The Black Summer Festival celebrates the black music

festival-mediumAmong the various music festivals suggested this summer in Paris, there is one not to be missed: the Black Summer Festival

Organised at the Cabaret Sauvage, at the heart of the Parc de la Villette, it honours black music in all its forms. Soul, funk, hip hop, reggae, blues or jazz and afrobeat will be resonating throughout July. Great artists like U-Roy, living legend of Jamaican reggae, considered one of the pioneers of rap music but also the Senegalese Mao Sidibe, figure of Afro-folk-rock music are awaited. New this year, the festival celebrates street theatre, presenting the show “Nié qui tamola, la Grande Saga de la Françafrique”, from Les 3 points de suspension company. Finally, a summer garden was designed for festival-goers with deckchairs, a barbecue, a restaurant and a cocktail bar.




Black Summer Festival, from July 5th to 31st, 2016
U-Roy concert: On July 12th, 2016, from 7:30pm.
Full rate: 25 euros.
Street theatre show: from July 15th to 30th, 2016.



Cabaret Sauvage (in French)
Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 09 03 09
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

Crédit photo : Black Summer Festival – Edition 2016 ©  Justin Delort





4th edition of the Festival Musiques en terrasse


From June 23rd to August 25th, 2016, the Musiques en terrasse festival is back for its 4th edition. Organised at the heart of Bercy Village, in a bucolic environment with the spirit of a small village, it offers free open-air concerts.

This year, the event is interested in world music and Brazil, through a special Olympic Games programming (which will be taking place next August). The public will be able to vibrate at the pace of samba with Anissa & Banda Fulô, with the urban pop of Pingo de Choro or with the percussion of the Carnaval de Roda Do Cavaco. But that’s not all, Afro-pop, Maloya (a musical genre from Reunion) and Argentinian music concerts will also be on the programme. As a bonus, it is possible to have something to eat or have a drink on the terrace, while enjoying the show. A moment to live with your family, between two cultural visits in the capital!



Festival Musiques en terrasse, from June 23rd to August 25th, 2016.
Free concerts every Thursday at 6:30pm.

Bercy Village (in French)
Cour Saint-Emilion,
75012 Paris
Metro: Cour Saint-Emilion (line 14).

Crédit photo : Festival Musiques en terrasse – Edition 2016 - Gren Seme - Festival Musiques en terrasse 2015 © Bercy Village






Tony Cragg’s sculptures are exhibited in Paris

exposition-tony-cragg-courtesy-galerie-thaddaeus-mediumUntil next July 9th, the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery welcomes a recent selection of Tony Cragg’s works.

Major figure of contemporary sculpture, he displays 25 new creations, made of steel, wood, bronze or glass fibre and stone. After having a go at land art, the artist found in sculpture the way to be different. Indeed, between his hands, objects or industrial wastes he salvages become fully-fledged works of art. His last works favour some more robust materials like bronze, steel or wood in order to create an accumulation effect of stratums, almost geological. By the way, this significant free exhibition takes place at the same time as two others exhibitions consecrated to the sculptor. The first one is held at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the second one in Germany, in Wuppertal until next August.




Exhibition “Tony Cragg. Sculptures”, from February 21st to July 9th, 2016.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm.
Free entrance.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
69, avenue du Général Leclerc
93500 Pantin
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 89 01 10
Access: Gare de Pantin (RER E).



Crédit photo : Tony Cragg –Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery - Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg © Charles Duprat


William Forsythe is back at the Opéra Garnier


From July 4th to 16th, 2016, the American choreographer William Forsythe takes possession of the stage of the Opéra Garnier in Paris. 

This summer, he presents three ballets. Regular of the place for nearly thirty years, the artist revisits the neoclassical dance, in each of his works. He deconstructs it in a resolutely modern interpretation, while mastering the space. The fans of the genre will thus be able to discover or rediscover “Approximate Sonata”. Created in 1996, this re-reading of the classical repertoire suggests an uncluttered scenography, shaped by plays of light designed by the choreographer. Other show not to be missed: “Of Any If And”, thought out for the Ballet Frankfurt. Finally, William Forsythe invites the audience to admire his last invention, for which he called on dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet as well as the British composer James Blake.



William Forsythe, from July 4th to 16th, 2016.
Rates: from 50 to 110 euros.

Palais Garnier
8, rue Scribe
75009 Paris
Metro: Opéra (lines 3, 7 and 8).


Crédit photo : William Forsythe – Opéra Garnier © Chad Moore



Best places

Food trucks open their fixed restaurants


More and more foodtrucks settle down opening their fixed restaurants. This is the case of the Camion qui fume, the Réfectoire or Glazed.



Crédit photo : Food Trucks Paris – Fixed Restaurants  © Sébastien Champeaux

Le Camion qui fume

Created by Californian Chef Kristin Frederick, the Camion qui fume was the pioneer of the food trucks in the capital. Today, the specialist of the burger opens its fixed restaurant, rue Montmartre, in a both cosy and modern spirit, with an open kitchen and a mezzanine. Here, the burgers are available for both carnivores and vegetarians. Firm favourite for the “Barbecue” with beef, mature cheddar, bacon, caramelised onions, onion rings as well as a mayonnaise and barbecue sauce.

Open from Monday to Wednesday from 8:30am to 11pm, from Thursday to Saturday from 8:30am to 1am and on Sunday from 11am to 11pm.
Menu from 12.90 euros.

Le Camion Qui Fume Restaurant (in French)
168, rue Montmartre
750002 Paris
Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9).



Le Réfectoire

Set up at the heart of the Saint-Martin covered market, Le Réfectoire suggests its famous hamburgers in a cosy place, where a convivial counter takes centre stage. In addition to the burgers, it serves a street food cuisine revisited by Chef Nicolas Santamaria as well as cocktails made from French spirits. To discover the whole range of flavours of the place, we let us be tempted by the three mini burgers, with a Charolais steak cooked with butter and livened up with Comté and roast pork, then with apricot and mascarpone and finally emmental and tomato caviar.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm and from 6pm to midnight.
Lunch Formulas for 14 and 18 euros

Le Réfectoire (in French)
31, rue du Château d’Eau
75010 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 80 51 21 66
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent (line 5).



Originally, Glazed is an ice cream food truck with completely of-the-wall names and flavours! Since 2014, Glazed is turned into a shop-tea room, with a “dark side” spirit: a shop window in crude steel, brushed metal, anthracite checked pattern tiles and walls full of black colour. About the taste buds, the place serves both ice creams and sorbets as well as waffles and milkshakes. We let us be seduced by the “Rehab” recipe made up of beetroot, apple, fennel, rum and ginger or by the “Smells like teen spirit” made from absinthe and apple liqueur. Otherwise, there’s still the “Purple Rain” flavoured with grenade, hibiscus and Angostura.


Open from Tuesday to Friday from 1:30pm to 8:30pm and from Saturday to Sunday from 11am to 8:30pm.
3.50 euros the scoop/ 5.50 euros the 3 scoops of ice cream.

Glazed (in French)

54, rue des Martyrs
75010 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 81 62 47 06
Metro: Saint-Georges (linne 12).




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