The Art in Video Games

art-jeu-video-musee-art-ludiqueThe Art Ludique Museum in Paris has decided to host an important retrospective on The Art in Video Games.

There are more than 800 works, both classic and digital - pencil drawings, watercolors, paintings and sculptures - because, as the museum's founder, Jean-Jacques Launier, says, video games are the incarnation of "Total Art". It combines drawing with painting, animation and scenario, music and sculpture, staging with the creation of a universe and its characters, even down to the original conception of the game play. Young and old alike will love wandering through the exhibitions halls, discovering forest elves, enchanted castles, Raving Rabbids, and scenery from the American West or the Himalayas. The public can also explore Paris in 2084, along with other imaginary, or alternatively, medieval, cities. An exhibition which reveals the virtuosity of video game creators.





"The Art in Video Games - French inspiration", exhibition from September 25th 2015 to March 6th 2016.

Open Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Tuesday.
Full price: €15 / Reduced price (students): €12 / 4-12 year-olds: €9.50


Art Ludique – Le Musée

Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design
34, quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris
Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10, RER C).


Crédit photo : : The Art in Video Games - Exhibition - The Art in Video Games – French inspiration – DR

L’Atelier du Plateau fait son cirque

l-atelier-du-plateauThe "Atelier du Plateau fait son cirque" Festival is back for its 14th edition from October 8th to 25th, 2015, directed by Matthieu Malgrange and Laetitia Zaepffel.

The dancers, musicians, clowns and aerial acrobats of this year's circus arts festival are dedicated to taming illusion and manipulation. Over three weeks the public is invited to twelve completely off-the-wall shows. Each evening the cast will be different. Each show is unique - totally improvised and completely unpredictable! Atelier du Plateau fait son cirque is all about improvisation and each year showcases artistes who metamorphose into real performers once on stage.





L’Atelier du Plateau fait son cirque, from October 8th to 25th, 2015.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 5 p.m.
Full price: €12 / Reduced price: €10 / Under 12 years price: €6.


L’Atelier du Plateau
5, rue du Plateau
75019 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 41 28 22
Metro: Buttes Chaumont (line 7bis) or Jourdain (line 11).

www.atelierduplateau.org (in French) 

Crédit photo : L’Atelier du Plateau fait son cirque - Paris –Nouveau Cirque - ©Refat / Shutterstock.com

The 19th edition of the Festival de l’imaginaire

samulnori-performing-arts-troupeEvery year the Festival de l’imaginaire honors global music, rituals and shows.

The 19th edition is celebrating Korea and welcoming masters such as Lee Jae-hwa or Yang Sun-ok. The World Cultures Institute (Maison des Cultures du Monde) and quai Branly Museum have string and glove puppet shows, as well as shadow theatre. There will be master players of the sanjo and sinawi to showcase Korean music. But the Festival de l’imaginaire is not limited to one country; artists from Greece, India and Estonia are also performing. The public can also listen to songs from Burkina Faso, accompanied by drums and pipes, or discover Malambo, the Argentinean dance which is performed by the men of the pampas.





The 19th edition of the Festival de l’imaginaire, from October 9th to December 20th, 2015.

String puppet show: €22.


Maison des Cultures du Monde
101, boulevard Raspail
75006 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 45 44 72 30
Metro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs (line 12) or Saint-Placide (line 4).


Crédit photo : Festival de l’imaginaire - Paris - Samulnori performing arts troupe ©DR

Per Kirkeby's prints of the far north

per-kirkeby-maison-danemarkPer Kirkeby, a major figure of Scandinavian contemporary art who was born in Copenhagen in 1938, is the subject of a free exhibition at Denmark House (Maison du Danemark) on the Champs-Elysées.

He is famous for his sculpture and abstract paintings, but Per Kirkeby has also created a large body of prints which are less well known to the public. A selection of these prints, created after expeditions to the far north (the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Norway, and Iceland), are being exhibited in Paris. They depict changes in the environment observed by this qualified geologist. Per Kirkeby always takes printing plates with him when he is travelling so he can capture significant moments that he witnesses.





"Per Kirkeby's polar region" ("Per Kirkeby et la région polaire") exhibition, from September 9th to November 1st, 2015.
Open from Tuesday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Monday. Open on public holidays.
Free entry.


Maison du Danemark
142, avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 56 59 17 40
Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (lines 1, 2, 6 and RER A).


Crédit photo : Per Kirkeby – Denmark House Paris - Per Kirkeby, N° 5 in the series, "7 raderinger" ("7 prints"), 1991. Dry point, aquatint, 2 colors 80 x 120 cm - © Per Kirkeby / Museum Jorn

Best places

The best African restaurants in Paris


In Paris, the capital of gastronomy, you can eat your way around Africa thanks to restaurants that offer specialties from Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. Focus on three of the best African restaurants in Paris.



Crédit photo :Best African restaurants - Paris – Le Petit Dakar © DR

La Gazelle

La Gazelle is a gastronomic African restaurant in the 17th arrondissement, just yards from the Place des Ternes and the Arc de Triomphe.

It's open late at night - until 2 or 3 a.m. - and is famous for specialties from the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Cameroon: oxtail in gombo sauce, cassava shrimp fritters, imperial Ndolé (meat, shrimp, salt cod and smoked fish), as well as different types of kebabs and grills.

Open Monday to Friday, from noon to 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. and Saturday from 7.30 p.m. to 3.00 a.m. Closed on Sunday.
From €21 to €50 for house specialties.
Valet parking.

La Gazelle

9, rue Rennequin
75017 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 67 64 18
Metro: Pereire (line 3) or Courcelles (line 2).
www.la-gazelle.fr (in French)

Le Petit Dakar

In the heart of the Marais Le Petit Dakar has a generous Senegalese cuisine which is cooked by its owner, Marie Barthélémy.

The interior of this little restaurant is simple, colorful and friendly. On the menu are specialties from Dakar, like Mafé, beef and vegetables in peanut sauce; Yassa, chicken marinated in lemon, garlic and oregano; or red Thieboudienne, rice and grouper fish with parsley and chili. The restaurant's owner has just published a book of recipes for Marabout called "Un diner à Dakar" ("Dinner in Dakar").

Open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 2.30 p.m. and from 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Dishes from €16.50.

Le Petit Dakar

6, rue Elzevir
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 59 34 74
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).
www.lepetitdakar.com (in French) 

Le Nilaja

Nilaja's ethno-chic decoration and subdued atmosphere specializes in Nigerian cuisine.

It's the perfect place for a gastronomic dinner for two. The huge menu offers you lots of opportunity to explore African cuisine: grilled meat or fish (bass, Nile perch, chicken, etc.), with lots of different side dishes (sweet potato fries, boiled yam, cassava semolina, etc.). One of the things the restaurant does really well is its sampling menus, which let its customers try a little of everything - ideal if you love food!
Open Monday lunchtime from noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight (Friday until 2 a.m.), Saturday 7 p.m. until 2 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 3.45 p.m.

Le Nilaja

17, rue de la Forge Royale
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 73 53 15
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8).
nilaja.fr (in French) 

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