Paris Plages’s trendier sister event hosts cutting-edge DJs and chefs on the péniches of the Canal de l’Ourcq, July 2-August 21 2016
By Huw Oliver|
When? July 2-August 21 2016 What? A bit like Paris Plages; an inner-city beach initiative with eclectic music and lush pop-up food stands. Where? The Canal de l’Ourcq
Though you can’t simply nip down to the seaside like you can in a city like Barcelona, the banks of the Seine and the Canal de l’Ourcq will make for a just-about-acceptable Parisian equivalent in summer. For a good ten years now, Paris Plages and the Été du Canal have brought all manner of beach-themed activities and parties to the city’s two monumental liquid axes, and 2016 is no different.
As well as involving a whole lot of displaced sand, the Été initiative – essentially a trendier version of Paris Plages, with a younger demographic – will this year take in a vast array of family-friendly cultural activities and sports events, ranging from cutting-edge DJ sets to mini €2 cruises. Highlights from the 2016 programme include nearly a hundred music and food-themed events on the péniches (€8-€29), like a beer-brewing workshop with Bmaker, a silent disco or a Réunionnais dance party, while guest DJs and chefs from the likes of Mamie’s, Freegan Pony, the Petit Bain, Manufacture 111 and the Glaz’art will also be popping along.