Established in 1972, the Paris Autumn Festival is the city’s foremost contemporary arts festival and attracts over 100,000 to its events. Taking place in various venues throughout Paris and the île de France, the festival comprises exhibitions from the disciplines of music, theatre, dance, film and the visual arts. Last year’s highlights included Frank Castorf’s production of The Brothers Karamazov, Lucinda Childs’ choreography and Pierre-Yves Macé’s piece on song recycling, ‘Accords et Accrocs’. The festival is a great opportunity to check out some of the world’s greatest contemporary artists in some of the city’s renowned venues, such as the Centre Pompidou and the Jeu de Paume.
The Paris Autumn Festival takes place from September to the end of December in various venues throughout the city. You can book tickets online for each event from 29th August but, if you’d rather secure your tickets in advance of that date, from 30th May you can purchase a ‘subscription’ which allows you to pre-reserve your place at a minimum of four shows. Tickets for each event usually cost between €8 and €35. Head to the website to download a copy of the 2017 programme and for more information on finding your way to the participating venues.
While Paris is well-known for its collection of great art masterpieces such as those housed in the Louvre Museum or the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Paris Autumn festival is a great chance to support more experimental artists that otherwise may not have a chance to be shown. For example, last year’s cinema line-up was noteworthy for its inclusion of independent films. The festival is certainly the place to go if you’re looking to discover something completely new!
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In between the festival performances and exhibitions, make sure you leave room to discover the other sights and sounds of this beautiful city: take a cruise up the River Seine and feast your eyes on the city’s most famous monuments, climb the Eiffel Tower and see the sights from above; and take a stroll through the beautiful city park, the Luxembourg Gardens.
To find out more information about the festival, please head to the website, where you’ll be able to find out about the 2017 line-up, the prices for each performance and exhibition and the specific festival dates.
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