Fight the January blues with days out in Paris

The best exhibitions


During the month of January, Parisians escape the bitter cold into the warmth of the museums. From January 11 to February 22, the Graphic Design festival invades the city in various places, including the Museum of Decorative Arts, with exhibitions on printing, graphic design and typography. 

A rather special event will take place at the Shoah Memorial on January 19, on the various representations of the Shoah in comics. To escape the gloom, one could go to the Institute of the Arab World, to discover portraits of the greatest explorers of the globe until 26 February. 


Lastly, the month of January will pay tribute to the work of Frederic Bazille at the Musée d'Orsay, an Impressionist precursor whose work remains too often unrecognised. The Pompidou Centre, meanwhile, exhibits the photographs of Braissai until 30 January. In the alleys, the artist offers a vision of a Paris made of graffiti, drawings and art brut.


The most anticipated concert


Some of the biggest French singers will be performing in Parisian venues during this month of January, with Patricia Kaas, who will launch her great return to the stage by performing the songs of her new album on January 26, Room Pleyel. In the same venue, Christophe will take over from January 31 to present a show mixing the huge classics of his career with enthralling new songs imbued with electronic sounds. 


In a totally different genre, the young forerunner of the afro-trap, MHD, will invest the premises of La Cigale for a much-anticipated concert on January 26th. Fans of blues and folk will not want to miss the coming of Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau at La Cigale also on January 31st. 

Finally, the rapper Kery James ventures off the beaten track by proposing, not a concert, but a theatrical work presented in different rooms until January 28. Vibrant and moving, the pen of Kery James deeply questions French policy and aims to awaken the consciences of the spectators in a rhythmic and poetic interpretation.


Sports events of the month


Parisian sporting life is particularly marked this month by the World Handball Championship, which takes place at the Accorhôtel Arena until 29 January. It is the big event of the winter, which sees France aiming to retain its title of champion at home. At the racecourse of Paris-Vincennes, on January 29, the world champions of harnessed trotting races will compete on the tracks to win the Opodo American Grand Prix. 

The weekend of 21 and 22 January, at the Pierre-de-Coubertin stadium, offers the chance to attend the international fencing challenge in Paris. At the end of the fight, the most deserving will be offered the trophy Christian d'Oriola, a prestigious award. Finally, fans of combat sports will be able to go to the INSEP, 11 avenue de Tremblay, where the International Olympic Tournament will take place on 28 and 29 January.


The gastronomic specialities of winter


Nothing like a delicious galette des rois to end the winter festivities. At Fauchon, Place de la Madeleine, the traditional round cake takes the form of a red mouth with passion fruit and rose. At Angelina, in the Rue de Rivoli, it comes with almonds, chestnuts and chocolate, and, is covered with gold powder for the ultimate luxury. As for culinary festivities, the BlackSupermarket is developing a brand new concept in the 3rd arrondissement. This former supermarket has been converted into an art and craft centre until 12 February. 


During the day, you can taste delicious coffees and homemade dishes while admiring the artists' work, while the evening is reserved for the most inventive cocktails. In Montmartre, on January 21st and 22nd, a Breton gastronomic market will be held at Place des Abesses, to mark Saint Vincent's Day and the Feast of the Scallop.


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