“L’Aiguille en Fête” (The Needle Festival): Time to sew!

For its 12th edition, the International Needle Arts Showcase looks towards the East and celebrates contemporary textile arts, knitting, sewing, as well as embroidery and patchwork. This 4-day event showcases new trends of the sector by inviting 250 exhibitors from around the world (South Africa, Japan, USA, France, Italy, etc.). “L’Aiguille en Fête” is an opportunity to admire precious and rare fabrics in a 12,000m2 space dedicated to this unique event. Here, visitors can attend classes at the crochet stand, sewing stand and other stands dedicated to the needle arts, in order to meet professionals and learn how to craft. An Indian embroidery school will also be installed. “L’Aiguille en Fête” also holds the Speed ​​Knitting Championship, which gathers the fastest knitters of the year, as well as the Sewing Contest, which will award the most accurate and fastest seamstress of this generation. A very promising show, full of surprises!

Salon Aiguille en Fête, from February 12th to 15th 2015. Open from 9:30am to 7pm on Thursday, from 9:30am to 9pm on Friday, from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Full rate: €12,50 / Reduced rate (12-20 years-old) : €6 / Free for children under 12.


© L’Aiguille en Fête

Parc des Expositions Paris
Porte de Versailles
Hall 6
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 68 22 22
Metro: Porte de Versailles (lines 12, T2 and T3a).


“Géant”: The new creation at the “Cirque Bouglione”

To celebrate the occasion of 80 years of existence the Bouglione Family, at the Cirque d’Hiver offers its new show “Giant“. Presented by the famous ringmaster Mr. Loyal, aka Michael Palmer, this new creation takes the audience to all the continents, the flying trapeze performed to Brazilian rhythms, to the Mât Chinois all the way to the Tango performed under the dome in a tissue ballet in the air. The youngest will be amazed by the mischievous dog team of Pat Clarisson, but especially by the extraordinary acrobatic on elephants, unique in the world by the Casselly Family. It is René Casselly Jr who will perform the triple somersault to land upon on the mammal. A magical moment is to discover with the family until the 1st of March 2015.

“Giant” from the 11th of October 2014 until March the 1st 2015.
Show time: 2 hours 10 minutes with intermission.
Rates: from 25 to 60 euros instead. Free show for less than two years (on the lap of their parents).
Valet parking: 15 euros.
Book your tickets (in French).


Poster of “Géant” © Facebook Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione de Paris

Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione (in French)
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).



Philharmonie de Paris: the new museum dedicated to music

Located in the extension of the Cité de la Musique in the heart of eastern Paris, the Paris Philharmonic revitalizes the neighborhood. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the building’s futuristic curves are made of shiny aluminum spins, covered with 340,000 aluminum birds of seven shapes and in four different colors. The set is very mineral and innovative for the capital.

Façade – Open Days January 17th and 18th 2015 © Beaucardet

A 2,400-seats concert hall
The Philharmonie de Paris has a symphony hall of 2400 seats, located in the heart of the building. Just like the shape of the building, it was designed to completely immerse the viewer in the music, with its wraparound configuration based on design, ergonomics and acoustics. The program is intended eclectic as the public can enjoy dance performances, jazz concerts, or classical, world and current. The Philharmonie de Paris has two permanent shows, the Orchestre de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, but it also receives three other reputable shows: the Paris Chamber Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, and the Orchestre National d’Ile-de -France. Something for all music lovers.

15-01-2015 Gala – Great Hall © William Beaucardet

A place of musical and cultural expression
Next to this room out of the ordinary were installed five rehearsal rooms for musicians and ten chamber music studios. This educational center is open throughout the year for group workshops of children and adults who want to discover music. The Philharmonie music museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. From March 2015, the museum will offer a retrospective dedicated to the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, and another dedicated to music and fashion icon David Bowie, retracing the route of this unique dazzling artist.

“David Bowie” exhibition: from March 3rd until May 31st 2015.
“Pierre Boulez” exhibition: from March 17th until June 28th 2015.
The music museum is open Tuesday-Friday from noon to 6pm, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays.

Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel: +33(0)1 44 84 44 84
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).