Le Fresnoy, a school for artistic creation

fresnoyThe prestigious art and cinema school Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains is occupying the Bibliothèque nationale de France for an exhibition entitled “Memory of imagination”, presented in the Donor’s gallery.

The 600 films produced between 1998 and 2013 by the centre were donated to the BnF. This exhibition, which will be held from March to April 2015, offers to discover the creative universe of Le Fresnoy – which covers every artistic discipline – through a symbolic selection of works capturing the spirit of this art school. An opportunity to take a look at the intense experimental research activity of Le Fresnoy, which produces about 50 extraordinary works directed by young talents from all over the world each year.







Le Fresnoy, mémoire de l’imagination, from From March 3rd to April 12th 2015
Bibliothèque nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand
Quai François Mauriac
75013 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 79 59 59

17th edition of the Printemps des Poètes

Le printemps des poètesFrom March 7th to 22nd of 2015, a wave of poetry is going to submerge Paris.

In various cultural centres of the capital (public libraries, Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits, art centres), artists will take turns to promote this literary genre to the general public. This year’s edition will revolve around “political insurrection”, an occasion to discover poets from the French Résistance, the Beat Generation, the Négritude, Dadaism and Surrealism. Among them: Taslima Nasreen, Armand Gatti, Nazim Hikmet, Yannis Ritsos, Ingrid Jonker, Antonin Artaud and Charlotte Delbo.

The festival will also pay tribute to the poet Robert Desnos; member of the Résistance, he was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, where he died on June 8th of 1945. But the Printemps des Poètes is also an entertaining event which proposes some quirky activities such as the Bal poétique francophone (“Poetic francophone ball”) – held at the Maison des Métallos on March 13th. This public dance will be punctuated by French poems, which will be recited throughout the ball.





Le Printemps des Poètes, from March 7th to 22nd 2015
Bal poétique francophone, March 13th 2015 from 8:30pm to midnight.
printempsdespoetes.com (in french)

La Maison des Métallos
94, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 05 88 27
Métro : Couronnes ou Ménilmontant (line 2), ou Parmentier (line 3).
maisondesmetallos.org (in french)

Decouflé’s tribute to David Bowie

wieboInaugurated in January 2015, the Philharmonie de Paris has prepared an amazing opening program with some particularly exciting events.

Among them, Philippe Decouflé’s dance show WieBo will open the festivities dedicated to the legendary artist David Bowie, on March 3rd – on the same day the much-awaited David Bowie is exhibition will be launched. Halfway between a concert and a performance, the choreographer’s creation stages a glam-rock universe which captures the essence of Bowie.

Musicians, singers, performers and dancers are gathered in this cheerful show that retraces Bowie’s legendary career in 15 songs. Sophie Hunger, Jehnny Beth (Savages) and Jeanne Added will be the voices of this cabaret rock in which the dancers of the Compagnie DCA will meet circus artists who formerly collaborated with Decouflé for the Cirque du Soleil shows.





WieBo, from From March 3rd to 8th 2015
Philharmonie de Paris
221 avenue Jean Jaurès
Paris 19e
Tél. : +33 (0)44 84 44 84

Best places

L’Adalie: refined and romantic bistro

L'AdalieL’Adalie is a charming bistro located a stone’s throw away from the jardin du Luxembourg – in front of Ferrandi, the French School of Culinary Arts.

Founded by two friends, Alexandre Taittinger and Charles César d’Amat, this restaurant offers to discover young Chef Emeric le Puil’s cuisine. He formerly worked at the starred restaurant ‘Au Comte de Gascogne’ (in French) in Boulogne (92). L’Adalie proposes generous traditional French dishes: crispy sweetbreads, fillet of venison (seasonal), sausage in brioche, and wild cod.

The desserts are made by Sous Chef Robin Pasquier; the delicious tarte tatin (caramelised apple pie) and lemon pie are a safe bet. We particularly enjoy the refined spirit of the restaurant, with its comfy red banquettes and his elegant Art Deco inspired chandeliers, a perfect setting for a romantic night.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 2pm and from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Lunch formulas: €18 and €22.



33, rue de l’Abbé Grégoire
75006 Paris
Tél. : +33 (01 42 22 66 09
Métro : Saint-Placide (line 4) ou Rennes (line 12).
ladalie.fr (in french)

La Petite Mangerie: tapas bar in the Marais

La Petite MangerieLa Petite Mangerie – which is the extension of La Mangerie on rue de Jarente – is a tapas and wine bar and has opened its doors in February in the Upper Marais.

This small but long restaurant is decorated with plants on the walls and the tables, colourful printed cushions, a large bar and some industrial stools which have acquired a beautiful patina over time. On the menu: cold tapas, such as the marinated swordfish with poppy seed or burrata (according to the season). La Petite Mangerie also prepares plates to share with friends (truffle Gouda, organic mortadella, etc.), as well as delicious desserts to finish on a sweet note (lychee and ginger chocolate cream). The restaurant has a really nice and well-furnished wine cellar. A lovely address, which should enchant those enjoying all things tasty and pretty.

Open Tuesday-Sunday from noon to midnight.
Tapas from €7.



La Petite Mangerie
5, rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 77 11 63
Métro : Filles du Calvaire ou Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).
la-mangerie.com (in french)

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    Une vie radieuse - © Meryll Hardt © Le Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains (DR). Capture d’écran film de la donation Le Fresnoy
    Le Printemps des poètes - © Illustration originale de Florence Jacob
    WieBo - © Photo : Elene Usdin
    L'Adalie - © Milène Servelle
    La Petite Mangerie - © Philippe Servent