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Art and culture to see in Paris this summer

Discover Time Out’s pick of this year’s best summer shows, screenings and exhibitions in Paris

As well as the year's crop of big hitting exhibitions in Paris's grandest art galleries, the streets and parks of Paris in summer play host to a staggering array of performances, film screenings, installations and more. Often free, always fun, these are our favourite bits of Paris summer culture to catch this year.

See some one-off performance art

Global in outlook, ambitious in scope, city-wide and often free, the Quartier d'Eté festival offers a fantastic summer programme of dance, theatre, concerts and circus...

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Catch a short and sweet film festival

The free open air Festival Silhouette is the biggest short film festival in Paris, and, having been around since 2002, has built up quite a following. For nine days you can expect to see a variety of genres represented: animation, horror, drama, comedy, documentary and experimental...

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Discover summer chateau culture

Critics' choice

Le Domaine de Chamarande in Essonne, just a few minutes from Chamarande station on the RER C, comprises a 17th century chateau with 98ha of grounds – a magical stretch of forests, lawns and lakes. In summer, the chateau’s resident Centre d’Art puts together a lively mixture of exhibitions and shows, mixing contemporary art and educational angles...

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Domaine de Chamarande et son centre d'art Until Sunday November 1 2015

Find out what all the fuss is about at Versailles

Critics' choice

Never mind the venue’s traditionalist associations – contemporary art returns to Versailles with a bang this summer. Anish Kapoor’s instantly infamous installation – its most prominent feature is most often likened to a vagina – in the courtyard of the Sun King is a bold attempt to create a dialogue between the history-heavy surroundings and contemporary creative mores...

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Château de Versailles Until Sunday November 1 2015

See outdoor cinema at its finest

The fantastic (and fantastically popular) free open-air cinema festival Cinéma en Plein Air returns to Parc de La Villette for its 25th edition this summer. It's just one of the events that brings the buzz to this increasingly hip corner of northeast Paris...

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