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 A Guide to Paris’ Best Autumn Events in 2013
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A Guide to Paris’ Best Autumn Events in 2013

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Updated: 9 February 2017
As an international capital of culture Paris is host to a vast array of events involving the arts, gastronomy, film, music and more. From special exhibitions to Jazz festivals, traditional harvest celebrations to contemporary art fairs, Paris is alive with enlightening activity in autumn and winter 2013. As the air starts to chill, The Culture Trip offers a list of ten upcoming events to look forward to in the city of lights.

Art | Expo Graffiti La Coupole

01 June – 30 September 2013

La Coupole restaurant is a gem of Art Deco design and the most famous Parisian brasserie in the world, a symbol of the history of Montparnasse. Through the 30th of September, this iconic establishment, which in its heydey played host to artists like Pablo Picasso and Man Ray, is exhibiting the work of graffiti artists Alex, 6pack, Done, Moon one, Hopare, Esper, Stack and Brok/ within its dining room. Offering a fresh view of street art, the juxtaposition between the elegant interior and the urban aesthetic is unexpected and refreshing.

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Music | Jazz à la Villette

3-15 September 2013

In the jazz capital of Europe, Jazz à la Villette is one of the most awaited events for those following Paris’ music calendar. The festival programme offers a range of sounds from jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and world, often combining these sultry sounds for a highly unique meeting of genres and generations. In 2013 this tendency to break new ground through highly innovative cross-breeding of musical traditions is at the center of the agenda. Acts to be seen include Fatoumata Diawara, Magnetic Set, Bryan Ferry and many more.

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Music | The Festival d’Ile de France

7 September-13 October 2013

Throughout September and October, the annual Festival d’Ile de France organises around 30 concerts which take place in historic locations around the Ile de France. Its programme of classical, baroque, contemporary, world, jazz and electronic music sees the festival unite regional heritage with musical innovation, frequently combining genres within a single composition. Individual venues are selected with consideration for the music, in which meanings arise through the combination of one’s surroundings and acoustic elements. Many come for the privileged access to châteaux, churches, theatres, circuses, old factories or farms that are otherwise closed to the public.

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Design | Paris Design Week

9-15 September 2013

Paris Design Week is back in 2013 after a successful 2012 event which brought in over 15,000 visitors. Offering a series of press events, exhibitions, designer talks and discussions, artist previews tours, workshops and other special events, this is one of the world’s foremost design fairs. The event collects the best design professionals in Paris for a unique series of displays examining diverse areas of design such as furniture, decoration, fashion, gastronomy and art. 2013 will focus even more strongly on French design, supported by an exhibition which will reflect upon its global influence.

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Arts | The Paris Autumn Festival

13 September 2013 – 12 January 2014

This festival of contemporary art takes place every year for the duration of the autumn season. Around 100,000 people attend the Paris Autumn Festival annually, flocking to the center of Paris to bear witness to over 40 events that comprise the festival. Participating artists are asked to create experimental, interdisciplinary and original artworks. The resulting displays combine the realms of the visual arts, performance, theatre, dance, music, and cinema. As a non-profit initiative, the festival was founded in 1972 by Michel Guy with support from the President of the French Republic, Georges Pompidou. Today it is backed by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Paris City Council, the Regional Council of Greater Paris, as well as friends and sponsors.

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The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival

Food and Wine | The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival

6-10 October 2013

The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2013. Although only a small number of vineyards still exists in the historic wine growing district of Montmarte, the 18th arrondissement continues to commemorate its grape harvest each October. Amongst the activities held during this much anticipated autumn event are wonderful food markets selling the best Parisian artisan products, exhibitions, a great parade, concerts and musical fireworks at Sacre Cœur. Nolwenn Leroy is the Patron of the 2013 festival and the theme of l’amour will be echoed throughout the event.

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Art | Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera, Art in Fusion at the Musée de l’Orangerie

9 October 2013 – 13 January 2014

Located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens, Musée de l’Orangerie is a gallery of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, renowned as being the permanent resting place of eight of Monet’s Water Lilies murals. In autumn 2013 the gallery will present a joint exhibition on the works of late artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Kahlo and Rivera are remembered both for their tumultuous marriage and the integral role they played as Mexican Revolutionary artists during a time of political transition in their country. The show at the Musée de l’Orangerie is unique in its examination of both artists’ work in a single exhibition, honoring their similarities and deep individuality.

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Art | FIAC

24-27 October 2013

La Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain or the International Contemporary Art Fair was inaugurated in 1974 to serve as an alternative to the fairly new Art Basel fair in Switzerland. Although the fair has been held in such historical buildings as the Bastille station and Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles, in recent years operations have moved to the Grand Palais, located along the Champs-Elysees. Every year, the fair attracts the world’s most prestigious galleries who exhibit the work of highly respected artists. The 2013 event will welcome galleries such as Sadie Coles HQ, Marian Goodman, David Zwirner and Lehmann Maupin among others.

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Film | Paris Courts Devant

5-10 Nov 2013

The Paris Courts Devant is one of the most important short film festivals in the world, held over a six day period at the Cinéma des Cinéastes. Films shown must be no longer than 25 minutes, 26 for documentaries, and demonstrate the innovative practices of both French and international directors. Workshops and panel discussions will complement the film presentations, which will each be screened twice so that those in attendance have the chance to view all. Although originally planned for the 8-13 of October, this ninth edition of the event has been postponed to the second week of November.

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Photography | Paris Photo

14-17 November 2013

As the world’s number one photography fair,

Paris Photo will host 135 galleries in the Grand Palais for its 2013 edition. Among these, 27 galleries are new participants, and 27 are publishers specialising in photography books. Artists, galleries, collectors, professionals, enthusiasts and curious individuals flock to the exhibit to appreciate the highly diverse and fine quality works on display. In addition to the array of participating galleries, the Private Collection displays a portion of the collection of Harald Falckenberg, the Recent Acquisitions booth exhibits newly acquired photographs from three international institutions, and the Open Book exhibit presents a series of photo books on protest photography, taken from the collection of Martin Parr.

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By Ellen Von Wiegand