2016 promises to be a glorious year for the cultural scene in Paris, beginning with the traditional annual Book Fair and the Art Paris Art Fair. So why not take the opportunity to enjoy a stay in Paris, whether it’s for a full holiday or a weekend break, and visit these fairs and festivals where art and culture are being honored as they should?
Every year since its inception in 1981, the Salon du Livre has honoured writers and showcased publishers from all backgrounds. This year, renamed the Livre Paris, it will welcome industry professionals from more than twenty countries to provide the literary event of the season. The Paris Book Fair is indeed an unmissable happening for lovers of the printed page and will run from March 17th to 20th. It will take place, as it has done for more than 20 years, at the Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles. Admission is free to children under 18 years.
Children's literature will be in the spotlight. Other areas of the fair will be devoted to religion, culture and society; science for all; the culinary arts; and manga and other forms of comics. You can meet the leading publishers and other representatives of the professional book trade, and choose from among 4,500 signings by authors and 800 events and meetings. Each year this remarkable trade fair invites a particular nation to be the guest of honour, and 2016 sees the turn of South Korea. The dynamic Asian country has unleashed a ‘hallyu’, or cultural wave, across the world, disseminating its artistic achievements on a global scale.
The Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece known as the Grand Palais is the impressive setting for a contemporary art fair taking place from March 31st to April 1st. Open to all forms of artistic expression and presenting an overview of the contemporary art scene from the period following the Second World War right up until today, the Art Paris Art Fair has become an event on a worldwide scale, presenting young designers and hot new talent from around the world. Just as with Livre Paris, this year’s event honours the creativity of South Korea.
This essential art show is expected to attract over 60,000 visitors, who come to discover the offerings of more than 140 galleries from 20 different countries. London, Moscow, Vienna, Brussels and Zurich, the global cradles of creativity, are all represented here. The personal exhibitions at the Solo Show will no doubt bring more emerging talents into the international spotlight
Make a note of these key dates in your diary and make your reservations at the Hotel Opera Lafayette, located in one of the most popular districts of the capital. Situated close to the majestic landmarks of Paris, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to discover or rediscover the major monuments and sights of the city before attending the superb cultural events listed above.
More information :
• Parc des Expositions (Exhibitions halls) Porte de Versailles
Porte de Versailles, Paris 15th
Livre Paris (Book Fair) from Thursday 17 to Sunday, March 20, 2016
Pavilion 1 Boulevard Victor
Thursday, March 17: 11h-22h (Nocturne)
Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19: 10h-20h
Sunday, March 20: 10h-19h
Metro: Line 12, Porte de Versailles or Line 8, station Balard
Tram line T2 or T3, Porte de Versailles stop
Bus: lines 39 or 80, Porte de Versailles
• Grand Palais (Exhibitions centre)
Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8th
Art Paris Art Fair Exhibition from 31 March to 3 April 2016
Thursday, March 31 from 11:30 to 20h
Friday, April 1 from 11:30 to 21h
Saturday, April 2 from 11:30 to 20h
Sunday, April 3 from 11:30 to 19h
Metro: lines 1, 9, 13, Franklin D. Roosevelt stations Elysées-Clemenceau Champs
RER line C, station Invalides
Bus: 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
Hotel Opéra Lafayette, a 3* hotel in Paris between Railway station 'Gare du Nord' and Opera area