4th edition of La Lucarne Festival

Festival La Lucarne

La Lucarne is the only festival of its kind in France, and encourages the general public to have a different look on this global sport. To succeed this bet, debates, screenings of fictions and documentaries, meetings with players, film makers and sport journalists are on the programme. This year, two films hold the attention.

The first one, “The offsiders”, produced by Mehdi Benhadj-Djilali, unveils the behind the scenes of football and notably the players’ daily life. The second one, “Le terrain”, by Agnès and Xabi Molia, is a documentary which follows young people from the ASJA Aubervilliers, for whom become professional players remains the best way to reach higher social status.




La Lucarne Festival, from April 22th to 24th 2016.

Exhibition and debates: free admission
Screenings: 5 euros the showing.

Point Ephémère
200, quai de Valmy, 75010 PARIS
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 34 02 48
Métro : Jaurès (lines 2, 5 et 7bis).
pointephemere.org (in French) 


Crédit photo : © La Lucarne 2016

Once upon a time the gardens of the Orient

Jardins d'Orient

The Institut du Monde Arabe invites us to discover the gardens of the Orient through its new exhibition which starts on April 19th next. From the hanging gardens of Babylon to the test garden of Algiers, from the Alhambra of Granada to the al-Azhar park of the Cairo, the public will wander majestic sites.

This retrospective aims to introduce the codes and sources of inspiration of the oriental garden, but also the ties which unites it to the gardens of the Occident. Garden design also invites to another type of reflection: about the role the nature plays in the current large cities, in order to take up a challenge mixing modernity and sustainable development. During the event period, landscaper Michel Péna, who made a contemporary interpretation of the gardens of the Orient, will move in the museum forecourt. This ephemeral garden will enable to bask in the sun or to walk around the paths where rose bushes, orange trees, palm trees and jasmines mix.





“Jardins d’Orient” exhibition, from April 19th to September 25th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 6pm, on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 7pm
Closed on Monday and on May 1st 2016
Full rate: 12 euros / Concession (12-25 years): 6 euros. 

Institut du Monde Arabe
1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
Place Mohammed V
75005 PARIS
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 51 38 38
Métro : Jussieu (line 7).
imarabe.org (in French) 

Crédit photo :Lovers picnicking, Soody Sharifi, 2011, Mixed media © Courtesy of the artist Soddy Sharifi and Leila Heller Gallery Family Trust

Love Circus is back to the Folies Bergère

Love CircusFrom April 21st to June 12th next, the Folies Bergère hosts once again Love Circus. Between musical and circus arts, this creation takes us in a family history, against a backdrop of love, glitters and surprises.

Two extravagant sisters run a revue inspired by circus. When the third sister comes back after 15 years absence, the life of the first two will be totally disrupted. After the joy of reunion comes the anxiety. Each of them signed a pact forbidding them to love, however the last will marry! What adventures are waiting for the trio? Those are all questions the artists answer on stage, between acrobatics, dance number, singing and humour. This enchanting show is a must-see before having dinner in one of the best Indian restaurants of the capital!





Love Circus (in French), from April 21st to June 12th 2016
Performances at 8pm on weekdays and at 4pm on Sunday.
Rates: from 29 to 85 euros the seat.

Les Folies Bergère
32, rue Richer, 75009 PARIS
Métro : Grands Boulevards (lines 8 et 9) ou Cadet (line 7).
foliesbergere.com (in French) 


Crédit photo : © Vincent Thomas

Urban art shows its true colours at the Carreau du Temple

Urban art fair

For the first time, the Carreau du Temple host an urban art fair with the participation of about thirty international galleries specialising in street art.

This event intends to explain to the general public the history of this movement, its founding principles and its evolution. For the occasion, the exhibition “Une anthologie du street art”, proposes to discover or rediscover the big names in urban art, modelled on OBEY (Shepard Fairey), SPACE INVADER or even FUTURA. Conferences, meetings and screenings will enable to the visitors to understand more this street culture. Not to be missed: the documentary “Girl Power” which produces the portrait of female street artists from Toulouse to Berlin, from Prague to Moscow; and the personal retrospective of Banksy, which reveals previously unseen works in Paris, from personal collections.


Urban Art Fair, from April 22th to 24th 2016
Open from 11am to 8pm
Full rate: 12 euros / Concession: 8 euros

Carreau du Temple
4, rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 PARIS
Métro : Temple (line 3) ou République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 et 11).
carreaudutemple.eu (in French)  


Crédit photo : Marc C. Woehr, Relief Wall, 2014. Présenté par Urban Art Gallery, Stuttgart

Best places

The best Indian restaurants of Paris

MG Road Paris

If you want to enjoy a Bollywood experience in Paris, then book a table in one of the best Indian restaurants of the capital, at MG Road, Kastoori or at the Jaipur Café. Change of scene guaranteed!


Crédit photo :MG Road © Yann Deret

MG Road

We are off to India with this restaurant and its refined decoration worthy of the XIXth century: large mirrors, sober and graphic tiling, bright colours.

This atmosphere is reminiscent of the “Iranian café of Bombay” style. MG Road proposes the cooking of Chef Manoj Sharma, student of the famous Vineet Bathia. He proposes both a traditional and creative cooking, modelled on the chicken Tikka and the Malai Prawns, shrimps with curry leaves, mustard and freshly grated coconut. Other speciality of the place: the street food with the Palak Patta Chaat, spinach crisps and potatoes, yoghourt, mint, tamarind and pomegranate chutneys.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm to 12am.
Brunch on Sunday from 11:30 am to 4pm
Dish from 18 euros.

MG Road
205, rue Saint-Martin
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 76 04 32
Métro : Etienne Marcel (line 4) ou Rambuteau (line 11).
mgroadrestaurant.com (in French)  

Jaipur Café

This restaurant proposes a Pakistani and Indian gourmet cooking, in a decor worthy of Bollywood!

It is by the way renowned for its enchanting atmosphere which takes us straight away to India, in the purest tradition. On the menu, we rediscover the famous butter chicken and the Jaipur beef, marinated beef in a non-spicy curry sauce and scattered with cashew nuts, raisins and almonds, a delight. The Jaipur Café also suggests children’s menu, to raise their palates to the many Indian flavours. It includes basmati rice and a choice of non-spicy grilled tandoori chicken or lamb served with salad, dessert and drink.

Open Monday-Sunday from 12pm to 2:30pm and from 6pm to 11:30pm.
Lunch menu at 12.90 euros.
Children’s menu at 9.50 euros.

Jaipur Café
15-17, rue des Messageries
75010 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 01 06 00
Métro : Poissonnière (line 7).


This family affair opened since nearly twenty years is always full. Discreet restaurant, Kastoori remains one of the best Indian restaurants of the capital.

We owe this success to the open kitchen that gives onto the room, which enables to admire the cooks working. Its location has also something to do with this, as it is nestled between Pigalle and the Grands Boulevards, in one of the liveliest district of Paris. More importantly, spicy dishes built its reputation. On the menu, the establishment serves traditional food: lamb Korma (with coconut, cinnamon and cardamom), salmon Massala (curry, sweet peppers, tomatoes and lemon), or cheese nan.

Open Monday-Sunday from 12am to 3pm and from 7pm to 11:30.
Dish from 11 euros.


4, place Gustave Toudouze
75009 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 53 06 10
Métro : Saint-Georges (line 12).
kastoori.fr (in French)  

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