and get down there!

Thanks for keeping up – we’ll see you next month!


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