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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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By: Flora Hudson

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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A night of Les Jeudis Arty

Art galleries open late for an evening of diverse cultural festivities, which happens twice a year. When? Thursday June 1, 2017 6pm - midnight Where? In thirty galleries around the Marais area and Carreau du Temple for the Arty Party. 

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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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Discover Elliott Erwitt's work

A breakthrough in 1950s New York, via Saint-Germain-des-Prés Buildings lie dormant awaiting daybreak, the silhouette of a sailor waiting to cross the river, the glowing smile of Marilyn Monroe and the nonchalance of Andy Warhol in the back of a limo. These are the images conjured of Elliott Erwitt’s New York which is on exhibit now in the La Hune gallery. In three small rooms, you can rediscover the iconic snaps and get lost in the maze of lively New York streets during the 1950s and 60s. 

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La Hune , Saint-Germain-des-Prés Until Sunday February 25 2018

Marvel at Dalida's iconic wardrobe

2017 is definitively the year of Dalida. After the biopic of the much loved French singer, comes an exhibition of her wardrobe. Made up of three chronological sections, the exhibition illustrates Dalida’s successive styles thanks to the many items bequeathed to her brother Orlando in Paris. 1955-1965. 

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Musée Galliera , Chaillot Until Sunday August 13 2017
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Visit Rodin's 'Le Penseur'

2017 sees the centenary of Rodin's death, and the eponymous museum has given the painter Anselm Kiefer free reign to make hommage to the sculptor. During this exhibition, the contemporary German artist Anselm Kiefer renowned for his XXL paintings inspired by the nation’s darkest times. Having studied Rodin’s work, Kiefer presents his most recent pieces as a modern interpretation or even a continuation of the master’s remarkable universe.  

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Musée National Rodin , Invalides Until Sunday October 22 2017

Come watch a french film with lost in Frenchlation

When? Once a week  What? Screenings of French films with English subtitles. Where? Independent cinemas around Paris Even if you have a high level of French, it can often be tricky to follow the dialogue in fast-paced French films. ‘Lost in Frenchlation’ was started for exactly this reason, hosting monthly screenings of French films with English subtitles in independent cinemas around the capital. 

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