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Culture Crawl

July 14, 2016
Paris Quartier d'Été Festival
Fancy scoring a culture hit without missing out on the summer sun? Luckily, you can soak up the rays while getting your art on thanks to a much-loved Paris charmer.

This summer, the city continues its 26-year tradition of hosting the Paris Quartier d’Été Festival, aka the Paris Summer Arts Festival. It boasts more than a 100 performances by dance ensembles, theatre acts, musicians and circus talents on the banks of the River Seine and in pretty-as-a-picture parks.

Taking over gardens, monuments and squares, the mainly free or reduced-rate entertainment spreads city-wide for over three weeks from mid-July. Locations include the Jardin des Tuileries, Parc de Belleville and Jardin du Luxembourg, as well as theatres, museums, libraries and churches.

Young French composer Arthur Lavandier revisits Hector Berlioz’s psychedelic 1830 masterpiece ‘La Symphonie fantastique’, revived with Le Balcon’s amplified orchestra. Catch this free, one-off performance in lesser-known oasis Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge on Bastille Day (14 July).

Two adventurous Belgian dancers, Johanne Saunier and Ine Claes, take their flair-filled, fun ticketed act ‘Framed’ to the Musée national Picasso-Paris in the Marais.

British act Gandini Juggling presents a fierce, fiery tribute to the late contemporary dancer Pina Bausch, involving a hundred apples, broken dishes and a band of virtuoso jugglers (free at various venues). Artists from Italy, Spain, Germany and Korea are also in the mix. Culture vultures get cracking!

14 Jul–7 Aug, 2016.

Paris Quartier d’Eté Festival / +33 1 44 94 98 00 (02 for tickets) /