Here are some curated events happening in Paris for the month of February. If you have any events you’d like featured for the month, please leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list.
Paris Face Cachée
Event: February 1, 2 and 3
Paris Face Cachée invites Parisians and visitors alike to flirt with the forbidden, to encounter the unknown and to unearth the original facets of Paris in 70 different organized events in Paris and its environs. During February 1, 2 and 3, visit airport runways, discover an artisanal beer laboratory, or participate in an Urbangaming competition in Montmartre. Head over here for more information, or visit the Paris Face Cachée events page.
Paris, the Capital of Fashion – CinéMa Ville
Forum des images, 2, rue du Cinéma, Forum des Halles
February 1 – 26, 2013
Every month, organized around a director, an actor, a theme, a time period, or a neighborhood, CinéMa ville proposes an exploration of what makes the city tick. February’s theme is fashion. Watch or re-watch classic films about the major designers: Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, and many others. More info and film listings here.
Chinese New Year
Feb 12, 2013
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Paris’ very own Chinatown, between Place d’Italie and Porte de Choisy. Expect dancing, firecrackers, giant paper serpents and music – just the way the usher in the year of the Snake. For more Chinese New Year events, the Paris City Hall website has a more exhaustive list of celebrations.
Feb 10, 2013
A tradition dating back to 1274, the annual Paris Carnaval Procession (or Promenade du Bouef Gras – Fat Cow Parade) will start at the 1pm at Place Gambetta in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, will pass by Belleville and end at Place de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement at 7pm. This year’s theme will be “The World of Toys”. Join the trumpets and street dancing to shake your winter blues away. Visit the official site for more details.
Marjane Satrapi, Paintings
Jerome de Noirmont Gallery
January 30 – March 23, 2013
Fans of Marjane Satrapi, author of the famous comic book Persepolis, will be happy to know that the artist will be exhibiting her paintings at the Jerome de Noirmont Gallery in the 8th arrondissement. The subject of the twenty-one paintings on display are women, with their knowing eyes and pensive expressions. Her bold use of colors and beautifully composed portraits give Satrapi’s narrative characters a certain air of mystery and melancholy.
Un Nouveau Festival
February 20 – March 11, 2013
The fourth edition of the Centre Pompidou’s Nouveau festival invites the public to discover the diversity of visual culture of our time and understand the expansion of the territories of contemporary creation. For three weeks, special guests will share their cross-disciplinary work in the various spaces of the Centre Pompidou. There will be a laboratory of contemporary visual creation, a “book machine,” a space for “imaginary and invented languages,” and more. For more info, check out the museum’s official site. Entrance is free.
Circulation(s): Festival de la Jeune Photographie Européenne
Galerie côté Seine, Parc de Bagatelle 75016 Paris
February 22 – March 1, 2013
After two successful years, the Circulation(s) Festival of Young European Photographers returns, featuring the works of 43 young emerging european photographers. Contemporary, artistic, and innovative, the festival aims to introduce the works of these photographers to the public and give them a push towards the professional world. There will be commentary visits by the artists, visual projections, workshops and more. The festival will run for one month, open every day at the Parc de Bagatelle in the 16th arrondissement. For more details, check out their website. Entrance is free.
February 6 – 9, 2013
Missing the sound, the accent, and the interaction in your native language here in Paris? Head over Porte de Versailles on February 6 to 9 for Expolangue, an exposition for multilinguists, culture geeks, and globe trotters. Meet up with language schools and organizations, translation companies, embassies and cultural centers, and language study organizers. You’ll get to mingle, interact, and discover languages you’ve never heard, or have always wanted to hear… and maybe finally you’ll get to enroll in that foreign language class you’ve always wanted to take.
Salon International de l’Agriculture
February 23 – March 3, 2013
Celebrating its 50 year anniversary, the Salon International de l’Agriculture returns to Porte de Versailles. The salon will revolve around four main themes: the animals (where you can pet cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, cats and birds… the true stars of the show), products and gastronomy, crops and plants, and agricultural professions and services. There will be a lot different activities, from animal shows for children to agricultural competitions and bar and wine cellars, so be sure to drop by.
February 1 – 2, 2013
With Voisins Solidaires, La Chandeleur is offering free crêpe tastings at 6 tasting points in Paris: Place des Ternes, Place de Clichy, Porte Maillot, Town Halls of the 7th, 15th & 17th. Also in several Franprix stores in Paris. See the full list of locations here. The crêpe giveaway will last from 3-7pm, but we suggest going early if you want to be sure to get one!
Festival Air d’Islande
January 31 – February 1, 2013
For five years and running, Icelandic music scene has been given its proper homage here in Paris, and this year is no different. Head over to Point Ephémère to discover and rediscover Icelandic wonders like Ghostigital, Michael Wookey and Olof Arnalds. Pop, folk, electronic, rock, electro, freak folk, toy music… if it’s from Reykjavik, you’ll be hearing it here.