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Water Pavilion: Titeuf investigates on water!

16 July 2013 by admin

It is not always easy to make the youngest aware to ecology. However, the Water Pavilion of Paris found a way to teach them while entertaining them. Dedicated to the 8 -12 years old, the exhibition “Investigation on Water” offers to the children to follow a path with their favorite friend Titeuf. Their goal: discover the path of water, from its source to its arrival in our faucets. A magnifying glass, a small investigator book and they are ready for their investigation. During their search, they will learn how water becomes drinkable and above all why it has to be preserved.

An initiation to environment protection
The exhibition “Investigation on water”
will arouse their curiosity and will make them discover the daily gestures they have to adopt to protect this essential resource to the survival of our planet and of the human being. If you are very curious, meet us at the Water Pavilion!

Exhibition “Investigation on water”, from March 22 to August 31, 2013.
Open everyday, except on Sunday and holidays, from 10 am to 6 pm. Open on Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm.
Free entrance

Pavillon de l’Eau
77, avenue de Versailles
75016 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 42 24 54 02
Subway: Mirabeau (L. 10).


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Tsutsugaki at the Guimet Museum: discover an unknown art

11 July 2013 by admin

For the first time, some Tsutsugaki masterpieces from a private collection leave Japan to be presented at the Guimet Museum in Paris. This dying art is finally honored thanks to the Parisian Museum. The term may not be familiar with you, for Tsutsugaki is not well known. It is a textile dyeing technique combining the work of a drawer, an artisan and a dry cleaner. This exhibition reunites about thirty of these unique works that are shown for the first time outside Japan.

The Tsutsugaki, a traditional art
Favoring indigo, this popular art, reminiscent of engraving, was born during the Muromachi era, in the 16th century. It is at the time of Edo that it reached its climax, between the 15th and 17th centuries. It is made of motives varying depending on the region. Dragons, turtles, flowers, symbolic settings form these true textile paintings so that they would bring luck to their owners. Favoring cotton, the craftsmen would fashion, through an elaborated technique, kimonos, futons and other sewing works. They were ordered for big events such as weddings and religious ceremonies. Now, it is at the Guimet Museum that you can discover them and be amazed by their beauty.

Exhibition “Tsutsugaki – Indigo textile from Japan”, from July 10 to October 7, 2013.
Open everyday except Tuesday, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Full rate: 8€ / Concessionary: 6€

Guimet Museum
6, place d’Iéna
75016 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 56 52 53 00
Access: Iena (subway l. 9) – pont de l’Alma (RER C).


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Ethical and luxurious cuff links!

9 July 2013 by admin

Chic and ecology once again mix together. The Cuff Links Shop was able to renew old products, by offering luxurious and recycled creations… Some fashion representatives often proved their commitment in favor of environment. Ecology is becoming a real trend in fashion. The Cuff Links Shop is no exception to the rule. Their creations? Cuff links made from old watches’ mechanism.

Photo credit: Cuff Links from Omega watches going back to 1938 to 1959.

A timeless luxury
Known for its originality, the Cuff Links Shop never lacks inspiration. It created three models called “Timeless”: Zenith, Omega and Longines, which are made of mechanism of old watches from the eponymous brands. Going back to the 40s and the 60s, these cuff links are a beautiful tribute to the past. The price? 390€ for a model.

To order, go directly to the website of the Cuff Links Shop.


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Embark on Les Siestes Electroniques

4 July 2013 by admin

This Festival originally based in Toulouse settles in Paris for the third year in a row. In association with the Quai Branly Museum, Les Siestes Electroniques enable people to have a lounge in the sun while being send into raptures by tones from all over the world. Here you don’t just listen to music; you close your eyes and travel to an unknown destination. It is a sound journey that will take you away from your daily life. Go and meet the different civilizations populating the planet through electronic music.

Photo credit: Jean-Jacques Ader / Appleblim @ Les Siestes Electroniques 2007

Les Siestes Electroniques, every Sunday in July 2013, from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Free entrance

Musée du Quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 56 61 70 00
Access: Pont de l’Alma (RER C).


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Night lighting: Ministry fights against waste

2 July 2013 by admin

Since July 1, 2013, night lighting of non-residential buildings is limited all over France. This measure, expected since January 25, should enable the whole country to save energy.

Ministry seems to be determined to stop electricity waste. The fight she leads against night lighting is finally coming to a victory. Every professional premises now have to turn off the lights an hour after the end of their occupation until the day after. For the shop-windows, the curfew is at no later than 1 am. As to the lighting of facades, it can’t start before sunset and lights will have to be turned off by 1 am. Offensers will have to pay a 750€ fine.

