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Spring events in Paris

Festival Les Femmes s'en Mêlent

Founded in Paris in 1997, Le Festival des Femmes s'en Mêlent brings together an eclectic set of venues with very different outlooks, like the Swedish Institute, the Point Ephémère, the Divan du Monde, the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, l'Alhambra and the Machine du Moulin Rouge, which work together to make the music festival one of the big hitters of Paris's events calendar. Women artists are celebrated with promising independent, talented female rock, folk, French chanson and DJ acts. There are fewer big names than usual in 2013's lineup, but that gives more space to the up-and-comers like Molly Gene One Whoaman Band or Mesparrow, and the critically acclaimed Alela Diane and Kaki King.Check out the full programme (in English) here.

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Cinéma du Réel

Since 1979, the hugely successful and respected Cinéma du Réel festival has screened international ethnographic and sociological films annually at the Centre Pompidou. This year, as well as the international competitions, debates and workshops, there are special sections on Chile and Stephen Dworskin, and a series of screenings 'hors les murs' at venues around the city. Ten days of new perspectives, wide horizons and true stories, from 'The Lebanese Rocket Society' to 'The Battle of Chile' – brilliant.The festival screenings take place at the Centre Pompidou, the MK2 Beaubourg, the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles and the Nouveau Latina from 21-31 March 2013. For the full programme, click here. If French subtitles pose a problem, check the screening information in advance.

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Musiquepointdoc festival

Well-known and loved to Parisian music fanatics, Musiquepointdoc is an eclectic selection of music documentaries screened annually at the Gaîté Lyrique. 2013's highlights include 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster' and 'Pulp: The Beat is the Law'.For the full programme, click here.

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Villette Sonique

For the last seven years, the Villette Sonique festival has brought the Parc de la Villette to life every spring, and since the renovations of the Grande Halle, it's become an unmissable rock and electro event for music-mad Parisians. The line-up has expanded year on year, and 2013's is better than ever: a head-turning selection of rock that includes the Melvins, The Flaming Lips, Neurosis and the Swans. For electro, the excellent South American label Comeme gets a special mention with its own 'Comeme Night'. The biggest advantage of the festival are the numerous free open air gigs in the park (this year, don't miss David Fenech or Mykki Blanco). Doubtless, thousands of Parisians will once again descend on Villette for five days of underground bands, visiting the weekend-long Village Label artists' market or taking part in masterclasses.For the full programme, click here.  

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Festival Artdanthé

January 29-April 25 at the Théâtre de Vanves The Théâtre de Vanve's dance and theatre festival, Artdanthé, may be 15 years old this year, but there's nothing terrible about this teenager: Founder José Alfarroba's two-month-long event is going from strength to strength, bringing together 53 theatre and dance troupes for no less than 64 shows that push the boundaries of contemporary dance and theatre.For the full programme and to book tickets, click here.

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