Welcome to the January 2018 issue of “What’s up in Paris”.
This monthly magazine is dedicated to everything you need to experience, see, listen to and do in Paris!
So stay with us and discover the “What’s up in Paris” selection of the events you shouldn’t miss in January 2018!
Calling all food-lovers! Epiphany is coming, and the tradition is to enjoy a cake known as the “galette des rois” (Kings’ Cake) on the first Sunday of the year, which in 2018 falls on 7 January. Made with a choice of frangipane, almond cream or less traditional flavours, the cake forms an essential part of life in January, giving pleasure to adults and children. The following are some of the “galettes” that you really must try: “La Trésor” by Arnaud Larher, made with hazelnut cream flavoured with hazelnut praline and caramelised Piedmont hazelnuts, the Hugo & Victor “galette” with almond frangipane, orange peel and Lebanese orange blossom water, the “Infiniment Chocolat Belize” by Pierre Hermé or Pierre Marcolini’s “Millefeuille des Rois” with Faro almond cream. If you like a treasure hunt, Maison Dalloyau is joining forces with Gemmyo Jewellers to offer its cat-shaped “MIAOU galette des rois”. Ten lucky charms stamped with the word “GAGNÉ” (winner) are hidden inside: the lucky winners will receive a “Miaou en Or” ring worth 350€.
From 13 January to 25 March 2018, the Force will be with you at Disneyland Paris. A new set of shows, parades and encounters with characters from the Star Wars saga are on the programme for the return of the Season of the Force. In all, 8 intergalactic experiences including “Star Wars: The Galactic Celebration” at the Disney Studio, with a new sequence taken from the new Star Wars film, “The Last Jedi”, and plenty of special effects! For young Padawans aged 7 to 12, the “Jedi Training Academy” will be teaching children the Jedi rules and codes of conduct. However, disciples of Master Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, beware … Darth Vader and his stormtroopers are lurking in the vicinity.
A different place, a different atmosphere … At the Cirque Phénix, “Cirkafrika 3” is being performed on the Pelouse de Reuilly until 21 January. After Tanzania, the Ivory Coast, South Africa, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ghana then Harlem and Brooklyn, the third edition of the show is full of colour, acrobatics and music, taking you on a journey through Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and the beautiful central Sahara. There are some fifty artistes, acrobats and dancers on stage, performing with a live orchestra. The rhythms will be intense!
Information and bookings: www.cirquephenix.com
Paris Town Hall is putting on a free exhibition until 27 January. “Les Nuits Parisiennes” (Paris Nights) shows the capital’s different night-time faces, from the 18th Century to the modern day. Over 300 works - paintings, photos, period films and archive documents – will be on show. You’ll learn all there is to know about Paris’ restaurants, cabarets, theatres and cinema.
Until 25 February 2018, the Château de Versailles is putting on an exhibition of “Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789)” in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition tells the story of these visits by leading figures from all over the world - princes, ambassadors, writers, actors, artistes and philosophers. A personal invitation from King Louis XIV, a political or diplomatic meeting... From the ambassador of Siam in 1686 to the ambassador of the Indian kingdom of Mysore in 1788, the exhibition shows the Château in a new light and through different eyes.
Practical information: www.chateauversailles.fr
“Patate” (Potato)! Yes, that’s the title of the new exhibition on offer at the “Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie” since 5 December 2017 and until January 2019. For over a year, the Villeneuve d’As Departmental Science Forum, which devised “Patate!”, takes you into the Large Greenhouse, where you’ll learn all there is to know about the famous tuber, which is now the world’s leading non-cereal food. The exhibition is based on the 3 stages in the potato’s life cycle: Birth, Development and Enjoyment. And the ticket gives access to all the Explora exhibitions, the Planetarium, the “Agronaut” submarine and the Louis-Lumière cinema.
As part of his European tour, David Guetta will be stopping off at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris for a single date, Friday 19 January 2018. The world-famous French DJ will be playing his famous hits, including his latest title “Light My Body Up” featuring Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, and “2U”, in collaboration with Justin Bieber.
Fancy listening to a typical “Chanson Française” artiste? Camille will be in concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on 30 and 31 January and 1st February. The singer will be performing songs from her latest album, entitled “Ouï”. “In OUÏ there is everything: the roundness of the O, the openness of the U and the straightness of the Ï.
Everything I want to say, be and become”, says the song. The concerts promise to offer real emotion and depth.
Practical information: www.sallepleyel.com
In the Saint Germain district, a Harcourt studio has been installed at La Villa Madame until 26 January 2017. Customers, Parisians and tourists can come and have their photo taken in black and white, 24 hours a day, in line with the traditions of the famous photography studio. As a reminder, the Harcourt studio has been photographing the greatest French and international celebrities, from Edith Piaf to Josephine Baker, since 1934.
Looking to make Christmas last a little longer? Then, try skating on the roof of the Grande Arche de la Défense, with its 360° panoramic view of Paris, until 14 January. The synthetic rink, with skate hire, café and restaurant, is open daily from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm, with some evening openings. But remember– gloves must be worn.
On Friday 12 January, the Pan Piper will be opening its doors to celebrate the Russian New Year! To celebrate the occasion, there’ll be a gypsy dance show by the French Romano Atmo company, followed by a tasting of Russian specialities. Something for every sense!
Practical information: www.pan-piper.com
The francemonde21 team wishes you all the very best for 2018
We’ll be back on 1st February 2018