Travel & Culture: All Eyes Are On The New Parisian Cultural Season

Get Out Your Diaries and Calendars, The List is Long!

New and Major Events are Always Synonymous With the New Parisian Cultural Season and Autumn 2016 has an Expected Stellar Line-up.

While it is true that Paris is gearing up for the Spring/Summer 2017 Paris Fashion Week Shows, The City is more than just about high fashion. It’s a foodie paradise, one of the top cultural centers of the world and one of the top tourist destinations in Europe and the world at large. From Rembrandt at the Musée Jacquemart-André to Hergé at the Grand Palais, the opening of new museums and celebrated shows, Paris pulls out all the stops to charm Parisians and visitors this fall and early winter. The following list was compiled and provided by The Paris Visitors and Convention Bureau (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris) whose mission it is to welcome and provide visitors with information; to promote the capital’s attractions, in France and abroad; and to provide assistance to Paris tourism professionals.

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Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris Logo (PRNewsFoto/Office du Tourisme)


From 14 September to 12 February, Henri Fantin-Latour has top billing at the Musée du Luxembourg – a retrospective that has been eagerly-awaited since the previous one in 1982. At the Musée du Louvre, the public can admire the sculptures, drawings and prints of Edme Bouchardon in a monograph exhibition. More contemporary, the Centre Pompidou will celebrate René Magritte around questions of likeness and realism (September 21, 2016 January 23, 2017). Belgium will also be under the spotlight with the exhibition Hergé at the Grand Palais (September 28, 2016 January 15, 2017).

Modern art fans should pencil in a visit to the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville to see the Bernard Buffet exhibition (October 14, 2016 to February 26, 2017), to the Fondation Louis Vuitton for its key exhibition, Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection, from the Musée de l’Ermitage – Musée Pouchkine (October 22, 2016 – March 6, 2017), and Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou (November 30, 2016 – April 24, 2017). And the Espace Dalí presents a dialogue between the great artist Salvador Dali and Joann Sfar now through 31 March 31, 2017.


Herge exhibition :The Grand Palais pays tribute to Georges Remi, better known as Herge. Considered to be the father of the European comic-strip, the creator of Tintin sold some 250 million comic-strip books during his career and has been translated into one hundred or so languages.This retrospective exhibition with original plates is an opportunity to admire the work of the Belgian artist, but also to find out more about Herge the person, through the many archive images and testimonies. (PRNewsFoto/Office du Tourisme et des Congrè)


After 8 months of closure, the Musée Maillol is reopening, under the aegis of Culturespaces, with an exhibition by the famous artist Ben (now through January 15). This should renew the genre and attract a new public. Early October will see the opening of Art 42, the first museum of street art, which will be free and permanent, and which will bring together more than 150 works, in the 17th arrondissement. The opening is an important step towards the promotion of urban art, a subject dear to Parisians, which could gain recognition as a discipline apart.


Staple events of the autumn season unveil their new program and are set to win over numerous visitors again. Towards the end of September, there is the 6th Fête de la Gastronomie which takes place from 23 to 25 September, and which offers a rich program of special events (cooking classes, walks, new meals, etc.). And on 25 September, the Car Free Day, launched in 2015, takes on a greater dimension this year with an area five times larger! The Grape Harvest in Montmartre livens up the streets of the Butte, from 5 to 9 October, for its … 83rd edition. Not forgetting Nuit Blanche which will celebrate its 10th anniversary on the theme of love on October 1st. There will be a trail along the Seine with performance art and surprising artistic installations for the public.


Nuit Blanche in ParisAs the days shorten and autumn turns to winter, the Nuit Blanche event in Paris offers an opportunity to see the city in a new light. For once special night, the city’s streets are teeming with people of all ages, lit by moonlight and by strange lights, works of art become the focal point. (PRNewsFoto/Office du Tourisme et des Congrè)


Music lovers will be spoilt for choice with a long list of classic and rock concerts at Parisian concert venues, many of which have recently had a makeover. The MaMA festival from October 12 to 14 , at the initiative of the organizer of the Printemps de Bourges, accounts for 130 concerts across some 15 concert venues in the 9th and 18th arrondissements. Musicals will also be playing on Parisian stages with 42nd Street at the Théâtre du Châtelet from November 17th, The Phantom of the Opera at the Théâtre Mogador from October 4th, and The Three Musketeers and Notre-Dame de Paris at the Palais des Congrès.


The Phantom of the Opera at the Théâtre Mogador from October 4th. Photo: Johan Persson-Rug


Since hosting the Euro 2016 and with the Olympics in 2024 in view, Paris continues to appeal to the organizers of major sporting events. This autumn it is hosting world class events: from September 12 to 14 , the Climbing World Championships took place at the AccorHotels Arena, to be followed from January 12-14, 2017 by the 25th Men’s Handball World Championship.

The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris) was created in 1971 by the Paris City Council and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a non-profit making association ruled by the French law of 1 July 1901. Its missions, as stated above, are to welcome and provide visitors with information; to promote the capital’s attractions, in France and abroad; and to provide assistance to Paris tourism professionals.

To welcome and provide visitors with information, the Bureau runs five tourist information centers in the most popular parts of the capital. Some 25 reception staff reply in 12 languages to tourism-related questions about Paris and the Paris region.

The website PARISINFO extends and complements the role of the centers’ reception teams. An international portal for tourism in Paris, this virtual ‘Bureau’ is presented in four languages (French, English, German, and Spanish) and partially translated in seven others. It offers every type of useful information for an enjoyable stay in Paris.

In order to provide a comprehensive service, the Bureau’s information centres and website combine information and advice with commercial products relating to accommodation, transport, culture and leisure.

Working together with Parisian tourism professionals, the Bureau promotes Paris leisure and business tourism to tour operators and the media, advocates of the Paris destination. It develops a range of dedicated tools for them, notably the websites ‘press’ and ‘professionals’.

It elaborates and implements action plans targeted at its established markets and at markets with a high potential. To this effect, the Bureau organizes targeted operations (events, workshops) and takes part in trade shows, in France and abroad. In Paris, it offers familiarization tours for the press and tour operators. It replies to requests for help in the organization of company events. Finally, in synergy with the Paris City Council and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP), the Bureau supports the capital’s candidacies for the hosting of association congresses.

A platform for networking, dialogue and for creating partnerships for tourism sector professionals, the Bureau federates some 1,800 professional members. It promotes their services on the website PARISINFO, and involves them in themed initiatives, which it pilots with its institutional and private-sector partners. It monitors developments in the tourism sector and relays strategic information back to the industry as a whole, notably via its web space ‘Parisian Professionals’.