Photo credit: Xavier Boymond

An ecological and economic measure

It is possible to make an exception during public holidays or great events. Besides, this measure doesn’t apply to public lighting or to touristic and very crowded zones. However, it will enable the country to avoid emitting 250 000 tons of CO2 and save 200 million euros, which represents the annual consumption of electricity of 750 000 houses. A relieve as well for the economy as for our planet!

What do you think of this measure?


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A musical summer in Versailles

28 June 2013 by admin

Symbol of the splendor of the French monarchy, the Palace of Versailles is known worldwide. Pushing magnificence to its climax, the domain organizes like each summer a series of shows called Musical Fountains show and Musical Gardens. Despite the centuries going by, what was once the home of the Sun King never ceases to shine. The sumptuous décor of the palace is only matched by the beautiful gardens. During summer, these ones gain beauty when they are lulled by French baroque music. Following the rhythm of the melodies that livened up the evenings of Versailles, you could discover an extraordinary treasure imagined by Andre Le Nôtre.

Conquer the gardens of Versailles
This summer, you will be able to explore the preserved parts of the garden, open on some Tuesdays, and enjoy the groves while listening to music! During the Musical Fountains show, you will witness a breathtaking show, highlighting the fountains and their spray that will dance and waltz at the rhythm of the different melodies of the show.

© JC NDiaye

An evening worthy of the Sun King
At dawn, a French ball will take place in the famous Hall of Mirrors. Dancers and musicians will bring baroque back to life in front of you during the Royal Serenade. Then, you will admire the Fountains Night Show, a fairy aquatic show. The evening will end with a firework. You can’t miss it for the world!

Photo credit : Thierry Nava


Musical Fountains Show
Every Saturday and Sunday, from 29 March to 27 October, 2013, Every Tuesday from 21 may to 25 June, 2013. Other dates: August 15, 2013.
Weekend: Water displays from 11 to 12pm and from 3:30 to 5pm (Neptune Fountain from 5:20 to 5:30pm, Mirror Fountain every 10 minutes from 10am to 6:30pm). Tuesday: water displays from11 to 12pm and from 2:30 to 4pm
Passport ticket: 25€ (including the Musical Fountains, a visit to the Palace, the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s estate).
Musical Fountains Show Ticket: 8,5€
Reduced rate: 6,5€. Group rate: 7€.

Musical Gardens
Every Tuesday from July 2 to October 29, 2013.
Musical display from 10am to 6:30 pm.
Passport ticket: 25€ (including the Musical Gardens, a visit to the Palace, the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette estate).
Musical Gardens ticket: 7,5€
Reduced rate: 6,5€. Group ticket: 7€

The Royal Serenade at the Hall of Mirrors
Every Saturday from July 20 to September 14, 2013. Other dates: July 12 and July 6, 2013.
Departure time: 6:40 pm, 7 pm, 7 :20 pm, 7:40 pm, 8 pm and 8:15 pm
Ticket: Royal Serenade: 17€
Reduced rate: 10€. Group rate: 15€.
Ticket for the Royal Serenade + Fountains Night Show: 39€
Reduced rate: 28€. Group rate: 33€.

Fountains Night Show
Every Saturday from July 20 to September 14, 2013. Other date: July 12.
Water display from 9 pm to 11 pm. Beginning of the firework around 11 :05 pm.
Rate: 23€
Reduced rate: 19€. Group rate: 19€.

Palace of Versailles
Place d’Armes
78000 Versailles
T.: +33 (0)1 30 83 78 00
Subway: Versailles – Château – Rive-Gauche (RER C)


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The composer Pierre Henry exhibits at the the MAM

26 June 2013 by admin

Art awakes senses. It is proven by the exhibition “Self-portrait through 53 canvases” in which Pierre Henry is honored. The famous composer was able to express music as well through sonority as through vision.

A melodious exhibition
A contemporary artist famous worldwide, Pierre Henry is one of the great composers of his time. Funding father of concrete music in France, his tune “Psyché Rock” is now part of popular culture. In parallel to his musical work, this inevitable composer also worked on canvases that he himself qualified as “concrete paintings”. The components of his old equipments (recording materials, instruments, mixing desks, etc.) make up his visual works and recount the most important chapters of his life. The artist worked for more than 20 years on his works, of which 53 canvases are presented at the MAM, like a “visual score”. A striking exhibition you have to discover without waiting anymore.

Exhibition “Pierre Henry – Self-portrait through 53 canvases”, from June 27 to December 1, 2013.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Free admission.

