Each year, Paris not only welcomes visitors from all four corners of the globe, but is also home to a growing number of expatriates, some of whom choose to settle in the French capital definitively. They bring with them their culture and curiosity, and help to constitute the rich tapestry that is Paris, contributing in many ways to the city’s dynamism, whether it be by way of tours, conversation workshops, cultural activities, nights out or popular events.
Chinese New Year
Every year, for the occasion of the Chinese New Year celebrations, different neighbourhoods in Paris form the backdrop for festive processions. The biggest parade takes place in the 13th arrondissement, Paris’s Chinatown.
The Vietnamese New Year celebrations, which take place from end January to mid-February, are marked in all kinds of ways in the French capital: red paper lanterns (the colour of happiness) in the windows, firecrackers to scare away the malevolent spirits, a parade, and also traditional song and dance.
Saint Patrick’s Day
Every year on 17 March, Paris dons its Irish greens to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. All the Irish pubs in the French capital throw special evenings and numerous Bretons (being Celts too!) join in the festivities, to drink and dance to traditional music until well into the night.
The Ganesh festival in Paris takes place beginning of September. More than 25,000 people participate in this highly-colourful parade in honour of the elephant-headed Hindu god. Dancers, flute players and drummers, and floats will travel through the streets of the north of Paris.
More info: www.templeganesh.fr/fetegan.htm
Foreign Cultures Week in Paris
Organised by the Paris Forum of the foreign cultural institutes, Foreign Cultures Week introduces us, through specific themes, to the wealth of creative output of a range of international artists. A number of nationalities are represented at this event which gives both residents and visitors the opportunity to discover together a variety of artistic expressions, whether it be through exhibitions, cinema, theatre, photography, performance art, concerts or literary encounters.
More info: www.ficep.info
Erasmus Party soirées take place every Thursday at the Players that give visitors the chance to groove it on down with the Parisians thanks to a simple idea: visitors from abroad benefit from free admission Until 12.30am in the morning! It’s obvious when you think about it, and the Erasmus Party has become THE international rendezvous in the French capital. Parisians curious to meet people from elsewhere are flocking to the venue, where, once inside, all the participants wear badges indicating their nationality - a good starting-point to begin a conversation.
161, rue Montmatre (2nd)
Metro Grands Boulevards
More info: www.erasmus-party.com
Bringing together Parisians and visitors from abroad
Bonjour Paris !
All because Tomoko, who fell in love with Paris, came to live in Paris, married a Parisian, and then wanted to introduce her Japanese friends to real life with the Parisians, she decided to set up her association “Bonjour Paris”...
Then she wanted French people, - her neighbours, as well as visitors – to find out more about Japanese culture, her culture. This is why, in addition to the all-year-long regular cultural workshops, she also organizes special events in front of her boutique of Japanese arts and crafts, the Manekineko de Montmartre, to mark Japanese festivals; and she encourages encounters between Japanese residents – or visitors - and Parisians.
Espace culturel Japonais Manekineko de Montmartre - 1bis, rue Garreau (18th) - Tel. 01 42 64 52 78 - email@example.com
More info: www.bonjourparis.jp
Le Club International des Jeunes à Paris
Explore different neighbourhoods of Paris with real Parisians as your guides (students of tourism, no less), find out their insider tips and hints, exchange impressions and ideas with them over a coffee - amongst other fun activities, this is what’s on offer from the “Club International des Jeunes à Paris” for French and international students living in Paris and Ile de France.
201-203, rue de Vaugirard (15th) - Tel. 01 43 06 23 16 - firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: www.club-international.org
Poona who was formerly a guide in her own country, will guide you through Little India in Paris. This district is less well-known than China Town, but is also very exotic! She will also explain how this immigrant community settled in Paris.
The scents and fragrances of cinnamon, cardamom and saffron will be with you all along this tour that will include sacred aspects, with a Ganesh temple visit, together with more materialistic aspects, such as good tips and addresses in the community.
Walking tour in French or English of 1hr30 or 2hrs for individuals (from 2 persons) or for groups.
Fees: sliding scale, between €25 and €18 for individuals; groups: contact us.
Poonam Chawla - Tel. 01 45 05 34 71 / 06 26 01 77 53 - email@example.com
More info: www.chalindia.com