[UPDATE – the big parade due to be held on 2nd February in the 13th arrondissement is postponed until the spring]
It’s the year 4718, the year of the metal rat, and a whole bunch of cultural events have been organised in Paris to celebrate – exhibitions, parades, concerts… And the biggest events isn’t far from our hotels!
To start off, let’s take a look at what’s in store from 3rd-8th February at the town hall for the 3rd arrondissement, which has organised events for Chinese New Year for the last 21 years!:
— an exhibition of works by students of the Arts Centres of Peking and Guanzhou,
— a special kids day on Wednesday 5th February, with yoga classes, traditional Chinese dance classes, a paper cut-out workshop, a workshop for making your own dragon puppet,
— a piano concert at 7pm on 7th February,
— workshops on Gongfu, martial arts, hip-hop and K-pop on Saturday 8th February…
Ath the Guimet Museum for Asian arts, there are events planned for th 24th January (a tactile, descriptive and audio visit at 2.30pm) and a number of events on Saturday 25th January 2020, with a visit in French sign language, a free workshop based around the theme of the year of the rat, another workshop with ceramicist Magali Satgé…
More info here.
And of course it’s in the 13th arrondissement, which has a large Chinese community, that there the most things happening. So many in fact that there’s a whole PDF of events to read about! You can check it out here).
The fun starts today, the 23rd January, with a dragon dance in front of the town hall at 6.15pm, followed by a ‘fusion’ concert by Guo Gan and Friends.
— until 1st February 2020 there are two exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, one by Qixiang Zhou (La vie poétique) and the other by Yang Yan (Soyons sérieux II),
— on Monday 27th January at 7pm, there’s a conference about traditional Chinese medicine,
— a round table and debate about “Identity and transmission” on 28th January at 7pm,
— a concert called “1,001 bamboo vibrations” on 31st January at 7pm
And the big event that no-one should miss is of course the Chinese New Year Grand Parade.
This year it’s happening on Sunday 2nd February and boasts 2,000 participants (with around 200,000 spectators). The parade sets off from 44 avenue d’Ivry at 2pm (route below).
For the full programme of events in the 13th arrondissement for Chinese New Year 2020, click here (PDF).