Museum of Modern Art
11, avenue du Président Wilson
75016 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 53 67 40 00
Subway: Alma-Marceau or Iena (L. 9)



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The ecological rendezvous of Ushuaia TV

24 June 2013 by admin

If there were a TV channel that could share with us its love for the planet, it would be without a doubt Ushuaia TV. Through the small screen, it enables us to travel, to discover distant lands, unusual landscapes but above all to raise public awareness of environmental protection. The programs focusing around ecology are numerous and enriching.

“Passage au Vert” (Green Way)

Starting from September 22, every Saturday at 8:10pm.

Presented by Arnaud Ardoin, this weekly magazine presents every possible and imaginable ways to help our planet. On the program: investigations and reports shot in France and away, guests sharing their story and funny quizzes. Real-life stories and information, here is the recipe of a program that will feed your green attitude!

The navigator and adventurer Philippe Poupon, alongside Arnaud Ardoin in “Passage au Vert”.

“Bougez Vert” (Move Green)

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 pm and 8 pm.

In this program, Gerald Ariano travels across France to make us discover nature lovers’ tips. He will present with dynamism the best places where nature will fill you with wonder. Determined to make French people act, this program never runs short of ideas. With hiking, exhibitions, movies, events and many more activities, “Bougez Vert” is lying in wait for everything that will show the beautiful side of nature.

Shooting with Great Green Macaws

Green Trip

Sunday at 7:35 pm.

Green Tip is a TV show that will make you travel across the globe. Daphne Hezard will explore the big urban destinations with a fresh eye, that of ecology. Gael Polles, however, will dive into the heart of strange landscapes only surrounded by nature. With their travel ideas focused on the theme of ecotourism, perfectly respectful of the environment, you will want to go for a green trip too.

Shooting in an ecovillage

Garden Party

Sunday at 8:45 am.

The garden is the main theme of this show. Haven of peace, source of fresh air… a garden can be a lot of things and Tatiana Legros honors it in this TV magazine. Imaginative and passionate gardeners open the doors to a vegetal universe and tell you more about the wings of their creations. Green has never been such a source of inspiration and surprise for you!

Tatiana Legros

More information on the Ushuaia TV channel.

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Primitive arts according to Charles Ratton

21 June 2013 by admin

The Quai Branly Museum highlights the view of Charles Ratton (1895-1986), a famous art expert, collector and seller, who loves primitive art. Thus, almost 200 works  are presented to the public: primitive, ancient, asian and avant-garde arts. These works and archives notably recalls the friendship between Charles Ratton and surrealists, or his photographic collaborations with Man Ray. We also learn that that daring of a sole man enabled works from Africa, America and Oceania to become as renowned as European works. A beautiful exhibition you can discover until the start of the new school year.

Facial mask made of a man’s face whose eyes and mouth are emptied, wearing hair and a beard made of monkey’s skin.
The nose is extended with a three-dimensional edge highlighted with kaolin on the forehead’s level.
H. 29 cm ; W: 15 cm ; D: 18cm.
© musée du quai Branly, photo Patrick Gries, Bruno Descoings

Exhibition “Charles Ratton – The invention of primitive arts”, from June 25 to September 22, 2013.
Open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm, and on Thursday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm.
Full rate: 8,5€ / Concessionary: 6€.

Quai Branly Museum
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 56 61 70 00
Subway: Alma-Marceau (L. 9) / Pont de l’Alma (RER C)


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Exhibition Kim Tschang-yeul at the Korean Cultural Center

19 June 2013 by admin

You like contemporary art? Then rush for the Korean Cultural Center, which is exhibiting until July 7, 2013n the work of the artist Kim Tschang-yeul.

A repetitive work
To those who pretend that art can’t be renewed, Kim Tschang-yeaul’s work can be an answer. His works, more original than each other, are however focused on a sole and unique subject: a drop of water. The artist thus proves us that such a common element can change its meaning depending on how we are looking at it. Alternately teardrop, rain, splash, symbol of joy or sadness, oppressive or refreshing, a drop of water can have multiple meanings. We are free to interpret it according to our mood, our experience or our personality.

Kim Tschang-yeul, a master of Korean art.
Since 1971, Kim Tschang-yeul works around this motif and inspiration never seems to leave him. With 90 exhibitions worldwide to his credit, without forgetting collective retrospectives, he is one of the most liked contemporary artists. He lives and works in Paris. Nonetheless, he was nicknamed the “Master” in his birth country! A nickname you will fully understand when you see the exhibition…

Exhibition Kim Tschang-yeul, from June 6 to July 7, 2013.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm.
Free entrance.

Korean Cultural Center
8, rue Charles-François Dupuis
75003 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 42 72 09 10




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