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© Yann Caradec
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Institut du Monde Arabe turns 30 with a free weekend of events

IMA is putting on quite the party for its 30th birthday

By Alice White Walker

On Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September and Sunday October 1, the Institute du Monde Arabe is celebrating 30 years since its opening. And they're hosting quite the party. It's free entry all weekend; the museum and all exhibitions, guided visits, concerts, workshops, Arabic lessons for a huge electro party on the Friday night. 

Over the last three decades, the Institut has hosted several major, crowd-pleasing exhibitions, as well as attracting some of the biggest names in the world of Arab music to perform in its plush auditorium. In addition to restaurants, film projections, concerts and language lessons, there's an excellent Middle East bookshop on the ground floor, and the views from the roof terrace (to which access is free) are fabulous.

Programme for Institut du Monde Arabe 30th birthday

☼ Light and sound show on the museum's facade

For the first time, the building's mythical Moucharabieh tiles, installed by architect Jean Nouvel, will be brought to life thanks by light expert Pissenem and the team at Sound System Arabic with Arabian electronic music. Lighting up the entire facade, the IMA will transform into a giant screen - vibrating with colour and sound on each night.

☼ Free 'secret' tours 

On Saturday 30 September, at 8pm, 8.30pm and 9pm, there'll be 2-hour guided tours to parts of the museum which aren't usually open to the public.

☼ Free guided visits of current exhibition "Chrétiens d’Orient" (Christians of the Orient)

☼ Special workshops & starter Arabic language courses


If you've never been, this the best opportunity to go!


What? Institut du Monde Arabe turns 30
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September and Sunday October 1, 2017
Where? Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris
How much? Free


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