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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

Exposition Pierre Bonnard
By Time Out editors |

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.

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Things to do, Festivals

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...

Film, Drama

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...

Art, Galleries

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. 


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...

Things to do, Film events

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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